From an Undisclosed location in leafy Surrey, summer 2019... Carefully vetted listeners endured the first utterly improbable performance sci-fi rendition of the full text, their superpowers temporarily numbed by weapons-grade turkey curry, bribed into submission by regular refills of Prosecco or Merlot. They laughed out loud, choked back tears and gasped with horror, spellbound (and handcuffed to their chairs) for several hours. Some technical details ruffled a few earphones in GCHQ – not them again! - while visiting Martians fled back to their flying saucers in horror. Andy knows his IEDs from his elbow. His first book - IRA The Bombs and the Bullets - was chillingly accurate. This goes way beyond. His characters move seamlessly between fact and fantasy.
Even though Sci Fi would not normally be my chosen genre, Andy Oppenheimer's 'Fields of Orion' had me riveted from beginning to end. The sense of drama was gripping: the fantasy feasible and believable, and the landscape/ scenery beautifully and vividly described. Right to the end I was caught up in the urgency of the situation Mr Oppenheimer created. I am also impressed with his technical knowledge regarding IEDs et al. I shall wait (with impatience) for his sequel.
This is a great story – some intriguing surprises, great pace, and excellent dialogue that lets the reader grasp the story, the prime characters, and the baddies among an array of superpowers, bombs, bullets, and nasty terrorists – a gem of a read. The special bomb disposal powers is a great hook for the reader as are the special visions and the excellent antagonists that create that suspense and a really good story arc. Andy knows his bombs and his bullets and has taken that knowledge into an arena of fiction that is quite unique, involving terrorism, bomb disposal experts, and a set of antagonists that had a masterful plot of deceit & devastation. Great debut!
Great book. Just read it for a second time I seem to get more from the plot the more I read it It appeals to me because I work in EOD and IEDD and is is pretty much factually correct which makes a big difference to me It definitely wanted the reader to be involved in it And I sincerely hope there is a second book soon Well done mr Oppenheimer. Next please
Hugely entertaining novel drawing on the author’s professional expertise with autobiographical elements and self-deprecating, ready wit. And not just entertaining, but thought-provoking, informative, and unexpectedly, rather charming for a genre-straddling first novel.
Fields of Orion starts with a terrorist attack on London and builds to something literally earth-shattering…Oppenheimer blends an expert’s knowledge of bomb disposal with cosmic imagination and a refreshing wit to serve up an engrossing SF thriller that is two parts James Bond to one part David Bowie, and great entertainment from start to finish.
Fields of Orion starts with a terrorist attack on London and builds to something literally earth-shattering…Oppenheimer blends an expert’s knowledge of bomb disposal with cosmic imagination and a refreshing wit to serve up an engrossing SF thriller that is two parts James Bond to one part David Bowie and great entertainment from start to finish.
I have read this book cover to cover in 2 days, I couldn’t put it down. What a story. Having been involved in counter terrorism and as a former ATO, I can vouch that this novel is technically correct throughout, except the science fiction aspects which are beyond my experience. The storyline flows as the reader is brought into the world of EOD and the shady aspects of intelligence work. The author has bridged the line of writing a technical novel that brings the reader, even with no previous knowledge of the subject matter, into the story. The way that he writes demonstrates his understanding of EOD Techs, the world over, and when this is coupled with his intimate knowledge of counter terrorism I have no doubt that this will quickly become a best seller.
The ever more sophisticated worlds of terrorism and explosives are brought terrifyingly alive to the reader. Andy Oppenheimer is an acknowledged expert in the field who has the knack of paying homage to the bravery of those who have to counter such atrocities, whilst at the same time introducing us to an unlikely hero whose exploits, humour and fantasies carry the reader on a page turning odyssey towards big bangs and stars galore .