Operation Lightning Strike Paperback – 1 Oct 2001
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About the Author
Author, journalist and TV personality Nick Pope used to run the British Government's UFO project at the Ministry of Defence, and is now recognised as one of the world's leading experts on UFOs, the unexplained, conspiracy theories and fringe science. He lives in America. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
One small point that rankles a bit in the wake of the WTC atrocity is the author's claim that the threat of "jihad" against America was more imagined than real. As Operation Lightning Strike was written before 9/11, however, Pope cannot be blamed for this tragically ironic but unintentional faux pas.
Finally, a particular bonus for me was that much of the action set in England takes place close to my home. Perhaps I'll search the ground for UFO debris next time I visit Alice Holt Forest!
This book has a more international focus with the participation of the major nuclear superpowers trying to come together to deal with the looming arrival of millions of aliens whose ultimate intentions are uncertain, plus some episodes of star-wars type combat-in-space made plausible by the deployment of existing NASA technologies. However just as interesting are the plot twists revealing political skulduggery and ambiguities about who in fact the good guys really are. The scenario is believable, once you accept the reality of the abduction program - which due to his time working in government at the MOD and what he learned there, the author obviously does.
Nick does intimate personal writing about characters coping with the loss of friends surprisingly well. He proves himself a humanitarian writer with deep feeling for the human condition, which comes as something of a surprise.
Interesting ending to the story, Nick: the antithesis of Hollywood, perhaps initially less than satisfying, but the more I thought about it, the more appropriate and right it became. Of course, you'll have to read it to find out what happens.
Like "Thunder Child" this book had a good print run in a couple of editions, and you can pick up a good copy easily. It's well written, and a good read.
I love scifi books but this is one author i will steer clear of in the future.
I have to say I am really enjoying this series - it is action all the way and I particularly think that the political meetings and decisions are well handled by Nick Pope. The background he has in the MOD mean that there is a certain credibility about the whole thing.
The storyline is really logical and there is a persuasive quality about the characters and the scenarios.
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