- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Abaddon Books; 1 edition (15 Mar. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1906735042
- ISBN-13: 978-1906735043
- Product Dimensions: 18 x 2 x 12.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,572,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Operation Motherland (Afterblight Chronicles) (The Afterblight Chronicles) Paperback – 15 Mar 2009
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About the Author
Scott Andrews has written episode guides, magazine articles, film and book reviews, comics, audio plays, far too many blogs, some poems you will never read, and novels for Abaddon. You can contact him at www.eclectica.info, where you'll find all sorts of nonsense. He lives in a secret base hidden within the grounds of an elite public school, yet still dreams of escaping to the wilderness with his wife and two children.
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Lee, still having not heard a peep from his father decides to crash land a plane into the heart of war torn Iraq. Only to discover that in the wake of the occupation and Saddam, a new and unexpected madman threatens the lives of the surviving British soldiers and local resistance..
Meanwhile, Matron Jane is busy, along with some of the pupils, trying to smash a nasty child trafficking ring. Completely unaware of the dangers that approach the school she now runs..
Will Lee find his father? Or for that matter ever see Matron again? Or will 'Operation Motherland' destroy everything they love and have fought for, since The Cull..??
Just finished reading the second book in this trilogy, and enjoyed it almost as much as the first one.
As before there's plenty of action and violence, propped up with a bit of bad language and plenty of wise~ass humour. The characters and situations, almost as unlikely and unbelievable as the ending. But don't let that put you off because it achieves exactly what was intended, I'm sure.
If unfamiliar with the series, imagine Melody [DVD]  crossed with The Guns Of Navarone (Special Edition) [DVD] , via Basra!!
If not exactly a work of literary nourishment, this is nonetheless punchy fun, and very entertaining with it.
Looking forward to the last book in the series now...
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Operation Motherland wasn't exactly boring, but there was SO MUCH going on and the story jumped around so often that I was often on the confused side and found myself barely caring enough to reread the chapter to figure out why someone who was supposed to be important just died. Also, there were just too many coincidences.
Way too many.
Yes, the story needs to move forward but I just couldn't believe that after cheating death in many amazing ways Lee could also manage to fly himself to the middle of nowhere and just happen to stumble upon a ton of people who all knew his father ALL while continuing to cheat death. It got really old extremely fast and the only reason I continued to plow through the book was because I knew I had to read it in order to finish up the series.
In short. This book is not outright horrible, and you pretty much have to read it if you want to finish up the series, but it is not as good as School's Out.
OPERATION MOTHERLAND is very crazy. Lee, hero from the prequel, is now travelling to Iraq to search for his father who hasn't turned up in the UK as for yet. This is highly bizarre and unrealistic to begin with: have a 16 years old kid fly a plane to exactly the one little tiny village all over Iraq where his father is involved in a conflict. Sure, he flies EXACTLY over that little village, gets shot down, is being imprisoned and later thrown into a cell where he finds - you guess it - his father.
In that regard, there's a lot of unbeliebably accidental stuff in here that you just must accept. But it doesn't really distract as the Afterblight Chronicles never were really realistic. There's female doctors with no combat experience who can not only survive a totally overpowered attack, but also kill all the enemies. (Kill or Cure). So this is guilty pleasure for definite that follows the unrealistic roules of Hollywood action movies.
OPERATION MOTHERLAND made me feel very dizzy. It's because it moves extremly fast. Plane gets shot down, pilot escapes, lands on a roof that gets shot by snipers, he slides down the roof, lands on tank, throws a grenade into it, jumps off, loses one ear due to the explosion shortly before avoiding a knife attack... to me, it was simply too much. It made me read faster just like action scenes generally have a faster speed.
This book is PAINFUL and crazy, entertaining, funny, unrealistic even in ridiculous ways and so full of action there's not much else. The characters have A LOT OF CHARME, I liked them very much even though they are absolutly lightyears away from ANY realism: no way that kids who lost everything including their parents are THAT enthusiatic and black humoured like the characters here. It would follow suit if humans had almost no tragic emotions to feel, but regarding the fact that the tale plays not late after a viral apocalypse has destroyed civilisation, these kids are WAYS too cool.
But that's ok to me. I've been doing a lot of reading on the endtimes subject because I'm into finishing something similiar. Most books were pretty tragic and sad (the road, earth abides), some were very adventurous (Swan Song), and others were pretty decent and realistic (Alas Babylon). I myself prefer this kind of meal being served more realistically in regard of the characters' condition, I also like the sad depressing mood of endtime stories. But at some point it can just become too much.
This book is not about loneliness or somebody just travelling the quiet dead earth, it's loud, fast and explosive. Almost too much for my tastes.