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- Language: English
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- Average Customer Review: 29 customer reviews
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I first came across this author when I read his book 'Invasion' which is also an excellent read, I couldn't believe the value for money aganist some of the rubbish kindle books out there which where higher priced and poorly written.
This book is the first one in the Trilogy of what happens when a superior race comes to Earth and wants the planet for themselves, if you like that sort of book you will love this.
My only comment being from the UK is that I hope in the coming books what happens in the rest of the world is included, its briefly touched on in this book and I have no problem with that as at the end of the day its a US book for a US market.
An excellent read and one that I couldn't put down, please Mr Nuttall release the sequel ASAP!!!!!!!!!!!
As it happens Outside Context Problem turns out to be a decent story - once you've nearly reached the end. Restored my faith in Christopher Nuttall as a page turning author. Just a pity about all the flannel for nearly three quarters of the book. I ended up skipping page after page as I am SO not interested in the make up of the American military services or the various characters' deep background history. He's come up with an invasion idea which he perceives could be true, hitting America as the "most important country in the world" first before the baddie aliens turn to the rest of Earth. True America has more armaments, more people, more everything so odds are they would try and knock them out first, and good ol' American know how will doubtless knock them back in the next books. If you want a quick read don't bother.
However, the books could do with some "Outside" help of their own in the shape of an editor. Parts of the story are inconsistent or have errors in them, the author insists on repeatedly using the book to political points about NASA and Israel (for example).. the sort of thing that you can get away with once or twice, but it gets repetitive. And I lose count of how many times I read "like a bad movie" in the book. And come to think of it "tits on a bull" is something that should only get one outing, if that.
But overall this is a very enjoyable trilogy, even if some of it is quite a tough read due to the subject matter.
First though the editing - like most self-published books this needs a good editor. There are not too many typos for once, but even so an editor would have picked up the multiple use of the same phrase by different characters - 'teaching the horse to sing' for an unlikely event, 'knowing they've been kissed' for a successful military action. Other than that the story telling is pretty robust. I'm sure an editor would have tightened it up, but overall a good robust page turner.
The plot lines are derivative. As I said in the review title it reads like a mashup of the Harry Turtledove alt-history series of an alien invasion during WW2 with some of the plot lines from Falling Skies. I haven't checked publication dates against TV scheduling, so can't be entirely sure about the TV series, but Turtledove is clearly an influence. The battle for Chicago, the cross-cutting between USA, Britain and Israel are all common elements, even if handled in a different way.
Despite that I enjoyed the series much more than any other self published work on the Kindle. I bought Volumes 2 & 3 before I had finished Volume 1 for example.
A good holiday read, not too demanding, a story that races along, some genuine tension but not too much in the way of character development.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I didn't know quite what to expect of this book. In fact I'd read many of the authors other books before starting this series - and in a way, I'm glad I did. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Martyn Sinclair
aint enjoyed a writer so much since EE doc Smith and ian banksPublished 5 months ago by lance gorman
Very "American", way too right-wing and jingoistic for my tastes.
Hooraay for America, not so much for the rest of the world. Read more
Great Trilogy. One slight criticism... the author repeats a few things a bit to much through each book.. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Mark Castle
I have read several tales by this author and whilst they are generally well written he can be rather laborious at times. Read morePublished on 29 Jun. 2014 by Phillip Terence Morgan
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