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on 14 August 2001
Like the first book, I haven't been able to put Operation Lightning Strike Down since it arrived. I've just finished it in about 6 hours. It's a truly gripping storyline with the characters well thought out, and with an emphasis on human feelings and emotions(i.e the sorrow of losing friends in combat, but the awful terror of having to kill or be killed). I just truly hope there is another sequel, as Operation Lightning Strike does not complete the story. I'll be definately looking out for the next instalment. Well done Nick!
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Nick Pope's involvement with the Ministry of Defence has equipped him with the insider knowledge to create an utterly captivating and scarily plausible account of an alien invasion of Earth. All the cabinet meetings, international diplomacy and descriptions of military countermeasures have a gritty air of authenticity about them. Furthermore, Pope skillfully weaves a thread of ambiguity as the tale unfolds, as to just who are the bad guys. Conspiracy theorists will love this! This makes for an ultimately more satisfying and complex read than many more conventional invasion-Earth type yarns. My only real criticism is that the breathtaking action scenes take rather a long time to appear and the intensive politicising in the early part of the book may not retain everyone's interest. Stick with it though and you will be rewarded with an awe-inspiring denouement that will remain with you for a long time.
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!
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Here's Nick Pope's follow-up to "Operation Thunder Child" in which we finally meet the aliens and discover the purpose behind the worldwide abduction program. It's an interesting thesis and a good plot, with many of the same characters from the earlier novel being further developed, plus a few new ones, and the plot thickened and deepened to an interesting conclusion which proves yes, the author really can write good and literate sci-fi.

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.
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on 19 March 2017
Read both books what a waste of time the ending was pathetic a third book is required to complete the story line
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on 27 December 2000
Nick Pope makes it very easy to imagine this scenario, especially with the description of political discussion and spin. The military insight also adds realism. I just wish I knew how much of this is real!
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on 28 June 2010
Fantastically fast delivery, product better than described. Was difficult to obtain in US. Would most certainly do business with these folks again!
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on 25 October 2000
This is the sequel to Operation Thunderchild and continues the story that book finished.
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.
Recommended Sci-fi
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on 25 December 2014
Wow,i cant believe i am the only one with a negative review,i found this book hard to read due to overdone explanations of everthing.I mean seriously action packed?I think not,first bit of action is three quarters of the way through the book and even then when the pilot finally released her missiles at the alien craft it took four and a half pages to fnd out if there were any hits or not.
I love scifi books but this is one author i will steer clear of in the future.
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on 23 November 2016
A reasonable successor to Operation Thunder Child but without being a bad book I can't sympathise with the author's choice of ending.
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on 9 July 2016
Did not end quite like I thought it would
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