Operation Thunder Child

Operation Thunder Child

by Nick Pope

The result is an alien invasion novel packed with insights into real-world military strategy, tactics and hardware, making for a terrifyingly real account.

Film/TV rights are available.

  • Language: English
  • Category: Uncategorized
  • Rating: 3.59
  • Pages: 304
  • Publish Date: October 2nd 2000 by Pocket Books
  • Isbn10: 0671018353
  • Isbn13: 9780671018351

What People Think about "Operation Thunder Child"

Nick Pope has attempted to explain a process (the decision points and responses that would really unfold), couched in a sensational drama (the make believe scenario of alien contact). Approaching it purely as written entertainment, the story-telling style is perhaps a little stilted and memo-like early on, where I think I spotted a two word sentence beginning with and, suggesting the author got signed by the publisher as a prominent subject-specialist, with forgiveness that not everyone is born to write delicious prose and atmospheric description. Any person who can write like a poet probably doesnt have hard grounding in rare subjects to make their book realistic, so these things are always a trade-off. Generally, I suggest readers will have bought this because it is by Nick Pope (subject knowledge and insight, standing in the community) not because they were looking for a stonking thriller and dont mind who the author is. Approaching it as a fictional scenario designed to demonstrate the realistic stages of recognition, assessment and defence a country would go through if the remarkable were ever to happen, it does make headway through a rollercoaster of radar-screen decisions, military and ministerial meetings, civilian investigator and abductees trying to get in on the act and, of course, intrusive action initiated by the visiting species. Although the author was actually a civilian contractor when he worked for the Ministry of Defence (UK), the story was written very much from the point of view of a military-conditioned thinker. We are conditioned to think all species must have a head, eyes, central spinal access, four limbs, phalanges and a rib cage because thats the shared all-Earth-animals design (all these species have the same common ancestor). Therefore, the humanoid aliens in this book have a highly improbable design (evolutionary biological assessment) which flags as something thats come out of the human experience/imagination. Whats happened here is that Nick has decided not to invent a new species but instead to take a casting call of the aliens people have reported seeing before, the most common type of which are the Greys. I should drop that as a criticism because the purpose of this book is to show the stages of what would happen in response to any (generic) alien, so any design would be interchangeable to fulfil that role in the play. In summary then, this story assumes that radar early warning detection and air force responders would register overt alien visitors before anyone else (ok, more likely than most other options), although it also acknowledges incognito attempts by aliens to understand us, including abduction. Ive changed my mind: There are three ways to view this book. So, I think this book is also a release valve for the author in which he can safely explore an act of imagination because it has Work of Fiction! It is one version of how alien contact could unfold, not lowering the authors credibility, although with too many variables it is only one of many ways that contact might happen.

I bought this book at a second hand shop and thought, yeah, why not?

It took a while to get going and it looked at lots of different people so it wasn't that easy to follow.

Author Nick Pope worked for the British government, a fact which leaves you wondering how much of this book is fiction...

As the world's leading expert on UFOs, Nick Pope has consulted on, and helped to promote a number of alien-themed movies, TV shows and video games.