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Fade-Out by Patrick Tilley

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List Price: £12.99


Paperback: 530 Pages.

Published: 14 December 2017 by Bloomsbury Reader

Edition: Reprint

ISBN: 1448216915

EAN: 9781448216918

When an object of undeniably extra-terrestrial origin appears, the world is thrown into panic. Is this alien race harmless or a danger to humanity? Nine weeks later, civilization is on the edge of a total breakdown more devastating than any nuclear war or natural disaster. Patrick Tilley, author of bestselling science fiction series The Amtrak Wars, creates in Fade-Out a chilling thriller of humanity's first contact with advanced alien intelligence; a high tension tour-de-force that will stay with you long after you have turned the last page. `Tension builds and builds, up to an astonishing climax' Daily Mirror


2.0 Stars2.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Old Fashioned Cold War Science Fiction

This book is set in the cold war period when the tension between Russia and USA is at its height.  This is a typical UFO book where we meet the high ranking officals in the USA government as they try to work out the UFO threat.

Not only is this book written in the cold war era, the style is also of the time. We are introduced to large numbers of government officals at the start of this book with more added by the chapter. I felt rather lost and confused. Had there been a few less characters then their characters could be developed and I could have got to know them. Unfortunately the characters all seem to merge into just one or two. Most of the charatcers didn't seem particularly pleasant with time given to their juxtapositioning and internal politics which i didn't enjoy.

I should mention that I failed to finish this book. Although I do like science fiction books I just did not get on with this style. There are politics and plenty of characters with a large amount of jargon. I just could not face ploughing through all of this to discover an enjoyable story. I got approximately 20% of the way through and realised that I still didn't know who was who and their relevence. I also realised that I didn't much enjoy the politics with the Russians.

This was not a book for me. I didn't enjoy what I read and found it quite confusing and, to be frank, rather boring. I am sure there are plenty of people out there for who this is just their sort of thing but it wasn't for me.

I received a free copy of this book via Netgalley.

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