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Fade Out | [Patrick Tilley]

Fade Out

Alien Day. The date was Friday, the third of August. For some people the day was just beginning, for others it was the ending in a perfectly normal way. Then right across the world every ground and airborne radar screen went haywire.… This time it had really happened. An alien spacecraft was in orbit around planet Earth. Nine weeks later, civilisation is on the edge of a breakdown more devastating than any nuclear war....
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Alien Day. The date was Friday, the third of August. For some people the day was just beginning, for others it was the ending in a perfectly normal way. Then right across the world every ground and airborne radar screen went haywire.… This time it had really happened. An alien spacecraft was in orbit around planet Earth. Nine weeks later, civilisation is on the edge of a breakdown more devastating than any nuclear war....

Trained as a graphic designer and having written several film scripts, Patrick Tilley became a full-time writer. He lives with his wife in Gwynedd Wales.

©2013 Patrick Tilley (P)2013 Audible Ltd

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    Tim Leinster, Australia 10-13-13
    Tim Leinster, Australia 10-13-13 Member Since 2013
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    "The original and best"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes and I have done. This book set the genre.


    What other book might you compare Fade Out to and why?

    Any book where aliens try to set the world back a few technological steps, fade out did it first.


    What does Evan Greenberg bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A nice slow steady buildup in tension


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    I first read this years ago and loved it. A re-reading 20 years later didn't change it. Still loved it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tq White II Minnesota 04-12-14
    Tq White II Minnesota 04-12-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Interesting and Realistic"

    Reviewers who call this book boring fail to see the point or enjoy the fact that this book is about the human response to an alien invasion, not the aliens. It is not an action thriller. It is a discussion of what would go on in human minds and bureaucracies. I found it very interesting.

    However, I am the sort of person who does not need fast action or plot driven stories. The deliberations of the American government and of the scientific researchers as they tried to understand this thing and the consequences were fascinating. I marveled through the whole book how the author could discipline himself to take a low-key, non-sensational approach to such a momentous topic. It's really the only first encounter book I've ever read that I didn't think was stupid. That's right, First One. And I read a lot.

    I also note that Evan Greenberg's reading was also fabulous. He captured the deadpan caution of the bureaucrats perfectly and did not fall into the annoying habit of some readers of trying to 'act'. I read books so that my interpretation can take precedence. He did me the kindness of leaving himself out of it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    antonio madrid, Spain 10-17-13
    antonio madrid, Spain 10-17-13 Member Since 2013
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    "worst science fiction book EVER"
    What disappointed you about Fade Out?

    What is a journalist or 20th century historian trying to pull with this so called Science Fiction story. Dont be fooled by the advertising an resume as i was, it is not a good novel, bad, bad so bad and booooring
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    Kara Haleiwa, HI, USA 10-04-13
    Kara Haleiwa, HI, USA 10-04-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Snooooooozzzzeee Fest"

    Wow, read the reveiws before purchasing this, and I am disappointed. Its VERY slow...Some what interesting premise, but for a snail.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    "They don't write them like this anymore"
    What did you like most about Fade Out?

    Well before its time, a Sci-fi novel that is thoughtful, brave enough to be real, with political and scientific characters in the lead yet no 'hero' in the modern sense. There are elements of Independence Day, Star Trek the movie, Starman, Forge of God, Close Encounters, yet this predates them all.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The novel asks questions and doesn't treat the reader like a child who needs everything tied upneatly at the end, indeed it asks you to extend and project the story on your own to imagine your own conclusions to elements of the plot which are left open to you. Where most modern novels would be looking for a trilogy to maximise the revenue this novel launches itself, in the final scenes, into a fascinating 'what if' scenario and then trusts the readers own imagination to carry on the story. A alien craft is detected approaching earth which creates such interference that scans reveal nothing and tracking becomes impossible. The interference grows to effect communications and power networks and the governments of the earth question is this an unintentional byproduct of the crafts presence or an act of aggression. The questions are played out in eeal time with sufficient political and scientific realism to engage without confusing. Throughout you genuinely don't know what might happen as the story refuses to follow predictable paths, always surprising you.


    What about Evan Greenberg’s performance did you like?

    The narration is good in that it doesn't get in the way of 'telling'.


    Any additional comments?

    Those who miss those seventies dystopian Sci-fi films and novels where there really might not be a happy ending, where questions where open and answers something you could speculate about for months afterwards, should enjoy this novel. Those who need dramatic three act story arcs where the hero gets the girl and saves the day (and the dog never dies) should get this novel to experience what has been lost in the modern Sci-fi novel. They justdo n't write them like this anymore.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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