Fade-Out by Patrick Tilley (3 stars) – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: Fade-Out 24D80C85-0D3A-485A-A91E-6D862EDF818C

Author: Patrick Tilley

Release date: 14 December 2017

Publisher: Bloomsbury Reader

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My rating: 3/5

Fade-Out was first released in 1975 and aside from a newish cover this edition remains the same as the original. Whilst the quote on the cover suggests this is about an alien encounter, really the story is set around humanity’s, particularly America and Russia’s, response to the threat. Being set in the Cold War era adds tension to the obviously strained relationship between Russia and America, and how they handle the fact that alien crafts have planted themselves in both nations.

If you go into reading this expecting Indepence Day you will be disappointed. It’s certainly more along the lines of Arrival. Much of the novel is spent with scientists trying to understand the nature of the alien ship and it’s reasons for having arrived on Earth. It’s clear from the outset that ship has a special ability to block out communications and electricity around it adding a degree of difficulty to the task.

I would describe this book not as an action novel, although it does have it’s moments, but more as a psychological thriller with a science fiction bent to it. The author very much focuses on the “what if” questions around an alien invasion. This novel seems to have aged well, and although others have complained about a lack of female characters, to me this seems highly reflective of government forces at the time. Unfortunately this novel lacked a strong ending with clear resolution, instead leaving many questions unanswered; somewhat disappointing after a strong build up in tension. For that reason I’d rate this book as 3 out of 5 stars.


5 thoughts on “Fade-Out by Patrick Tilley (3 stars) – Spoiler Free Review

  1. Man, NG must be scraping the barrel if they’re recycling 50 year old books now! Well, technically, the publishers are the ones scraping the barrel, NG is just providing the spoon 🙂

    Have you read read Childhood’s End by Clarke? Just wondering how this might compare to that.

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    1. To follow that analogy, they are double dipping. It was rereleased with this same cover in 2013.

      I haven’t read Childhood’s End yet but we have a copy of it in the bookshelf. A good opportunity to get started on it.

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      1. Oh, ahh, that is even WORSE! Crusty old pickles that gramma licked and put back. YUCK!

        I’m not a huge fan of CE or even Clarke in particular, but I think that CE has permeated ideas out through culture. And Clarke could write some awesome short stories. I have his collection, “More than One Universe” and really like it.

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  2. hello mr and mrs nw its dennis the vizsla dog hay my dada sez he is pritty shoor he red this buk bak in hi skool!!! and he also red a buk kalld fail safe!!! and he stil has to think abowt it for a minnit to reemember wich wun is wich!!! ok bye

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