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Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite
This is a big one. Flight of the Black Stork by Bill Broocke is a massive achievement. It brings together so many aspects from the Cold War, alien observation and invasion. It is a deep work that gives every reader a lot to think about. So many elements from today’s headlines are blended with tidbits and trivia from the past to create a very believable story. This is a unique and well thought out alien invasion story. Each chapter adds a layer of complexity, building up to a satisfying conclusion. The research and reading required to put something like this together is incredible. Honestly, it is almost too much story for one book, but because it is connected by a couple of generations of family and friends, it works.
The characters in Flight of the Black Stork have a huge job. They must give feeling and purpose to a plot that is larger than life. I liked Leanna McKenna and her family and friends. I liked the Russian Air Force officer who was a Chernobyl survivor. I liked all the characters, although I just felt that sometimes they were overshadowed by the plot. The aliens are interesting. The idea that they would take such a long-term approach as a practical invasion strategy was something very different from what we usually get. The attention to detail is what I enjoyed most about this book. The complex plot holds the story together and keeps moving you forward to the conclusion. Bill Broocke is a writer to watch out for.