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Aug 21st, 2010 at 9:12pm
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From Edge of Armageddon - just to keep you going until I get back from holiday:



Cardwell looked at the list that Straker had given him. He looked up; This is quite a list, Colonel; Air portable, high manoeuvrability, amphibious, capable of transporting troops in platoon strength and heavily armed. If you want amphibious capability, let alone air portability, heavy armours not a viable option.
Are you saying you cant help? asked Straker.
Not at all, replied Cardwell, But this list looks as if its been drawn up by someone whos decided he wants a vehicle to cope with a military threat but is unclear on its exact nature. Perhaps, if you could give me some idea of the nature of the threat
Im sorry, Doctor. Apart from a few people who knew just enough to do their jobs, no one but Henderson and Straker knew the whole story. If knowledge of the alien threat became widely known, the consequences could be disastrous:
University research, some years before, had been hurriedly abandoned; the test subjects, hypnotised and conditioned to believe that contact with extra-terrestrials had been made, had exhibited extreme psychotic reactions.
With hindsight, the results should have been predictable, bearing in mind Mankinds short but bloody history, filled with wars over seemingly minor differences between nations. Those wars had been waged between members of the same species.
  It was clear that widespread panic and chaos would follow disclosure of a real alien threat.
Straker and Henderson had agreed from the outset that no one, but no one could know. It was the safest way the only way.
Cardwell continued: In many respects, it seems that what youre looking for is a cross between a Scorpion and a Stalwart.
Noticing Strakers blank look, he stood up; Perhaps it would be easier if I showed you.
Perhaps it would. Replied Straker.
Twenty minutes later, wearing olive green boiler suits over their clothes, the two men entered one of the enormous sheds at the rear of the site.
On the way, Cardwell pointed out an FV101 Scorpion reconnaissance vehicle as it headed towards the test track. Small and light, the air-portable tracked vehicle, just entering service with the Army and RAF Regiment, was capable of speeds up to seventy miles per hour on good roads. A feat that the local Constabulary had politely asked never to be repeated on the nearby dual carriageway on account of its unsettling effect on other motorists.
Straker had been suitably impressed. Speed of deployment, although not a primary concern, was a factor to be considered. Cardwell opened a small wooden door, let into the main shed door and ushered his guest inside.
  
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Reply #1 - Aug 22nd, 2010 at 6:56am
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This is so great!" Well-written and  thoroughly, utterly believable. Love it!
  

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Reply #2 - Aug 22nd, 2010 at 7:11am
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The reason it works is because I worked at MVEE for a couple of weeks during 1994

Dr David Cardwell was the real Superintendent of the site during the period of the story.


I work on the principle of not making up stuff if I don't have to. Effectively, I'm producing a Drama Documentary just inserting the UFO Characters into real situations and interacting with real people.

Anyway, I'm closing down for a week, during which I shall hopefully make a dent in the rest of the story
  
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Reply #3 - Aug 22nd, 2010 at 7:32am
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Yes, the reality of the sitaution shows through. I thoroughly love writing about  UFO, and the characters, but I never wanteed to write about them in the time they were set in. So its pure Fanfic for me. which is fair enoughj.It's all I really want to aspire to for now. But your story/account ssounds so far to be much more interesting than the rather stilted and mere rehash of the episodes that Robert Miall did.
I have both those books and to be honest, they are not very readable!
Really hoping you get Edge finished adn published. It would be super! And I'll want an autographed copy!
  

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Reply #4 - Aug 22nd, 2010 at 1:11pm
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That makes two of us! This is great work! Smiley
  

What do you mean, we're out of coffee!
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