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Dale Brown is a former captain in the U.S. Air Force. He lives in Nevada, where he can often be found high in the sky, piloting his own plane. He is the author of eleven previous novels.


Aerial warfare expert Patrick MacLanahan is back and, as in Fatal Terrain, he's battling his cowardly military superiors, egotistical politicians in Washington, and just about everyone else on the globe. He must risk his career and his life to deploy newly developed Air Force technology and nullify the threat of global thermonuclear war (posed by a conflict between China and Korea). Longtime action-fiction writer Brown has created a world dominated by paranoia, military concerns, and the hardware of modern war. His characters have the annoying habit of repeating and contradicting themselves. They also speak at great length about their fondness for weaponryÄpages of description and detail about aircraft and ordinance slow down an otherwise fast-moving if predictable story. Public libraries with Brown fans will want to purchase this title, but there is little reason for anyone else to do so. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 8/99.]ÄPatrick J. Wall, University City P.L., MO Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Last spotted on a singlehanded crusade against international terrorism in The Tin Man, veteran hero Patrick McLanahan, now a one-star general, is back at the head of a U.S. Air Force team in this 12th military techno-thriller from the ever-popular Brown. The general's crewÄa motley gang of rule-breaking hotheads from the Nevada Air National GuardÄis unorthodox, but desperate times call for desperate measures. It's April 2000, and a starving North Korean pilot has just tried to take out Seoul with nuclear weapons. This leads to the Second Korean War, as American flyers help their South Korean allies conquer a seriously weakened enemy. But a new united Korea is soon threatening China, and only McLanahan's team, flying Megafortress bombers equipped with sophisticated antiballistic missiles, can prevent nuclear conflict. Sidestepping obstructive air force bureaucracy and quelling the feuds smoldering among his pilots, McLanahan takes on the role of a renegade elder statesman in his latest foray, leaving most of the flying to his Nevada team, headed by Rinc "Rodeo" Seaver and Rinc's clandestine lover and commanding officer, Rebecca Furness. Seaver, accused of causing the deaths of three officers in a training maneuver, has a lot to prove, and it is his story that drives the personal subplot. Brown's strongest suit, however, has always been his ability to generate tension through high-wire aeronautics and technological breakthroughs, and in this tale he flourishes an ace: top secret plasma-yield warheads, subatomic weapons that silently vaporize their targets. His dialogue is as stilted as ever, and the acronym count as high, but Brown's poetry lies in his exhaustive tribute to the machinery of war, and fans will thrill to it once again in this solid addition to the series. Agent, Robert Gottlieb at William Morris. Simultaneous BDD audio. (Nov.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

"A first-class thriller."
-- Abilene Reporter-News

"Brown serves up enough ... lethal hardware and over-the-top action to satisfy the most discerning techno-thriller fan."
-- USA Today "Brown's poetry lies in his exhaustive tribute to the machinery of war, and fans will thrill to it once again in this solid addition to the series."
-- Publishers Weekly Also by Dale Brown: The Tin Man

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