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Act of War [Kindle Edition]

Dale Brown
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'Clancy's got serious company.' New York Daily News 'When a former pilot with years of experience turns his hand to writing thrillers you can take their authenticity for granted. His writing is exceptional and the dialogue, plots and characters are first-class! far too good to be missed.' Sunday Mirror 'Brown puts us into the cockpits of wonderful machines and gives us quite a ride. His flying sequences are terrific ! authentic and gripping.' New York Times Book Review 'The best military adventure writer in the country.' Clive Cussler

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From the corridors of power in
Washington to the frontlines of the war
on terror, Dale Brown takes you to the
heart of the action and introduces his
most exhilarating character to date

In Act of War, Dale Brown goes beyond anything he's done before, taking readers deep into the new world of intelligence-focused warfare, and introducing a cutting-edge new hero: thirty-two-year-old Army Major Jason Richter, designer of a whole array of futuristic infantry weapons and devices created to hunt down a new breed of enemy with unmatched speed and lethality. With all the thrilling battle scenes and expert military maneuvers that have become the hallmark of this New York Times bestselling author, this is an intense, action-packed spectacle that combines geopolitics, terrorism, and warfare.

Near Houston, Texas, an oil refinery belonging to one of the world's largest multinational energy companies is destroyed by a "backpack" nuclear device. This is just one of many attacks being perpetrated against the company around the world by a group whose mission is to stop global corporations and government organizations from plundering the world's natural resources in the name of profit.

Before this group strikes again, Jason Richter is called in with his top-secret high-tech military unit, code-named Task Force TALON, a special joint military and FBI unit set up by the national security advisor to track down and defeat terrorists around the world. Richter believes there is only one strategy in which to snare his opponents -- find, pursue, engage, and kill. And the only way to do this is to play them at their own game: Be unconventional and swift, hit-and-run and brutal enough to strike fear into the heart of the most dedicated terrorist. Richter must also lead the way through a series of unexpected turns that eventually uncovers a mole high up within the government who is in pursuit of his own personal revenge.

If Richter fails, it won't be just the lives of his team that are lost, but America itself.


Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 420 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0062021850
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (Oct. 13 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FCK670
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #156,430 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Act of War July 8 2005
By David
Format:Hardcover
I must say that this is by far one of the best books that I have ever read! Dale Brown did an excellent job on this book. I couldn't put it down at night. This is a must buy for anyone who likes action/adventure books.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars HORRIBLE cartoon. Insult to readers Oct. 10 2005
By GForse - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Been a long time Brown reader, but after this disater of a story, I think I'll give up. The only thing missing is the illustrations for this cartoon story that isn't even interesting or exciting on a fantasy level. I rolled my eyes and found myself wondering if Brown meant this as a comedy. When it was clear he intended it as a techno thriller I just felt sad for his lost art. It reminded me of a 6th graders creative story writing project. Sad sad sad.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Brown declares "War" on his fans... Sept. 21 2005
By Senator Blutarsky - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Act of War? How about "Act of Prostitution"?!

As I understand it, women, as a group, are much bigger purchasers of books these days than men. Falling into the latter category, that's bad news for me if I don't happen to be in the mood to read about crime solving cats or unfulfilling relationships that take place in picturesque settings somewhere in the foggy English countryside. Consequently, when my library does purchase an audio book with a male friendly theme, the occasion is not taken lightly. Double then, is my disappointment in this work.

What is it about technological thrillers and the people who inhabit them? Is it so hard to create compelling characters to go alongside the fantastic devices and events that propel such works? While the theme of this book holds promise, the execution is disastrous. Brown's characters are the worst kind of boring stereotypes... trite and dimensionless, you get the feeling they were drawn-up with a crayon on the back of a cocktail napkin. (An affliction that also seems to have fatally struck Clive Cussler in the similarly infantile Lost City) These shortcomings are never more plain than when any of them open their mouths. The inane platitudes and by-the-numbers cliché statements that are intended to pass for military jargon had me rolling my eyes and wondering how this guy ever got a book deal in the first place.

Taken in this context, the haphazard plotting and improbable technologies pale as problems. Do yourselves a favor and insist on investing your time reading something better. In the meantime, perhaps we can convince Mr. Brown to get to work on an "Act of Contrition" ...for foisting this mess upon us!
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars ok at best Sept. 22 2005
By C. Woody Butler - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
OK - we've got battlesuits instead of robot planes I guess so we can have people be put in harms way.

Pretty much this was blah and boring.

And it's got a stupid sex scene in it - Dale Brown's characters tend to be on the iffy side anyway but he should just NEVER write about sex.

Stick to airplanes!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A horrid introduction to Dale Brown July 12 2005
By J. Revay - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This was my first Dale Brown book and will be my last. While the book started with an interesting premise of terrorists using nukes against the US, it quickly degraded into something barely worthy of a comic book. The so-called hero is pathetically lame and all of the other characters are complete cardboard cut-outs (especially Sargent-MAJOR Jefferson). Maybe a cartoon show about the exoskeleton (the main character I think) in action might appeal to 8 year olds. I will stick with Vince Flynn and Brad Thor from now on.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not the Dale Brown that he used to be June 20 2005
By K. A. Downing - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
One of the silliest books I have read in some time. It's been sad to see Dale's writing spiral downward since the collapse of the Soviet Union, alongside so many other military writers like Tom Clancy, Stephen Coonts, Larry Bond and Harold Coyle. Without their biggest source of material, it seems as if they must come up with bigger and more contrived plots that just aren't fun to read.

A specific complaint about this book: The use of dialogue as plot exposition. Some of the things coming out of characters' mouths in this book are just silly. Major government officials don't have to call themselves by their full titles all the time, nor do they explain weapons systems each time they discuss them. What's wrong with simply adding in some explanations rather than dialogue?

This book reads like a video game, which coincidentally, is available for purchase - see the back cover. That's pretty weak.

Sadly, after "Flight of the Old Dog", there hasn't been much good reading from Mr. Brown. Not recommended.
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