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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Random House Audio; Abridged edition (Nov. 2 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553526499
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553526493
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 11.3 x 3.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 168 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,281,543 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Audio Cassette
If you prefer your tales of blood and slaughter served up with plenty of jaw-jutting angst, this book is for you. Dale Brown is to be saluted for getting this into print. I wouldn't publish it. The heros are monodimensionally combative with everyone, even each other. There's plenty of bombastic machismo dialogue. Still, the audio version is great for washing dishes. You can miss whole chapters while vacuuming and still follow the plot. And we get to focus on radio-transimitting microchips while thousands fry as the tactical nuclear weapons fly. Doesn't get any better than this for dissassociated mayhem. But hey, I listened to all of it, didn't I?
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By Gail Cooke TOP 50 REVIEWER on Feb. 18 2004
Format: Audio Cassette
For those who like their thrills laced with military action here is vintage Dale Brown. A former U.S. Air Force Captain who knows his subject well, Brown is recognized for his adroit delivery. Reprising his hero in former works, Patrick McLanahan, the author puts him in the thick of it immediately - leading a squadron of B-1 bombers into combat over Korea.
The fragile Asian peace has been placed in jeopardy. Descriptions of weaponry and flying tactics abound, as is routine for Brown. If techno-thrillers are your meat - here's a hearty helping. Reader Purdham is especially convincing in relating an aerial dogfight - he renders the melee succinctly and suspensefully.

- Gail Cooke
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Brown knows how to keep you rivited. His battle scenes were written so well I didn't want to put the book down when I got to them. The entire downfall of North Korea takes 80-90 pages to get through, but with missiles flying, a "true-believer" Commie missile battery commander trying to preserve the spirit of the revolution and the US Vice President caught in the middle, you can't help but keep reading until the whole thing's over.
Good job with the characters again. Many familiar faces in this one, including Becky Furness, the lady bomber pilot we last saw in "Chains of Command." The most intersting character has to be Rinc Seaver. He is a bit of an enigma when it comes to his motivation and his relationships with the rest of the cast, but that's what makes him so interesting. He also spends much of the book dealing with a training accident that killed two crew members. Creates quite a bit of tension among the people in his B-1 squadron.
As usual, Brown throws a whole lot of way cool high tech weapons at you. I will agree with one point some have made. I think Brown glossed over the impact of using nukes and chem weapons on the Korean Peninsula. Besides the obvious political ramifications, all the fallout would severely effect the whole of Korea, and most likely surrounding countries. I wish that and the actual devestation they caused to Korean cities was touched on a lot more. But that's really my only big complaint with this novel. Other than that, total thumbs up.
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By WG on May 14 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book was excellent. Another great book from Dale Brown! In this book, Patrick McLanahan has to put together a group of pilots to fly over Korean Penninsula and make it so that World War 3 does not start. That is because right before the joint US-South Korean-Japanese mock bombing raid, the South Korean pilots race across the border into North Korea to help the peoples revolt against the communists. To make sure that World War 3 does not start, Patrick needs an anti-ballistic missle system, but that won't be availible for years. Of course, as we all know, the guys over in Dreamland can get anything done. This is deffinetly 5 star work, if you have read and liked any Dale Brown books, you should deffinetly read this one. It is one of his best books.
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By W & T Perry on June 21 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Dale Brown returns with another aerial techno-thriller, after delving into a James Bondish yarn in Tin Man. This book, Battle Born, was not his best, but it wasn't bad either. 500+ pages and most of it was spent in building up a crew in Nevada to fly modified B-1Bs against ballistic missles.
The main storyline has South Korea coming into possesion of a nuclear weapon. Then after months of infiltrating North Korea with spys and helping to fight their poverty situation, the South Koreans attack, and most N. Koreans revolt against their fellow Communists to overthrow that form of government, effectively uniting Korea.
Meanwhile, in the U.S. a dysfunctional Air National Guard unit is being tested by Gen. Patrick McLanahan over the Nevada deserts in B-1B's. Dreamland is testing plasma-yield weapons as well as antiballilistic missles.
Back overseas, a United Korea has found a stockpile of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), i.e. chemical, biological and nuclear weapons. A leftover crew of loyal North Koreans, still with some WMD's launch an attack on the Southern part of Korea. The defense minister, Kim of United Korea, believes China launched the attack, and wants President Kwon to retaliate against the Chinese with nuclear weapons.
Hence, lies the political and military struggle for the rest of the book. China invades the northern part of Korea, while the
B1-B crews get their act together to keep Northeast Asia from becoming a nuclear wasteland.
Most of the book is dialogue, both normal and technical as only Brown can deliver. Some good aerial sequences, especially near the end.
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