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Fatal Terrain [Mass Market Paperback]

Dale Brown
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Jan. 11 2002
The bestselling author of Dale Brown’s Dreamland and Warrior Class, Dale Brown thrills readers with his chillingly realistic descriptions of high-tech warfare. Now, in this explosive novel, Brown takes to the Asian skies…

The People’s Republic of China has launched a terrifying attack against Taiwan. Cold. Swift. Deadly. The U.S. isn’t willing to stand by and watch, but when they come to Taiwan’s aid, they’re dealt an unexpected blow from Chinese forces. It looks like the U.S. is going down…

Until aerial strike warfare expert Patrick McLanahan and genius Jon Masters come into the picture. Together, they have created a monsterthe EB-52 Megafortress. A high-tech display of weaponry, fully equipped with stealth cruise missiles. The most sophisticated bomber the world has ever seen. The unsinkable “flying battleship.”

Now China is on its way to a nuclear high noon. And the Doomsday clock is ticking…

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From Library Journal

In this all-too-predictable tale, a reconfigured B-52 bomber and its doughty crew try to prevent a war between Taiwan and the People's Republic of China. Dastardly politicians and greedy military careerists attempt to thwart our friends in the skies, but, aided by hawkish President Martindale, strike-warfare expert Patrick McLanahan and his buddies put their prototype aircraft through its paces while flirting with their own capture or destruction. Unfortunately, Brown here fails to live up to the thought-provoking substance of his previous books, notably Shadows of Steel (LJ 6/15/96). The major characters from those earlier works reappear (accompanied by turgid recapitulations of past escapes) and seize the opportunity to weigh in on the side of the good guys. Despite battle scenes and lots of shouted dialog, the pace is leaden and the characterizations dull. Only for comprehensive Brown or aviation-fiction collections.
-?Elsa Pendleton, Boeing Information Svcs., Inc., China Lake, Cal.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The Old Dog (an airplane, as Brown regulars know) learns yet more new tricks in Brown's latest technothriller. The EB-52 Megafortresses (improved descendants of the Old Dog) are about to be scrapped, the rest of the U.S. heavy bomber force radically downsized. Then the Chinese seriously try to conquer Taiwan, and President Martindale wants to defend it equally seriously, despite U.S. military weakness, interservice rivalry, and political opposition. Led by Brad Elliott and Patrick McLanahan, the reunited Old Dog crew flies one official mission against the Chinese--and then is faced with arrest for exceeding orders. The next mission--unofficial--becomes justly compared with the exploits of the Flying Tigers of World War II and precipitates a decisive U.S. bomber counteroffensive that defeats the Chinese. Longer on well-handled action and hardware than on characterization (virtually all the navy personnel in it are caricatures), the yarn is another consistent page-turner from Brown, anyway, and won't disappoint his numerous readers. Roland Green --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A big blast wind from the east ! May 28 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Since Sky Masters - when the B2 was on top of South East Asia's Sea, I found another big blast wind from the east. Brown took more serious what happen if China invades Taiwan (I am hoping it's never happen). I read Brown's thriller even more scary this time. All the ballistic missiles ready to aim Taiwan, major scales battle! Hardly to imagine. Definitely Very accurate story and Yes! another best writter from Brown.
Don't ever miss this!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Read Nov. 10 2003
Despite the liberal posters and armchair military experts, I loved this book! Sure, many of the weapons and situations are fictional (as far as I know).
The excessive military jargon was almost humorous and actually fun to read. Brown makes sure you know what all the acronyms mean. The situations and flight duals with jets and missiles were great. The plot had some great twists.
It had me looking up all the different aircraft used. A fun and hard to put down book, I would highly recommend it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Excellent Book from Dale Brown April 19 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Fatal Terrain is another excellent book by Dale Brown. In this wonderful book, the Chinese are going to invade Taiwan. When the USA runs to thier side to defend them, they find themselves in a heap load of trouble around the world. Join Patrick McLanahan, Brad Elliot, and Jon Masters in this exciting book to defeat the Chinese War Machine. I recomend you read Sky Masters and Shadows of Steel before you read Fatal Terrain.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Repetitive and unconvincing Dec 4 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"Fatal Terrain" refers to one of the many theories on war espoused by Sun-Tzu, a clue that Dale Brown's latest novel is aimed at communist China (Brown's books dwell on the same characters in a loose series that seems to shift between eastern Europe, the far east and Iran). In "Fatal", Beijing is moved to take a stab at conquering Taiwan again (called Formosa Dao) by a fiery Admiral Sun - who isn't so much a fiery communist as he is military minded. Ceaselessly quoting Sun-Tzu for a cadre of top-ranking red Chinese (who speak in the same stilted pseudo-language that all foreigners speak in technothrillers), Admiral Sun whips the moribund Chinese military into shape. PLAN ships and PLAAF planes arrayed with the latest hardware, and upgraded missiles lay waste to Taiwan, while the Americans are paralyzed by liberals, bureaucrats and - because the USAF is the only service capable of readily meeting the threat - practically crippled by the craven Navy Admiral Balboa. To meet the threat, the Americans rely on the covert help of Brad Eliot and his Dreamland team. Recycled from previous Brown books, Eliot is reviled as a man who doesn't play by the rules and won't let bureaucrats, liberals or the Navy get between him and the mission (okay, we're not really supposed to hate the guy, we're supposed to root for a guy who won't be a team player when the team is staffed with morons). With his souped-up B-52, the "Megafortress", he starts a secret war against the Chinese. Unfortunately, not all the high-tech on the planet can match the Chinese in terms of numbers or media-manipulation. First gamely assisting his mentor, hero AF ace Pat McLanahan comes to realize that Eliot may at last be going too far...even for him. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Chinese Invade Tiawan? Nov. 4 2002
Format:Audio Cassette
Fantastic Audio Book by Dale Brown. He is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors.
In this story the US is about to retire the B2 and other large heavy artillery bombers from service as many see they are no longer needed...At the same time China has decided that it finally wants Taiwan back and is going to go after it. Mostly with the plans of one man with a few outrageous ideas, making it seem like the US is helping Taiwan and is sabotaging many different Chinese events etc. When in fact it is all just part of the Chinese plan. In this one you see the retired McClannahan as well as Gen. Brad Elliot. They along with some of their new toys from Sykmasters Inc. and a few pals you have seen before or in the future stories, help to turn the tide of the on slot. In addition the Chinese actually use Nukes much to everyone's surprise. This is a fast paced audio with lots of information coming at you.
One this that was sorta annoying was that the narrator used the same voice for a few of the characters which confused me at first.
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2.0 out of 5 stars It is just fiction June 6 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I read the entire book. You can enjoy the story only if you remind yourself that it is just fiction. Don't let the author's lack of knowledge about: a) politics; b) foreign affairs; c) the legal system; d) business or a host of other areas interfere with your reading. The characters are cartoon characters- no depth. The plot is predictable (the good guys win). That being said, Brown tells a good tale. I did finish it. It was entertaining if not great literature.
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4.0 out of 5 stars NOT a Fatal Error! March 28 2001
By A. Nod
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Dale Brown uses current events to create a nonstop exciting military action and adventure. China attack Taiwan? It's a topic that's been circulated in very recent years.
You're given insight into military jargon, terms and strategies and a good dose of history to add more realism.
Brown is a good first step to reading Tom Clancy. He isn't too lengthy about technical terms, which at times are nice and at other occasions just too much detail. He tells you enough and continues the action without disrupting the scene.
This has been the first book by Dale Brown that I have read; I can't wait to read his others!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! Must read!
A very recent fan of Dale Brown, this was my first book. I have since read most of the others, including Flight of the Old Dog and still say this is the best one from him yet. Read more
Published on Nov. 12 2000 by IflyDMEarcs
1.0 out of 5 stars Brown's Alternate Reality
An Air Force fantasy, Fatal Terrain projects a world that has no relation to the real one. A private company wages war instead of the military; Hong Kong is in the Formosa Strait,... Read more
Published on April 10 2000 by John Campbell
1.0 out of 5 stars It's not the money I regret wasting, but the time!
One stinker-oo of a book! Where to begin? Dialogue that cracks like cellophane - hollow and stiff? A plot that meanders around in circles? Read more
Published on March 27 2000 by Bryan Kamerer
1.0 out of 5 stars might be the worst military thriller ever written
You aren't going to believe this. There is a supersecret program to sell super-duper-ultra-hi-tech B-52 variants to the Air Force, put out by what seems like a garage outfit, but... Read more
Published on Feb. 17 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Dale Brown...keep on writing!
I just can't stop reading any of Dale Browns books. He is the supreme writer when it comes to aerial thillers, just as Mike DiMercurio is the master of the submariner thriller. Read more
Published on Feb. 8 2000 by PlotDoc
2.0 out of 5 stars Pure Fantasy
Two retired US Generals, the President of the US, the entire Chinese Communist leadership, and dozens if not hundreds of career military officers go bonkers, break discipline,... Read more
Published on Nov. 24 1999 by Bill Guenthner
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