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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.
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.See all Product Description
Since Sky Masters - when the B2 was on top of South East Asia's Sea, I found another big blast wind from the east. Read morePublished on May 28 2004 by Pierre Arronax (Herman)
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). Read morePublished on Nov. 10 2003 by Amazon Customer
Fatal Terrain is another excellent book by Dale Brown. In this wonderful book, the Chinese are going to invade Taiwan. Read morePublished on April 19 2003 by WG
I read the entire book. You can enjoy the story only if you remind yourself that it is just fiction. Read morePublished on June 5 2002 by Phillip J. Moore
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. Read morePublished on March 28 2001 by A. Nod
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 morePublished on March 27 2000 by Bryan Kamerer
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 morePublished on Feb. 17 2000
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 morePublished on Feb. 7 2000 by PlotDoc