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Piranha: A Dreamland Thriller [Audiobook, CD, Unabridged] [Audio CD]

Dale Brown , Jim DeFelice , Christopher Lane , Inc. Brilliance Audio
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Sept. 4 2012 Dale Brown's Dreamland Series (Book 4)
Dreamland--a place where the most brilliant minds create cutting-edge artillery and aircraft technology--launch their new remote-operated underwater probe called the Piranha to monitor tensions between the Indian and Chinese navies.

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This brisk, if conventional, entry in Brown and DeFelice's jargon-filled series of military thrillers (Dale Brown's Dreamland: Nerve Center, etc.) takes a team of high-tech pilots from Dreamland, an aerospace weapons-testing facility, to sea. Piranha, an underwater robot capable of surveillance and attack, opens its career by outmaneuvering a Naval carrier. It quickly graduates from the testing phase, however, when a crisis in the China sea erupts and a Dreamland team-including Col. Dog Bastian, his daughter Capt. Breanna Stockard and her husband, wheelchair-bound Zen Stockard-is assigned to keep an eye on the goings-on between India and China. The simple mission heats up when the Dreamlanders get into a fray with the Chinese, who are anxious to test some secret machinery of their own. The authors describe each advanced weapon in such detail that readers, had they the tools, could conceivably build their own arsenal. Though these details bog down the narrative at times, the story thankfully slams into overdrive midway through. All in all, the book's overwhelming number of acronyms may discourage new readers, but fans of the series should have no complaints.
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Dale Brown is the author of numerous New York Times bestsellers, starting with Flight of the Old Dog in 1987. A former U.S. Air Force captain he can often be found flying his own plane over the skies of Nevada.

Jim DeFelice is the author of many military thrillers and has frequently collaborated with New York Times bestselling authors Stephen Coonts, Larry Bond, and Richard Marcinko. DeFelice’s solo novels include Threat Level Black, Coyote Bird, War Breaker, and Brother’s Keeper.

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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Dreamland books I've read Nov. 22 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
India and China are getting ready to rumble. They have two fleets heading for each other. The Indian navy has a new weapon called Kali--a cruise missile that can be fired like a torpedoe thus hiding the attacking submarine.
However, a joint air force / navy group is testing an advanced underwater imaging system called Piranha. Naturally Dreamland and 3 Megafortresses are tagged to run the initial tests. WHen things heat up in the Pacific, they deploy Piranha to keep track of the opposing fleets and prevent the conflagration.
The story is set in 1997, and some of the technology described here might have already made its way from the drawing board to implementation. Clearly, recent events in Afghanistan and Iraq demostrate US technically superiority over everyone else.
This book is tightly written and real joy to read. There is absolutely nothing described here that isn't possible and that's what makes it so great.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read Jan. 8 2004
By TK
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I tried three times to get back into this novel. The early pages didn't really have much punch and consisted of too many characters, jargon and acronyms. Near the middle my persistence paid off and I couldn't put the book down. The flights were exciting and the combats (too few) were realistic.
The technology was quite believable and and always seen to work better than expected. You got the feeling that Dreamland really does exist!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Dreamland books I've read Nov. 22 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
India and China are getting ready to rumble. They have two fleets heading for each other. The Indian navy has a new weapon called Kali--a cruise missile that can be fired like a torpedoe thus hiding the attacking submarine.
However, a joint air force / navy group is testing an advanced underwater imaging system called Piranha. Naturally Dreamland and 3 Megafortresses are tagged to run the initial tests. WHen things heat up in the Pacific, they deploy Piranha to keep track of the opposing fleets and prevent the conflagration.
The story is set in 1997, and some of the technology described here might have already made its way from the drawing board to implementation. Clearly, recent events in Afghanistan and Iraq demostrate US technically superiority over everyone else.
This book is tightly written and real joy to read. There is absolutely nothing described here that isn't possible and that's what makes it so great.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read Jan. 8 2004
By TK - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I tried three times to get back into this novel. The early pages didn't really have much punch and consisted of too many characters, jargon and acronyms. Near the middle my persistence paid off and I couldn't put the book down. The flights were exciting and the combats (too few) were realistic.
The technology was quite believable and and always seen to work better than expected. You got the feeling that Dreamland really does exist!
4.0 out of 5 stars Brown's fourth book gets four stars May 3 2006
By Matthew Law - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A typical novel of Dale Brown, consisting of the usual high tech weaponry and battle scenes. Set in the United States, the corporation of Dreamland is back with a new probe, Piranha for testing. However they must deloy this drawing board product before a nuclear war can be waged between China and India. The intensive briefing and exciting battle sections is what captivates an audience to continue reading throughout the series. Dale Brown ties in the use of high tech weaponary, yet in the same time allowing us to visualize the realism of these high tech gadgets. As the climax of the story builds up from all the different components from previous books, the uprising feel of anxiety rushes to all readers as the novel reveals the truth. The only downfall of this book lies upon it's the consistent and repeatative in context of the foreshadowing. Reader's can simply understand the foreshdadow, causing the ending to be less surprising than expected.
3.0 out of 5 stars How about China against India..... Jan. 2 2009
By Semper Fi! - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
instigated by Tawian. Now there is foundation for a good story. Like all of his stories it is way too technical. In fact the first part was hard to read because of this. But once the action started I enjoyed reading it. The action took place in the South China Sea. Dreamland had to come to the rescue before a world war would break out. They did their heroic deeds such as blowing up topedoes that were aimed at the Chinese.

I enjoyed how the Navy tried to interfer with the operation. Your standard military hogwash. But in the end the good guys prevailed.

I would have rated it higher but the last section with Zen thinking his wife cheated on him really disapointed me. In the future I wish Zen would clean up his act.
5.0 out of 5 stars Another exciting Dale Brown novel Oct. 19 2013
By Les - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I recommend this novel to readers who like military/technological novels. Dale Brown's plots follow a certain formula, but his novels are always entertaining.
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