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Plan of Attack [Kindle Edition]

Dale Brown
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From Publishers Weekly

Longtime series hero Maj. Gen. Patrick McLanahan takes to the air again in this rousing-as-usual techno-military thriller by veteran Brown. Always the loose cannon, the general has been demoted and reassigned after sending his unmanned robo-planes against a Russian missile battery without permission. As narrated in Brown's last book, Air Battle Force, the Taliban military, chased out of Afghanistan by American troops, has invaded Turkmenistan. The Russian Federation, reacting to the invasion and overthrow of the Russian-backed government, sends an occupying force. The Americans are part of the U.N. peacekeeping mission when the Security Council issues orders for all parties to halt military activity. The first third of the book relates the backstory and ramps up readers on all the new military hardware. Each weapons system is minutely described, and the characteristics of its employment lovingly detailed. But this minutiae fades into the background as Brown kicks on the after-burners when the nefarious president of the Russian Federation, Gen. Anatoliy Gryzlov, plans a long-range bomber attack on the U.S. mainland. The disgraced but unbowed McLanahan must convince the government and the armed services to follow his ingenious and daring plan to halt the Russian assault. The resulting battles, both in the air and on the ground, are riveting, as they are in all of Brown's books, proving once again that he is the grand master of his genre. Readers who are new to the series would be advised to dive in several novels back (The Tin Man; Battle Born; Warrior Class), while those who are already up to speed can look forward to another pulse-pounding, fact-filled read.
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From Booklist

Brown, the author of a string of technothrillers, returns with another in the Patrick McLanahan series. The novel follows on the heels of last year's Air Battle Force, which established that McLanahan, the aerial warfare expert, is now commanding a unit of commandoes who employ robotic attack planes to carry out top-secret missions. Now McLanahan is trying to defend the U.S. from attack while redeeming himself in the eyes of his military superiors (who recently demoted him for bending the rules). It's typical Brown, with plenty of technological bafflegab, rough-and-tough dialogue, and tough-as-nails characters. By this point, McLanahan has been through it all: he's been caught up in a power struggle in the Middle East, put his neck on the line in Korea, risked it all in the Persian Gulf, and hunted down a KGB mole. And yet, probably because he believes so passionately in what he's writing about, Brown somehow manages to keep this series from becoming, well . . . ludicrous. For fans of over-the-top, gut-wrenching thrillers, this one's a winner. David Pitt
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Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 658 KB
  • Print Length: 464 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0062021842
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (March 17 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FC1SB8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #117,094 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another good one! May 21 2004
Format:Hardcover
Dale Brown has done it again! General Pat Mclanahan is back in action in another rousing military thriller. This time the General is no longer a general as he has been demoted and reassigned. The plot has the Russians luanching an attack on the US and the general has a daring plan to prevent the attack. Again Brown does a great job of describing the military arsnal. If you are new to Dale Brown I recomend you start a few books earlier.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A SUITABLY SUSPENSEFUL READING July 17 2004
By Gail Cooke TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Dale Brown, master of the techno-thriller, presents one of his most frightening scenarios in "Plan Of Attack" - nuclear destruction so devastating that the mere thought of its scope causes tremors of fear. It would be the end of our country as we know it.
Voice performer J. K. Simmons imbues his reading with a somber sincerity which makes this threat plausible whether it's through the vengeful voice of Russian President General Anatolly Gryzlov or determined hero Major General Patrick McLanahan.
When it comes to aerial warfare, McLanahan knows it best. But, he's no longer in charge - demoted to a job pushing papers at a desk. However, that doesn't mean he doesn't know what's going on, and he's fully aware that Russia's bomber bases are very active. Getting the higher-ups to pay attention to this is another story.
Gryzlov is relentless; he'll not be satisfied until he makes McLanahan pay for bombing a Russian base. His first move is a sneak attack. McLanahan knows what's going on, but what can he do about it?
Therein lies a terrific tale of techno-terrorism. Hang on to the seats of your chairs when you listen to this one!
- Gail Cooke
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4.0 out of 5 stars TOP NOTCH DELIVERY OF HARROWING TALE July 16 2004
By Gail Cooke TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Dale Brown, master of the techno-thriller, presents one of his most frightening scenarios in "Plan Of Attack" - nuclear destruction so devastating that the mere thought of its scope causes tremors of fear. It would be the end of our country as we know it.
Voice performer J. K. Simmons imbues his reading with a somber sincerity which makes this threat plausible whether it's through the vengeful voice of Russian President General Anatolly Gryzlov or determined hero Major General Patrick McLanahan.
When it comes to aerial warfare, McLanahan knows it best. But, he's no longer in charge - demoted to a job pushing papers at a desk. However, that doesn't mean he doesn't know what's going on, and he's fully aware that Russia's bomber bases are very active. Getting the higher-ups to pay attention to this is another story.
Gryzlov is relentless; he'll not be satisfied until he makes McLanahan pay for bombing a Russian base. His first move is a sneak attack. McLanahan knows what's going on, but what can he do about it?
Therein lies a terrific tale of techno-terrorism. Hang on to the seats of your chairs when you listen to this one!
- Gail Cooke
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1.0 out of 5 stars like most............. July 12 2004
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
big name tech thriller authors, Brown has gotten to be soooo bad IMHO. They think just their name (Clancy etc) will be enough. Luckily I get it at the library!
Plot is bad, characters lifeless, I didnt even care who won by the end!!!!!
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1.0 out of 5 stars boring July 6 2004
Format:Hardcover
this kind of story line (us vs russia) and charachter development (the main charachters are the weapons and weapons systems) went out of fashion 15 years ago. this book is boring, the plot ridiculous, the authenticity incredulous - in short, I might read this book if the cable was out, it was raining, i had run out of wine, the cd player was broken, and it was the only book on the shelf.
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Format:Hardcover
I think this will catch me up on my book reviews over the last week... :-)
For some recreational reading, I picked up Dale Brown's Plan Of Attack. This is one of those military war thrillers involving the use of hi-tech weaponry to defeat the enemy. Overall, a pretty good read.
In the latest episode of Patrick McLanahan's adventures, he's been demoted a rank for once again skirting a direct order given to him for defending a certain area by having and using some offensive weapons when they are attacked. He ends up tucked away at a desk top with strict orders to mind his own business and just do his job. But he ends up getting intel that points to Russia preparations to launch a full-scale nuclear attack on the US. His direct superiors won' t listen to what appears to be an outlandish conclusion, so he goes over their heads and ends up facing a court martial. But of course, he's right and the attack takes place. His small group of hi-tech commandos are one of the few resources left to counter-attack, and he has to once again disobey some orders in order to make his plan happen.
Since this book uses characters that have appeared in other Dale Brown novels, there is not a lot of background character development. If you haven't read the previous novels, you might be a little lost as to why McLanahan is viewed in such a negative light. The story moves along at a decent pace, and the different weaponry is interesting to think about. While I didn't see it as a "can't put it down" book, I did enjoy the read.
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