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Silent Lightning [Mass Market Paperback]

Joe Gribble
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Oct. 26 1998
With armed forces marshaling on Israel's border, Mossad confirms Syria's development of a devastating new weapon--an airborne, laser-guided missile system which would surely nullify Israel's defenses. Only with the intervention of the United States can this threat by countered! A hand-picked team of special operatives is assigned to penetrate Syrian lines with a top-secret aircraft, and launch a preemptive strike with the delicate weight of Middle Eastern power hanging in the balance.

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Gribble's first novel, a techno-thriller in the style of Tom Clancy, parades the author's considerable expertise about the air force and its planes, though the plotting and characterization do not fly as high. Syria is preparing to launch an attack that will wipe out Israel's air superiority. The U.S. enters the fray as Colonel John Kirk pulls Captain Lance Brandon and his Airborne Laser Laboratory (ALL, or Silent Lightning) out of retirement. It's an interesting premise, with ALL able to destroy any targeted, locked-on missile threatening protected aircraft. Unfortunately, Gribble circumvents the action scenes with page after page of acronyms and military jargon, ultimately causing the book to short-circuit.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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3.0 out of 5 stars I know who wrote this!!!! Feb. 28 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Personally, I find the book very intersting. Im looking forward to the sequel...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Starts slow, gets better as you go along. June 3 2000
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Not the greatest techno-thriller I've read, but interesting concept nonetheless. From 1-10 I'd rate it a 7.
Gribble looks like an author with a bright future. He can only improve in his next effort.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad May 10 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I rate books on a 1-10 basis, giving this an 8. It seemed like a good first effort, but didn't hold my attention as well as others of this genre. The book dragged in the beginning, picking up in the later pages. Hard to pinpoint why, but being an easy marker on this type of book, I thought he needed a little more experience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Action-packed and very original! Feb. 18 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Middle East is in crisis as Syria develops a new laser weapon that manages to knock down a stealth fighter. Not only that, Syria is also planning to use the weapon, featuring a sophisticated laser radar(LADAR . . . hang on, hasn't Dale Brown borrowed this idea for BATTLE BORN! ), along with SCUD chemical missiles to invade the Golan Heights and ultimately Israel. So enter Lance Brandon, an Air Force commander who formerly worked on an experimental anti-missile laser system called the Airborne Laser LAb, an NKC-135 aircraft. He comes out of retirement and with the aid of assorted military and scientific colleagues, redevelops the laser systems for use in combat against the Syrians. Some excellent action, not just in the air but at sea as a naval wing of EA-6B Prowlers assists the laser plane, and on the ground a Special Forces unit is caught in a bombing raid! And there's more . . . the prose comes fast and furious and very easy to understand, especially when it comes to the weapons systems of the NKC-135 and the story is a great update of FLIGHT OF THE OLD DOG(re: The Kavaznya laser becomes a more feasible system in this one!) but definitely leaves Dale Brown sitting on the taxiing ramp! Don't miss it. I thought the characters, notably Lance and his married life, and the Special Forces unit were strong, and I very much look forward to reading the follow-on, SILENT SABRE. So buy this book now and get ready to rock!
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