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Bestseller Brown (Edge of Battle) takes the subject of his latest from current headlines—the rapprochement between Iran and Russia (the former wants to secure nuclear technology, the latter a new foothold in the Middle East). The emergence of an Iranian nuclear arsenal sets off a crisis, which the usual high-tech weaponry and clean-cut American flyboys (and now girls) deal with as effectively as ever in Brown's fictional world. The author presents his Iranian characters as more than cardboard villains, skillfully showing the influence of Islamic culture on their motivations. Of course, Brown also provides plenty of fast action and exotic hardware, like the XR-A9 space plane, plus such nice touches as a U.S. president who wants to make a space flight. Techno-thriller fans and aviation buffs will be well rewarded. (May)
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All but Brown's most avid fans, of whom there are many, are likely to give up on the latest Patrick McLanahan adventure. Although recent efforts have indicated a general smoothing out of the author's clunky prose style, this one makes it look as though he has gone downhill. Turgid is an understatement for this bloated, slow-moving opus. Dialogue scenes go on way longer than they need to, and the dialogue is painfully inept. Expository paragraphs and narrative descriptions are dull, as though Brown got the information down on paper as quickly as he could, intending to go back later and make it readable. On the other hand, the thriller plot will draw action fans—a Middle Eastern rebel leader calls on Patrick, his old nemesis, to help him defend himself against a terrorist army—and those who can't get enough high-tech gimmickry will enjoy Brown's latest inventions, including a suborbital space plane that sounds really cool. But wading through the book is like wading through rain-soaked mud: painful and exhausting for all but the truly motivated. Pitt, David
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  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (Oct. 13 2009)
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  • Language: English
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xb7e53780) out of 5 stars 104 reviews
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb401d528) out of 5 stars Once again, Dale Brown hits his stride May 19 2007
By Jerry Saperstein - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Dale Brown, putting it mildly, is inconsistent. Sometimes his novels are lackluster or worse. Other times, like his breakthrough "Flight of the Old Dog" are absolute page turners. "Strike Force" is one of Brown's best in recent years, a real page turner, loaded with action.

Many of the characters will be familiar to Brown's fans. Patrick McLanahan, the maverick general running Dreamland; President Martindle; Hal Briggs and some others. There are lots of new characters introduced to the Air Battle Force. One, in fact, may wonder at Brown's motivation in adding so many women to the combat roster. However, they all behave as if they were men, so it doesn't do anything one way or another to the story.

The story is complex in a way. An Iranian army general is demoted and shifted to an irregular religious militia where it is hoped he will be killed by a fanatic. As it turns out, the general initiates an insurgency against the theocracy. Iran is, by the way, nuclear capable in this novel which plays a big part in the story.

Brown really stretches things by having an unbelievably precocious 15 year old expatriate Iranian princess return to usurp both the insurgency and the theocracy.

But never fear: McLanahan is ready, disobeying orders, inciting Russia, invading a few countries with his Tin Man Air Battle Force, reactivating a militarized space station and, in general, doing what McLanahan does.

The characters are on the thin side, but in a Brown novel, that doesn't matter much: it's what they do that propels the story, not who they are. The plot, as usual, features lots of Washington inner sanctum warfare with ambitious, avaricious polticians and staffers - other than the President - doing what they perceive as best for themselves without regard for the nation's welfare. There are a couple of major editing blunders, but the action moves so fast, you probably won't catch them and if you do, they won't matter.

All in all, a terrific adventure read, especially for those who enjoy techno-thrillers. "Strike Force" is an absolute delight.

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb401d57c) out of 5 stars My last Dale Brown Nov. 10 2008
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
Long time reader. Picked it after seeing the 4 stars. Looks like the stars were gamed by the publisher.

A great disappointment. Lots of "Huh?" Characters that would hope to be two-dimensional. Damn near stream of consciousness, like this review. But with less focus. Too many turns without any acceleration. One good battle scene, two crappy ones.

Try something else. This one is not nearly worth the stars you see.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Kindle Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Dissapointing. Only interesting if you want to know about Iran's internal politics and mindset vis a vis the west. (Actually quite timely) A lot of quick and unrealistic twists in this novel keeps this reader confused.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb401d744) out of 5 stars Mouth watering techno-action thriller Aug. 9 2007
By John Washburn - Published on
Format: Hardcover
At a time when the United States and Russia are reeling from the aftermath of war, Iran has become a nuclear power still under the control of a totalitarian theocratic regime. However, General Buzhazi, a once respected and capable Iranian military leader, has plans to change that. He leads a military coup in Iran, first by attacking the headquarters of the Pasdaran, Iran's elite military guard, and then by leading an assault against the theocratic leaders at one of the nation's most sacred cities. His intent is to build democracy in Iran while toppling the regime that has done much to slander his religion. As word of his efforts spread, he begins to get more followers. Meanwhile, the uprising encourages the only living descendent of the ancient Iranian monarchy to come out of hiding and begin coordinating her own followers in an attempt to regain control of a government, now on the brink of collapse. A nuclear Iran finds itself in turmoil, with a theocratic leadership that quickly becomes desperate. The free world recognizes that a desperate, brutal regime with nuclear capability is a dangerous thing. The question is: How will America respond?

President Martindale turns to General Patrick McLanahan, the resourceful and bold leader who coordinated America's recent efforts against Russia after what became known as the "American Holocaust." McLanahan leads the Air Battle Force, an elite military unit that utilizes the most cutting edge of battlefield technology. They have just developed a supersonic spaceplane, affectionately called the "Stud," which is capable of speeds that mirror the Space Shuttle and can traverse the globe in a matter of hours while deploying offensive meteors capable of destroying any target with pinpoint accuracy. Although the spaceplane is still considered developmental, the situation dictates that it be put to immediate use.

The world is pushed to the brink of a full nuclear conflict and with each passing moment it becomes more clear that the only thing that could prevent a global catastrophe is McLanahan's Air Battle Force.

Dale Brown's trademark is his ability to combine near-future technology with modern day global issues and from this create action-packed military fiction with a striking, yet sophisticated, informative style. Strike Force is no different, and considering Brown is very good at what he does, it shouldn't be. His military experience shines, and with his knowledge and in-depth descriptions it seems as though he has inside information on America's latest, greatest and deadliest warfare machines. The target audience may be limited, but those who enjoy the military thriller will find a great deal of satisfaction in Dale Brown and Strike Force. Couple this with Edge of Battle, and I have become an instant fan. Add him as the latest on my list of favorites.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb401ddd4) out of 5 stars Excellent Combat Story! May 26 2007
By Melvin Hunt - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The hero of these stories General Patrick McLanahan has the nation of

Iran to deal with. General Hesarak al-Kan Buzhazi is being hunted by the

terror soldiers of the Pasadran. He had been arrested by the Pasadran but

was freed by old associates from his military days. He makes an urgent plea for help from General McLanahan. They had previously done battle in another Dale Brown book. The President does not want to commit troops to a civil disturbance in Iran. The President does authorize the use of the Black Stallion, a sophisticated space plane that Dreamland is developing.

General McLanahan is busy doing battle with the President and members of

the cabinet so the battle activity in Iran falls upon Captain Hunter Noble

a pilot.In the meantime McLanahan and his forces have to rescue a living

Princess,Azar Assiyeh Quagev who is a Iranian Monarch. General Hesarak and his movement against against the theoratic regime in Iran is gaining

momentum. General McLanahan and his troops have to handle the looming crisis in Iran. Russian complicity is also shown in this book.

This is a very realistic book that you will enjoy reading.