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The Tin Man [Kindle Edition]

Dale Brown
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)

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Patrick McLanahan, a sometime secret agent for the military and an associate of a high-tech company that manufactures weapons for the armed forces, is the hero of Dale Brown's fast-paced thriller The Tin Man. When McLanahan's kid brother, a rookie cop in Sacramento, is severely injured by a gang of international terrorists, McLanahan decides to take justice into his own hands and shut down their operation. In order to do so, McLanahan must figure out who these heavily-armed thugs are and track them down. He and the owner of the high-tech company develop a powerful weapon to help him accomplish that task--a bulletproof suit equipped with rocket thrusters that makes McLanahan a formidable fighting machine. McLanahan soon comes to be known as the tin man.

Meanwhile, the criminal mastermind Gregory Townsend and his cohorts in the Aryan Brigade wreak havoc in California. They stage a violent armed robbery and try to wrest control of the booming trade in illegal drugs from neo-Nazi biker gangs. Townsend tells a new recruit that he and his men plan to become "the Microsoft of the methamphetamine trade"--but it seems likely that his goal is even larger and more sinister than that. This book should appeal to fans of Ian Fleming's James Bond thrillers. Like Bond, McLanahan gets to use a lot of cleverly-designed high-tech gadgets to extract himself from sticky situations. The Tin Man is packed with skillfully crafted action scenes. It's a pretty good yarn. --Jill Marquis

From Publishers Weekly

The tag line "This time it's personal" comes to mind in Brown's 11th techno-thriller (after Fatal Terrain). Instead of foreign countries and the threat of WWIII, international terrorism hits the streets of Sacramento, Calif., in the form of Gregory Townsend, who is apparently out to unite California's motorcycle gangs and corner the amphetamine market. His one mistake is wounding the brother of Brown's series hero, veteran Patrick McLanahan, during the robbery of a mall. The resulting mayhem is a tribute to Brown's storytelling abilities; it's an unlikely but successful mix of a revenge plot, a meditation on vigilante justice and a superhero-origin story. McLanahan becomes a one-man army, known as the Tin Man, with the help of some cutting-edge technology from his current employer, a defense contractor. It turns out that Townsend's ultimate aims are not quite what they appear to be; Brown's intentions are just as slippery. While the dark side of vigilante justice has haunted pulp fiction heroes like the Avenger and comic book heroes from Batman to the Punisher, it's a rarity in thriller fiction, which usually likes to keep things black and white and far from home. Brown does the opposite in this novel?he gives this modern Batman a hard-edged twist and a dose of techno-reality, and through a neat plot twist shows how the power to survive and to commit violence is both painful and seductive. Bottom line, it's a page-turning start to a fresh new direction for both Brown and McLanahan. And now that the Tin Man is part of Brown's universe, it will be interesting to see what Brown makes of him. Major ad/promo; simultaneous BBD Audio.
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Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1197 KB
  • Print Length: 466 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0007361726
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reprint edition (Nov. 4 2009)
  • Sold by: Random House Canada, Incorp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0030P1WJ0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #57,405 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars A mixbag,... Aug. 15 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is my first Dale Brown book. I must say I like his imagination in intergrating the high-tech gadgets (including the BERP material) into this story. I like the action and the ups and downs that the main characters go through. My main critisism would be that there is too much emphasis on tough and macho talk between the brothers and the cop community in general. I feel that as a result of this "talk" the story itself has become a bit unrealistic.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Bad? worse! June 25 2003
By Tango
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I am a fan of Mr Brown's aviation books. I can't believe it's him that wrote this drivel. Please don't buy it, buy any of his "Old Dog" books instead.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dale does it again! April 30 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
First off, I thought the Tin Man wouldn't be a very good book, Dale Brown usually works with bombers and aviation, and this one had not much to do with that. Well, boy was I wrong. This book is amazing. You probably already know Patrick McLanahan. His brother is a rookie cop in Sacremento and is one of the first casualties in this miniature war. Then, Patrick tries to avenge his brothers death using a new armor technology which is stronger and light than Kevlar. He then becomes known as, The Tin Man. If you have read any of Dale Browns' books, you must read this one.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Awful. April 24 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I saw this book on a store shelf about two years ago, and having heard good reviews for Dale Brown decided to pick it up. Shortly after that, the book managed to get lost on my bookshelf and I never noticed it again until a week ago. Boy, I wish I hadn't noticed it.
I read someone's review that said that people who liked Brown's other books usually seemed to hate this one. Having heard this, I think that would be the only reason I would ever read another one of his books. The plot was scattered, the villain had no clear motive other than he was "crazy," and the characters and dialogue just became too annoying. I did finish the book, but then immediately threw the thing across the room as a final act of getting it out of my system. It was THAT bad.
If you need an escape from reality and don't mind reading a book that doesn't have any of that baggage called "thought" then you might actually like this book. But honestly, I haven't been this annoyed with a book since Dragon by Clive Cussler. If you want real action and grit, go with Andy McNab.
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3.0 out of 5 stars split personality March 27 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is one half of a terrific novel. The first half, a gritty no-punches-held crime drama, is dynamite as it introduces the characters and sets up the inevitable conflict, even if the science is a bit shaky in spots. Unfortunately, somewhere about the halfway point, it starts to head south, and it turns into a hybrid sci-fi/James Bond thriller totally at odds with what came before; some reviewers on this page have likened it to a comic book, and I have to admit I agree. A scientist's puppy-dog infatuation with his female boss does not help matters any, either. Still, it's a nice thrill ride if you can suspend your disbelief.
NOTE: It seems those who love Brown's other books hate this one, and vice versa.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The tin man armour is developed... Nov. 16 2002
Format:Audio Cassette
Fantastic story about Patrick MacClanahan brother Paul. The story starts out with Paul's first day on the job as a cop, and just how things go so badly wrong during a robbery.
In this story you are also introduced to the Tin Man armor developed by Sky Masters Inc. (which has a few huge issues as in it's initial use), Patrick and Wendy have their first child (almost costing Wendy her life) and you see John Masters interact both as a warrior and you meet his love interest.
The story is fast paced as they usually are for Dale Brown.
Intrigue is about with this story as you have Meth Cookers and Bikers trying to get richer and richer as well as control the drug market, or are they really? You will have to listen to see.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Barely Two Stars Nov. 29 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Oh my. This was my first and last Dale Brown book. I was expecting something better. It took serious effort to stick with this book to the finish. The dialog made Clancy look good. So cheesy. The only redemptive value is it's pretty face-paced. Find a better way to spend your time.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Bad Nov. 19 2001
Format:Audio CD
It's a shame. A good author prints a couple of really good books and for whatever reason ends up regurgitating poor books with little plot but guaranteed to generate revenue at a phenomenal rate. This book had very little of substance in it. Although pretty clear from the description, the plot line is a pretty wide divergence from Brown's usual fare (hi-tech military shoot-em-up) -- a direction he should not have taken.
The plot was weak and predictable and the writing marginal. Like Tom Clancy, Steven King and John Grisham Dale Brown generated a few great books and now seems to have run out of ideas.
Truly a shame
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