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A Time for Patriots: A Novel (Patrick McLanahan) Kindle Edition

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"'Dale Brown is the best military adventure writer in the country.' Clive Cussler. 'Brown puts us in the cockpit...authentic and gripping.' New York Times."

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“A master….[Brown] puts readers right into the middle of the inferno.”
—Larry Bond

New York Times bestselling thriller-master Dale Brown delivers a story for our times. A Time for Patriots is one of his most explosive novels to date—a frightening, all-too-possible look into the near future, when the nation’s economic collapse turns thousands of Americans against their own government. In the midst of chaos, Patrick McLanahan—hero of Executive Intent, Rogue Forces, and many other previous adventures—must enlist the aid of his son and his fellow citizens to hunt down terrorists any way they can. In A Time for Patriots, Dale Brown brings the battle home!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1160 KB
  • Print Length: 394 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; Reprint edition (May 10 2011)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004OVEZ7A
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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa372f6c0) out of 5 stars Scrambled and Shallow May 9 2011
By David Hall - Published on
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I've read most of Dale Brown's body of work, and liked the majority of it. Although I finished "A Time for Patriots" pretty quickly, I didn't really enjoy the experience either during or after reading this book. I wasn't sure why I didn't enjoy the read until I had a chance to let the story percolate for a couple of days. On the surface, "A Time for Patriots" contained many elements and themes which I seek in novels. The future-tech weaponry, insights into aviation, and the whole "militia thing" are topics I have encountered in real life. Dale Brown depicted the aviation bits with his usual, gripping, "you are in the cockpit" realism. It was when Mr. Brown departed his familiar neighborhood for weird plot twists that the novel fell apart for me. Since I don't believe in rehashing the plot, detail by detail, let me just summarize: Dale Brown's portrayal of the militia movement was very stereotypical, and superficial. His characterization of the FBI agents assigned to the investigation was likewise shallow, and verging on vindictive paranoia. If Mr. Brown has an ax to grind with the Feds, he figuratively went about it with an ax, when a rapier would have been much more effective, and way less obvious. Finally, and this is probably Mr. Brown's most egregious felony, he failed to portray any of his characters in a way that garnered sympathy, empathy, or just plain "liking". Since I didn't care about any of these folks, I had zero emotional investment in how the story turned out.

I would not buy this book. If you must read "A Time for Patriots", get it from the public library, or borrow it from a friend.
25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3730090) out of 5 stars Robust on action, a little light on character development April 3 2011
By Archie Mercer - Published on
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Dale Brown's latest, "A TIME FOR PATRIOTS" is a fast-paced and hard-charging adventure romp rising from an extreme example of what an economic turndown can cause. As with many of his books the hero is Patrick McLanahan, now forcibly retired and living in the middle of nowhere, Nevada while volunteering with the Civil Air Patrol (CAP). Along for the ride is his now 18-year old son Bradley, also a volunteer and learning to be a pilot. As before, McLanahan is the rogue hero who disobeys orders and takes matters into his own hands, even if it means possible prison for him and anyone around. What makes this a good read is the action, which is just about non-stop, coupled with the wonderful technological gizmos Brown always includes in his books. What keeps this from being a great read is many of the characters are shallow and one-dimensional. Add to that the story is somewhat predicable and rather unbelievable as it rushes to its conclusion.

The main plot revolves around domestic terrorism at the hands of a group of anarchists who have gotten a hold of radioactive material. Their main targets are federal buildings but soon branch out to innocent people in an attempt to bring down the government. When you throw in a group of vengeful FBI agents willing to do anything, in or outside the law, to bring them down, McLanahan finds himself between the two extremes and seemly being targeted by both. The pace builds as the anarchists continue their onslaught on society while the FBI continues theirs on McLanahan, forcing him to begin his own extreme measures to try and bring order back to the area.

Again, what I liked was the fast-paced action that starts right from the beginning and rarely lets up. What disappointed me was how unbelievable some of McLanahan's actions became. One example, after two unmanned surveillance drones are presumably shot down by a group calling themselves the Knights of the True Republic, McLanahan sends up his son in an old Cessna with cameras attached to the wings to continue the surveillance. Not really sure if too many fathers would have done that, especially since Bradley had just soloed for the first time a week or so prior. The end of the book is rather forced and rushed but I will say quite satisfying in its resolution.

Overall a fairly enjoyable story as long as you aren't looking for strong character development and believability. This is a great book for those weekends where you are just looking for an escape from reality. In that case, I would highly recommend it.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa372fb40) out of 5 stars Not "Flight of the Old Dog"!! May 19 2011
By Matthew J. Unger - Published on
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I am and have been a Dale Brown fan since "Flight of the Old Dog" and have read all of Brown's books, including the Dreamland series. This book is definitely NOT like the other earlier Dale Brown "Megafortress" series books. Where all of the other books were full of action, suspense, and high-tech military gadgetry, this story has very little to none of any of that. With the exception of Skymasters' high-tech "Loser" transport, the most high-tech gadgets mentioned in this book are video sensors mounted on Cessna prop planes, the CID robots, and the Tin Man suits.

While I appreciate the story arc of McLanahan's career, and his eventual retirement, he is not the same McLanahan he was in the earlier books. Brown even admits to this through his characters in the book. I was disappointed in McLanahan's character, even though getting old and retirement are both eventualities we all have to accept. It was nice to read about McLanahan's son Brad though. Perhaps Brown is setting Brad up for a spin-off series in the future?

If McLanahan's character remains as he is in this book, then this book is an appropriate end to the "Megafortress" series. He has killed off one main character and made another more or less irrelevant. After reading all of Dale Brown's books, the characters somehow seemed like family, and killing off main characters seems like some type of insult.

So if you are looking for an exciting story like "Wings of Fire" or "Battle Born" then this book is not for you. You will be bored and disappointed with it.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa373015c) out of 5 stars More like a time for mandatory retirement Sept. 19 2013
By Jeff Cross - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Dale's long decline in quality of late has reached its nadir with this total shark-jump that, combined with some recent political comments he made on Facebook, has caused me to decide that this will be my last ride with him. The least imaginative and least scariest secessionist militia in the history of domestic terrorism to dirty-bomb Reno, and thanks to massive budget cuts the only thing standing in their way is one squadron of the Civil Air Patrol that, thanks to Patrick McLanahan, operates out of a poor man's Area 51 in the boonies of northern Nevada--it's like some fourteen-year-old was writing a season of 24. Most of it is taken up by in-depth explanations of the Civil Air Patrol's various procedures--most likely because Dale himself joined it--and completely whackadoo technology that would've been far-fetched even on the show Eureka such as contact lenses that function as a heads-up display and nanite GPS pills that we supposedly now give guest workers to make sure they self-deport. The man has simply lost his knack and should either hang it up or find a new genre to work in.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3730678) out of 5 stars Too much jargon and not the best writing, but interesting in some ways May 7 2011
By Daniel Berger - Published on
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This is my first Dale Brown novel. It didn't really grab me. I'm withholding judgment, since I'm beginning in what's something like the 17th book in a series, and it'll probably read differently to someone who's read them in order.

But I found it to be a pageturner that didn't keep me turning pages very well. It took me a couple of weeks to finish. The plot meandered, and it didn't build tension very well. I thought Dale Brown included too much aviation detail for the average reader, and didn't pace it right. I usually love well-done detail in popular fiction, whether it's naval, intelligence related, or what have you. But the detail needs to move the story along, be critical at points, and in general carry its weight.

Here, Brown gives us too much, particularly in early sequences involving protagonist Patrick McClanahan and his teenage son Brad, who is training to be a pilot. There are too many acronyms and too much jargon. I realize Brown is a pilot, and this is what he knows and loves. But I often felt he was using it just to fill pages.

He is weak on the back story. You aren't told the US has gone through a nuclear war and that its economy and government are collapsing until several chapters into the book. That's pretty important to scene-setting and should be made evident sooner.

McClanahan, on the outs with the Air Force after adventures in previous books, is living on a semi-closed air base in Nevada, his status there - Caretaker? Retired? Hanger-on? Minor poobah in the Civil Air Patrol? - a little murky. Longtime girlfriend Gia is absent battling alcoholism, but shows up later in the book.

Military alerts are heightened after a dirty bomb attack in Las Vegas. When other attacks occur McClanahan and other CAP members suspect a right-wing cult living nearby, but meanwhile the FBI suspects McClanahan. Lurking in the background is a big land-owning rancher.

The plot moves a little like a run-on sentence. Something happens, and then something else does, and then something else does, but there's not much building of tension or of drawing elements together. None of the characters particularly grabbed me. McClanahan isn't a particularly interesting hero. The FBI types are predictable heavies.

What I like about the book is the detail on the future wave of warfare - robots. The Combat Infantry Device is a 12-foot, prodigiously strong, nearly invulnerable manned robot. I was a little unclear what the Tin Man is. (Reading reviews I find it's featured in earlier installments, a heavily armored individual not quite as robotized as the CID.) Brown has several opportunities to show off their capabilities, which tend to stop any show they're part of.

I'll give Brown another chance, perhaps starting this series at the beginning. I'm mildly interested in teenage son Brad, as most thrillers don't feature 18 year old protagonists and a fair bit of the action is seen through his eyes. I'll also give Brown credit for subtlety in dealing with extreme-patriot types. But as I read some reviews, I see a lot of series readers have the same problems I do with his writing.