Fatal Terrain Mass Market Paperback – Apr 1 1998
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From Library Journal
In this all-too-predictable tale, a reconfigured B-52 bomber and its doughty crew try to prevent a war between Taiwan and the People's Republic of China. Dastardly politicians and greedy military careerists attempt to thwart our friends in the skies, but, aided by hawkish President Martindale, strike-warfare expert Patrick McLanahan and his buddies put their prototype aircraft through its paces while flirting with their own capture or destruction. Unfortunately, Brown here fails to live up to the thought-provoking substance of his previous books, notably Shadows of Steel (LJ 6/15/96). The major characters from those earlier works reappear (accompanied by turgid recapitulations of past escapes) and seize the opportunity to weigh in on the side of the good guys. Despite battle scenes and lots of shouted dialog, the pace is leaden and the characterizations dull. Only for comprehensive Brown or aviation-fiction collections.
-?Elsa Pendleton, Boeing Information Svcs., Inc., China Lake, Cal.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The Old Dog (an airplane, as Brown regulars know) learns yet more new tricks in Brown's latest technothriller. The EB-52 Megafortresses (improved descendants of the Old Dog) are about to be scrapped, the rest of the U.S. heavy bomber force radically downsized. Then the Chinese seriously try to conquer Taiwan, and President Martindale wants to defend it equally seriously, despite U.S. military weakness, interservice rivalry, and political opposition. Led by Brad Elliott and Patrick McLanahan, the reunited Old Dog crew flies one official mission against the Chinese--and then is faced with arrest for exceeding orders. The next mission--unofficial--becomes justly compared with the exploits of the Flying Tigers of World War II and precipitates a decisive U.S. bomber counteroffensive that defeats the Chinese. Longer on well-handled action and hardware than on characterization (virtually all the navy personnel in it are caricatures), the yarn is another consistent page-turner from Brown, anyway, and won't disappoint his numerous readers. Roland Green --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
Essentially what this book needs in order to be highly riveting is an educated and open mind. An understanding of basic technology (elementary physics for starters, some knowledge of airplanes and their systems would definitely help) goes a long way in establishing the credibility of the story line. And don't make the mistake of confusing credibility with reality, though I suspect that those who understand and keep abreast of the latest developments in technology will have no problem blurring the line between futuristic fiction and current technological capability.Read more ›
Comes a crisis over Taiwan, and all of a sudden the B-52 variants, crewed by civilians (I kid you not), are in action and hosing down the Chinese attackers with Buck Rogers technotoys. Those misguided fools in the Navy are more concerned with interservice bickering than with doing their duty, so only our heroes can save the day.
Eventually, while China is casually nuking things like US aircraft carriers without much of a reaction, our heroes finally get put on ice by the Air Force. However, they conveniently subdue a company of Marines and dash back off to war. Taiwan is saved when a Chinese strategist decides that China's approach isn't in keeping with Sun-Tzu, hops in a jet which he conveniently knows how to fly, and defects.
Oh, by the way, the Iranians capture a US attack sub with a big Kevlar net.
The author obviously: 1) Knows nothing of Chinese culture. 2) Has a great imagination about military command structures. 3) Is interested in glorifying the Air Force at the Navy's expense. 4) Believes that China could start tossing nukes at Taiwan like hand grenades and get by with it. 5) Somehow managed to impress Clive Cussler and WEB Griffin, which is what I really don't understand.
This is one of the worst military books I've ever read. Unbelievable from start to finish. There is nothing to like or even respect about it.
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Hard to put this one down. Very exciting to the end. This whole series is very exciting to read. I need more.Published 3 months ago by steve159
mostly good pace but bogs down in verbiage in some spots. A good read.Published 5 months ago by Doods La Prez
Since Sky Masters - when the B2 was on top of South East Asia's Sea, I found another big blast wind from the east. Read morePublished on May 28 2004 by Pierre Arronax (Herman)
Despite the liberal posters and armchair military experts, I loved this book! Sure, many of the weapons and situations are fictional (as far as I know). Read morePublished on Nov. 10 2003 by Grizzit
Fatal Terrain is another excellent book by Dale Brown. In this wonderful book, the Chinese are going to invade Taiwan. Read morePublished on April 19 2003 by WG
Fantastic Audio Book by Dale Brown. He is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors.
In this story the US is about to retire the B2 and other large heavy artillery bombers... Read more
I read the entire book. You can enjoy the story only if you remind yourself that it is just fiction. Read morePublished on June 5 2002 by Phillip J. Moore
Dale Brown uses current events to create a nonstop exciting military action and adventure. China attack Taiwan? It's a topic that's been circulated in very recent years. Read morePublished on March 28 2001 by A. Nod