Silent Lightning Mass Market Paperback – Oct 26 1998
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From Publishers Weekly
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.
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Top Customer Reviews
An American F-117 is blown out of the Kuwaiti sky by a powerful new laser weapon. The fear in DC is that the Syrians have upped the ante in the Middle East with a weapon that has the potential of devastating the Israeli air force and subsequently lead to instability and perhaps global conflict. American Air Force Captain (R) Lance Brandon is given the suicide mission to stop the conflict before it begins. He will lead a squad using the last hope for limiting the fight to a regional conflict, a laser guided missile system, that has never been tried in combat. The situation boils down to this: either Lance and his men will be heroes in the minds of the Western world or simply unknown dead men.
Rarely does a first novel pack the wallop that Joe L. Gibble's debut tale does. The story line is built around laser technology that seems so real, it will leave readers fearing its plausibility and demanding the President begin using the budget surplus to develop new and smart counter-weapons. Though the characters are not fully developed, readers will not care since SILENT LIGHTNING makes recent military techno-thrillers pale as the non-stop action will elate fans of the sub-genre.
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Personally, I find the book very intersting. Im looking forward to the sequel...Published on Feb. 28 2002 by Napoleon Nerd
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. Read more
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. Read morePublished on May 10 2000 by C. W. Joiner