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Day of the Cheetah (Patrick McLanahan Series #2)

Day of the Cheetah (Patrick McLanahan Series #2)

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by Dale Brown

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America's most advanced fighter plane is hijacked-and the greatest high-flying chase of all time begins...


America's most advanced fighter plane is hijacked-and the greatest high-flying chase of all time begins...

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Brown's third technothriller is based on a premise successfully developed a decade ago in Clive Thomas's Firefox : the theft of an advanced-design fighter. This time the year is 1996; the fighter is America's X-34 Dreamstar; and its secret is ANTARES: the interfacing of the pilot's nervous system and the aircraft's computer. The plane's hijack by its pilot, a KGB mole, sets the stage for a fast-moving spectrum of diplomatic and military measures to recover or destroy the prize without starting a world war. Ultimately the task falls to the Cheetah--an F-15 with its own updated avionics, but an ``older, less intelligent cousin'' of Dreamstar. Brown's action scenes are vivid; his descriptions of contemporary technology accurate; his projections into the near future of aircraft design convincing; and his characterization of the growing internal conflict in the mole has weight and substance. Among the book's flaws, however, is Brown's decision to depend heavily on characters first presented in Flight of the Old Dog , so that he frequently disrupts the narrative with references to the earlier mission. More seriously for a work of this genre, Brown seems at times almost bored with the fighter technology he is describing. Despite its drawbacks, however, this novel should be a strong contender in the summer's technothriller sweepstakes. $125,000 ad/promo; paperback rights to Berkley; BOMC featured selection; author tour. (July)
Library Journal
Keith James, the hottest pilot at Dreamland, a secret Air Force base in the Nevada desert, is the only man fully qualified to fly Dreamstar , a highly maneuverable fighter flown by computer software linked to the pilot's brain. But in 1996, James, a Soviet mole trained from childhood in his alter ego, steals Dreamstar . The Cheetah , an experimental F-15 fighter, must hunt it down and destroy it. The hero is ace B-52 navigator Pat McLanahan from Brown's first novel, The Flight of the Old Dog, assisted by the Old Dog's crew. Aviation buffs will delight in the breathtaking dogfights and air strikes. One must overlook improbable details, e.g., a computer tracking every synaptic impulse in the nervous system, bomber types leading a fighter research effort. Those willing to fly in Brown's imaginative skies can enjoy an exhilarating high-tech adventure. BOMC featured selection.)-- Elsa Pendleton, Computer Sciences Corp., Ridgecrest, Cal.

Product Details

Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
Patrick McLanahan Series , #2
Product dimensions:
20.00(w) x 20.00(h) x 20.00(d)

Meet the Author

Former U.S. Air Force captain Dale Brown is the author of several best-selling military-action-aviation-adventure novels: Flight of the Old Dog (1987), Silver Tower (1988), Day of the Cheetah (1989), Hammerheads (1990), Sky Masters (1991), Night of the Hawk (1992), Chains of Command (1993), Storming Heaven (1994) and Shadows of Steel (1996). Dale's novels are published in 11 languages and distributed to over 70 countries.

Dale was born in Buffalo, New York on November 2, 1956. He graduated from Penn State University and received an Air Force commission in 1978. He was a navigator-bombardier in the B-52G Stratofortress heavy bomber and the FB-111A supersonic medium bomber, and is the recipient of several military decorations and awards including the Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Combat Crew Award, and the Marksmanship ribbon. He flew over 2500 hours in various military tactical and training aircraft from 1978 to 1986 and was also a graduate of the U.S. Army Airborne School.

Dale is a volunteer pilot for AirLifeLine, a non-profit national charitable medical transportation organization who fly needy persons free of charge to receive treatment. He also supports a number of organizations to support and promote law enforcement and reading. He is a member of the Airplane Owners and Pilots Association, The Writers Guild, and a Life Member of the Air Force Association and U.S. Naval Institute. He is a multi-engine and instrument-rated private pilot and can often be found in the skies all across the United States, piloting his Piper Aerostar 602P. On the ground, Dale enjoys tennis, scuba diving, and hockey. He lives in Incline Village, Nevada.

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Day of the Cheetah (Patrick McLanahan Series #2) 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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otterly More than 1 year ago
Frankly, I wondered why it was that I chose this particular book, since I got a little lost in the aeronautical jargon which was explained at great length in the beginning of the book. I found it interesting that not only men were portrayed as pilots. The main character is a young man trained in Russia to be an undercover agent, and steal secrets while learning to fly a complicated new airplane which he is actually part of as the two of them fly. It is not called The Cheetah--that is the one sent after him when he tries to steal it. I have read other Dale Brown books, I believe. However, I am not sure that it is suitable for book groups.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kenneth Francis James was the best fighter pilot at DreamLand,Nevada.In 1996,a Russian that looked just like him killed him and took his place at DreamLand. DreamStar, a expermental XF-34 was under James' responsbility. The Russian stole DreamStar. Lt. Col. Patrick McLanahan's F-15 ,Cheetah is less advanced than DreamStar,and so began the greatest high-flying chase of all time.
Phyllis_M More than 1 year ago
I stopped after the first couple of chapters and deleted. First we had the brilliant and highly trained Russian sociopath and moved along to far too much US military jargon and acronyms. By that point I was so bored that I simply quit. There is probably an audience for this book, just not me.