Fatal Terrain (Patrick McLanahan Series #6)

Fatal Terrain (Patrick McLanahan Series #6)

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by Dale Brown
     
 

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The bestselling author of Dale Brown’s Dreamland and Warrior Class, Dale Brown thrills readers with his chillingly realistic descriptions of high-tech warfare. Now, in this explosive novel, Brown takes to the Asian skies…

The People’s Republic of China has launched a terrifying attack against Taiwan. Cold. Swift. Deadly. The U.S.

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The bestselling author of Dale Brown’s Dreamland and Warrior Class, Dale Brown thrills readers with his chillingly realistic descriptions of high-tech warfare. Now, in this explosive novel, Brown takes to the Asian skies…

The People’s Republic of China has launched a terrifying attack against Taiwan. Cold. Swift. Deadly. The U.S. isn’t willing to stand by and watch, but when they come to Taiwan’s aid, they’re dealt an unexpected blow from Chinese forces. It looks like the U.S. is going down…

Until aerial strike warfare expert Patrick McLanahan and genius Jon Masters come into the picture. Together, they have created a monster—the EB-52 Megafortress. A high-tech display of weaponry, fully equipped with stealth cruise missiles. The most sophisticated bomber the world has ever seen. The unsinkable “flying battleship.”

Now China is on its way to a nuclear high noon. And the Doomsday clock is ticking…

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Brown is excellent at fully animating his characters…and his ability to bring technical weaponry to life is amazing…Brown’s combat sequences are first-rate.”—San Francisco Chronicle

“Dale Brown is a superb storyteller.”—W.E.B Griffin

“A master at mixing technology and action. He puts readers right into the middle of the inferno.”—Larry Bond

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
" `It's nothing you haven't done before, General,' McLanahan said. `I know you've gone over the Mach at one hundred AGL in the B-1B, and you've shook off fighters in a B-52 down low before, too.' " Readers whose pulse rises at sentences like that will find that Brown's (Storming Heaven) latest hymn to airborne death and destruction will get their engines up to full rev. Laden with acronyms like COMNAVAIRPAC and CINCPAC, full of stiffly worded patriotism ("And thank you for what you and Tiger Jamieson did over Iran and the Persian Gulf. You averted a major world oil crisis, and probably another Desert Storm. Job well done"), the narrative nevertheless manages to jet through a complex story involving a Chinese plot to retake Taiwan. Crippled by huge budget cuts, the Air Force looks hopeless in the face of this aggressionuntil a secret, private fleet of Megafortresses comes to the rescue. As usual, Brown's encyclopedic knowledge of everything military (and his boyish delight in putting it all down on paper) go a long way toward excusing his tinny dialogue and leaden prose. (June)
Library Journal
Just before the reacquisition of Hong Kong, the Communist Chinese attack the Nationalists on Taiwan. The initial Communist successes trigger further conflicts in Korea, South Asia, and the Middle East, while the United States responds with Patrick McLanahan and his modified EB-52 Megafortress. This work is filled with megaaction and megatonnage of technical details. The characters, on the other hand, suit this genre well enough-jet jocks, slimy politicians, and ruthless Chinese Communists, among others. Joseph Campanella's performance of this thriller, while not outstanding, is more than adequate. His voice is polished and resonant, performing narrative better than dialog. Brown is popular, so public libraries may wish to consider.-Michael T. Fein, Central Virginia Community Coll., Lynchburg Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Retired USAF Colonel Patrick McLanahan and his band of irregulars help turn the tide when the People's Republic of China makes war on its lost province of Taiwan, in another high adventure from past master Brown (Shadows of Steel, 1996, etc.).

On the eve of Hong Kong's return to China, the nationalists on Taiwan unexpectedly announce their complete independence from the mainland and are immediately recognized by Kevin Martindale, the US President. Taipei's declaration enrages Beijing's hardline Communists, and the Red regime dispatches a carrier force to patrol the Formosa Straits. A heavily armed EB-52 Megafortress on a test flight with a civilian crew under McLanahan's command becomes involved in the resultant confrontation. Initially, the American bomber (extensively modified by McLanahan's employer to carry advanced weaponry) tips the balance, but China's vessels launch nuclear-tipped missiles that wipe out the nationalist warships. On the home front, political adversaries in Congress and business interests (concerned about their commercial stakes in China) put intense pressure on Martindale to let Taiwan go by the boards; the turf-conscious American military also presses the White House to take the McLanahan crew (over which they have minimal control) out of the increasingly deadly game. But under the crafty direction of Admiral Sun Ji Guoming (an ardent patriot bent on returning Taiwan to the mainland fold), hostilities escalate and US forces sustain severe losses. Ordered to stand down in the wake of a tragic mistake, McLanahan's experimental aircraft escapes to Guam (before that island is obliterated by China's missiles) and fights on the side of the nationalists in a climactic battle that effectively finishes off Sun's vaulting ambitions.

Nobody, in detailing the lethal excitements of high-tech aerial combat in at least plausible geopolitical contexts, does it better than Brown.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425162606
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/28/1998
Series:
Patrick McLanahan Series, #6
Pages:
496
Sales rank:
700,438
Product dimensions:
6.76(w) x 10.88(h) x 1.07(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

Larry Bond
A master of mixing technology and action. He puts readers right into the middle of an inferno.
Clive Cussler
The best military adventure writer in the country today.
W E. B. Griffin
Dale Brown is a superb storyteller.
From the Publisher
“Brown is excellent at fully animating his characters…and his ability to bring technical weaponry to life is amazing…Brown’s combat sequences are first-rate.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“Dale Brown is a superb storyteller.”—W.E.B Griffin

“A master at mixing technology and action. He puts readers right into the middle of the inferno.”—Larry Bond

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