Flight of the Old Dog (Patrick McLanahan Series #1)

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FLIGHT OF THE OLD DOG is the runaway bestseller that launched the phenomenal career of Dale Brown. It is the riveting story of America's race for technology, overtaken by our greatest enemy's mastery of "Star Wars." The U.S. arsenal of nuclear missiles has been neutralized. America's only hope: The Old Dog Zero One, a battle-scarred bomber fully renovated with modern hardware - and equipped with the deadliest state-of-the-art armaments known to man...

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Overview

FLIGHT OF THE OLD DOG is the runaway bestseller that launched the phenomenal career of Dale Brown. It is the riveting story of America's race for technology, overtaken by our greatest enemy's mastery of "Star Wars." The U.S. arsenal of nuclear missiles has been neutralized. America's only hope: The Old Dog Zero One, a battle-scarred bomber fully renovated with modern hardware - and equipped with the deadliest state-of-the-art armaments known to man...

When the Soviet Union masters "Star Wars" technology, rendering the U.S.'s arsenal of nuclear missiles impotent, America's only hope lies in The Old Dog Zero One--a battle-scarred bomber fully renovated with enough weaponry and stealth hardware to earn it the nickname, "Megafortress."

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
It is not the Reagan Administration that has secretly been developing a Strategic Defense Initiative in this first book by retired USAF Captain Brown, but the Soviets, and as soon as the system comes on line, the Russians flagrantly attack American intelligence and military craft with their laser weapon. The President and his advisors appeal to the UN Security Council; they even dispatch sophisticated B-1 bombers and a new, armed space satellite, but both are thwarted, and the U.S. is left dangerously incapable of detecting a missile launch from the eastern U.S.S.R. Desperate, they decide to send a souped-up veteran B-52 bomber, the Old Dog, and its expert navigator Patrick McLanahan on a crucial mission into Siberia to neutralize the death ray. Brown knows his airborne and naval high-tech equipment and the cockpit bantering of crews, and can tell a basically interesting story. He does not, however, examine the frightening political consequences of the superpowers trading shots. The novel's excitement is essentially that of a boy's adventure fantasy rather than the well-realized suspense of a credible thriller.
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A U.S. spy plane and a space-based missile defense satellite are taken out by a Soviet laser, bringing tensions between Washington and Moscow to the breaking point. A suped-up B-52 piloted by Gen. Brad Elliot, with Patrick McLanahan in the crew, takes out the laser. This work from the late 1980s, the first of Brown's many thrillers, has no end of action and detail. Richard Allen reads with great enthusiasm and energy; his narrative is quite good, clear and expressive. The dialog is also performed well overall. For public libraries.-Michael T. Fein, Central Virginia Community Coll., Lynchburg Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425110898
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/1988
  • Series: Patrick McLanahan Series, #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.00 (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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  • Posted June 2, 2010

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    A real winner in Flight of The Old Dog

    The first of the Patrick McLanahan series, This is a must read for any aviation nut. This book explains the beginnings of the series, some of the characters will be killed while the rest continue on through the series. Based on real world threats, the men and women of Groom Lake are the best the world has to offer, dedicated to protecting the United States no matter what the cost. A page turner from the first to the last page.

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  • Posted May 1, 2010

    Awesome Book

    I started reading Dale Brown when I was deployed. Well I have not been able to put anyone of his book down. Very well written.

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  • Posted April 7, 2009

    a thrill to the end

    Once started, book cannot be put down. If one enjoys military aviation & prays for the good guys to win, this is the book for you. The CD is an excellent disc to listen to for a trip, I wish it could have been unabridged! I was disappointed by the other reviews, I love Dan Brown & if I wanted to read the classics(Ovid, Plato, et al) I know where I can get them-at the public library. Book was a thrill to the end & I enjoyed the fast pace, especially at the end. A must read for action.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2005

    BEST STORY EVER

    Flight of the Old Dog is one of the best books I've ever in read in my life, it wasn't quite as good as some of Dale Brown's other books but still a fabulous book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2003

    Can't write his way out of a Brown paper bag

    I picked up this title a number of months back after being disappointed and disgusted with the phone-book sized diatribes that the novels of Tom Clancy have become. While Brown largely ignored the politics, he also ignored the element that makes good fiction (or even subpar fiction) readable: good characters. Within the first fifty pages it became apparent that Brown intended to tell a story of good Republicans flying good old American machinery against the evil Commies. While similar criticisms can be made of Clancy, I knew he was in trouble when the plane McLanahan flew in the bombing exercize that opens the book were better characters than the pilots themselves. At least, even now, as Jack Ryan has been reduced to a foul-mouthed platform for Clancy's conservative views Clancy still makes a decent attempt at keeping him interesting. Brown's McLanahan is the only character I remember by name, and even he is a character only in that Brown gave him a paint-by-cliche backstory. Brown failed to make me enjoy his characters, and therefore I could not care about them. Therefore, the action sequences (already bogged down by heavy-handed technical descriptions that make Clancy seem like Ernest Hemingway) failed to engage because I could not care about the characters in them. If this is the 'best' Brown can do, as the reviews seem to indicate, I think I'll skip over Dale Brown next time I am shopping for books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2001

    Top-notch

    Definitely one of the top five books of military fiction ever written. Destined to be an all time classic. Dale Brown is a master story teller rivaling Tom Clancy.

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