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Raven Strike (Dreamland Series #13) [NOOK Book]

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The mission is classified . . . and illegal

In the blistering heat of the Sudan, the CIA has gone rogue.On the trail of a notorious terrorist, Agency operatives have overstepped their sanctioned boundaries. And now theultimate weapon has fallen into the wrong hands.

As Danny Freah and his spec-ops team scramble to recover a topsecret aircraft that has crashed in Africa, Whiplash DirectorJonathon Reid finds himself mysteriously shut off from ...

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Raven Strike (Dreamland Series #13)

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Overview

The mission is classified . . . and illegal

In the blistering heat of the Sudan, the CIA has gone rogue.On the trail of a notorious terrorist, Agency operatives have overstepped their sanctioned boundaries. And now theultimate weapon has fallen into the wrong hands.

As Danny Freah and his spec-ops team scramble to recover a topsecret aircraft that has crashed in Africa, Whiplash DirectorJonathon Reid finds himself mysteriously shut off from information about the robot drone and its mission. Maneuvering through the twisted back corridors of the CIA and Washington’s power elite, Reid discovers secrets both illegal and highly dangerous—a virtually unstoppable assassin and an out-of-control clique within the Agency.

Torn between loyalty and conscience, Reid must find a way to alert the President and avert a national disaster. But with the Whiplash team caught in the chaos of a brutal African civil war and CIA officials desperate to keep Reid from telling what he knows, a monster re-emerges to target its creators . . .

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062116765
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/29/2011
  • Series: Dreamland Series , #13
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 40,217
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Dale Brown is the author of numerous New York Times bestsellers, starting with Flight of the Old Dog in 1987, and most recently Tiger's Claw. A former U.S. Air Force captain, he can often be found flying his own plane over the skies of Nevada.


Jim DeFelice is the author of Omar Bradley: General at War, the first in-depth critical biography of America's last five-star general. He also writes a number of acclaimed military thrillers, including the Rogue Warrior series with Richard Marcinko, founder of SEAL Team 6, and the novels in the Dreamland series with Dale Brown.

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Raven Strike

A Dreamland Thriller
By Dale Brown

HarperCollins

Copyright © 2011 Dale Brown
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780061713026


Chapter One

Southeastern Sudan, Africa
It felt as if God himself were hunting him,
circling beyond the clouds, watching every movement.
An angry, vengeful god, a god obsessed
with obliterating him. It felt as if God had singled
him out above all to be the focus of his
persecution, the modern-day Job. Except that this
Job must die, and die harshly, in bloody fire and
unimaginable pain. To survive, this Job must do
nothing less than outwit God.
Such thoughts would have been blasphemous to
a believer, but Li Han did not believe in the Christian
god, let alone the vengeful, twisted Allah his
paymasters had created from their own misinterpretations
of scripture. To Li Han, all conceptions
of god were superstition, tales told to children to
get them to bed at night. Li Han had no religion
except survival, and no ambition beyond that.
Once, he had dreams. Once, he'd even had
desires beyond staying alive.
He was going to be rich. He desired this so
badly that he would do anything for it. And he
had. Like a fool.
 
Too late, he learned that wealth and comfort
were illusions. The simplest facts had taken so
long to understand.
The pilotless aircraft droned above. Li Han
could hear it above as he rested at the side of the
mine shaft. He had constructed a passive radar
device to tell him where the aircraft was, but it
wasn't necessary now. All he needed were his ears.
Li Han waited as the engines grew louder. He
saw it in his mind's eye as it came overhead. It was
the shape of a dagger, sleeker than the UAVs he'd
seen farther south, different than the one in Pakistan
that had fired at his car but missed.
It was a special UAV. He flattered himself that
the Americans had built it just for him.
The noise grew to its loudest—God's angry
voice, calling him out.
He laughed.
The drone banked. The sound began to dim.
"You will go when I tell you," he said to the
man standing near him.
The man nodded. He knew he was a decoy,
knew even that he was very likely to die. And yet
he stood there willingly, prepared to run,
prepared to take the drone away.
Fool!
The sound lessened as the UAV banked toward
the farthest edge of its track above.
"Now," whispered Li Han.
The man pulled the scarf over his head, pitched
forward and left the cave.

(Continues...)



Excerpted from Raven Strike by Dale Brown Copyright © 2011 by Dale Brown. Excerpted by permission of HarperCollins. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted January 2, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    Dissappointing

    Oh Boy!, I told myself. A nice, juicey 409 pages of action! NOT really. There are more that 120 BLANK pages included, with only a chapter number on them, and chapters are all about four pages long!

    Cheap trick, Dale.

    33 out of 44 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2012

    You call this a "free friday" book?!

    Give us the first in the series, not the 13th!!

    31 out of 43 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2012

    Normally a huge Dale Brown fan, read them all!

    I kept looking at the page numbers dwindle while asking myself how can Dale Brown finish this in so few pages. It's because he did'nt finish! Felt ripped off. Buy a Clive Cussler book, at least you know when the story ends.

    29 out of 40 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2012

    Raven Strike

    Not his best work. Reader left hanging at the end of the book with no indication as to a follow-on to complete the story. All in all, not a bad read but not up to Dale Brown standards.

    23 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2012

    Blah!

    Another piece of crap " free friday " book! Seems like the one good review came from the writer his/her self! Way to go B and N your selections have hit an all time high of stinkiness! And if I could I would put a negative in front of that star that I was forced to put!!!!

    14 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 9, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    A thriller full of action

    In the throes of a covert operation in Africa the unthinkable happens, a top-secret aircraft the CIA is testing has crashed and must be recovered before it falls into enemy hands.

    Colonel Danny Freah is head of the special ops team tasked with the recovery of Raven the UAV that was downed. Freah and Nuri Lupo a top CIA operative are the first to arrive in Africa to meet with Melissa Ilse who was in charge of the testing. With a nagging feeling that he isn’t being told the whole story about the Raven, Freah heads to the crash site in search of debris, most specifically the computer that was the brains of the Raven.

    As the operation goes on, Freah becomes aware that the test flight was actually an illegal mission to assassinate Li Han, technical expert and weapons dealer working with a group of guerillas called the Brotherhood and rumored to have ties to Al Quaida. Li Han gets to the crash site before the special ops team and upon seeing the plane realizes he can sell the technology to the highest bidder, thus begins the race through war torn Africa to find the Raven and thwart Li Han’s efforts.

    With the eleventh book in the Dreamland series, Brown and DeFelice continue to wow fans with a thriller full of action. With detailed descriptions of existing and new weaponry, any lover of war and American espionage thrillers will thoroughly enjoy this page-turner.

    Reviewed by Jodi Ann Hanson for Suspense Magazine

    12 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2012

    Not good

    I was disappointed. There were a lot of curse words. This book did not really have an ending. I was also upset this was 13th in the series. At least it was free. 409 pages. For mature readers only.

    AD

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2012

    Lousy waste of time. I'dgive it a zero if I could.

    Less than 0!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2012

    What happen? Never had an ending!

    Feel like I just waisted my time. Left you wondering. Had NO closure!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2012

    Really.

    Where the heck is one to twelve. You cant just give us thirteen.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2013

    Meh.

    Nothing spectacular. A lot of erronious material, not that well written. Too many characters, only a handful you care about. Meh.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2012

    Better than some free books; I wouldn't pay money for it

    This is a fairly good read, but I had some difficulty keeping up with all the characters at times and I thought the book ended very badly. The author seemed to have just gotten tired of the story and quit.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2012

    Fast paced action

    Ths book starts well into a series and you have to get to know a lot of characters and situations all at once. Once you get your bearings, the story is compelling. It ends abruptly and we'll have to read the next book to see how it all turns out.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 20, 2012

    so same cruddy book 2 weeks in a row?

    so same cruddy book 2 weeks in a row?

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2012

    Iys supposed to suck

    Cus its friday the 13th and its book 13

    1 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2013

    Liked it

    Good action

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2013

    Well written.

    Good read, highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2013

    Dragged on in places

    Tried too hard to have too many plot lines and then knit them all together at the end. One of the books that you read and then forget.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2013

    TO RAVEN

    Please capture and hurt a kit named smallkit use her as your slave bring her so close to death bring her pian but not death i wamt her misreable she is at riddle third result

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2013

    Raven

    Is that so? She laughed. Well when i was your age i was cursed to be evil. You better stay away from me. She warned.

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