Raven Strike (Dreamland Series #13)

Raven Strike (Dreamland Series #13)

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by Dale Brown, Jim DeFelice, Christopher Lane
     
 

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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 the ultimate weapon has fallen into the wrong hands.

As Danny Freah and his spec-ops team scramble to recover a top secret aircraft that has crashed in Africa, Whiplash Director Jonathon Reid

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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 the ultimate weapon has fallen into the wrong hands.

As Danny Freah and his spec-ops team scramble to recover a top secret aircraft that has crashed in Africa, Whiplash Director Jonathon 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:
9781455856718
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
01/10/2012
Series:
Dreamland Series, #13
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 5.50(h) x 1.00(d)

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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...)



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Meet the Author

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

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Raven Strike 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 226 reviews.
Actioonandy More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Give us the first in the series, not the 13th!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Feel like I just waisted my time. Left you wondering. Had NO closure!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nothing spectacular. A lot of erronious material, not that well written. Too many characters, only a handful you care about. Meh.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mews in sadisfaction
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Action packed beginning to end.
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