Shadows of Steel (Patrick McLanahan Series #5)

Shadows of Steel (Patrick McLanahan Series #5)

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by Dale Brown
     
 

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The world is a dangerous place. Hardly a revelation, but for the new president of the United States, nothing drives it home more forcefully than the sight of a newly nuclear Iran throwing its weight around the Persian Gulf, while the United States stands by uneasily, its military weakened by years of budget cuts and unpopular, inconclusive police actions. But there is… See more details below

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The world is a dangerous place. Hardly a revelation, but for the new president of the United States, nothing drives it home more forcefully than the sight of a newly nuclear Iran throwing its weight around the Persian Gulf, while the United States stands by uneasily, its military weakened by years of budget cuts and unpopular, inconclusive police actions. But there is one weapon he can use, and he does so now: the newest secret cell of the CIA's Intelligence Support Agency, code-named Future Flight. Take a group with speed, skill, and audacity, put a B-2 Spirit stealth bomber in its hands, then send it out to find Iran's key military, industrial, and command centers, and destroy them: quickly, quietly, secretly, untraceably - the ultimate stealth attack. Under the command of aerial strike warfare expert Patrick McLanahan, the team begins its mission brilliantly - and then all hell breaks loose, as Iran and its allies take their war of intimidation further than anyone thought they would. With the Persian Gulf tottering and the situation escalating hourly, only the men and women of Future Flight, and their commando brethren, stand between the United States and a catastrophe of worldwide proportions.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
One of the special pleasures of constructing a techno-thriller seems to be the opportunity to predict one's own version of world affairs. In an unusually thoughtful entry set in early 1997, shortly after the events of his novel Day of the Cheetah (1989), Brown (Storming Heaven) takes time to explore such issues as the thin line separating special operations from terrorism and the role of the warrior in a supposedly peaceful world. The Iranians are at it again, attacking a U.S. spy ship. When American personnel are taken captive, President Kevin Martindale (a Brown regular) realizes he must act. As is usually the case with this genre (and perhaps real-life politics), the president and his military advisors decide to rely upon high-tech aircraft and weaponry to destroy the enemy's war-making capabilities, some of which, in this case, have come by way of China. A B-52 stealth bomber flown by returning Brown hero Patrick McClanahan is the center of the action that whirls from prison cells through a coup d'tat, climaxing in air encounters of the radar kind. Brown is a master of this school of fiction, bringing life to his characters with a few deft strokes. More than just a military thriller, this novel offers disturbing descriptions of possible political developments that are worthy of discussion. (June) FYI: In an author's note, Brown says he will welcome e-mail with comments on the novel, at OldDog01@aol.com.
Library Journal
This military suspense novel, Brown's ninth, pits a secret U.S. military operation against an increasingly aggressive Iran in a race to prevent global chaos. The author lends the book a sense of topicality by using real news excerpts at the beginning to show how a conflict with Iran may be possible. When Iran builds up a carrier fleet and tries to close off the Persian Gulf to foreigners, the United States sends in a secret B-2 "Stealth" bomber to prevent a full-scale war through preemptive force. While this is a generally gripping military thriller, the pro-military/anti-budget cut rhetoric can be distracting at times. Characters from Brown's earlier works, such as Flight of the Old Dog (Donald I. Fine, 1987) are brought back, which new readers may find confusing. Still, Brown's many fans will love this book. Recommended for libraries with existing Brown novels or wherever military suspense is in demand. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 2/1/96.]Peter A. Leggieri, "Library Journal"
Roland Green
The high-flying Captain Brown returns in his ninth technothriller, which once again features Patrick McLanahan. This time, McLanahan and his cronies are working to rescue a U.S. spy ship crew from some particularly thuggish Iranians and also keeping an Iranian aircraft carrier (acquired from the former-Soviet-armaments yard sale, so to speak) from catastrophically destabilizing the Persian Gulf region. They have available to them the resources of the CIA, a B-2 bomber (clearly one of Brown's favorite birds), and some lengthily described and ingenious weaponry--for instance, cluster bombs that dispense an acid sludge that dissolves key components of enemy aircraft. The action is fast (despite a slight surplus of subplots); characterization is subordinate to the many excellent flying scenes; and altogether, the yarn is more of what Brown has done before and most likely will continue doing, to his profit and the satisfaction of technothriller fans.
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“The best military adventure writer in the country.”—Clive Cussler

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786207794
Publisher:
Gale Group
Publication date:
09/28/1996
Series:
Patrick McLanahan Series, #5
Edition description:
Large Print
Pages:
575
Product dimensions:
5.77(w) x 8.77(h) x 1.19(d)

What People are saying about this

Larry Bond
A master at mixing technology and action...He puts readers right into the middle of the inferno.
Clive Cussler
The best military adventure thriller writer in the country today.
W E. B. Griffin
Dale Brown is a superb storyteller.
From the Publisher
“The best military adventure writer in the country.” —Clive Cussler

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