Starfire [NOOK Book]

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New York Times bestselling author Dale Brown?"the best military writer in the country" (Clive Cussler)?is back with Starfire, a masterful military thriller that explores a future that is all too possible, and all too close?the weaponization of space

With the death of his heroic father, bomber and space warfare veteran Patrick McLanahan, Bradley McLanahan must now fly solo, leading a team of young engineers designing Starfire, the world's first ...

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Overview

New York Times bestselling author Dale Brown—"the best military writer in the country" (Clive Cussler)—is back with Starfire, a masterful military thriller that explores a future that is all too possible, and all too close–the weaponization of space

With the death of his heroic father, bomber and space warfare veteran Patrick McLanahan, Bradley McLanahan must now fly solo, leading a team of young engineers designing Starfire, the world's first orbiting solar power plant.

Starfire will not only deliver unlimited and inexpensive electricity to anywhere on planet Earth, it can also transmit power to the moon, and even to spacecraft and asteroids. It's a crucial first step in the exploration of the solar system, and Bradley and his team are on the cutting edge.

But U.S. president Kenneth Phoenix's plans to militarize and industrialize Earth's orbit sparks an arms race in space that eclipses the darkest and most terrifying days of the Cold War. Before he can prevent it, Bradley and his team are caught at the center of a battle that threatens to become all-out global war for control of space.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
07/28/2014
Bestseller Brown's exciting 19th entry in his loosely connected techno-thriller series (after 2012's Tiger Claw) focuses on Bradley McLanahan. As a precocious and well-connected engineering student at California Polytechnic State University, Bradley devises, with the help of his brilliant team of young scientists and fellow classmates, the blueprint for Starfire, an unparalleled source of solar energy in Earth's spatial orbit. The project at first sounds like a teenager's imaginative daydream, yet President Kenneth Phoenix's intention to turn the Armstrong Space Station into a weapon of mass destruction suddenly puts Bradley in the crosshairs of the dangerous Russian government. Entangled in a potentially catastrophic war stretching to the outer reaches of space, Bradley and his friends must formulate a new plan—one that could potentially save all mankind. While encumbered by too much jargon and a dizzying number of characters and plot developments, the novel does manage in its descriptions of spaceships, warfare, and the so-called "final frontier." (May)
Kirkus Reviews
2014-05-22
The development of an orbiting solar-power plant leads to conflict between American and Russian military forces.The newest military thriller from Brown (Tiger’s Claw, 2013, etc.) continues the saga of the late, legendary fighter pilot Patrick McLanahan and his rapidly maturing son, Bradley. In the not-too-distant future of 2016, Kenneth Phoenix is the first American president to fly in space, and he implements a plan to expand the U.S. space program. This decision infuriates the Russian president, who's still recovering from emotional wounds inflicted during the battle between American and Russian forces a decade prior. To complicate matters further, college freshman Bradley McLanahan is leading a team of gifted scientists and engineers working on an orbiting solar plant, which would be a boon to America’s interstellar presence. With his father dead, however, Bradley is left vulnerable to Russian agents under orders to settle an old score with his family. To protect himself—and the future of his cutting-edge project—Bradley hooks up with his father’s old allies while developing the skills necessary for his own emergence as a first-rate fighting man. In a world where old vendettas merge with global tensions, Bradley learns that every step could be his last and political intrigue can quickly turn into an outright war. With no room for extraneous character development or expansive narrative details, this story rests on the author’s deep knowledge of flying and the space program.A page-turner filled with an insider’s knowledge of military aircraft.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062262363
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/6/2014
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 3,881
  • File size: 723 KB

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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2014

    Not up to Dale Brown's standards, many places where he lost me i

    Not up to Dale Brown's standards, many places where he lost me in BS about what the women are wearing or what the characters are doing in a hotel. Lot of wasted space and time, then the book leaves you hanging on what happened to the space station and crew. Was war declared, who won, what happened to the Russian, Chinese, and American militaries. Its almost like a novel about Obama, the important parts are missing at the end.

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  • Posted June 27, 2014

    Highly recommended

    Good story line. I am anxious to see the next book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2014

    Excellent Read

    Dale Brown does it again. Fast paced, with some interesting surprises. Can't wait for the his next one.

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  • Posted June 16, 2014

    Highly recommednde.

    I like Dale Brown. I have read all of his books and I have not been disapointed with any of them

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2014

    Liked it

    Mc very good read

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  • Posted May 30, 2014

    A must read if your looking into the future of military flight. It's here now.

    As above

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2014

    Loved it

    Its been to long between books very exciting and look forward to reading where this story line will take us

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2014

    Great book

    I learned a lot from this book and I hope you did/do to.

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