Storming Heaven (Independent Series #4)

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America is under siege. Henri Cazaux, one of the world's most feared and deadly terrorists, is conducting a campaign of vindication and revenge against the United States. Cazaux, who was abused by American soldiers during an incarceration when he was a teenager in Europe, has waited years for this opportunity. Now, when the United States seems at its most vulnerable, he decides to strike. His method is ingenious in its simplicity: using large commercial aircraft purchased from an airline graveyard wholesaler, ...
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Overview

America is under siege. Henri Cazaux, one of the world's most feared and deadly terrorists, is conducting a campaign of vindication and revenge against the United States. Cazaux, who was abused by American soldiers during an incarceration when he was a teenager in Europe, has waited years for this opportunity. Now, when the United States seems at its most vulnerable, he decides to strike. His method is ingenious in its simplicity: using large commercial aircraft purchased from an airline graveyard wholesaler, Cazaux will deploy bombs out of a modified rear-entry stair on unsuspecting critical targets. Cazaux's first attack is on a small northern California airport, even as he is fleeing federal authorities who are hot on his trail. But in a stunning turn in the chase, Cazaux heads directly for San Francisco International Airport, where he unleashes an entire cargo of high-impact explosives. The destruction of life and property is enormous, and the panic that ensues reaches all the way to the White House. As the nation watches helplessly in horror, Cazaux launches a second attack, this one against a major overnight shipping company facility in Memphis; the country's express package-delivery systems are all but crippled. With airports held hostage to Cazaux's pathological whims, and the President's back against the wall, there is only one man who can end the chaos. He is Rear Admiral Ian Hardcastle, known to readers of the author's previous bestselling novel Hammerheads. And Hardcastle, along with Lieutenant Colonel Al "Rattler" Vincenti, is ordered to reestablish security in the skies before there is further political fallout in the White House and the nation. Hardcastle's response to the emergency must be drastic, and it is . . . until Cazaux hits the Dallas/Fort Worth airport, then aims his sights on the biggest target of all - the nation's capital. The deadly game of cat-and-mouse pitting Hardcastle and Vincenti against Cazaux escalates as Storming Heaven hur

Abused by American soldiers during an incarceration in Europe, Henri Cazaux has waited years to exact revenge on the U.S. He uses commercial aircraft to deploy bombs on major U.S. airports--killing thousands, halting air traffic, and creating national panic. Rear Admiral Ian Hardcastle and Lt. Col. Al Vincenti are ordered to reestablish security in the skies.

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Editorial Reviews

From The Critics
Brown puts readers right into the middle of the inferno.
Larry Bond
Brown puts readers right into the middle of the inferno.
W.E.B. Griffin
Brown is a superb storyteller.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Brown ( Chains of Command ) shamelessly promotes himself and his previous works in his eighth aeronautical techno-thriller. Thus, this unwieldy tale of domestic terrorism includes forces and characters (notably maverick Coast Guard Rear Admiral Ian Hardcastle) from prior books, as well as gratuitious self-references (``They had gotten that idea from a techno-thriller novel published a few years back . . . called Hammerheads ''; or, ``This is not some Dale Brown novel, this is real-life''). Supervillain Henri Cazaux, rich beyond measure from drug- and gun-running, has vowed revenge upon the U.S. government for abuse he suffered at the hands of Air Force security police when, as a youth, he was caught dealing hashish to American troops. He begins by bombing major civilian airports; the government, which must predict his next targets and outwit him, eventually has to employ military forces over the skies of our largest cities. Although Brown raises some provocative issues, such as the problem of interagency rivalries and the appropriateness of using military force in civilian areas, his political biases and heavy-handed sarcasm--especially in dealing with a certain gray-haired President who hails from the South and has ``a duplicitous and questionable private life,'' and with his First Lady, ``a tough-as-nails bitch''--blur the plot and will irritate readers who simply want to fly vicariously. Brown's aeronautical knowledge is broad and accurate, and his flight scenes are first-rate; it's too bad that he weighs them down with all that extra baggage. (Aug.)
Library Journal
Henri Cazeau is a terrorist with a grudge against the United States because MPs mistreated him in an army jail. In retribution, he decides to destroy the entire country by blowing up airports and, eventually, the Capitol. He is opposed by misunderstood retired Coast Guard admiral Ian Hardcastle, last seen in Hammerheads (Berkley, 1991). Cazeau has unlimited funds and endlessly expendable soldiers and is apparently unstoppable; naturally, no one will listen to the alarmist admiral. Wooden dialog, improbable characterization, and impenetrable air defense jargon mar this book. All the men are strong and all the women have firm breasts, even the head of the FBI. Brown has written a number of aerial thrillers; this one is perhaps best suited to airport waiting rooms.-Edwin B. Burgess, U.S. Army TRALINET Ctr., Fort Monroe, Va.
Thomas Gaughan
Arms dealer-terrorist Henri Cazaux escapes a botched attempt by ATF agents to arrest him. In an innocent-looking cargo plane, the psychotic and demonic Belgian responds with a murderous air assault on San Francisco's airport. The success of the attack causes Cazaux to declare war on the U.S. with horrifyingly effective attacks on airports in Memphis and Dallas-Fort Worth. While craven politicians cover their butts and wage turf wars over who will combat the attacks and a thinly disguised and utterly feckless Bill Clinton gobbles M&Ms, Cazaux's banker makes hundreds of millions of dollars trading on the terrorism. Over the top? Sure. But the author's view about the vulnerability of U.S. airports to aerial attack reads almost plausibly, and Cazaux is a fascinating monster. His ultimate assault is way over the top, but Storming Heaven will be an explosive success with fans of military-techno-thrillers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425147238
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/2/2002
  • Series: Independent Series , #4
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 556,622
  • Product dimensions: 4.22 (w) x 6.86 (h) x 1.25 (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 January 24, 2013

    I read this book and really liked it.

    I read this book and really liked it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2007

    Outstanding

    The author really pegged an internationally known church that is really a greedy cult but I wont give names. I loved everything except the ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2004

    Did anybody read this before 9/11?

    A very well-written novel that deals with the issue of terrorism and commercial aviation. Hitting targets of high value with civil-aviation assests is not a new idea. Tom Clancy may be a great author and Executive Orders/Debt of Honor were both well written books but they did not contain original thought in the use of civil aircraft as weapons. Dale Brown deserves a lot of credit for his original thinking.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2003

    Storming Heaven by Dale Brown

    In Storming Heaven, Brown takes a break from his usual characters (McLanahan, Luger, etc) to bring back Coast Guard Admiral Ian Hardcastle who, along with Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Al Vincenti, must find and stop crazed arms dealer terrorirst Henri Cazaux, who has began a bombing campaign across the US, before he can hit his next target, Washington, D.C. This was only an average Brown novel, though still good. The ending is one of Brown's finest and Cazaux is his best villain.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2001

    Great book

    After reading several of Brown's efforts including Night of the Hawk and Silver Tower among others, I don't know if I'll read another one. Storming Heaven is such a great book I have a feeling the rest may disappoint. Brown puts you in the cockpit of the fighters and the emotions the pilots must feel. Characters come to life in this book and there is no shortage of political gridlock. The only drawback is Brown's numerous derogative comments about President Clinton and his Administration. While all Americans can choose whom they like and don't like in politics I'm not sure Fiction books are the appropriate place to share them. A definite must read I couldn't put it down once I started.

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