Storming Heaven (Independent Series #4)

Storming Heaven (Independent Series #4)

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by Dale Brown
     
 

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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,… See more details below

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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, 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

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Editorial Reviews

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 Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/02/2002
Series:
Independent Series, #4
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
496
Sales rank:
589,860
Product dimensions:
4.36(w) x 6.81(h) x 1.36(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 writer in the country today.
W E. B. Griffin
Dale Brown is a superb storyteller.

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