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Fatal Terrain (Patrick McLanahan Series #6)
     

Fatal Terrain (Patrick McLanahan Series #6)

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by Dale Brown
 

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China has launched an attack on Taiwan. THe U.S. isn't strong wnough to help - until Masters and McLanahan show up. Together, thay have built the EB-52 Megafortress...the unsinkable "flying battleship." But is it enough to turn the tides?


• The New York TImes bestselling author of Shadows of Steel and Storming Heaven

Overview

China has launched an attack on Taiwan. THe U.S. isn't strong wnough to help - until Masters and McLanahan show up. Together, thay have built the EB-52 Megafortress...the unsinkable "flying battleship." But is it enough to turn the tides?


• The New York TImes bestselling author of Shadows of Steel and Storming Heaven
• Brown is acclaimed by critics and fellow authors for his chillingly realistic depictions of high-tech military warfare.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
" `It's nothing you haven't done before, General,' McLanahan said. `I know you've gone over the Mach at one hundred AGL in the B-1B, and you've shook off fighters in a B-52 down low before, too.' " Readers whose pulse rises at sentences like that will find that Brown's (Storming Heaven) latest hymn to airborne death and destruction will get their engines up to full rev. Laden with acronyms like COMNAVAIRPAC and CINCPAC, full of stiffly worded patriotism ("And thank you for what you and Tiger Jamieson did over Iran and the Persian Gulf. You averted a major world oil crisis, and probably another Desert Storm. Job well done"), the narrative nevertheless manages to jet through a complex story involving a Chinese plot to retake Taiwan. Crippled by huge budget cuts, the Air Force looks hopeless in the face of this aggressionuntil a secret, private fleet of Megafortresses comes to the rescue. As usual, Brown's encyclopedic knowledge of everything military (and his boyish delight in putting it all down on paper) go a long way toward excusing his tinny dialogue and leaden prose. (June)
Library Journal
Just before the reacquisition of Hong Kong, the Communist Chinese attack the Nationalists on Taiwan. The initial Communist successes trigger further conflicts in Korea, South Asia, and the Middle East, while the United States responds with Patrick McLanahan and his modified EB-52 Megafortress. This work is filled with megaaction and megatonnage of technical details. The characters, on the other hand, suit this genre well enough-jet jocks, slimy politicians, and ruthless Chinese Communists, among others. Joseph Campanella's performance of this thriller, while not outstanding, is more than adequate. His voice is polished and resonant, performing narrative better than dialog. Brown is popular, so public libraries may wish to consider.-Michael T. Fein, Central Virginia Community Coll., Lynchburg Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Retired USAF Colonel Patrick McLanahan and his band of irregulars help turn the tide when the People's Republic of China makes war on its lost province of Taiwan, in another high adventure from past master Brown (Shadows of Steel, 1996, etc.).

On the eve of Hong Kong's return to China, the nationalists on Taiwan unexpectedly announce their complete independence from the mainland and are immediately recognized by Kevin Martindale, the US President. Taipei's declaration enrages Beijing's hardline Communists, and the Red regime dispatches a carrier force to patrol the Formosa Straits. A heavily armed EB-52 Megafortress on a test flight with a civilian crew under McLanahan's command becomes involved in the resultant confrontation. Initially, the American bomber (extensively modified by McLanahan's employer to carry advanced weaponry) tips the balance, but China's vessels launch nuclear-tipped missiles that wipe out the nationalist warships. On the home front, political adversaries in Congress and business interests (concerned about their commercial stakes in China) put intense pressure on Martindale to let Taiwan go by the boards; the turf-conscious American military also presses the White House to take the McLanahan crew (over which they have minimal control) out of the increasingly deadly game. But under the crafty direction of Admiral Sun Ji Guoming (an ardent patriot bent on returning Taiwan to the mainland fold), hostilities escalate and US forces sustain severe losses. Ordered to stand down in the wake of a tragic mistake, McLanahan's experimental aircraft escapes to Guam (before that island is obliterated by China's missiles) and fights on the side of the nationalists in a climactic battle that effectively finishes off Sun's vaulting ambitions.

Nobody, in detailing the lethal excitements of high-tech aerial combat in at least plausible geopolitical contexts, does it better than Brown.

From the Publisher
“Brown is excellent at fully animating his characters…and his ability to bring technical weaponry to life is amazing…Brown’s combat sequences are first-rate.”—San Francisco Chronicle

“Dale Brown is a superb storyteller.”—W.E.B Griffin

“A master at mixing technology and action. He puts readers right into the middle of the inferno.”—Larry Bond

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399145568
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Series:
Patrick McLanahan Series , #6
Product dimensions:
20.00(w) x 20.00(h) x 20.00(d)

What People are Saying About This

Larry Bond
A master of mixing technology and action. He puts readers right into the middle of an inferno.
Clive Cussler
The best military adventure writer in the country today.
W E. B. Griffin
Dale Brown is a superb storyteller.
From the Publisher
“Brown is excellent at fully animating his characters…and his ability to bring technical weaponry to life is amazing…Brown’s combat sequences are first-rate.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“Dale Brown is a superb storyteller.”—W.E.B Griffin

“A master at mixing technology and action. He puts readers right into the middle of the inferno.”—Larry Bond

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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Fatal Terrain (Patrick McLanahan Series #6) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous 8 months ago
As always terrific read .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've been a fan of Dale Brown ever since I first read "Flight of the Old Dog" so many years ago. Brad Elliot and Patrick McLanahan are every bit as much my literary heroes as Jack Ryan and Dirk Pitt. At one point I had most of Brown's books, but some got lost during some moves, so I intend to recreate the entire series in my Nook library as soon as possible, along with my Tom Clancy, WEB Griffin, and Clive Cuddler books. The hardcovers and paperbacks will get donated.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unless, of course, the leading character is a converted B-52, loaded with sensors and wonder weapons.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tough to put down. Plot twists galore.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another fine book analyzing possible world crisis this fine country could face. Nice to see the old dog again
Guest More than 1 year ago
Another great Brown novel, one of his best and that means a lot coming from his books
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Thebest
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great detail with a backdrop of current events, Recommended reading, Well done.
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Forced plot, good tech, synthetic characters
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't want to spoil this, but was the enemy the Chinese or the U.S. Navy?
BusterIN More than 1 year ago
Been a Dale Brown fan for years, especially anything dealing with the Boeing B-52H models. This story is an exciting read, and hard to put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. quick paced & action
haldollar More than 1 year ago
Brown is an exceptional story teller.  A little too much drab background in this novel, but a good story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a collection of acronyms and Chines names. You get lost in the alphabet soup. I gave up after page 60. A ripoff.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Ive read everything from Mr. Brown. The book was good but I had a hard time staying with the story in the middle. Of the 474 pages, it could have been cut back by at least 100 pages. The ending is very captivating. Would make a very good movie.