After the success of his previous novel, ‘The Tin Man’, Dale Brown brings back Patrick McLanahan. He is now working with the US Air Force in Nevada and is training a tactical strike unit. All of a sudden, the peace in Asia is broken. South Korea invades North Korea and wins the war, creating the United Republic of Korea. However, this new country now has many warheads and is willing to do anything, even attack China, to keep its sovereignty. It is up to McLanahan’s unit to deal with the problem. If I am honest, I found this novel rather hard going. Not only is it long, but it is densely packed with information and is full to the brim with military terminology. If you do not know the first thing about the air force, you are going to have a bit of a hard time understanding this. This is annoying, as it detracts from what otherwise is a perfectly enjoyable novel. Something else that I found annoying, if not rather peculiar, was that there was no mention of the events of ‘The Tin Man’, save for the name of one character. This is aggravating, as you would have thought Brown would have worked in some references to it. Otherwise, this is an enjoyable military thriller that I can easily imagine being turned into a film. If you like the novels of Eric L. Harry or any of the other military novel writers, then this will certainly be for you.
Penetrate, Decimate and Dominate... Battle Born, the latest offering from the master of the airborne technothriller Dale Brown does not disappoint. McLanahan is back in the driving seat this time flying the EB52's successor, the EB1-C Megafortress. Tasked with taking out ballistic missiles McLanahan enlists a group of somewhat unorthodox bomber pilots out of Reno. As Korea and China head seemingly towards an unstoppable nuclear exchange time is running out for McLanahan and the others at HAWC to get the new squadron up and running. Dale Brown once again thrills with excellent, fast paced battle sequences both in the air and on the ground mixed in with political interplay, great toys, and brilliant characters. To the seasoned Brown reader this book could seem a little slower than some of his earlier novels, however it more than makes up for it. This is a more grown up Brown, moving in the direction of Clancy, giving us more sub plots and greater political insight into the events occurring during the story. However he hasn't gone too far and there is plenty of flying low, fast and dangerously with a few big bangs thrown in for good measure. If you're a Clancy fan, read Battle Born, if you're a Dale Brown fan, read Battle Born, you will not be disappointed. I couldn't put it down, the level of detail and realism is unsurpassed, and with all the old faces (minus Brad Elliot) this book gives both seasoned Brown readers and those new to the genre something to get they're teeth into.
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