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Air Battle Force Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 2004

4.1 out of 5 stars 66 customer reviews
Book 11 of 14 in the Patrick McLanahan Series

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This absorbing techno-thriller follows the author's established pattern of fast action in the air and on the ground, its hard-driving protagonists equipped with an arsenal of futuristic hardware. Patrick McLanahan is back again, this time as air force major general in charge of the First Air Battle Force, a secret experimental unit with the controls to a jackpot of high-tech toys, among them air-retrievable bomb-carrying drones, venerable B-52s packing brand-new, high-powered lasers, and B-1s (called Vampires) capable of carrying out unmanned missions. Supporting McLanahan are a respectable company of the other continuing characters in the author's air force saga, which has acquired (like Clancy's Jack Ryan volumes) some of the attributes of an alternate history. These include Rebecca Furness, with her first star; maverick Daren Mace, still under a cloud and still in love with Rebecca; cigar-smoking acting Secretary of State Maureen Hershel; and charismatic ex-President Kevin Martindale. All collide when a Taliban raid into Turkmenistan leads to the overthrow of the Russian-backed Turkmen government. Eager to set things right, the Russian chief of staff engineers a military coup in Russia, pumping up the threat of war between Russia and the U.S. At the end, Brown (Wings of Fire, etc.) has deftly set up his next book, with Turkmenistan ruled by Jalaluddin Turabi, a former Taliban bandit and now a budding statesman, while the Russians bare their fangs over the not-unexpected destruction of their bombers by the Air Battle Force. Brown fans will declare this a page-turning delight.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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'Clancy's got serious company.' New York Daily News 'When a former pilot with years of experience turns his hand to writing thrillers you can take their authenticity for granted. His writing is exceptional and the dialogue, plots and characters are first-class... far too good to be missed.' Sunday Mirror 'Dale Brown is a superb storyteller.' Washington Post 'The best military adventure writer in the country.' Clive Cussler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 518 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; Reprint edition (May 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060094109
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060094102
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,170,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've read every single one of Mr. Brown's books and this one is by far the weakest. Still good though but not his best. It was nice to see old characters like General Furness and Colonel Mace. But Thorn has to go. Hopefully he gets ousted from office in the next book. The plot in this one is kinda a weak but it seems to set up the next book nicely. (A war with Russia?) The robot planes are totally unbelieveable though. It breaks my heart to see Mr. Brown, a former navigator himself, take the real heros out of the picture. Whats the fun in flying if your gonna do it from the ground? A lot seems to be missing from Air Battle Force. But hopefully its just a set up for the next one.
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Story line was exciting and detailed as is normal with Dale Brown novels. The main character is this series book is Patrick McLanahan who who is dedicated to protecting the United States from all enemies. The detailed description of the high tech equipment and the story plots keep the readers attention. Books purchased for the Kindle reader are superb and very quickly down load to the reader....Another great book in the series.
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Rating based on my opinion and product use. The rating needs to be a drop down only and not require someone to write an additional response. You will get better data with the multiple choice questions.
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The story line is really up to date with the current political enviornent around the world. The action is very good and accurate. Although I spent the last seven years of my Air Force career on the B-52, not B-1, his description of the planes and their interiors are very belivable.
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I have read almost all of Dale Browns novels, and am very sad that he is no longer writing. I say that because this book is a piece of junk, and his other works have been very good. I have to assume that the responsible party to this is Jim DeFelice. I suppose if you like a book that is 90% "Techno, and Political drivel" you may like this. I do not...I gave this book a reluctant rating of 1. There is nothing good about it.
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By David A on December 22, 2012
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Had some interesting twists and typical Dreamland "items". Interesting story line. I could be wrong, but I never think of the Taliban as being this organized and trained. They seemed like a modern army.
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This turkey needs to come back to earth and give us something not so political oriented, and some fiction that is not waay out of sight. I like a little of "realization" of reading a novel, but, ye gads, come up with something not so "conservative" and show some respect to whoever it is that is President of these United States, Plus, get your facts in your novel right about history and who it was who cause said policy.
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Many elements in this story have come to pass, a president that likes technology over manned military mission, Russia invading neighbors, and a few other things. It was sort of a look into the crystal ball
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