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Hammerheads Paperback – September 26, 1991


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 706 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd; New Ed edition (September 26, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0586208194
  • ISBN-13: 978-0586208199
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #782,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Brown's fourth and most exciting techno-thriller has a new focus: the drug war, not the Cold War. At some point in the near future, the narcotics cartel has hired the Cuchillos ("Blades"), renegade Cubans flying jet fighters, to protect ever-larger shipments. Enter the Hammerheads, a new paramilitary border security force using the latest surveillance techniques and a multipurpose aircraft. In the aftermath of Iran- contra , Brown's Hammerheads emerge as a classic instrument of limited warfare, designed to employ maximum necessary force within strict legal and procedural limits. Brown recycles characters from Flight of the Old Dog and Day of the Cheetah , but gives his readers fresh faces as well, particularly Coast Guard admiral Ian Hardcastle. This smooth blend of plot, action and gadgetry supports the debatable argument that drug smuggling can be checked by military methods. But forget ideologies-- Hammerheads is a reader's delight from first page to last, a model of the genre.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Dale Brown was a much decorated US Air Force Captain aboard B-52s and FB111 fighter bombers, and participated in numerous top secret tests and exercises held to simulate an actual strategic war. He became a recognised expert on air warfare and appeared on American TV as a commentator during the Gulf War. Only a man with Dale Brown's background could provide the detailed authenticity that makes his novels such compulsive reading.

More About the Author

Former U.S. Air Force captain Dale Brown is the superstar author of 21 action-adventure "techno-thriller" 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), SHADOWS OF STEEL (1996), FATAL TERRAIN (1997), THE TIN MAN (1998), BATTLE BORN, (1999), WARRIOR CLASS (2001), WINGS OF FIRE (2002), AIR BATTLE FORCE (2003), PLAN OF ATTACK (2004), ACT OF WAR (2005), EDGE OF BATTLE (2006), STRIKE FORCE (May 2007), SHADOW COMMAND (2008) ROGUE FORCES (2009), EXECUTIVE INTENT (2010) and A TIME FOR PATRIOTS (May 2011). Fourteen of his novels have been New York Times best-sellers. He is also the co-author of the best-selling DREAMLAND techno-thriller series and writer and technical consultant of the Act of War PC real-time strategy game published by Atari Interactive and the Megafortress PC flight simulator by Three-Sixty Pacific. Dale's novels are published in 11 languages and distributed to over 70 countries. Worldwide sales of his novels, audiobooks and computer games exceed 12 million copies.

Dale was born in Buffalo, New York on November 2, 1956. He graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Western European History 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. Dale was also one of the nation's first Air Force ROTC cadets to qualify for and complete the grueling three-week U.S. Army Airborne Infantry paratrooper training course. He was also an Air Force instructor on aircrew life support and combat survival, evasion, resistance, and escape.

Dale supports a number of organizations to promote law enforcement, education, and literacy. He is a Life Member of the Air Force Association, U.S. Naval Institute, and National Rifle Association. He is a command pilot for Angel Flight West (www.angelflightwest.org), a group that donate their time, skills, and aircraft to fly medical patients free of charge. He is also a mission pilot with the Civil Air Patrol, flying a variety of missions in support of the U.S. Air Force and other federal agencies. 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 Aztec-E airplane. On the ground, Dale enjoys tennis, scuba diving, and soccer. Dale, his wife Diane, and son Hunter live near Lake Tahoe, Nevada.

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Excellent adventure, fast moving and entertaining.
Larry Eischen
My foremost problem are the characters are given slight history but mostly glossed over for never ending episodes of action and skirmishes.
Jason Lee
I am replacing some old favorite paperbacks with hardbound books.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Melvin Hunt on December 30, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was quite an interesting book. The U.S. government decides to create an agency to battle imported drugs from Colombia.The name of this unit is "Hammerheads". Of course you have a favorite Dale Brown hero Ian Hardcastle. The drug lords have hired a Cuban general to lead their smuggling effort. There is plenty of high flying action in this book. The new unit is tried again and again. The drug lords through their Cuban general prove to be a worthy advesary. The state of Florida is under the gun in this book. If you like jets and airplanes this is your book. Buy it, it is a good read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MBCall48 on January 3, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Dale Brown had Homeland Defense pegged years before it became a reality. As I was reading this book I kept wondering what if this had been in place before 9/11 - would it have made a difference? The book was great, though predictable. It was hard to put down. I enjoyed it from cover to cover!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jason Lee on June 16, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The first book I read from Dale Brown, and I must say I am unimpressed. My foremost problem are the characters are given slight history but mostly glossed over for never ending episodes of action and skirmishes. There's not one character that truly stand out to like or hate. The family problems of the main character, Ian Hardcastle, is poorly developed, especially considering that his son is also using drugs.
I sometimes think that this is Dale Brown just wrote this to cash in on the success of Tom Clancy's Clear and Present Danger. The solution of blockading Florida alone is still rather simplistic in my opinion. Certainly it will deal a major blow to South American cartels initially. I'm already thinking the Yakuzas and Triads might take over importing of drugs.
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I am replacing some old favorite paperbacks with hardbound books. I'm always looking for used books, in very good condition, but first editions are not a must. This bookselller met my needs, and delivered carefuly packed and promptly.
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By Jim on October 23, 2012
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Great books, keeps you in the book until the end, the book was in good condition. A good mixture of high tech and drama.
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By Kevin Curow on July 30, 2007
Format: Paperback
I read it when it came out. It has stuck in my mind as a terrible technothriller. Actually, it ended my brief fling with technothrillers since I had already become disenchanted with Clancy. There is a lot of shock value in this, quite a bit of hurrahs, and generally just a bad idea central to the book.

As usual, politics is poorly handled.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tom Watson on July 2, 2006
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This book has lived up to the AM radio interview given by the author. Some of the ideas presented herein should be carefully considered by our border control officials and all three branches of our government. I will recommend my Congressman read this book and give his feedback. We are vunerable to terrorism through our porous borders and we should take a strong stand to protect ourselves. I highly recommend this read.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Vadim on February 25, 2000
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It is simply the best Dale Brown book. A perfect balance between sci-techno and real life - a balance so often lost by many techo-writers Dale himself including.
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