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Product Details

  • Series: Dreamland
  • Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (November 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061713023
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061713026
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 4.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

The mission is classified . . . and illegal

In the blistering heat of the Sudan, the CIA has gone rogue.On the trail of a notorious terrorist, Agency operatives have overstepped their sanctioned boundaries. And now theultimate weapon has fallen into the wrong hands.

As Danny Freah and his spec-ops team scramble to recover a topsecret aircraft that has crashed in Africa, Whiplash DirectorJonathon Reid finds himself mysteriously shut off from information about the robot drone and its mission. Maneuvering through the twisted back corridors of the CIA and Washington’s power elite, Reid discovers secrets both illegal and highly dangerous—a virtually unstoppable assassin and an out-of-control clique within the Agency.

Torn between loyalty and conscience, Reid must find a way to alert the President and avert a national disaster. But with the Whiplash team caught in the chaos of a brutal African civil war and CIA officials desperate to keep Reid from telling what he knows, a monster re-emerges to target its creators . . .

About the Author

Dale Brown is the author of numerous New York Times bestsellers, starting with Flight of the Old Dog in 1987, and most recently A Time for Patriots. A former U.S. Air Force captain, he can often be found flying his own plane over the skies of Nevada.



Jim DeFelice is the author of Omar Bradley: General at War, the first in-depth critical biography of America's last five-star general. He also writes a number of acclaimed military thrillers, including the Rogue Warrior series with Richard Marcinko, founder of SEAL Team 6, and the novels in the Dreamland series with Dale Brown.


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Customer Reviews

This audio book was a gift for my dad.
sissi
Too many meandering scenes that do nothing to advance the story, like the characters going to multiple baseball games throughout the story.
Ross Sidor
Just started reading Dale Brown, this is the third book I've read, I like his style.
Spring Hill

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Larry Kona on December 4, 2011
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This book was not up the the standards set by previous Dreamland books. It was very slow moving. I was up to 50% before any appreciable action took place. The typical Dreamland gadgets were just not there.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Ned on December 7, 2011
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I have recently, this past year, purchased a Kindle. Have read over 85 downloads plus 10-20 hardcovers this year. This one was the worst ever this past year AND from Dale Brown. Something is wrong with the story, plot, writing, rush to publish, all of these?
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ross Sidor on January 3, 2012
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This book, like the one before it, was completely abysmal. Beyond the vague plot description that comes with the book, I'm not even sure what it was about.

It starts interesting enough, with a secret unmanned drone, part of an illegal CIA assassination program, shot down in the Sudan. A CIA team and various other factions try to retrieve the drone. And then stuff just keeps happening with little explanation. Lots of battles and lots of characters doing different stuff, but it's not clear what anyone's doing or why they're doing it. Then some more stuff is going on in Washington DC, a long, boring political subplot with no intrigue and another subplot continuing the ludicrous story from the previous book where a CIA operative was captured by the Russians and turned into some kinda genetically enhanced super-soldier. Too many meandering scenes that do nothing to advance the story, like the characters going to multiple baseball games throughout the story.

And it all just drags on until the author reaches the word count and quickly wraps everything up in an abrupt ending involving a terrorist attack in the US.

It's too bad. I like the concept of a paramilitary, espionage series in the near-future, but these books, other than the first one, are really terrible.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Paul D. Knott on February 22, 2012
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Dale Brown and Jim DeFelice have written several excellent novels, but if you haven't read any of them, please do not start with this one. Don't misunderstand--it's not a bad book, and the plot is a timely one, but several elements don't quite jell. Does the idea of a CIA "cowboy" outfit trying to protect their turf really logically proceed to the terrorist attempt near the end of the book? There is a lot of vintage Dale Brown here, and he really does quite well within the universe that he's created, but there's a lot of "coulda-shoulda-woulda" that a good edit might have shaved off. I know that Dale and Jim are already working on the next installment, but, guys, let the story tell itself, as you have done so often and so well. I know that I'm still looking forward to it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Pritch on January 15, 2012
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I'm a huge fan of Dale Brown, and have enjoyed getting to know his characters and spending time in the world he created. I have periodically bought from the Dreamland, Wiplash, etc. offerings where Dale lends his name and characters, understanding that these were largely written by others and while not quite the same, but were nonetheless still enjoyable reads.

That is absolutely not the case here. Raven Strike drones on and on and then an ending is simply tacked on and it is over. I never really warmed up to the characters and while the idea of the Raven program could have been really exciting, it just wasn't.

Dale, I know this is essentially a "paycheck movie" for you, but please, you have spent decades building a fan base and a vivid world. This is not worthy and you should never have allowed it to go out with your name on it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Stong on July 22, 2012
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This was a free book, I was over charged.I read lots of different types of books. Action, Sci-fi, fantasy, Trashy romances. Westerns. If it is entertaining I will read it. But I only got through 8% of this book before I wanted to Throw up. The supposedly beautiful and Brilliant "Heroine" takes off on her own into the Hard core Muslim infested desert. I did not need to read any farther to know she was a dumb as a box of rocks. I really hate insulting rocks that way but There was no other choice. They also must have been paid by the letter. If one word is good twenty must be better.
So Don't waste your time or money on this dog. You will be disappointed. The only reason i gave this book a 1 is there is nothing lower.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By William R. Conley on December 15, 2011
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Am I dreaming or this really a dale brown book? one of the worst reads from dale brown ever. Not worth the price. I have read better 10 cent novels from unknown authors that are a lot better. Looks like he has lost his edge on writing novels, or just putting out trash to make money reliying on his name
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. Henson VINE VOICE on November 29, 2012
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I love Dale Brown. I've read them all--all the way back to Flight of the Old Dog. Without a doubt, this is the worst. I thought the ending was finally building to something, but then it flopped worse than the rest of the book. It wasn't just bland, it was horrible. I hope the next book is better because I don't want this to be the way I remember Dale Brown. He's so much better than this.
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