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Book 9 of 13 in the Dreamland Series

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About the Author

Dale Brown is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous books, from Flight of the Old Dog (1987) to, most recently, Starfire (2014). A former U.S. Air Force captain, he can often be found flying his own plane in the skies of the United States.



Jim DeFelice is the co-author of Chris Kyle’s #1 New York Times bestseller American Sniper. He also is the author of Omar Bradley: General at War, the first in-depth critical biography of America’s last five-star general, and the co-author of the New York Times bestseller Code Name: Johnny Walker: The Extraordinary Story of the Iraqi Who Risked Everything to Fight with the U.S. Navy SEALs. He writes acclaimed military thrillers, including the Rogue Warrior series from Richard Marcinko, founder of SEAL Team 6, and the novels in the Dreamland series with Dale Brown. 

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Product Details

  • Series: Dreamland (Book 9)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; Reprint edition (September 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006218816X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062188168
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #377,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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To say that the "Dreamland Team" is futuristic probably is correct but I am sure that many of the weapons and equipment that are part of this novel do actually exist. This is the sixth Dreamland novel that these two authors have written. If you like military action involving soldiers with nerves of steel, modern, and futuristic airplanes, and drone-like weapons along with electronic equipment that boggles your mind, you will love this book.

Lieutenant Colonel Tecumseh "Dog" Bastien is the leader of Dreamland. The Dreamland group respects and admires Dog's leadership. There are those above his rank that think the leadership of such a powerful group should be commanded by a higher ranking officer but for now, Dog is it with all the pressures that come with that leadership. The love life of this group is one that evolves as the story progresses as members do have some loved ones in the same group they are in making military objectives extremely hard at times. But things flow quite well under Dog's command.

Twenty-five nuclear warheads have been lost during warring factions involving India, Pakistan, and China, with the United States caught in the middle, supposedly friendly with all three nations. On paper that works out well, however, in practice it becomes a game of tag and war to get those warheads before anyone else can. Dreamland was assigned to find the warheads before a nuclear war got started. Using all the modern technology possible, the Dreamland team starts their search, a search that becomes a very dangerous "game" for all involved. Airplanes, ships, drones, and land troops all search the areas that the latest technology has given them as the most likely scattered locations where these warheads might be found.
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First of all let me start by saying that I have read most of the books by DB but Retribution was not something that totally had me at the edge of my seat. I am an aviation buff and have a great deal of respect our stuff but portraying the Indian and Chinese airforce as dumbos is plain ridiculous considering that some of the IAF flight jocks scored more than us in joint air events. I would have expected some shoot down scenarios etc in this but it was like an invincible force on the prowl. And as another reviewer pointed out, too many names which added to the distraction of remember who is who, especially brining in the Iranians again when in the previous book (Strikeforce) the Ayatolah and the General have already been dealt with. I would give it a 3 Star becuase I am biased towards aviation otherwise from a story line it would have been a 2.
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By R. Brown on October 18, 2007
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Thought it was too disjointed and tedious. Too many character names to keep up with and the entire story is fragmented and skips to different scenarios too often. Got tired of reading it. Just my opinion...
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I read another Dale Brown book a while back - picked this up for a light, casual read, and that's what I got. His "Dreamland" flyboys and their fabulous (also in the strict sense of the word!) technology are achieving wondrous feats on the borders of India, Pakistan, and China, in a world where it seems completely uncertain who is really allied with whom, and who may suddenly try to shoot you down.

Some nice touches about inter-service rivalries and the antics of power-grabbing senior officers. But overall the story was a bit bit too fragmented and disjointed (others have complained of this in his books too). It got hard to remember who was where and what they were doing. Some plot aspects were rather obvious - we just *knew* that the couple marooned on the tiny rock island would get rescued somehow...

Why are the place-time stamps all set in the 1990's? Was the book written then and only now published? don't think so. Is he suggesting an alternate universe? I would have expected to see 2015 or some such year. Just an oddity.
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Not to say that the Dreamland series is bad or anything, Dale Brown is one of the top 5 authors I read, but this line of books seems repetitive. By no means does that mean they can't put you on the edge of your seat, but in each it seems simply that the people at Dreamland come up with a new weapon system...an opponent comes up...they use the new system to attain victory. I just had to call it quits a third way through Razor's Edge. Personally I found the books that are follow ups of Flight of the Old Dog (with Brad Elliot, Patrick & Wendy MacLanahan) more interesting, but thats just me. Fatal Terrain was QUITE the page turner.

If you are new to Dale Brown and like military techno-trhillers, by all means get this and any of the others from this series. They don't disappoint in and of themselves. Just it my opinion it got a bit monotonous. I've never read THIS book, but I give the series a strong 3-4 stars.
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By Robert Curtiss on November 16, 2008
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fOR A dALE bROWN BOOK WAS NOT UP TO par. Had to many stories going at one time and were not alll that exciting.
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OMG, 80 characters in the first 80 pages. Author thinks 3-name characters (each with call signs, so that's 4-name I guess?) is what's most important. Dale - we get it, you're ex-military, but PLEASE get an editor that can help you engage a reader and minimize the military vehicles, characters and ranks....we don't care nearly as much as you do. This one is going in the trash, not even worthy of donating and I feel lucky I only paid $3 at the dollar store. Can't believe this is book 7 in the series.....really.....a publisher continues to waste paper and ink printing this garbage. Eeeeek.
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