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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; First Edition edition (April 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061560871
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061560873
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #778,340 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

This solid techno-thriller from bestseller Brown (Shadow Command) focuses on Scion Aviation International, a private security contractor providing mission support to the dwindling U.S. military presence in Iraq. Operated by a maverick former air force general and a former U.S. president, Scion has resources, expertise and connections that cause resentment among active-duty American troops in the region. When Kurdish terrorists attack Turkey using Iraqi territory as a haven, the Turkish military follows precedent set by the U.S. itself in attacking terrorist bases, which brings them into contact with U.S. forces. While the current president attempts to cool tensions, Scion takes action that not only strains relations between NATO allies but also reveals the company's possession of a technological superiority that poses a destabilizing threat to the region. While Brown delivers plenty of red meat action, he leaves questions of loyalty and accountability unresolved. (June)
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From the Back Cover

The clash of civilizations will be won . . . by thte highest bidder

What happens when America's most lethal military contractor becomes uncontrollably powerful?

His election promised a new day for America . . . but dangerous storm clouds are on the horizon. The newly inaugurated president, Joseph Gardner, pledged to start pulling U.S. forces out of Iraq on his first day in office—no questions asked. Meanwhile, former president Kevin Martindale and retired Air Force lieutenant-general Patrick McLanahan have left government behind for the lucrative world of military contracting. Their private firm, Scion Aviation International, has been hired by the Pentagon to take over aerial patrols in northern Iraq as the U.S. military begins to downsize its presence there.

Yet Iraq quickly reemerges as a hot zone: Kurdish nationalist attacks have led the Republic of Turkey to invade northern Iraq. The new American president needs to regain control of the situation—immediately—but he's reluctant to send U.S. forces back into harm's way, leaving Scion the only credible force in the region capable of blunting the Turks' advances.

But when Patrick McLanahan makes the decision to take the fight to the Turks, can the president rein him in? And just where does McLanahan's loyalty ultimately lie: with his country, his commander in chief, his fellow warriors . . . or with his company's shareholders?

In Rogue Forces, Dale Brown, the New York Times bestselling master of thrilling action, explores the frightening possibility that the corporations we now rely on to fight our battles are becoming too powerful for America's good.


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.

Customer Reviews

His stories are fast and interesting.
thorlox
Then, when the book did end, it was abrupt and unsatisfying -it could have been a chapter ending instead of the conclusion to the novel.
Scott H. Lewis
Brown fills every page with action and keeps the reader engrossed.
Jerry Saperstein

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97 of 101 people found the following review helpful By A reader VINE VOICE on May 6, 2009
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Dale Brown's books began a long decline after the first few titles. I have kept reading them but found myself increasingly wishing that they were just better. They evolved into the adventures of Patrick McLanahan with mixed results. The plots were often way over the top (or somewhere out of left field) and McLanahan and Co. were not sympathetic enough to compensate. With Rogue Forces, Brown has toned it down with a story that works, one that his determined followers--like me--and new fans will simply enjoy. Turks and Kurds are credible antagonists. The Turks are treated with respect. So are the Kurds. The reasons the Turks attack are good ones, the restraint shown by them, the Americans (including McLanahan), and the Iraqis is surprisingly good for the story. This is just a techno thriller, but I'm glad to say, of this kind of book, Rogues Forces is as good as it gets.

I wish I could say the same for Amazon. I bought Rogue Forces for Kindle when it came out for $14.84. A few days later the price was dropped to $9.99. This seems to be the way Amazon operates with some new books; they refuse to refund the difference which they have always done in the past when a price changed right after a purchase. This certainly takes the bloom off the Kindle. The moral of the story is do not pre-order or buy a new title for a few days until the Kindle price drop comes.
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Saperstein HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 6, 2009
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I've prefaced my reviews of Dale Brown's last three thrillers (including this one) with a reminder that Brown is a remsrkably inconsistent author. His last outing, "Shadow Command" was awful, while the one before, "Strike Force" was excellent.

In "Rogue Forces", you are reminded of the young Dale Brown who, with the first of his 21 books, thrilled us with "Flight of the Old Dog". In my off the cuff estimate, I'd say that more than half his books since have been stinkers and none has ever equaled the first.

"Rogue Forces" shows some of the old Dale Brown: I had no choice but to lose sleep over two nights to finish it. One page just led to another and I didn't want to put it down.

The story is built upon a few well-known and increasingly stale characters. Retired General Patrick McLanahan, who has blown up half the world it seems in previous combat missions of dubious legality, is now working for a private contractor. So is former President Martindale. Boyish genius Jon Masters, who seems a parody of Bill Gates, is there to provide miraculous technological inventions. Current President Gsrdner is still there, as treacherous and dishonest as ever and filled with hatred with McLanahan, who has the goods on him. The libidinous Stacy Anne Barbeau is now Secretary of State and still, shall we say, intimate with the President, while his wife waits upstairs in the White House. No surprises here: all these characters serve like coat hangers for Brown to hang his story on. And quite a good story it is this time around.

President Gsrdner has been rushing the withdrawal of American military forces from Iraq, leaving the emerging state unsteady. US built airbases have been turned over to the Iraqi Army, with American forces as tenants.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By odyssey on May 14, 2009
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OK its not Flight of the Old Dog or any other of his books that put you in the cockpit. But this novel is a far cry from his last one. The action is intense, the scenario is as relevant as possible, and Brown offers a great blend of his past techno toys with great characters. This is a fun and fast read, an action adventure romp. The only reason I do not give it five stars is a lack of the old flight days in the megafortres or Lancer-which may never come back.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Miss Judy on August 1, 2009
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Loved this book. Took present day situations and added a bit of futuristic weapons to make it more interesting. Characters were really interesting, and the book was a fast and fun read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dennis H. Irlbeck on February 5, 2010
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One of the better books from Dale Brown. Worth the read. We need to see movies based on Dales plots and battle staff.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Hennessey on September 23, 2009
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This book was good, but not great, but if you like the military thrillers from Tom Clancy type writers with a little sci-fi mixed in it is worth the read.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. G. Kuijpers on May 30, 2010
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Finally a new nail wrenching Dale Brown book.
I have read all books and agree that a few of the last ones weren t the best ones.
In Rogue Forces Dale is back and on top of his game.
The end could have been a little more elaborated but that is my only reason for giving it 4 instead of 5 stars.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 8, 2011
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Start with crazy man comes to power and orders invasion of foreign country to protect against terrorists. (hmmm) Now put a small friendly military presence with magic technology in the path of the invasion. Add stock characters like a blustery commander and a babe pilot, but only for a little flavor. Stir in gungho.

inoffensive to the palate, but not very nourishing.
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