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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; 1st Printing edition (May 6, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062262394
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062262394
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,509 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dale Brown
Dan Hampton
Dan Hampton, author of Lords of the Sky and Viper Pilot, interviews Dale Brown

Dan Hampton (DH): Do you think the United States has lost our edge in space and, if so, can we recover it?

Dale Brown (DB): The U. S. lost our edge when we canceled the Shuttle but failed to have a replacement ready. We can certainly regain it, but it will take a substantial national commitment.

DH: If a second space race occurs could it possibly be globally unifying instead of globally divisive?

DB: As the U. S. Navy ensures access to the world's oceans for all by establishing a powerful global seagoing presence, the U. S. must establish a strong presence in space to ensure access for all. That will be seen by many as a threat. The question is: will the U. S. take a leadership position?

DH: Why do you believe Russia would be our primary threat over, say, India or China?

DB: Only Russia has the military force necessary to completely destroy America. Groups like al Qaeda can and have disrupted life in America; North Korea and Iran can threaten our allies and our overseas bases; China could cause a severe economic crisis. But only Russia could wipe our entire swaths of American life.

DH: One of the interesting things about your work are the ties to real world events - how important is this to you in creating good fiction?

DB: One of my goals as an author is to have folks read or watch a story about some event or crisis and then go to the bookstore and pick up my novel depicting the very save event or crisis. Another goal is to write about future events and technology and have them come true a few years later. That's a real kick in the pants for me!

Dan Hampton is the New York Times bestselling author of Viper Pilot and Lords of the Sky, as well as a decorated U. S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel (Ret. ) with 151 combat missions completed during his twenty years in the USAF.


Review

“A page-turner filled with an insider’s knowledge of military aircraft.” (Kirkus)

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

Character blend well and makes the mind think this is real action.
Billie Holmes
Way too technical basically a manual on how to run a space program , the story dragged , then the end was sudden with no clear explanation as if the author got bored.
Mr David Bax
I couldn't stop reading, and unfortunately finished the book in two days!
Stuart Killebrew

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By I Feel the Need, the Need to Read on May 6, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I am a fan of techno-thrillers, military aerospace, and space exploration. I also have some (VERY minor) technical expertise in these areas. I am also no stranger to Dale Brown’s storytelling. In fact, the very first book that I bought with my own money and read purely for the enjoyment of reading was “Flight of the Old Dog.” That novel introduced a cast of characters that have progressed and evolved over the last 20+ years and 20+ books—creating a parallel, but very similar world to the one that exists in 2014, the setting for “Starfire.”

This is the story of Bradley McLanahan, a mediocre undergrad student in the aerospace engineering program at Cal Poly University. Brad and his team of students have taken on an ambitious project related to the collection and transmission of solar power from space down to earth. Much of their success seems tied to McLanahan’s connections, which are mainly rooted in his father, Patrick’s military and civilian career. General Patrick McLanahan is Brown’s most prolific character, and the central figure in the series. Avoiding spoilers, there is espionage, combat, personal conflict and some agonizingly accurate political and bureaucratic gamesmanship by a cast of U.S. and foreign leaders.

What remains are the two signatures of a Dale Brown novel. There is suspense and story development that builds steadily into a thrilling page-turner, and exiting technology that is at (or tantalizingly just beyond) the cutting edge. The technology can be intimidating, but Brown is well-practiced at explaining things without getting buried in the details. He even includes a cast and glossary in the front of the book for reference.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sean M. Walsh on May 20, 2014
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Book started off great and just as the story was getting down to the battle...fade to Nevada where the main characters are 2 weeks later. I dont know what Dale Brown has been doing lately, but his last couple of boooks have all been rushed to a finale bypassing what would be the most interesting part of the book
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Charles Rimpo on May 22, 2014
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I have read and enjoyed the other books in this series. However, I was disappointed in Starfire. It seemed to me more of a set up for the next book rather than an enjoyable story that stands up well on its own.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gem555 on May 24, 2014
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Dale is mailing it in. Long on tech explanations, short on action too. I think Brown needs to regroup and reconsider the story arc a bit.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr David Bax on May 19, 2014
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Way too technical basically a manual on how to run a space program , the story dragged , then the end was sudden with no clear explanation as if the author got bored. The story went from climax to end with no proper explanation or any answer on half the protagonists.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. F Fulbright on November 18, 2014
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I’ve never thought that Dale Brown was a stellar writer, but his plots usually are fun, and you end up enjoying the books despite the writing. I can’t give Starfire that benefit of the doubt.

Certainly the book starts with the promise of a good plot, but the dialogue is so comical as to make it painful to read. Brown even throws in some embarrassing romance and sex scenes, which trust me you don’t want to read yourself.

Then we have the Darth Vader allusion to Patrick McLanahan being kept alive inside a Cybernetic Infantry Device, and his son repulsed and yet eager to see his father in the flesh, despite his injuries.

And then we have the ridiculous and unlikely passivity by the US President and government (passive even by Obama standards). Why do US Presidents not stand up to crazy Russian dictators, and allow attacks on US military installations without retaliation? Why doesn't anyone complain that the Russians are trying to kill Bradley McLanahan on US soil? How can the American Vice President be killed by the Russians in an overt act of war, and nothing happens?

As a final aside, I’m frankly disgusted by Brown’s continued and repeated use of the term “American Holocaust” to describe a Russian attack in a previous book that killed about 20,000 Americans. Such an attack on US military installations is nothing like The Holocaust, and I ask Brown to cease and desist.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul from Georgia on May 24, 2014
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HERE BE SPOILERS!!!!

The return of Patrick McClanahan was just silly. Let him die for crying out loud. Let Brad stand on his own.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Larry Lobster on November 3, 2014
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This was a good techno thriller but so predictable. When Mr Brown hatched the Robo Cop I knew he was dragging the bottom with this story line. I read on hoping for a gratifying last 100 pages, however, it was a total disarray of space battles with little or no explanation of what was happening and the reader experiences an empty feeling in the pit of their stomach as the Russians win one. Of course we don't know that because Mr Brown decided to end the book before ending the story. If this was a teaser for the next, you can bet that my Dale Brown reading are henceforth in the past. Very poor story. Poor characters and if the big plot was to have Pat McClanahan pulled out of his Darth Bader suit, it was piss poor as well. Adios Dale Brown, I won't be suckered into another.
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