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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.
Character blend well and makes the mind think this is real action.
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.
I couldn't stop reading, and unfortunately finished the book in two days!
Exciting...but kinda leaves you the feeling of having a lot of action in the shortest amount of time. Feels rushed.Published 22 days ago by Hamady
All dale brown books are centered around airplanes and wars. Very realistic wand greT. Reading. You can't go wrong with any of them.Published 26 days ago by mary behrman
......but the ending is too abrupt for such a detailed uncovering of the plot. I have noticed the same pattern in the last few books. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Sheddy
Stuck at the airport, I was reading Dale Brown's latest so-called thriller 'Starfire', and my skin crawled. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Stefan Vucak
Brown does another incredible job balancing believable plot lines against the reality of political fiction. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jim Grieme
I have read and enjoyed Dale Brown's books for years. This one was very out of character. The first problem was that I, who spent 24 years in aerospace project management and have... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Steve Goppert
hard to put down,kept your attention through out the entire book, can't wait for the next one.. Dale Brown at his best.Published 1 month ago by Tony Forbes
Exciting but it helps to be familiar with previous books because it refers back to them without giving details. May get lost in the story.Published 1 month ago by Terry Herzog