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In Brown’s latest, Patrick McLanahan is back to save the world one more time. A reconnaissance plane is hit with a new type of weapon that fries the internal electronics of its target. The plane crashes into the South China Sea in an area considered international waters. Unfortunately, a coup within the Chinese government has put a new leader in power who contends those waters belong to China and is willing to do anything to make his point. McLanahan, a retired air-force general now heading a tech company that has been working on modifying older planes that don’t rely on computers, is called into action. The story grips the reader from the opening page right up to the shocking conclusion. Brown knows how to deliver action with a military slant without making it too tech-heavy for readers not familiar with the jargon (though there is a helpful glossary). Along with the compelling action, Tiger’s Claw profits from the scenes dealing with Patrick and his son, Bradley, giving this installment in the series a stronger human angle than many of its predecessors. --Jeff Ayers

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The fight for the Pacific begins

When China increases its naval presence in the Pacific and develops advanced weapon technology that targets American ships with lethal accuracy, it imperils American military superiority. Can the United States, in the wake of an economic recession and decreased military spending, compete with its cash-rich Chinese enemy? This question can be answered only when U.S.-China tensions blow up in an epic battle for supreme dominion of the Pacific.

When China launches the first successful test of its Dong Feng-21D antiship ballistic missile, the future looks bleak for America. Fearing the U.S. will lose its naval supremacy in the Pacific if it does not counter this Chinese threat, President Kenneth Phoenix finds himself in a compromised position. New technology requires money, but the country is recovering from a massive recession, and the president has slashed the military budget to reduce the national debt. Without the funds to compete with China's advancing technology, are the country's days of naval preeminence in the Pacific running out?

Retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant General Patrick McLanahan refuses to accept this fate. The government may lack money, but McLanahan reasons that the United States can afford to refurbish old but potent long-range B-1B Lancer bombers to promote the AirSea Battle strategy that will push back against Chinese aggression. President Phoenix commissions McLanahan to lead this effort, and soon America stands ready to deploy an AirSea Battle task force in the South China Sea.

The People's Liberation Army recognizes that this growing air threat will jeopardize its air and naval superiority in the South China Sea. They aggressively deploy advanced fighters, land-based antimissiles, three aircraft carriers, and exotic, top secret directed energy weapons against their neighbors, hoping to convince the U.S. Navy to stay away. But Patrick McLanahan is finally given the green light to lead his force westward to challenge the Chinese threat head-on.

New York Times bestselling author Dale Brown is at the top of his game with Tiger's Claw. Once again he brings to life a thrilling and dramatic story that is right out of what could be the headlines of the not-so-distant future.


Product Details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; 1st Printing edition (September 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780061990014
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061990014
  • ASIN: 0061990019
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (368 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #548,989 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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 (, 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.

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By William Bentrim VINE VOICE on September 4, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Tiger's Claw by Dale Brown

Dale Brown plucks his plots out of newspaper headlines. This thriller postulates China as our new deadly foe. Obviously that is not much of a fictional stretch.

One of the subtleties of Brown's books is the need to read between the lines. The book points out that with the intertwined nature of the global economy it would be difficult for any conflict to escalate to war.

Even noting that, Brown clearly details how minor events can snowball into making conflict nearly inevitable. I haven't read any Dale Brown lately and I found this book a bit more formulistic than I recall. It could have been one I read several years ago with the names of the players being changed.

I do enjoy the reoccurring characters as that provides a familiarity to the story that is quite pleasant. The nature of the plot does not provide a lot of warm and fuzzy feelings but more of a sense of trepidation. The specific details sometimes get overwhelming but overall and entertaining read.

I recommend the book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 20, 2012
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I've read all the Dale Brown books and this is at the bottom of my list of favorites. It's a good story, and ripped from the headlines as others have commented. The problem is that it spends 85% of the pages on setup and doesn't really get to the "action" parts until around the 90% mark. I know, percentages are weird for a book, but that's what you have to go by on Kindle.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Janos on October 11, 2013
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This book might be getting good reviews from readers who are Dale Brown fans, but I think that readers who have a larger selection of authors will be disappointed.

The book:
- has too much space devoted to a cursory examination of political philosophies
- stilted dialogue with characters explaining technological nuances to each other ... using acronyms!
- too little action
- unbelievable characters, particularly on the Chinese side, whose sole purpose seems to be to get into a fight and thus provide the limited action in the novel.

And of course the author's total belief that large bombers are the best military aircraft around, only if some tech gizmos can be put into them, leads to a one-track story. These things can whack anything out of the sky, including dedicated air-to-air fighters. But okay, we know that is going to happen if its a Dale Brown book.

Nevertheless, its not a total loss; the author's writing style is good, and if one skips over entire passages that are completely irrelevant, the book hums along decently well.

But somehow, it simply doesn't come together. Even the ending is ambiguous; the two countries clash in a minor action ... and then finis.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Darryl Craft on August 7, 2014
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I was so disappointed with this book. It began well and kept my attention having attributes of earlier books. It seemed like the ending was just rushed out just to finish the book. Had good detail but lost its way to finish things off. Just anti climatically
Ended what could have finished things as he used too like use fifty pages instead of five pages to close things out. I have read every Dale Brown book I could find. Guess I'll have to find another for my military action.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on September 8, 2012
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Fairly exciting book, but not in the same calibar as flight of the old dog or cheeta, not one of his greatest books but good
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cheflanu on September 26, 2012
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I really liked the earlier works by Brown better...

I thought the plot was predictable and the techno-speak was done better in the earlier books like Flight of the Old Dog. I thought that Patrick was not as strong in this story as well. You would have thought with the death of Masters in the last book that he would have been a little more assertive with the company.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Palmer on September 22, 2012
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I'm a loyal fan of Dale Brown's works and have read each and every book from front to back from the very beginning. From The Crew of the old Dog that I just happen to pick up before a flight to college my freshman year I've followed his works and even his collaborations with Jim DeFelice. I just never can put his writing down and read them almost straight if it wasn't for work and need of sleep. As always another great installment and this paints the picture for the reader in vivid detail.. and with an ending like this.. I am left wondering and intrigued to say the least.
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By AlohaLife on September 12, 2012
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In the summer of 1990, I was twelve years old and travelling from CA to NY. I saw a book in the airport kiosk featuring a really cool-looking military jet. Without even reading the back of the book, I purchased Day of the Cheetah by Dale Brown. By the end of my summer trip to see my grandmother, I was a fan of Patrick McLanahan and the many other well-developed characters in Dale Brown's books. I quickly read Flight of the Old Dog and Sky Masters before Night of the Hawk came out and was so excited to find out David Luger survived the Old Dog's attack on the Soviets. Since Night of the Hawk, I have read every Dale Brown book shortly after its release (save for the Dreamland series with Jim DeFelice... not a fan). Tiger's Claw was no exception.

Dale Brown tells tales of fiction based on headlines ripped from the real world and incorporates some of the best military technology known to man and the best military technology from the author's imagination. True to form, Tiger's Claw continues the trend, but does not introduce any new technologies. That is perfect for the story line though as the decline of the US military's dominance as a world power is in full affect as China's dominance is on the rise.

The only thing this book lacked was in-depth character development. For those of us emotionally invested in the characters, we already know Ann Page is really running the country behind the somewhat indecisive president. That wasn't really addressed in Tiger's Claw though. For those of you that are new to Dale Brown's adventures, I highly recommend you reading some of the past books even after reading this one to find out more about his intriguing characters. My unbiased rating is that this is a four-star book -- but as an emotionally invested reviewer, you get my biased five-star rating. Thanks for reading!
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