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Tiger's Claw: A Novel Hardcover – September 4, 2012
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From the Back Cover
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.
More About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
I don't mind that he killed off yet another long term protagonist. He had it coming and was simply overdue. But doing so in an afterthought like fashion?
Sorry, but *that* chap deserved a thad better.
BUT: My main struggle with this book is the horrible plot. I absolutely despise it if a writer fills his book with plots which aren't explored to the fullest extend. Plots which play no greater meaning towards the end. So what about that survey ship in the beginning? Wasted paper. Didn't play *any* role at all for the course of the book. What about the Coast Guard vessel and the choppers sent after the P-8? What about the Chinese high tech weapons? The Chinese carrier that carried the name of this book? What about the Russian participation in the Chinese plot? The sinking of the carrier Vladimir Putin? All of that was just wasted paper, because in the grand scheme of things all of it didn't contribute to the story and was simply left dangling at the end.
So what do we get instead? A mightily pumped China starts a war and our heroes make sure it blows over in 20 pages. That are the 20 pages that are barely worth the time reading. That's where they turned avgas into noise and dropped bombs on some bad guys. But all the fluff before and after it?
There is a term for that: WASTED TIME.
The Epilogue of this book also does nothing. It is the sorry excuse to wrap up a terrible plot. So the Russians just suck it up and the Chinese crawl back into their hole? Didn't suspense my disbelieve.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The McLanahans are at their best as well as all the others involved. Great adversaries with great and very clever plots. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Dave Acius
Very good Dale Brown continuation of the Skymasters series. Exciting, fast-paced, and eerily accurate as there was a similar situation between the US and China this past week! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
A good story....interesting in the way it showed how the politicians thought AND how they THOUGHT what their adversaries were thinking. Read morePublished 4 months ago by randy g
Too much attention to technical detail on military items, not enough depth in most of the characters. Some interesting plot shifts, outcomes predictable...Published 4 months ago by S. H. Roberts Jr.