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Rogue Forces LP Paperback – Large Print, May 26, 2009

4.1 out of 5 stars 98 customer reviews
Book 15 of 14 in the Patrick McLanahan Series

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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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Plenty of red meat action. Publishers Weekly --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 516 pages
  • Publisher: HarpLPLuxe; Lgr edition (May 26, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061774669
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061774669
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,862,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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I read “Flight of the Old Dog” in 1988 and that hooked me on the excellent novels by Dale Brown. In the early 1960s I served in SAC and was based at Altus AFB on the staff of the 816th Strategic Aerospace Division (B-52s and Atlas F ICBMs). Thusly I had a special interest in Brown’s depiction of this iconic heavy bomber that has been combat ready and flying missions for more than six decades—and the Big Ugly Fat Flyer is projected to be operational into the 2040s.

You can’t go wrong with any of the Dale Brown military thriller novels. His well crafted plots make for a compelling read with more twists and turns than a monster rollercoaster. I’m retired and making it from month-to-month on Social Security, since 2010 I’ve only been reading affordable ebooks. I was thrilled to discover Dale’s “Rogue Forces” available as a Kindle ebook at a reader-friendly price around three bucks—being retired on a frugal budget equates to “price really does matter.”

Needless to say, “Rogue Forces” was an instant purchase, and within a few minutes I was reading his newest enovel on my aging iPad—wishing it was a new Kindle Fire!!! Frankly the experience was like reuniting with an old friend who is an excellent novelist.

Enjoy often… John
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I set out to read (in chronological order) all the Patrick McLanahan available Kindle Books, as the storyline does somewhat follow on in each book, although they all stand alone as a story. However, it is getting tougher, as the stories are written to a semi-rigid formula where there is always someone in authority (USA) who is out to get Patrick (or his weapons), despite all he does. This has meant the unique stories are becoming rote.
Having said that, they are still enjoyable and the action always escalates exponentially towards the end, so there are some late night reads to finish a story.
I have found that I read one Dale Brown book and then 2-3 others and then another Dale Brown book and that takes the edge off of the 'sameness' of the stories.
Another good point is a total lack of typos and errors, which is a real plus when reading digital books.
I started off giving these Patrick McLanahan stories 5 stars ('Flight of the Old Dog' era) and that has slowly dropped to this 3 stars, but I keep buying them!
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