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Starfire: A Novel (Brad McLanahan, 2) Hardcover – Unabridged, May 6, 2014
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New York Times bestselling author Dale Brown—"the best military writer in the country" (Clive Cussler)—is back with Starfire, a masterful military thriller that explores a future that is all too possible, and all too close–the weaponization of space
With the death of his heroic father, bomber and space warfare veteran Patrick McLanahan, Bradley McLanahan must now fly solo, leading a team of young engineers designing Starfire, the world's first orbiting solar power plant.
Starfire will not only deliver unlimited and inexpensive electricity to anywhere on planet Earth, it can also transmit power to the moon, and even to spacecraft and asteroids. It's a crucial first step in the exploration of the solar system, and Bradley and his team are on the cutting edge.
But U.S. president Kenneth Phoenix's plans to militarize and industrialize Earth's orbit sparks an arms race in space that eclipses the darkest and most terrifying days of the Cold War. Before he can prevent it, Bradley and his team are caught at the center of a battle that threatens to become all-out global war for control of space.
- ASIN : 0062262394
- Publisher : William Morrow; 1st Printing edition (May 6, 2014)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 432 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780062262394
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062262394
- Item Weight : 1.3 pounds
- Dimensions : 1.6 x 6.3 x 9.1 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #733,376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Overall, this book left me flat.
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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