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Welcome to Battlefield America

When the stock markets crash and the U.S. economy falls into a crippling recession, everything changes for newly elected president Kenneth Phoenix. With reductions in education and transportation, an incapacitated National Guard, and the loss of public safety budgets, entire communities of armed citizens band together for survival and mutual protection. Against this dismal backdrop, a group calling themselves the Knights of the True Republic ambush a SWAT team and steal radioactive materials . . . and thebattle against the government is taken to a deadlier level.

In this time of crisis, the Nevada Wing of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP)—led by retired Air Force Lieutenant-General Patrick McLanahan, his son, Bradley, and other volunteers—rises to the task of protecting their fellow countrymen. But when the homegrown terrorists detonate a dirty bomb in Reno and Bradley is caught in a perilous double-cross, Patrick McLanahan will have to fight to discover where his friends' true loyalties lie.

About the Author

Dale Brown is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous books, from Flight of the Old Dog (1987) to, most recently, Starfire (2014). A former U.S. Air Force captain, he can often be found flying his own plane in the skies of the United States.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; Reprint edition (April 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061990000
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061990007
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #437,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By David Hall VINE VOICE on May 9, 2011
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I've read most of Dale Brown's body of work, and liked the majority of it. Although I finished "A Time for Patriots" pretty quickly, I didn't really enjoy the experience either during or after reading this book. I wasn't sure why I didn't enjoy the read until I had a chance to let the story percolate for a couple of days. On the surface, "A Time for Patriots" contained many elements and themes which I seek in novels. The future-tech weaponry, insights into aviation, and the whole "militia thing" are topics I have encountered in real life. Dale Brown depicted the aviation bits with his usual, gripping, "you are in the cockpit" realism. It was when Mr. Brown departed his familiar neighborhood for weird plot twists that the novel fell apart for me. Since I don't believe in rehashing the plot, detail by detail, let me just summarize: Dale Brown's portrayal of the militia movement was very stereotypical, and superficial. His characterization of the FBI agents assigned to the investigation was likewise shallow, and verging on vindictive paranoia. If Mr. Brown has an ax to grind with the Feds, he figuratively went about it with an ax, when a rapier would have been much more effective, and way less obvious. Finally, and this is probably Mr. Brown's most egregious felony, he failed to portray any of his characters in a way that garnered sympathy, empathy, or just plain "liking". Since I didn't care about any of these folks, I had zero emotional investment in how the story turned out.

I would not buy this book. If you must read "A Time for Patriots", get it from the public library, or borrow it from a friend.
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Dale Brown's latest, "A TIME FOR PATRIOTS" is a fast-paced and hard-charging adventure romp rising from an extreme example of what an economic turndown can cause. As with many of his books the hero is Patrick McLanahan, now forcibly retired and living in the middle of nowhere, Nevada while volunteering with the Civil Air Patrol (CAP). Along for the ride is his now 18-year old son Bradley, also a volunteer and learning to be a pilot. As before, McLanahan is the rogue hero who disobeys orders and takes matters into his own hands, even if it means possible prison for him and anyone around. What makes this a good read is the action, which is just about non-stop, coupled with the wonderful technological gizmos Brown always includes in his books. What keeps this from being a great read is many of the characters are shallow and one-dimensional. Add to that the story is somewhat predicable and rather unbelievable as it rushes to its conclusion.

The main plot revolves around domestic terrorism at the hands of a group of anarchists who have gotten a hold of radioactive material. Their main targets are federal buildings but soon branch out to innocent people in an attempt to bring down the government. When you throw in a group of vengeful FBI agents willing to do anything, in or outside the law, to bring them down, McLanahan finds himself between the two extremes and seemly being targeted by both. The pace builds as the anarchists continue their onslaught on society while the FBI continues theirs on McLanahan, forcing him to begin his own extreme measures to try and bring order back to the area.

Again, what I liked was the fast-paced action that starts right from the beginning and rarely lets up. What disappointed me was how unbelievable some of McLanahan's actions became.
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I am and have been a Dale Brown fan since "Flight of the Old Dog" and have read all of Brown's books, including the Dreamland series. This book is definitely NOT like the other earlier Dale Brown "Megafortress" series books. Where all of the other books were full of action, suspense, and high-tech military gadgetry, this story has very little to none of any of that. With the exception of Skymasters' high-tech "Loser" transport, the most high-tech gadgets mentioned in this book are video sensors mounted on Cessna prop planes, the CID robots, and the Tin Man suits.

While I appreciate the story arc of McLanahan's career, and his eventual retirement, he is not the same McLanahan he was in the earlier books. Brown even admits to this through his characters in the book. I was disappointed in McLanahan's character, even though getting old and retirement are both eventualities we all have to accept. It was nice to read about McLanahan's son Brad though. Perhaps Brown is setting Brad up for a spin-off series in the future?

If McLanahan's character remains as he is in this book, then this book is an appropriate end to the "Megafortress" series. He has killed off one main character and made another more or less irrelevant. After reading all of Dale Brown's books, the characters somehow seemed like family, and killing off main characters seems like some type of insult.

So if you are looking for an exciting story like "Wings of Fire" or "Battle Born" then this book is not for you. You will be bored and disappointed with it.
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Dale's long decline in quality of late has reached its nadir with this total shark-jump that, combined with some recent political comments he made on Facebook, has caused me to decide that this will be my last ride with him. The least imaginative and least scariest secessionist militia in the history of domestic terrorism to dirty-bomb Reno, and thanks to massive budget cuts the only thing standing in their way is one squadron of the Civil Air Patrol that, thanks to Patrick McLanahan, operates out of a poor man's Area 51 in the boonies of northern Nevada--it's like some fourteen-year-old was writing a season of 24. Most of it is taken up by in-depth explanations of the Civil Air Patrol's various procedures--most likely because Dale himself joined it--and completely whackadoo technology that would've been far-fetched even on the show Eureka such as contact lenses that function as a heads-up display and nanite GPS pills that we supposedly now give guest workers to make sure they self-deport. The man has simply lost his knack and should either hang it up or find a new genre to work in.
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