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A Time for Patriots: A Novel Hardcover – May 10, 2011
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Welcome to Battlefield America
When murderous bands of militiamen begin roaming the western United States and attacking government agencies, it will take a dedicated group of the nation's finest and toughest civilian airmen to put an end to the homegrown insurgency. U.S. Air Force Lieutenant-General Patrick McLanahan vows to take to the skies to join the fight, but when his son, Bradley, also signs up, they find themselves caught in a deadly game against a shadowy opponent.
When the stock markets crash and the U.S. economy falls into a crippling recession, everything changes for newly elected president Kenneth Phoenix. Politically exhausted from a bruising and divisive election, Phoenix must order a series of massive tax cuts and wipe out entire cabinet-level departments to reduce government spending. 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 SWAT team is ambushed and radioactive materials are stolen by a group calling themselves the Knights of the True Republic. Is the battle against the government about to be taken to a new and deadlier level?
In this time of crisis, a citizen organization rises to the task of protecting their fellow countrymen: the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), the U.S. Air Force auxiliary. The Nevada Wing—led by retired Air Force Lieutenant-General Patrick McLanahan, his son, Bradley, and other volunteers—uses their military skills in the sky and on the ground to hunt down violent terrorists. But how will Patrick respond when extremists launch a catastrophic dirty bomb attack in Reno, spreading radiological fallout for miles? And when Bradley is caught in a deadly double-cross that jeopardizes the CAP, Patrick will have to fight to find out where his friends' loyalties lie: Are they with him and the CAP or with the terrorists?
With A Time for Patriots, the New York Times bestselling master of the modern thriller Dale Brown brings the battle home to explore a terrifying possibility—the collapse of the American Republic.
About the Author
Former U.S. Air Force captain Dale Brown is the superstar author of 26 best-selling 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 (2007), SHADOW COMMAND (2008), ROGUE FORCES (2009), EXECUTIVE INTENT (2010), A TIME FOR PATRIOTS (2011), TIGER’S CLAW (2012), STARFIRE (2014), and IRON WOLF (2015). He is also the co-author of the best-selling DREAMLAND techno-thriller series and writer and the PUPPET MASTER series, and is a 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, e-books, and computer games exceed 15 million copies.
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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.
I bought time for patriots right after executive order since I truly believed the intensity of the space war fare politics would continue. Once Phoenix became president he became a wuzz unlike his dynamic character in the prior novel. Mclannahan seemed too much of a rogue operative. Dismantling major characters. ghia and Jon masters without warning or story value was disappointing.
More major politics/warfare less irrelevant minutia please I LOVED executive order.
I think Mr. Brown started with an okay idea but sort of "phoned it in" in many places. That said, I am still a fan of Dale Brown's work!
Without dropping a spoiler, I was shocked and surprised by the turn of events regarding Jon Masters.
Dale Brown always tells a great story. His characters are real, down to earth folks who proudly serve our nation. As always, I'm looking forward to the next adventure with Patrick and the rest of the crew dogs.
Most recent customer reviews
However, could do w/o the crude language. Call me old fashioned but it's not necessary.