The newly inaugurated president, Joseph Gardner, pledged to start pulling U.S. forces out of Iraq on his first day of office. Meanwhile, the former president, Kevin Martindale, and retired Air Force lieutenant-general Patrick McLanahan have left government behind for the lucrative world of military contracting. Their firm, Scion Aviation International, has been hired to take over aerial patrols in northern Iraq.
Yet Iraq quickly re-emerges as a hot zone: Kurdish nationalist attacks have led the Republic of Turkey to invade northern Iraq, the new American president needs to regain control of the situation, but he's reluctant to send U.S. forces back into harm's way, leaving Scion the only credible force in the region capable of blunting the Turks' advances.
But when Patrick McLanahan makes the decision to take the fight to the Turks, can the president rein him in? And just where does McLanahan's loyalty ultimately lie?
In Rogue Forces, Dale Brown, the New York Times-best-selling master of thrilling action, explores the frightening possibility that the corporations we now rely on to fight our battles are becoming too powerful for America's good.
©2009 Air Battle Force, Inc.; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers
William Dufris does a great job on the story (reminiscent of "Destroyermen"), but the story kinda drifts a little. The problem may be that there are not really any bad guys in the book; things just get outta hand like in a cafeteria food fight. The Secretary of State is an interesting character, and so is McLANAHAN!!! But, most of the characters are very forgettable.
I have become a Dale Brown fan as this is the 5th book in a row I have listened to. Edge of your seat action, great plot if you like this high tech espionage stuff. I thoroughly enjoyed this book as I have all Dale Browns book, so far this has been the best of them all. The epilogue was great and I am looking forward to the sequel. Keep up the great work, please!
Dale Brown has the McClanahan series that seems to be designed along the lines of the Clancy Ops series. Generally meant for paperback sales at airports, they have tried to upgrade them to hardback status at times. As far as short form, fictional military books they work fine.
I like them since I can generally get them finished in book form on one roundtrip flight of six to eight hours with very little time reading while there.
They follow a formula with only a little deviation from that factor. McClanahan starts off the book still in trouble from the command structure from the last book. Manages to find a way to get into deeper trouble. Finds a way to save the day and stay out of jail and the book is over. Lots of battle and small intrigue in the middle. It really doesn't matter if McClanahan is a Colonel or General in the Air Force or an outside defense contractor, the story is basically the same with the same type of protagonists from without and within battling with him.
Worthy of a re-listen! I typically don't as too much new material exists, but on a long road trip it would be good. Reasonable narration, good story line and writing that is easy to follow.
Most of the time it did. After reading and listening to so many books by Dale Brown there are a few predictable places but intrigue level remained high
His narrations are more story telling than a stage play which is far more enjoyable as tone, language and impressions do not fluctuate volume or make listening difficult in a car.
The scenario of conflict in the middle east as US withdraws in current events is a main theme that reverberates through out the book illustrating a the repercussions of bad foreign policy or no policy at all.
This novel is not for the average joe. Even though it does have political interest, I could not understand the discussion when it came to aircraft, missiles, vehicles and general weaponry. This book may be enjouable to an ex Army or Air Force reader, but is way over the head of what I feel is the average reader. Unless you are familiar with some of the military terminology and strategy, it may not be enjoyable like it was not for me.
Have read some of Brown's novels and generally enjoyed reading them. This narration caused me to stop listening about half way through. Sounded like a high school play with a bunch of kids trying to sound like adults. Couldn't always tell who was speaking.
Audible has some great narrator/actors that engulf the listener in the story. Listen to any Demille novel narrated by Scott Brick.
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