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On America's newest combat base, U.S. Air Force aerial warfare expert Major General Patrick McLanahan and his crew of daring engineers are devising the air combat unit of the future. Known as Air Battle Force, it can launch concentrated, stealthy, precision-guided firepower to any spot on the globe within hours. And soon McLanahan and his warriors will have their first target.

Chased out of Afghanistan, Taliban fighters are planning to invade the neighboring oil-rich Republic of Turkmenistan, an isolated and wealthy central Asian state. As alliances form and forces collide, the impending battle for control of the world's largest oil deposits threatens to tear apart the tenuous peace created by America's victories in Afghanistan. It's up to McLanahan and a handful of American commandos half a world away, aided by an untested and unproven force of robotic warplanes, to win a war in which everyone, even "friendly" forces at home, wants them to fail.

©2003 Dale Brown (P)2003 HarperCollinsPublishers, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"This absorbing psychological novel of revenge shows British author McDermid at the top of her form....Outstanding pacing, character and plot development, plus evocative place descriptions, make this another winner." (Publishers Weekly)
"Masterful mixing of forensic science with brisk plots and in-depth characterization." (Booklist)
"Cunningly plotted." (The New York Times Book Review)

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  • KRC
  • San Pedro, CA
  • 09-05-05


Keeps you at the edge of your seat. Makes you want these aircraft and want to fly them yourself. In the long version, there are times that it drags. But the characters have enough other stuff going on that it is OK. You cannot have action every minute of a 14 hour book! The action here is great though.

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  • Tedd
  • United States
  • 07-27-07

Brown Still Aflight

Engaging characters and plot as always. A lot of fast-paced action and of course, plenty of toys. What some listeners may find distasteful are some of the questionable alliances formed by the heroes in the story. At any other point in history, they may simply have added intrigue but probably not a good move on Brown’s part in this political climate. Some enemies are those of circumstance; some are those of principle.

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  • Paul
  • Fountain Valley, CA, United States
  • 04-30-10

Excellent read

Had to go back in the series to find out how certain characters came about... I was NOT disappointed. If you like the Dreamland series you have to have this in your library.

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Awesome book, okay narrarator. He sounds like an idiot when he does the Rebecca's voice. Overall, awesome.

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  • Ron
  • Lecanto, FL, USA
  • 12-02-05

good book, annoying narrators

While to story is good the narration is distracting. It sounds like they wanted to dramatize it on the cheap. I can't tell if there is more than one narrator of if the reader is just trying to change the pitch of their voice. In any case this distraction keeps me from rating it any higher.

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