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In Asia, all hell is breaking loose. Finally ready to flex its formidable muscle, the People's Republic of China has struck at Taiwan, and when the United States comes to Taiwan's aid, it is dealt a stunning setback. Emboldened, China begins to scoop up its lost territory in Asia, and sets into the effect an audacious military and geopolitical plan aimed at immobilizing thIn Asia, all hell is breaking loose. Finally ready to flex its formidable muscle, the People's Republic of China has struck at Taiwan, and when the United States comes to Taiwan's aid, it is dealt a stunning setback. Emboldened, China begins to scoop up its lost territory in Asia, and sets into the effect an audacious military and geopolitical plan aimed at immobilizing the United States so it cannot retaliate. But the United States still has one card to play. Aerial strike warfare expert Patrick McLanahan and genius aerospace engineer Jon Masters have been working on plans to convert the Air Force's recently retired B-52 Stratofortress bomber fleet to the new EB-52 Megafortress "flying battleship" standard, designed to be a rapid-reaction global strike force. The plans are nowhere near ready - but now is not the time for hesitation. With a small band of civilian and military colleagues, McLanahan goes to work outfitting his minifleet of EB-52 Megafortress bombers with a payload of cutting-edge stealth cruise missiles. If there's anything that can turn the tide, these new missiles are it. But are they enough? And have they come too late?...

Title : Fatal Terrain
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ISBN : 9780399142413
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Number of Pages : 448 Pages
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Fatal Terrain Reviews

  • Richard Southwell
    2019-03-14 01:10

    Stunning in detailThe most detailed descriptions in modern day action. The character's are detailed and well written. I would recommend to fans of the genre.

  • Nolan
    2019-02-24 22:52

    In the fictional 1997 America of this book, the nation has had more than its share of problems dealing with Iran. It’s hawkish conservative president has ordered clandestine strikes against Iran which were highly successful but nonetheless outraged Congress. As a result, the president is embattled and embroiled in hearings to determine the legality of his actions, among other things. As spring fades to summer, his administration comes out in full support of a newly elected government in Taiwan, which has officially declared its complete and permanent independence from mainland China.Hostilities erupt between mainland China and Taiwan, and due to severe military cutbacks and the nation’s involvement in previous conflicts, the U.s. response is measured and limited. Chinese military leaders deliberately trap the Americans into taking military action, and before long, communist leaders have discharged nuclear weaponry over Taiwan.While Washington seems paralyzed, a tiny military contractor has put together a private strike force under the direction of top-notch aviator Patrick McLanahan and retired General Brad Elliott. It is this unauthorized strike force that ultimately humbles Beijing and preserves the world from all-out nuclear war.Granted, this was written well before September 11, 01. But I was struck by some of the similarities in this book and our world. China moves boldly and insolently, doing so under the presumption that the United States cannot afford to attack the one country that holds so much of its debt. If anything, we are far more dependent on the Chinese today in that regard than we were in 1997. There are other similarities including weapon systems cuts. , and this book left me pondering whether a private contractor could actually significantly alter the outcome of a war. I was also fascinated by Brown’s ability to weave a highly believable scenario that included propaganda and information manipulation on the part of all the governments involved, but particularly the Chinese.The characters in this book are well developed and likable. Even the over-cautious head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff comes across as at least believable The closed-room dialogues between the embattled president and those from the opposition party certainly seem realistic enough. I think one of the things that impressed me most about the book is Brown’s ability to create characters who were entirely human despite their long shot odds heroism. McLanahan’s wife, Wendy, is pregnant as this book opens, and that reality has a real and highly believable and understandable impact on his thought processes as he must make decisions about how to use a plane his employer designed to end China’s nuclear capabilities. I never had any difficulty keeping the various characters straight, and the communist leaders are not portrayed here as soulless two-dimensional completely evil people. The characterization for them is much more complex and part of what makes the book worth reading.If the book has a down side for me, it is that Brown sometimes seems to wax obsessive about the equipment used. I get that detailed descriptions of aviation procedures are part of what makes the book so realistic and gripping. I just occasionally got lost in all the equipment minutia from time to time. That said, I must admit I enjoyed the fast-paced writing style Brown uses when his characters are in the air and doing battle. There is some profanity in this book, but there are no sexual descriptions.

  • Diane
    2019-03-02 23:50

    The story was fascinating, but I was so distracted and slowed down by all the technical information with official numbers and what each weapon or bomb did, that I couldn't concentrate on the story.

  • Neil
    2019-03-12 20:43

    This was a crazy book. Where else can you have a nation (view spoiler)[launch multiple nuclear weapons against allied nations and opponents as well as kill its own citizens and(hide spoiler)] not suffer any repercussions for its actions? As much as I hate to admit it, I enjoyed the political discussion this time around moreso than before. I thought the author did a good job with the various points-of-views presented in this story. It moves at a decent pace, up until the ending. Then the ending reads like an expanded Deus ex machina to reach the desired resolution. I am not sure about the character development; I did not remember some of the 'main characters' being quite so abrasive the last few times I read the book. I cannot decide if that was a good thing or a bad thing.I do remember the first time I read this book, I had a hard time accepting the 'mindset' that heavy bombers no longer had a place in the US military. I guess I can see [understand] some of that mindset, because missiles are far more cheaper and far more cost effective in terms of delivering nuclear payloads. I can see why the author would state that heavy bombers are more effective when dropping non-nuclear payloads as opposed to nuclear payloads. It is an ironic stance, considering he writes about heavy bombers being modified into becoming 'flying battleships' and being able to carry all sorts of different payloads and ordinance. It is kind of interesting reading this novel now, because I recently read an article about how the United States has not really introduced any new military aircraft in recent years. [I thought it interesting that the author failed to mention the F-22, F-35, and F-117 fighters in his article, as well as the B-1 and B-2 bombers.] The article focused on how the US Military was planning on using 'older' technology well into the next century [such as the M-1 Abrams tank; no new plans on the drawing board to replace it yet. Then there is the B-52 Bomber - still in use nearly seventy years after the first one flew!]. The US still uses prop-jobs, for Pete's sake! So I always found these books by Dale Brown to be fascinating, because of how he took 'current' technology and military weapons and weapon platforms and extrapolated modifying them for expanding mission parameters 'in the future', as it were.His characters, though, manage to provoke a lot of emotions. Not all of them are good emotions, either. I could not quite decide if the author hated the Navy, or if he just wrote the novel that way. The Navy officers are, by and large, incredible jerks. I had forgotten how obnoxious they were portrayed in the novel. It made it hard to read, at times.(view spoiler)[Brad Elliot: Oh, my goodness! He was such an obnoxious jerk! I could not stand him, and I cannot say I was disappointed he died at the end of the novel. He broke so many laws, violated so many orders, ignored those in command so often, it was ridiculous. I imagine he was some kind of foil [perhaps to make McLanahan look that much better as a character?], but I felt he caused more trouble than he was worth [so to speak]. I suppose it could be said that means he was a well-written character, because he provoked strong emotional responses in me while reading the book. The guy was a jerk. I cannot say he had any redeeming characteristics about him. Maybe the 'fact' that he was willing to stand up for what he believed to be right and even go to jail for it? I don't know; he put others in harms way because of his bad decisions and he justified his actions by claiming he was 'doing the right thing.' It's funny, because people get into trouble for not following orders, and not following orders is seen as a 'bad thing', yet then others will throw out that the German soldiers in WWII were 'just following orders', and look at where that go the world. He was an extreme hypocrite, because he would complain about and accuse others of harboring excessive interservice rivalry, but then he himself would exhibit the same petty jealousies and insecurities that he accused Naval officers of having. He refused to take any responsibility for his actions, even when he was blatantly in the wrong. It was irritating.Admiral Balboa: another jerk! Riven with petty jealousies and despising all things Air Force, he also made the story hard to read. He was so small-minded and driven and antagonistic and pathetic and angry and bitter and stupid! Ugh! I could not stand his character, either. He was the mirror-image of Brad Elliott.There was another character in the book that bugged me, but I cannot remember who it was. Ah, well. (hide spoiler)]There is one thing about the book that really, really, really, really bugs me. (view spoiler)[The Chinese launch multiple nuclear attacks on other nations, including one of her 'allies', and there are no repercussions for her actions! She launches nukes at Taiwan, effectively destroying Taiwan. Nothing. She launches nukes at American warships. Nothing happens. China destroys an American Carrier Battle Group. Nothing happens. China then launches nukes at North and South Korea, destroying a North Korean city. Nothing happens. Guam is destroyed by a Chinese nuclear missile attack. Nothing. What. The. Deuce?!? Nothing? Nothing happens? No censure? No attacks from other nations? Even when the proof is revealed that they were in the wrong? Even after they admitted they were in the wrong? Ugh! It was irritating! I do think it was genius that they launched attacks against themselves [the Communists] in order to fool the rest of the world into believing that Taiwan and US were both stupid enough to initiate hostilities, but at some point one would hope that common sense would win out. Nope. Does not happen. The whole world gets 'stuck on stupid' [including America's British and Australian allies] and supports China over the United States. Even after the nuclear attacks. It was exceptionally hard to believe, especially after something similar happening in Shadows of Steel. (hide spoiler)]The ending. The ending. I think that was one of the weakest parts of the book, to be honest. It was over so fast! The implication is that the US has come up with some great plan. The, BOOM!, the US has some kind of transporter technology that allows all of its forces to move into place so that it can enact its 'new master plan.' It was ... not quite infuriating, but it was disappointing. It felt like a letdown; it was quite anticlimactic. The whole novel felt like it was building up to a point, and then...that's it? That was it? That was the ending I was waiting to discover, only to be thoroughly disappointed? Ah, well. I guess life is like that, oftentimes, so perhaps it was more 'true to life' than I realize. hahahahahAt least Taiwan was able to maintain its independence [at least, at the end of this story].I took a class about air power a couple of years ago, and it talked about how air power has come into its own and can change the course of a war. This book kind of reminded me of some aspects of that class, that is for certain. In fact, this series of books by the author reminds me of that class, of how much air power can influence current events as well as conflicts. Despite my frustrations with the book [and it seemed like there were many, this time around], I still enjoyed it and am glad that I read it. It was a tough read, at times, but it was still enjoyable. I do wish there had been some kind of 'key' or 'character list' so that I could keep track of each person, as well as a list of places and why each place was important [even if it had been nothing more than "Commie China" or "Taiwanese base"]. It was mind-boggling, at times, trying to keep track of all of the characters [which I spectacularly failed to do, on a regular basis]. There was also a tremendous amount of jargon to wade through while reading the book. It was almost too much jargon, this time, to be honest. Ah, well. I shall leave my review at four stars. Despite my problems with the book, overall I still liked it enough to leave it at four stars [rounding up, that is].

  • John
    2019-03-23 18:07

    Same old, same old. Taiwan declares independence. China gets mad. Declares an "unconventional" war against them. Tricks the Americans. Starts lobbing nukes all over Asia. The President and the entire military tells McLanahan and Elliot to stand down. They refuse and go rogue. Megafortresses fly around the world, raining death and destruction while being mostly invincible. The Navy is bad. Heavy bombers are the answer, if only anyone was smart enough to realize it. Wendy McLanahan, world-class engineer and brilliant scientist, literally makes sandwiches for her men.Elliott and McLanahan do seem a lot more arrogant and obnoxious in this one. But otherwise, more of the same.

  • Klaas Mansier
    2019-02-23 00:08

    A nice book, but hard to read at times. Way too many details about weapons etc.1 other thing that bothers me, and that is a writer’s trick to make it all a bit more exciting. And that is introducing a character (Balboa) who is too stupid too sweep the streets but is in fact very powerfull.

  • Steven Sarandis
    2019-02-27 23:56

    On edge of my fatal t seatI was on the edge of my seat throughout this book. I felt the author did a good job portraying the political aspects of what President Martindale had to deal with - egos, personalities and Admiral Balboa.

  • Jutta Carroll
    2019-03-24 01:52

    One of his bestReally good read, lots of action up to the end of the book. Could have started the grand ending sooner but did ok, but seemed to hurry the ending, That's the only criticism I have, otherwise recommend this book.

  • Ronnie Taylor
    2019-03-17 23:08

    Great readThis was awesome,great flying ,great fighting,only thing missing,nothing lol ,as good as all the others and then some,read this ppl

  • Billy
    2019-02-21 01:52

    Good read.Really enjoyed it. Kept interest up throughout. A lot of great detail. Don'like writing reviews though. Need to figure out how to not do it.

  • G. Quinton Brathwaite
    2019-03-03 23:56

    Hard to put downThis is another superb Air Force lovers thriller with plenty of dog-fights, bomb runs and political intrigue to keep the pages turning.

  • Jim
    2019-03-08 17:53

    Good listen. US vs China. Not terribly realistic, but fun nevertheless.

  • Terry Retter
    2019-02-23 00:03

    Very good but with some holes in logic

  • Ultan
    2019-03-04 17:51

    In this all-too-predictable tale, a reconfigured B-52 bomber and its doughty crew try to prevent a war between Taiwan and the People's Republic of China. Dastardly politicians and greedy military careerists attempt to thwart our friends in the skies, but, aided by hawkish President Martindale, strike-warfare expert Patrick McLanahan and his buddies put their prototype aircraft through its paces while flirting with their own capture or destruction. Unfortunately, Brown here fails to live up to the thought-provoking substance of his previous books, notably Shadows of Steel (LJ 6/15/96). The major characters from those earlier works reappear (accompanied by turgid recapitulations of past escapes) and seize the opportunity to weigh in on the side of the good guys. Despite battle scenes and lots of shouted dialog, the pace is leaden and the characterizations dull. Only for comprehensive Brown or aviation-fiction collections.-?Elsa Pendleton, Boeing Information Svcs., Inc., China Lake, Cal.Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. From BooklistThe Old Dog (an airplane, as Brown regulars know) learns yet more new tricks in Brown's latest technothriller. The EB-52 Megafortresses (improved descendants of the Old Dog) are about to be scrapped, the rest of the U.S. heavy bomber force radically downsized. Then the Chinese seriously try to conquer Taiwan, and President Martindale wants to defend it equally seriously, despite U.S. military weakness, interservice rivalry, and political opposition. Led by Brad Elliott and Patrick McLanahan, the reunited Old Dog crew flies one official mission against the Chinese--and then is faced with arrest for exceeding orders. The next mission--unofficial--becomes justly compared with the exploits of the Flying Tigers of World War II and precipitates a decisive U.S. bomber counteroffensive that defeats the Chinese. Longer on well-handled action and hardware than on characterization (virtually all the navy personnel in it are caricatures), the yarn is another consistent page-turner from Brown, anyway, and won't disappoint his numerous readers.

  • John
    2019-03-17 19:55

    Patrick McLanahan and the Old Dog crew are back for another round. In this book, Taiwan has declared its independence and the United States has decided to back them. The Chinese are deeply offended by this and unleash a full scale war against Taiwan. The Old Dog crew comes to the rescue but ends up sidelined by bureaucracy within the US command structure. They keep fighting in spite of their troubles and ruffle some feathers along the way.I liked the fact that the "bad guys" - in this case, the Chinese, weren't incompetent for most of the book. They used some unconventional tactics (borrowed from Sun Tzu) that actually worked. I wasn't as sure that it was realistic that they were a little too eager to start throwing nukes around. Dale Brown clearly has some strong feelings about how the US should manage and use their heavy bombers, and sometimes he's a little too heavy-handed in trying to make those who don't share his views look like idiots.But the battle scenes in this book were very well done, and there were a lot of them. I felt like the book ended quickly, given how long it took to build to its conclusion - when I saw there were 20 pages I had no idea how they would wrap it up so fast. But overall it was enjoyable. If you like military thrillers you'll like this book, if you don't, then you definitely won't.

  • Pete
    2019-02-27 02:02

    I have always been a person who thinks it is better to beg forgiveness than to ask permission. I think that decision-making should happen as close to the situation as possible. I practice both policies in my own life and on a daily basis. However, somehow, I don't like the idea of people in the military, or associated with the military taking the same freedoms with multi-million dollar aircraft and weapons that can kill thousands at a pop.That is NOT to say I didn't like the book. I love Maclanahan, Elliiot, and all the old crew. I love how they fight against the man, how the struggle with the organization, how they do the right thing, every time. I admit, I am a sucker for military suspense and, when you throw nuclear weapons into the mix, I was on the edge of my seat (until 2:00 am one night).Brown must have a truly amazing network of resources. The technology, procedures, and situations are all spot on. The American military is too perfect, but you can forgive him that.I like these books, they are like old friends, and I will come back to the rest of the series...

  • Nigel
    2019-03-16 01:43

    A thoroughly enjoyable piece of escapism from Dale Brown in his usual mix of high tech weaponry and political intrigue. The focus of this story is on Taiwan declaring independence from the PRC, and the latter’s attempt to recover their ‘lost’ territory into the wider PRC fold. What follows is a fast pace exciting thriller that keeps the reading on the edge of their seats. Brown includes his normal mix of real and ‘new’ advanced weaponry into his battle scenes with all the details necessary to almost bring the reader into the cockpit /onto the bridge to fight alongside the characters. There is also those elements of Brown’s stories that stretch one’s credulity to the limit and as usual these involve Brad Elliot going off and instigating military action without proper orders and getting away with it. Overall though it still made for a really good read.

  • Henri Moreaux
    2019-03-15 23:56

    On one hand this novel is fast paced, action filled and exciting. Yet, on the other towards the end things started getting a little far fetched, now I realise in fiction things aren't obviously real however I do prefer it when a novel stays within the realm of possibility if it's set within the constraints of the 'real world'.So whilst I found this novel highly entertaining and knocked over all 621 pages in a day I felt a little let down by the far fetched events towards the end - it simply just wouldn't happen that someone steals a plane that is wider than a football field, as high as a four-storey building and no one notices it disappearing or happens to note where it's flying too despite it being in the political spotlight.The whole get-the-old-crew-together-and-fly-a-covert-unsanctioned-mission plot whilst entertaining could also do with a shake up.

  • Ed
    2019-03-08 23:11

    #6 in the Patrick McLanahan series.Patrick McLanahan, et al.- The EB-52 Megafortresses are about to be scrapped, the rest of the U.S. heavy bomber force radically downsized. Then the Chinese seriously try to conquer Taiwan, and President Martindale wants to defend it equally seriously, despite U.S. military weakness, interservice rivalry, and political opposition. Led by Brad Elliott and Patrick McLanahan, the reunited Old Dog crew flies one official mission against the Chinese--and then is faced with arrest for exceeding orders. The next mission--unofficial--becomes justly compared with the exploits of the Flying Tigers of World War II and precipitates a decisive U.S. bomber counteroffensive that defeats the Chinese.

  • Dennis
    2019-03-16 19:02

    This is the 9th book by Dale Brown that I've read and I've enjoyed all of them. However, there were some plots turns in this book that just didn't set well with me. I realize these stories are for entertainment but it's always better if you think something could really have happened. This book didn't quite get me there. That being said, most of the characters were familiar from earlier books and there was plenty of heart-pounding action so I still enjoyed the read. Read this if you are already a fan of Brown.

  • Clyn
    2019-02-23 21:06

    Great book with intriguing political trappings. Sometimes I feel that the author allows the main characters and the US to suffer so many blows, misfortunes, losses, that it almost goes overboard. The end of the book where the conflicts and problems get resolved seemed a little rushed and hurried to me, almost as if the author got tired of writing the story and just wanted to finish the book, or ran into a deadline and had to kind of wrap things up rapidly. You don't get nearly as much of the sweet taste of victory at the end as the bitter taste of defeat that you had to endure to get there.

  • Bob Conner
    2019-02-21 22:42

    Dale Brown had me with Flight of the Old Dog and he doesn't believe in catch and release. Another awesome read from Brown and the very effective use of continuation of main characters.When I read Dale Brown, I'm always awed by his technical knowledge, but even more intriguing is his almost clairvoyant ability to write stories that seem to connect with future events.I find I'm always watching for new releases by Brown.

  • Justin
    2019-02-28 19:57

    A decent addition to the Patrick McLanahan series, although the overall story is getting kind of stale. Each book is becoming the same, world crisis, Megafortress crew defies order, saves the day against impossible odds, repeat. A major character death at the end of this one spiced it up a little, but the series needs a fresh story angle..or 5.

  • robert f eckelman
    2019-03-19 00:59

    OutstandingOutstandingYet another D.Brown thriller that you just don't want to put down -- great story and it gives you something to think about . my only disappointment was the end of Brad E. The character he was always lead to a great deal of excitement in all of the stories in was in.

  • Mervin
    2019-03-14 21:07

    This was one book that while I was reading, I was hoping it would get better, it didn't. Last Dale Brown book I am every planning to read! Refitting B52's with air to air missiles are you kidding me?? Its a bomber the size of a commercial airline!!

  • dennis peterson
    2019-03-15 20:56

    Very intoxicatingAs with all of Brown's books, the read was very enjoyableAnd engrossing. The only problem was the long informationSets on the military and weapons system. Otherwise theStory was fast moving and a fun read.

  • arnold miller
    2019-03-20 18:47

    Different but the sameAlthough this is a continuing saga, the plot lines seem too similar to the previous stories. Still too much technical jargon which hurts the flow of the story. All in all Dale Brown remains at the top of his story telling

  • Ed Lippincott
    2019-03-13 01:10

    Have always been a big fan.Good book, page turner as usual. Loved the technology heavy battles. There ways just a tinge of poetic license within the military hierarchy here and there.

  • Mick Bird
    2019-03-18 02:05

    Another great bookI have enjoyed reading all of these books, Dale has built up the main characters in each of his books. Looking forward to reading more about Patrick and his team.

  • robert j. olmstead
    2019-03-08 19:11

    The BomberA great read, hard to put down. The book moves you to the insides of an actual B 52, and the reason flight crews p!an so many different ops just to be prepared for emergencies as they rise up and rear their ugly heads.