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2.86 out of 52.86 out of 52.86 out of 52.86 out of 52.86 out of 5 2.86 (7 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dale Brown Narrator: TBD , William Dufris Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Patrick McLanahan Series Release Date: June 2005 ISBN: 9780060856687
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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.

Performed by David McCallum.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A page-turning, high-tech thriller...Sure to please.”

    USA Today

  • “Hot...A tale of high-tech warfare...A prime summer read.”

    Reno Gazette-Journal

  • “[Brown’s] writing is exceptional...the dialogue, plots, and characters are first-class...Far too good to be missed.”

    Sunday Mirror (London)

  • “[An] absorbing techno-thriller...Brown fans will declare this a page-turning delight.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Tense pages hard-focused on aerial hardware as Brown pumps it up for fans–who know what they're getting.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Dufris reads every word, every military part, and every action with exacting precision. He changes inflection and phrasing when switching among US soldiers, Taliban and Turkmenistan fighters, and Russians. There’s little actual gore and lots of military strategizing and seat-of-your-pants flying, and Dufris’ narration never gets in the way of the action. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    AudioFile

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Derek | 3/14/2011

    " So so story. A little too futuristic and a bit over consumed with the Air Force. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter | 8/28/2010

    " Usual stuff, world political breakdown, Taliban, Russia overlords, insubordination in the US Army and high tech. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charles | 6/17/2010

    " Another fine book in the Mclanahan series. I like the progression that the main characters have taken throughout the series "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chuck | 5/5/2010

    " A futuristic "War In The Middle East" tale featuring a special U.S. Air
    Force group. Mediocre story line with redundant dialogue. Not very
    good.
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clyn | 4/23/2010

    " Another solid performance by Brown in this book. One of the first, though with a clear lead in to the next book. I've really enjoyed this series, and find that Brown seems to know how much detail about technologic systems and flight minutia to include, and better, how much to leave out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug | 6/14/2009

    " Wow, this guy is good. Here is another terrific story with great detail, good science, a hint of lust, and some super awesome air battles in Patrick McLanahan's exciting life. One character finds his story underdeveloped a bit, but it doesn't matter. Dudes: read this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rob & Liz | 9/23/2007

    " Thriller but too detailed in technical information. Good plot and future of modern airforce.
    Rob "

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About the Author
Author Dale Brown

Dale Brown, a former United States Air Force captain, was born in Buffalo, New York, and now lives in Nevada. He graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Western European history and received a United States Air Force commission in 1978. He was still serving in the Air Force when he wrote his highly acclaimed first novel, Flight of the Old Dog. Since then he has written a string of New York Times bestsellers, including Shadow Command, Rogue Forces, Executive Intent, and A Time for Patriots.

About the Narrator

William Dufris attended the University of Southern Maine in Portland-Gorham before pursuing a career in voice work in London and then the United States. He has won more than twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards, was voted one of the Best Voices at the End of the Century by AudioFile magazine, and won the prestigious Audie Award in 2012 for best nonfiction narration. He lives with his family in Maine.