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Sky Masters [Paperback]

Dale Brown
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17 Aug 2009
When Lieutenant Colonel Patrick McLanahan is offered the chance to test-fly a new B-2 bomber in strategic warfare training sorties, he jumps at the chance. This is McLanahan's chance to reconfirm his flying skills. By the author of "Flight of the Old Dog" and "Hammerheads".

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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; New Ed edition (17 Aug 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0586208208
  • ISBN-13: 978-0586208205
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 11.2 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 437,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dale Brown is a former US Air Force captain who served as a navigator from 1978 to 1986, logging thousands of hours aboard both B-52 and FB-111 bombers.

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US Forces have pulled out of the Philippines. The navy of the Peoples Republic of China has laid claim to a long-contested island group and decimated a Philippine oil platform. Tensions escalate and a volatile skirmish leads to the unthinkable. China launches a tactical nuclear weapon against its enemy forces.

The detonation sends tremors through the Pentagon and into the innermost reaches of the White House. President Lloyd Taylor is forced to decide on a response. React too rashly and a global war could ensue. Take it too mildly and further strikes against US allies might be encouraged.

But China – and a scheming Filipino politician – force the President’s hand. For Lieutenant Patrick McLanahan it is a bitter-sweet chance to fly a new high-tech B2 bomber. The harrowing counter-attack accelerates to an unforgettable and explosive conclusion.

'Sky Masters' is a knockout! Dale Brown has proven once again that he is the best military adventure writer in the country today

‘Graphic aerial combat scenes… another for-sure best-seller’

‘Hair-raising, non-stop action… an exciting war story’

About the Author

Dale Brown was a much decorated US Air Force Captain aboard B-52s and FB111 fighter bombers, and participated in numerous top secret tests and exercises held to simulate an actual strategic war. He became a recognised expert on air warfare and appeared on American TV as a commentator during the Gulf War.

Only a man with Dale Brown’s background could provide the detailed authenticity that makes his novels such compulsive reading.

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Just as fifty-seven-year-old Fleet Admiral Yin Po L'un, commander of the Spratly Island flotilla, South China Sea Fleet, People's Liberation Army Navy of China, reached for his mug of tea from the young steward, his ship heeled sharply to port and the tray with his tea went flying across the bridge of his flotilla's flagship. Read the first page
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brown once again proving he is up with the best 28 Oct 2001
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Jon Masters scientific wizz kid comes out in this masterpiece of fiction by Dale Brown. Patrick McLanahan returns once more with a brand new B2 bomber armed as usual with the highest of high tech gadgetry and teams up with Jon Masters and his Need It Right This Second Sats NIRTS Sats. A plane launched satellite that can be launched from any modified aeroplane and be in orbit to give real time imagery within a few minutes, making planning any mission so much safer as the current information is just that "current".
US forces have been pulled out of the Phillipines and almost as soon as they are out China trys to move in, destroying an oil exploration platform claiming it to be "spying". When this does not seem to have too much of an effect on the world the Chinese Admiral does the unthinkable and launches a nuclear missile killing one of his own men in the process. America must be seen to respond but how? Enter Dreamland and McLanahan and the new B2 bomber to save the day once again.
This is a fast paced novel and holds the reader from the first page to the last, you feel that you never want to put the book down and that when you do having finished it a part of you has gone. A thououghly good read and one to keep in the collection to read again and again
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good read 11 April 2014
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great read as are all of this author's books unfortunately there is no order or continuity between the books. It would be nice if the names of his books are listed chronologically
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5.0 out of 5 stars MEGATONS OF ACTION!!!!!!! 6 April 1998
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What a winner! 10000 out of 10 for Dale Brown! I have read about his novels on this Amazon website and have been dying to read one for ages, and I was in for a treat! Sky Masters is so well written and frighteningly feasible as well. The plot about China laying a claim to the Spratly Islands was stolen by Tom Clancy for SSN(which was also excellent, but this is much better!), but the use of tactical nukes by the Chinese added a further dimension. Add a dithering Prez of the US, and a reluctant General who wants to use force to retaliate . . . Great action through and through! Dale Brown`s writing technique is also superb. He explains in a great amount of detail yet so simple anyone who is not familiar with military technology can understand it about the awesome B-2 stealth bomber, SAC, satellite technology, his `customised` EB-52 Megafortress(a fictional conversion, but such technology is feasible on a B-52, another of my favourite aircraft). All the acronyms such as CINCSPACECOM and AMRAAM are also properly explained and defined as well. As far as his fictitious ALARM satellite and NIRTSAT satellite projects go, on thinking about it, his descriptions are so realistic he could build one himself. Very feasible, launching a booster rocket plus satellite from a DC-10. All in all, a book that throw the action in yer face! I couldn`t put this down and lost loads of sleep one Sunday night, much to the annoyance of my wife!
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3.0 out of 5 stars A somewhat lacking follow-up, though entertaining nonetheless 24 Feb 2009
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When I read Dale Brown's debut Flight of the Old Dog, I was impressed by the writing and eagerly awaited the chance to read the follow-ups. Now that I have read the immediate follow-up, my feelings are a mixture of satisfaction and disappointment.

The premise of this book is a Chinese war against the Philippines and the American response, with Patrick McLanahan once again in the cockpit of an advanced aircraft, in this case a B-2 stealth bomber. The tone of the action is quite different from FotOD, with the heroic lone super-bomber against the best defenses in the Soviet Union of that novel replaced by a larger engagement in which McLanahan's B-2 is just part of a larger wing of bombers that faces off against a massive Chinese invasion force. It's not any better or worse, but it is different.

Although the action is just as well-written as its predecessor, Sky Masters compares unfavorably to it in several ways. The biggest problem is the technicial exposition. There's more of it in this book, and it's inserted in a clunkier way than in FotOD. In some cases, I wondered if that much description was even necessary. Other faults include poor characterization that doesn't measure up to the original and worse pacing.

While still entertaining, Sky Masters is noticeably inferior to Flight of the Old Dog. Those who haven't read Dale Brown should get that book instead of this one, but someone who likes his other works may enjoy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars sky masters 6 Jan 2013
By ronnie.e14 - Published on
Love dale brown so i had to get this book. The good was actually great condition. Waiting for the next one
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Condition 6 Sep 2012
By Carl C. Wilkins, Jr. - Published on
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I couldn't believe the condition of this book. It was perfect. The wrappings of the sender made sure the book would be received in perfect condition. And it came earlier than expected.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great details! 20 July 2010
By JBender - Published on
Excellent U.S. versus China scenario in this book. A very good read with a lot of accurate details (based on my personal experience).
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