Rogue Forces Hardcover – 1 Jun 2009
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Dale Brown's story telling is actually pretty good, but this certainly isn't the military techno thriller I was expecting. It starts out in a vaguely plausible way but rapidly descends into utter farce as the central characters unleash their utterly implausible Robocop character on the Turkish army. If you want a good trashy read (which I really do), this isn't it. Save your money and buy a Tom Clancy, Jeffrey Archer or even Clive Cussler. All of them would be classified as highbrow non-fiction compared to this drivel. I want my money (and 5 hours of my life) back!!
However, this is the first (hopefully, only) one that I've been disappointed by, I'm not sure exactly what it is, but it feels lightweight, the characters aren't as detailed as usual, the plot wasn't as involving.
Not out-and-out bad, but definitely not as good as it could be.
The scenario, based in Turkey, is compelling and if you have read his previous books, you will notice that places and military bases mentioned in this book, where Turkey 'becomes the enermy', were previously mentioned in the context of 'friendly forces' that helped Patrick, Sky Masters, Scion International and the United States out of historic scraps with old and not-so-old enemies. There's even a reference to a weapon system from very early on in the series (for those 'in the know', used in the skirmishes with the Chinese navy) that makes a welcome return with great effect!
At one stage, I really felt that this story was suddenly going to 'flop' and to 'decelerate' rapidly, which would be out of character for Brown - I did actually have sudden doubts about Brown and wondered whether this might be a first in this respect (shame on me for doubting him!); however, thankfully, the pace quickly picked up again and an excellent and appropriate ending was delivered with crisp clarity and a certain finality (I won't spoil it for you). The story ends (if Brown's 'ongoing' stories ever do!!!) with a few obvious possibilities for future novels and you are not left in any doubt that Patrick will live to fight another day, perhaps even stronger than before and more emboldened than ever. As a bonus, a sudden twist appears at the end and the US president gets a 'friendly chat' from an unexpected source - that should make the next novel most interesting.
For seasoned Brown fans, this novel will continue the ongoing shananigans of the main characters and organisations in the stories. For those new to Dale Brown, I would recommend not buying this novel until you have read previous ones in the series. In my humble opinion, you could start at about three different points in the overall series but that's my opinion! Other seasoned fans will undoubtedly disagree with me about the appropriate starting points and so I leave it up to you to find out from other reviewers. To be honest, if you can afford it and you have the time, just read the lot!
Enjoy the book.
As I forgot to take my usual selection of magazines with me on this holiday, I got through it all while I was away.
It is very much in the style of Tom Clancy with lots of 'techno-babble' (much of it made up!), but it was an enjoyable, lightweight read for a holiday and certainly better than a "Tom Clancy with" book I read recently.
I'm not going to rush out and buy a load more Dale Brown's on the strength of it though, but equally I wouldn't mind picking up another some time.
In addition I enjoyed the conversations between the US and Turkish Presidents.
This book proved to me that Dale Brown is still one of the best authors in military(aviation) fiction.
Like always, he picks true world events and spins a good story around it.
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