Executive Intent Paperback – 15 Mar 2012
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The very latest techno-thriller from the master of the genre, Dale Brown.
From the Back Cover
Will the most powerful defense system in history be used to safeguard America--or to force universal domination?
The U.S. has unleashed Thor's Hammer, a missile-launching satellite that can strike anywhere on the planet in seconds. But when President Joseph Gardner elects to employ the still-untested weapon against terrorists firing missiles at Indian cities, the Hammer misses its mark, killing thousands of Pakistani civilians. In retaliation, Pakistan and its neighbors grant China a strategic naval advantage over America through access to Middle Eastern ports.
China responds swiftly and brutally, attacking and occupying Somalia, then setting up missile pads to target U.S. naval ships across vital sea-lanes. While in Earth's orbit, Chinese and Russian spacecraft surround an American space station with one clear message: back down or watch as your navy is crippled.
With a president battling for his political life in D.C., retired Air Force Lieutenant General Patrick McLanahan and Kai Raydon, commander of the U.S. Space Defense Force, race to defuse the crisis--as every second brings the world closer to a full-scale war of superpowers on Earth . . . and miles above it.--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition. See all Product description
Top customer reviews
Although a little light on the action, Executive Intent is no different. Like the previous books, Brown continues to shift his focus from strategic bombers to weapons systems in space. Although a couple of his recent books have been pretty far fetched, the scenarios here are realistic and believable. The US's technological advancements in this area have greatly boosted its ability to project power around the globe. China and Russia respond to challenge American power, in Africa, on the oceans, and in outer space. With that setup, Executive Intent follows the usual Brown formula with detailed scenes of politics and policy making in the White House, strategic planning, and descriptions of military technology in action. The books looses one star for a noticeable lack of action. I don't need lots of action to be entertained, but I do expect more battle scenes in a Dale Brown deliver, and this one didn't completely deliver on that count. The action here mostly consisted of a couple minor, routine naval skirmishes, but all the space scenes were definitely cool. I kept anticipating the book to lead up to a big confrontation at the end, but it was somewhat anti-climactic and events at the end seem rushed. Still a quick, enjoyable story, especially if you've read Brown's previous books.
This seemed to be a transitional book, setting up the new scenarios, characters, plots, and geopolitics the next installments will likely cover.
Brown's written over 20 twenty books, going back to the 1980s. The best books for new readers interested contemporary geopolitical thrillers and a great series should check out Warrior Class, Air battle Force, Plan of Attack, Strike Force, Rogue Forces, and Executive Intent. Brown's Dreamland spin-off series also includes lots of great books.
Stopped reading ... Start sending to charity shop!
Note to self buy glasses before going shopping next time...
To be fair the plot is typical Brown and the story built itself up nicely. Without giving too much away my disappointment was at the ending. Usually you expect a finale, the culmination of events during the book. The feeling I came away with was that the story just ran out of steam. A bit like balloon flying around the room with air coming out. Zipping all over the place before suddenly coming to a stop then just falling onto the floor.
Sorry maybe it was just me but I didn't care for this one at all.
I don't normally take the time to review a book, but this one really annoyed me because Dale Brown is one of my favourite authors.
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