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This review is from: Exec Intent (Hardcover)
Despite a few books that have been downright horrible, most of Dale Brown's books have been immensely entertaining. A large cast of characters, great action and adventure, great stories.
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.
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Initial post: 29 May 2012 22:10:35 BDT
Roy Brocklebank says:
I am hardly in to the book but it is starting to seem overly formularic. Lots of recapping for the few people that possibly stumble in to the series. The techno-sci-fi is starting to seem old hat and if there is a lack of action then I think I may leave Dale for pastures new with Rob McDermott out doing Clancy even as a new thriller writer come late to the game.
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