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A Time for Patriots (Patrick McLanahan #17)

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  1,105 Ratings  ·  83 Reviews
“A master….[Brown] puts readers right into the middle of the inferno.”
—Larry Bond

New York Times bestselling thriller-master Dale Brown delivers a story for our times. A Time for Patriots is one of his most explosive novels to date—a frightening, all-too-possible look into the near future, when the nation’s economic collapse turns thousands of Americans against their own go
ebook, 448 pages
Published May 10th 2011 by William Morrow
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Jan 26, 2013 Cliff rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I've picked this to read from a vast heap of library books I recently borrowed. I'm not sure I shall stick with it. I immediately suspect any book which has to start with 4 pages of the meanings of acronyms that will appear. including such as 'GPS' and 'sitrep'. Oh come on, Mr Brown. Credit your readers with a little intelligence.

I did make it through. However, I found this book extremely strange.It is shown as a thriller. but is more an alternative history, as dates the action is dated in 2012.
Apr 03, 2012 Dale rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dale Brown knows how to write action very well. He certainly knows all about airplanes (sometimes he talks about them so much that it's quite easy to drift off for a while and then come back), he has created enough new technological gizmos to outfit an entire fleet and he does a solid job of creating dialogue that sounds good to the ear - from old men to teenage boys. But, the promised confrontation with militias in A Time for Patriots just sort of fizzle
Definitely a case of "don't judge a book by its cover." I picked this off the library new-book shelf not realizing I'd already read - and not enjoyed - a previous offering by the same author. And this one was even worse. Totally ridiculous plot, horrendously-written dialog, cliched caricatures of characters - this one had it all, not to mention waaaaaay too much technical detail that did nothing whatsoever to advance the story or give insight into the characters. Ugh!
Mark Polino
May 08, 2011 Mark Polino rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2011
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Jan 23, 2017 Nancy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It wasn't bad, but it wasn't great, either
Aug 16, 2013 Gina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened
A Time for Patriots by Dale Brown.
Interesting, I probably would have given this book 2.5 stars if I could have. I've not read a Dale Brown book before, I may go back and pull some earlier books in the MegaFortress series to see what they are like.

If you have ever watched anime cartoons like Speed Racer or even read comic books, you have a pretty good idea of what this book is like. The characters were more like caricatures than people. I swear I could see the faces scrunching up when they were
May 31, 2015 Pam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Time for Patriots is a novel by Dan Brown. It is a contemporary novel taking place in Nevada and is at the present. He shows us what might happen if we fall into another recession and our next President has to be faced with many difficult decisions on cutting programs. Which ones are not needed? I love the way he connects us with his characters and the way he uses words.
Patrick McLanahan is retired and lives at Battle Mountain, Nevada where he volunteers for the Civil Air Patrol and keeps the
Sep 15, 2011 Mo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
From ReadingWithMo:

Air Force Lieutant-General Patrick McLanahan is back for another adventure. The United Stated is trying to recover from economic ruin. McLanahan is forced into action when terrorists launch an attack with a dirty bomb on Reno, Nevada.

This was my first novel from author Dale Brown. In researching for this review, I learned that A Time for Patriots is book number seventeen in the Patrick McLanahan series. The book started out with some in
Jul 04, 2011 Alan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dale Brown weaves a tale that is entertaining, and pulls the reader along all the way to the end. It's a techno-action adventure featuring a retired, convicted and pardoned 3-star US Air Force general and his 18-yr old son as the main characters.

The main setting for the story is Battle Mountain, NV. I've been there and through there several times, and I have to admit that I couldn't think of a less likely place to set an action adventure. Anyway, it works for the most part.

Brown's tale is set
David Hibberd
Domestic terrorists with dirty bombs, patriots seeking to keep America safe, overzealous FBI agents looking to connect Patrick McLanahan and his Civil Air Patrol team to the terrorists, and a Russian hit squad. Throw in betrayal from someone in CAP and you have an exciting story. The discerning reader may identify the head of the terrorists but the crushing end is a total surprise.
Nick Mann
Dale Brown, a former US Air Force pilot, proves in “A Time for Patriots” that if you know the territory of a subject (like aviation) and have imagination and craft, you can weave an interesting story out of almost anything. Who would expect a riveting, edge of your seat story to come from main characters who are kids in the civil air patrol? Out in the wide open country of Nevada, Brad McLanahan has turned 18, gotten a driver’s license and now he has struck out for adventures in the CAP. His air ...more
Jul 27, 2011 Bob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
General Patrick McLanahan has been retired and living at downsized airbase at Battle Mountain Nevada. Working with the local Civil Air Patrol along with his teenaged son and flying mercy flights, the lead a fairly quiet life. One day while out on a search for a missing private plane, Pat’s son Brad is with the ground party that finds the lone survivor. At the same plane is flown into the federal building in Reno causing much damage and the release of radio activity from a canister of radio activ ...more
Henri Moreaux
Terrorism. So hot right now.

This on started really well, had good pace, plenty of interest and yet the culprit of the terrorism was blazingly obvious before the bombings even started. Super suspect rich guy suddenly locking his gates and has suspect dudes with guns as private security. He stunk to high heaven and the FBI go and concentrate their efforts on a preacher instead resulting in a colossal stuff up. What?!

If one looks past the absurdity of that, it was a good book - right up until the
Chris Bauer
I'm a fan of both Dale Brown and the "techno-thriller" genre. This latest book from Dale Brown continues to follow the life and career of Patrick MacLanahan and his comrades. I found the book to be very standard fare. Wasn't a lot of mystery involved nor suspense. The plot of the book was at times a slow plod through flight check procedures, domestic policy explanations and detailed information about the Civil Air Patrol. Interesting reading, but exceptionally dry at times. The action in the boo ...more
William Bentrim
Jun 18, 2011 William Bentrim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Time For Patriots by Dale Brown

In the not too distant future, the economy is in the toilet, a President is trying to cope with draconian measures, important programs have been cut and General Patrick McLanahan is in the middle of another action adventure thriller.

I was a bit surprised that Jon Master’s character seemed emasculated in this book. In previous books he seemed far more assertive. The gadgets and goodies you expect from Dale Brown were here but not as much in the forefront as in pr
This book was a little different than I expected from Dale Brown. Most of his books have dealt with international incidents and how air and space power prevails in the end, whereas this book deals with domestic extremists and their agenda against the US government. I really had expected this book to pick up where the last one left off, with several international issues with Russia and China incompletely resolved. Nonetheless, the book was well written and entertaining. Dale Brown has a way of cr ...more
Jul 12, 2013 Lou rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once again Dale Brown has written another taut thriller about Patrick MacLanahan, his son Brad, and his many colleagues as they struggle to keep battle Mountain afloat in light of a crippling economic crash and the rise of an anarchistic and separatist organization.
Added to the mix are some not so scrupulous FBI agents who use their hatred and/or jealousy of MacLanahan to trap him, his son Brad, and his friends by trying to link them to the separatists.
MacLanahan finds himself facing his allies
Jan 20, 2014 Skip rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
An FBI sting to sell radioactive material to terrorists goes bad, and some anti-government militiamen stage a series of attacks to show how powerless reduced-size government is in the new age. Meanwhile, now retired Patrick McLanahan, now a Colonel in the Civil Air Patrol, and his son Brad help rescue a lone air crash survivor, setting off a series of confrontations with the militiamen, which quickly escalates, rallying Jon Masters and the CID robots. Also, the Russians are still looking to kill ...more
Sep 14, 2011 Janet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although futuristic (2012), its basis is in today.
Reflective moments by the US President on all the cuts that were/are being made and the fall-out for the citizens.
Civil Air Patrol is brought into play, and the training of its cadets, along with search & rescue. Some heart-wrenching, personal moments.
Patrick McLanahan (USAF, Ret) calls on his friends and former military team members to help with fighting terrorists and extremist groups. Wish I could see one of the Cyber Infantry robots in a
Michael Alan Grapin
Revolutionaries, anarchists, terrorists or patriots? Sometimes the definitions are skewed by the perception of the individual. Someone is flying suicide missions into federal buildings and driving dirty truck bombs into government installations. The FBI is investigating but their investigation is pointed in the wrong direction. A retired air force general leads civil air patrol volunteers into an investigation of their own. It's an alternative reality full of plot twists and misdirection, amazin ...more
Aug 14, 2012 Rick rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action
A must read for serial Dale Brown readers. If you are in to small planes and the civil air patrol, this book is for you. Outstanding action sequences, but not nearly enough of them. I love the CID and the Tin Man activity in the book. However, for me, not enough. A little too much character development about McLanahan's kid, Brad, but Patrick is aging as are other characters out there such as Clancy's Ryan and Cussler's Pitt.
For a first time reader of Brown, start with the Flight of the Old Dog.
Feb 08, 2012 Sheila rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dale-brown
I would not recommend this book to anyone who is not interested in aviation. More about planes ...seems promoting new aviation technology instead of a good story. Lacks direction,suspense and plain boring..As one reader commented more hobby related for planes than a good book. It got so boring at one point I almost left it but as I am a person who would finish anything once started ...finished it but would never ever read Dale Brown again unless it is good story..was disappointed as this is firs ...more
Kevin O'Reilly
I read this book because my wife complained about there being "too much airplane stuff" throughout the book, so i thought I would like it. There are some good aviation episodes in there, but the plot is meandering, and sometimes incoherent, with irrelevant side trips that have no purpose and do not advance the plot. The ending is disappointing, and following the turns of events in the book is tedious at best.
Feb 04, 2015 Chuck rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved the story, Dale Brown does a great job of keeping you on the edge of your seat with the action. The characters are a little shallow, especially the bad guys, but that's ok because it would only slow down the action.

I'm hoping that things don't ever get this bad in America but it is a plausible scenario and does pack an emotional punch. The story does have some unexpected twists and turns and is well worth reading.
The McLanahan saga continues...he and his family have been downsized into semi-retirement form tha Air Force and emerges in the in the midst of counter-insurgency against a radical right-wing bunch while living at Battle Mountain...he is also beset by internal strife by family and government forces...his connections with Sky Masters enable his small group to ably combat the domestic threat, the government and a small group of Russian assassins...all good fun!!!
Tom Tischler
Sep 04, 2011 Tom Tischler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When murderous bands of militamen begin roaming the western us and
attacking government agencies retired Lt General Patrick McLanahan
vows to take them on. The stock market crashes and and the US
economy falls into a crippling recession forcing president Kenneth
Phoenix to order massive tax cuts. Against all of this the Nevada
Civic Air Patrol led by Lt General McLanahan and his son Bradley
must fight the violent terrorists and find out if his friends are
with him or the terrorists.
Jul 19, 2016 Jon rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Sorry, I just couldn't finish this book. I had high hopes for an action packed novel about a modern American Revolution. What I got was a long-winded, painfully detailed description of flying and the mundane Civil Air Patrol.

I made it about 250 pages in and thought I'd get through it, but I opened it last night and realized life was just too short and this wasn't assigned reading. I just couldn't care about the characters and the plot was so slow moving I just couldn't continue.
Nov 01, 2012 Seth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Giving brain a break, returning to less nuanced writer I enjoyed in young adulthood. This is not his best effort. Book feels awkward throughout. The attempt to integrate younger characters, extremist political characters with his well known heroes did not create suspense as I believe was intended. Only the interesting story saves him from a worse result
Carl Ellis
Mar 19, 2016 Carl Ellis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read16
I love Brown's novels - hard to put down

I see several reviews very low that I classified as being written by idiots. They complain about things not being real or true to life. This is fiction and is as real as I need. I've read many of his books and classify him one of my favorite authors!
Fredrick Danysh
Retired Airforce General Patrick McLanahan is raising his son and acting as caretaker to an old military base in Nevada where a militant groups starts setting off nuclear incidents in Nevada. McLanahan hasa to battle the FBI and Homeland Security as well as the militants to protect his son and country.
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Former U.S. Air Force captain Dale Brown is the superstar author of 25 consecutive New York Times best-selling military-action-aviation adventure novels: FLIGHT OF THE OLD DOG (1987), SILVER TOWER (1988), DAY OF THE CHEETAH (1989), HAMMERHEADS (1990), SKY MASTERS (1991), NIGHT OF THE HAWK (1992), CHAINS OF COMMAND (1993), STORMING HEAVEN (1994), SHADOWS OF STEEL (1996) and FATAL TERRAIN (1997), TH ...more
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