A Time for Patriots (Patrick McLanahan, #17)
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A Time for Patriots (Patrick McLanahan #17)

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Welcome to Battlefield America

When murderous bands of militiamen begin roaming the western United States and attacking government agencies, it will take a dedicated group of the nation's finest and toughest civilian airmen to put an end to the homegrown insurgency. U.S. Air Force Lieutenant-General Patrick McLanahan vows to take to the skies to join the fight, but when his...more
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Published May 10th 2011 by HarperCollins e-books
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Cliff
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....more
Dale
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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...more
Andrea
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
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Gina
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...more
Bob
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
Mo
From ReadingWithMo: http://www.readingwithmo.com/2011/07/...

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...more
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
Alan
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...more
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
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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
William Bentrim
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...more
Janet
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...more
Lou
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...more
Scott Swager
It started out a little slow. I didn't care for all the technical jargon for the Civil Air Patrol at first, but it picked up quickly. Story line started coming together and the characters emerged. Turned into a good novel.
Well, I finished reading it. Just not one of my favorites.
Sheila
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
Rick Buckshnis
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....more
Tom Tischler
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.
Mark
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!!!
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.
Tim
Very easy book to read. Simple and goes along with a lot of family struggles have today with parents committed to there jobs. This family involves the kids. Focuses a little on current economic conditions and the power struggle people have against the government. Although this is not a true story and certainly exasperates the true it was a good read. Don't buy it, borrow it.
Seth
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
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.
Peter
THIS BOOK IS A SCI FI ADVENTURE. THIS IS A BOOK THAT AS YOU CAN SEE I ONLY GAVE ONE STAR. I JUST DID NOT CARE FOR THIS BOOK AT ALL. THE COVER SAYS THE BOOK IS THRILLING ACTION I DID NOT FIND IT THAT AT ALL. I9 FOUND THE PLOT LEFT A LOT TO BE DESIRED AND THE CHARATERS I DID NOT LIKE AT ALL.
Andy
Hilariously bad. The good guys have a weapon that can destroy all other weapons, it's so cheesy. The dad in the story constantly calls his son "big guy" each time he talks to him, sometimes multiple times per page. Reading this book made me appreciate good writing more.
Larry
Basically the same theme as before. Some interesting parts, but overall had the bad guys figured from almost the beginning and was just waiting to see if I was right. Very basic Dale Brown read, although the setting has changed, the story line is the same.
Tim
If you enjoy watching mounting innocent victims body count rise, then you may like this story. Unfortunately, Dale Brown is a much better novelist when he writes about people we care about positively, instead of this pile. 2 of 10 stars and that’s generous.
Dave Jones
Another servicable Dale Brown thriller. As a completist, I have read all of his books. Some are great. All are generally pretty readable but I havent read any recently that really blew my socks off. But I will read the next one anyway....
Sheldon Lehman
IT wasn't bad. I think Brown is running out of ideas for the McClanahan series. He may be trying to set up for a second generation thing similar to Clancy, but it just doesn't quite work. He would be better off doing more with the Richter series.
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Former U.S. Air Force captain Dale Brown is the superstar author of eleven 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)...more
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