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Dale Brown
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Silver Tower

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  1,033 ratings  ·  23 reviews

Iran has been invaded. And America responds in a grueling counterattack by air, by sea - and by a brave new technology that will redefine war. The most sophisticated laser defense system ever. It is called Silver Tower. And it will change the balance of world power forever.

Audio Cassette, Abridged, 0 pages
Published October 25th 1988 by Simon & Schuster Audio (first published May 2nd 1988)
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Hey, remember in 1993 when Gorbachov was overthrown by the Evil Russian Communists (TM) and a moderate, pro-USA faction took over in Iran and we all flew in our spaceplanes to our armored space stations full of lasers and particle beams? Good times. That's the setting for this enjoyably dated techno-trash, centered around the titular Silver Tower, a space station the US uses to keep an eye on the Soviet invasion of Iran, until it comes under spaceplane attack from the resurgent Commies. I'm sure ...more
Joan Huehnerhoff
This was a great book to read on vacation. written in the 80s, it gives a perspective of the Middle East a couple decades ago. It was a good read.
The characters are shallow and unbelievable while the science is impossible (a geosynchronous orbit about the north pole???). And the plot was dependent on this impossibility!? Just avoid this one and stick to the Flight of the Old Dog and its sequels.
After a great rookie effort with Flight of the Old Dog, Brown falls into the trap which crushed many a technothriller author; boring politics, and too much droning techno babble. Skip it.
Jul 27, 2009 Charles rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Charles by: Karen Christiansen
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Pesky Soviets try to pull a swifty in the Middle East, but are confounded by the swish new American space station with its SDI weaponry and super radars. Unlikely tale of superpower confrontation that does not escalate. Oh, and the daftest love dialoge this side of Attack of the Clones. Rated PG for war violence. 2/5
Another pretty good book by Dale Brown. He keeps the action moving along and the story is an easy read. It has just enough characters to make the story interesting without having so many that it is hard to keep track of everyone.
Great thoughts about what a space-based platform could do for military command and control. Multiple AWACS-like (Boeing 707 radar airframe) platforms in space could significantly change the face of defense and warfare.
This is one Dale Browns few "one off" books and I can see why. The characters are shallow, the storyline flounders and the action is sporatic and poorly written.

Definately not Dale Browns best.
Audio Book. Tried to sound too technical and came across kind of stupid. A space station gets hit with a ridiculous number of missiles and explosions and still survives. It was a bit much.
Did not like this one. Story and characters were not believalbe. The science character is one of those "I developed this super weapon for the government to be used for good ONLY". Right.
lewis king
The author writes well but any person with the smallest bit of knowledge of how the military functioned at the time or their capabilities would find the book laughable.
Jeff Crosby
This might have been a terrific book in 1989, but when you right a near future political thriller that misses by this much, it's an impossible read twenty years later.
A sci fi futuristic and quite possible with current technology its so facinating that the "star wars" of the cold war could become real who knows
Jul 01, 2010 Charles rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of military fiction
The story was a little harder to follow than most of dale browns books. but hard to put down once you get about halfway into it
"USA prevails in Soviet conflict over the Persian Gulf through the first use of space station based high-energy weapons."
Tim Heywood
first Dale Brown I read. easier to follow than Clancy (not as in depth detail). Good story overall, action throughout.
Oliver Rabacal
When I read this one it was similar plot to Payne Harrison Storming Intrepid. Space techno thriller.
Not the most enthralling book, but man did I learn alot about space travel.
The last Dale Brown I've read to date. Was good, but I had enough.
This is my favorite book.
A bit too unbelievable
another bloody good read
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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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