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Wings of Fire (Patrick McLanahan #10)

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  686 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Cutting-edge adventure from the master of the aerial thriller.

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Published July 1st 2002 by Putnam Adult
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Mar 26, 2010 Ed rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Military fiction obsessives.
I questioned why I finished this book and came up with two reasons. One, I have a compulsion to do so. Two, I wanted to see if Brown could work out an ending that didn't strain all credulity.

Although, this book pretends to be military fiction, it is actually science fiction. The weapons which are described in excruciating detail are often a figment of someone's imagination. The scenarios are always set in some indeterminate near-future.

The plotting is spotty. At one point the story line skipped
Patrick McLanahan flies into a storm of troubles in a spectacular new thriller, packed with high-adrenalin flying action and adventure.
Ostracised by the government, the Air Force and even his own family, Patrick McLanahan has reached rock bottom. Or so he thought. While testing cutting-edge weapons in the skies over Libya, he and his private team are drawn into a power struggle between North Africa's rulers. In the face of tragic loss, unexpected defeat and ultimate betrayal, the ex-USAF general
Although I'm still reading and enjoying Dale Brown's books, he's getting a bit outside what could feel realistic. It's fun, with amazing new weapons, but just doesn't feel "real". It is a good read though.
Dale Brown's "Wings of Fire" is complex, smart, and exciting. Combine a futuristic U.S. weapons company with American mercenaries made up of former military elite, put them in an inflamed Egypt facing off against an aggressive Libya, and we have the ingredients of an explosive and fast-paced thriller. This was my first reading of Dale Brown, and I am now a fan. To be fair, not every reader of thrillers will find Brown's work readable, as he invests much time into detailing the technology. I foun ...more
Patrick McLanahan saves the world
As I have come to expect from Dale Brown, this story is excellent. I was exposed to tons of technological aeronautics (too much sometimes, yes) and concurrent personal story development and I loved every moment of it. Several unforeseen circumstances arise and some have unexpected results. A wide array of bombing and strafing events wowed me while keeping me intrigued.

I haven't found a Dale Brown book yet that I didn't love.
TheIron Paw
I've read a couple of early Dale Brown and found them poor to mediocre, but thought I'd try this for a holiday read. Turned out to be a waste of time: predictable plot, cardboard/stereotyped characters etc. I was half way through this when a I found a book exchange shelf in an inn with Terry Pratchett's "Interesting Times" - it was a great exchange for me.
I have read many in this series and this was as good as any and better than most despite being late in the series.
Enjoyable read. Not memorable as I finished it about a month ago, but it was entertaining while it lasted.
Awesome story! Author has an incredible grasp of military hardware and tactics.
Daniel Hamad
Extremely weak start, extremely strong finish (for Dale Brown)
did not finish- no good
Kerwin Jn
a good techno thriller
Bryan Kirby
One of his earlier books
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