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Night of the Hawk

(Patrick McLanahan #2)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  2,105 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Five years ago, the Old Dog crossed the skies of the Soviet Union on a daring mission. One brave airman sacrificed his life to save his fellow crew members. His body was left in the Siberian wastes, while the Old Dog soared off to victory. Now, it has been discovered, David Luger never died. Captured and brainwashed by the KGB, Luger revealed U.S. military secrets of steal ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 576 pages
Published May 1st 1993 by Berkley (first published June 15th 1992)
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Igor Ljubuncic
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Blimey, I just realized I never reviewed this book.

This is one of my favorite techno-thrillers. It's less politics-focused than Clancy's books, and there's less spot-hopping convolution, but it's still geographically and politically colorful enough, with the right dose of technical descriptions and hardcore military action. It's a bit cheesy sometimes, but then, it comes off the back of the cheesiest decade in the universe, for the 80s gaveth us the likes of John McClane, John Rambo, John Matrix
Oct 03, 2016 rated it liked it
This follow up to the Flight of the Old Dog is a reasonably enjoyable read although I am not sure that all of the disparate plot ideas actually gel particularly well. The two main threads are the increasing civil unrest in Lithuania and the discover that Dave Luger had not died on the snow during the end of the Old Dog mission but was in fact alive and apparently brain washed in the Russian high tech base in Fiskious (their equivalent of Dreamland).
As the need to evacuate US citizens from Lith
Henri Moreaux
This is the second book in the Patrick McLanahan series (Hammerheads takes place before this novel but is officially not part of the series).

The book takes place primarily in Lithuania & Belarus where after the collapse of the United Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) / Союз Советских Социалистических Республик (CCCP). A now ex-KGB officer holds a US prisoner from the first book, David Luger, who is forced to collaborate on aircraft design at a facility in Lithuania. With the collapse of the
Jul 23, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I first read this book, just after it was published, I thought it was a ripping good yarn. Then, I went through a phase of despising 'unreality' in books and I unloaded all my Dale Brown novels and others that did not meet my standards for reality. I've since chilled a bit and recovered many of the books that were purged back then. Technically, this book is fairly accurate and if Dale Brown had stuck to a straight middle-of-the-road techno-thriller, it would probably have gained another sta ...more
Brett Tompkins
Sep 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I have a difficult time starting Dale Brown books because the print is always small and the first part is usually pretty slow. However, as with other Brown books I've read, once the action starts I can't put it down. This story was fantastic.
Sep 23, 2016 rated it did not like it
Too long, too much technical detail that added nothing to the plot. Almost no character development.
Ken Johnson
Feb 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Too much detail on the weaponry specifics took away from the adventure almost stopped reading half way through
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Tom Clancy on steriods. Once you get past the techno mumbo jumbo, an Night of the Hawk is an exciting read. I think I have learned how to construct of CV-22 PAVE HAMMER or any of the V-22 Osprey family of aircraft from the ground up. There are so many details of aircraft and armaments, I am not sure what is reality and what is fiction.
The obvious heroes of the novel are Lithuanian General Dominikas Palcikas, the V-22 Osprey and the EB-52 Megafortress. There are enough Lithuanian names thrown aro
Ann Amadori
Dec 23, 2018 rated it liked it
As usual, this book has a slow confusing start. Lots of different foreign names and organizations to remember, lots of military tactics relying on geography. About half way in things pick up and get more exciting.
Kenneth Flusche
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Caught up on my Dale Brown Books, not sure how I skipped this one first time around.
Deyth Banger
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Jul 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
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May 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: action, military, thriller
#4 in the Patrick McLanahan series in publication order (#2 chronologically).

Patrick McLanahan series - A simple defector extraction raid in Lithuania in late 1992 uncovers evidence that a member of the Old Dog crew, David Luger, survived the events of Flight of the Old Dog and was brainwashed to work on a new stealth bomber at a secret facility in Vilnius. Amidst the political upheaval in the country, General Elliott, McLanahan, and John Ormack join a US Marine contingent in assaulting the faci
Brandon Mendoza
May 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
this is by far one of the best book ive read recently! this is a very good mix of fiction and non fiction that is based on the cold war between U.S and the soviet union. Night of the hawk is a great book that begins at sea, aboard an aircraft carrier, and this happens to be when there is a secret mission that this pilot (luger) has to be apart of, and during this mission his plane gets shot down. Everybody is lead to believe he has died, whiloe the truth is, he has not. So he is working for the ...more
Jul 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Great novel. A bit political for the first half but it seems necessary to set up the finale. The ending was a little abrupt and apart from finding out where Dave Luger ended up, we don't get to really explore the effects of his years of brainwashing. More emphasis on that story line would've been good as well and may have added a little extra to the book. Other than that though, I enjoyed it thoroughly and am looking forward to the next book in the "Patrick McLanahan" series!
Feb 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
The book has the usual politics in between full scale action. Technical details were accurate about military hardware. [Spoiler alert] The war description was very detailed. The geography, tactics and organization of modern wars was accurate. Lithuania and Belorussia conflict was shown with correct perspective during the break up of former USSR. All in all read up if you like aviation, military and action. Just skim through the politics.
Bob Conner
Jan 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: military-war
Dale Brown had me with Flight of the Old Dog and he doesn't believe in catch and release. Another awesome read from Brown and the very effective use of continuation of main characters.

When I read Dale Brown, I'm often awed at his technical knowledge, but even more intriguing is his almost clairvoyant ability to write stories that connect with the future.
Bill Klanderman
Jul 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Another good book by brown
Kurt Vosper
Jun 25, 2013 rated it liked it
I like this particular series of books about the hero in question. I thought this was the second best on in the series after Flight of the Old Dog.
Feb 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Oct 10, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is a great story about the attempted rescue of Dave Luger from war-torn Lithuania after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Apr 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
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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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