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Dreamland by Dale Brown
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Dreamland by Dale Brown is my first book by the author and the first in the Dreamland series, AND definitely my LAST read. As much as it might be touted as a military action-packed book, and rightly so, it has one great weakness and failure - character development. I would have loved to see characters growing, emotionally, connecting, and at least being real. These characters are so blunt, not relatable at all.

It is a technically charged story, with so many characters (poorly developed at that), inconsistently referred to by their nicknames and haphazardly in their real names—parading in and out of the narrative only creating confusion. I don't want this at all.

It is a good read, for a thriller, but it's got too much technical language and jargon (though not as much) to the point of boredom.

Hidden in the Nevada desert is America’s most advanced aerospace weapons testing facility. Dreamland is the place where the nation’s top minds come to develop artillery and aircraft that push beyond the cutting edge. And where the Air Force’s top guns come to test them—on the front lines of a new era in warfare.

The fiasco of a spy’s infiltration has the Pentagon looking for an excuse to close Dreamland down. To clean up the mess—and save Dreamland from the Congressional chopping block—Lt. Colonel William Tecumseh “Dog” Bastian is sent in. He’s just the guy to shake things up … and does when a situation erupts in Somalia. Into a hotter-than-hot war zone, he sends his own daughter—the pilot of a Megafortress bomber—and a high-tech, unmanned flight system that could make or break the future of Dreamland …

Colonel Bastian's daughter, Captain Breanna Stockard, is married to Major Jeff "Zen" Stockard who is wheelchair-bound after a training mishap. Due to his disability, Jeff is bitter with life, insecure (though Breanna really loves him), and suspicious of his wife. Though their relationship is strained (and why I have vowed not to touch any of Dale Brown's books or any other book in the series, the characters are not well developed to enable the reader connect with them as it ought), they work together - father, daughter and son-in-law - into battle-torn Somalia using the Megafortress test bomber, securing Dreamland's funding and restoring its dignity.

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Reading Progress

September 6, 2021 – Started Reading
September 6, 2021 – Shelved
September 14, 2021 – Finished Reading

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