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Wings of fire /

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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2002
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Dale Brown has written thirteen consecutive bestselling novels, but nothing that compares with the drama of Wings of Fire. Ostracized by the government, the military, even his own family, Air Force general Patrick McClanahan is near the end of his rope. And it's about to get worse. North Africa is in turmoil. The new Libyan president has assassinated the new Egyptian president, and the latter's widow, Makta Salaam, vows revenge. Enlisting McClanahan's high-tech help, she survives an assassination attempt, takes over the Egyptian government, seduces and then kills the Libyan president, and all but proclaims herself queen of Arab North Africa. It's when she invades the Gaza Strip and proclaims it part of her empire that she goes too far. Both Syria and Israel go on alert, and it is only through the intervention of his fellow Night Stalkers that McClanahan wrests himself from under her spell. But is it too late? Salaam still has a few tricks up her sleeve, and she has saved the deadliest for last. . . . Filled with meticulous authenticity and exceptional storytelling, Wings of Fireis Dale Brown at his best.

Review by Booklist Review

Brown is the author of 13 popular aerial techno-thrillers.His latest concerns retired air force general Patrick McLanahan, now head of a company that has produced an experimental aircraft combining state-of-the-art laser technology, high-speed computers, and stealth systems. The plot itself involves the assassination of Egypt's president by Libya's president. The dead president's American-born, non-Muslim widow survives an assassination attempt aimed at her and is understandingly upset about her husband's death. She seizes control of the Egyptian government with McLanahan's help, then seduces and kills the Libyan president. The plot gets increasingly complicated, involving several North African and Mideastern countries as well as the U.S. There's endless talk of missiles, antiaircraft guns, radar, attack helicopters, code words, and top-secret files; abbreviations abound, including LADAR, SAM, AIM, AGM, ETE, JSOW, and COLA, to name just a few. And, of course there are heroes: McLanahan and his Night Stalkers, who save the day--and the world. --George Cohen

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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

Military-action thriller-master Brown (Warrior Class) ignites a Middle East powder keg and drops an unsanctioned special ops corps of retired U.S. military officers armed with new superweapons into the mix in his best outing yet. Forcibly retired Air Force Gen. Patrick McClanahan leads the Night Stalkers on secret humanitarian ops. His latest contract, from Big Oil, is to destroy missile sites set up by Libyan president Zuwayy, a Muslim fanatic who deposed Khadafy and wants Egypt's oil fields. Zuwayy kills Egypt's president; the president's widow, former American air force pilot Susan Bailey Salaam, barely escapes. Patrick's team attacks during the uproar and destroys the missiles, but many soldiers are captured, including Patrick's wife, Wendy. Susan, wildly popular in Egypt, decides to run for president and sees the Night Stalkers as her secret weapon against Zuwayy's aggression. Needing a base from which to rescue Wendy, Patrick agrees to help Susan take action when a deadly nerve gas wipes out an Egyptian army post. Meanwhile, the Night Stalkers' weapons lab in Nevada is facing a coup led by the parents of a child science prodigy who takes laser weapons to a new level and gives the Stalkers a deadly edge. Brown's knack for action allows him to set a speedy pace that doesn't let up until the shocker ending. The politics and Middle East setting are spot on; the superweapons are eye-openers; and the villains deliciously evil but the election of a woman, much less an American woman, as president of Egypt and head of the Muslim Brotherhood defies credibility. Still, it's a white-knuckle read from start to finish. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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Review by Library Journal Review

An outcast air force general who has come under the spell of Makta Salaam, vengeful widow of Egypt's assassinated president, finds that he must wrench himself free before Salaam goes too far and sets herself up as queen of Arab North Africa. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Dale Brown was born on November 2, 1956 in Buffalo, New York. He graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Western European history, where he wrote a column for the University's newspaper, The Daily Collegian. He went on to freelance for computer magazines, such as Run and Compute's Gazette for Commodore.

He received an Air Force Commission in 1978 and while there, he received the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Combat Crew Medal and a Marksmanship Ribbon. He also wrote for several military base newspapers while he was still enlisted. He left the Air Force as a Captain and remains a multi-engine and instrument rated private pilot. He is a director and volunteer pilot for AirLifeLine, a nonprofit national medical transport for needy people who cannot afford to travel for medical attention.

He is the author of several series including Dale Brown's Dreamland and, Patrick McLanahan. Dreamland. His title Tiger's Claw made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2012.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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