When Muslim extremists are found with a mysterious UAV in the Malaysian part of Borneo, Colonel Danny Freah and his Whiplash team are sent to investigate. They discover that Dreamland's drone technology has been stolen. Who has betrayed them? China is rumored to be involved, as is Russia. But finding out who's really bankrolling the guerrillas means finding someone who knows combat UAVs inside and out. Someone with nothing to lose. Someone like Air Force ace Turk Mako.
Yet as Mako and Freah learn, the conspiracy is deeper and darker than either imagined. With the situation worsening, the Whiplash team finds itself in a desperate race to recover their aircraft and capture the perpetrators - without setting off World War III.
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Dale Brown gives us another good military novel. This time he tackles the art of fighting via drones, but not just the slow drones that fly high and drop ordinance from the sky to take out terrorist. This time it is drones that are fast, highly maneuverable and capable of fighting in pairs or groups in air to air combat that will drive most pilots to land and never go up again.
The artificial intelligence capability of a drone in comparison to the human brain seems to be no contest. The AI can process faster, deliver more options and well, learn. Then put into place a drone without a pilot that can pull an enormous amount of G-Forces in sudden turns, dives, flips, etc. and you have a weapon that can't be beat. A human pilot would black out from the G-force of the turns of the drone. Thus while blacked out he is shot out of the sky.
Brown brings his own flying with the military to bear on this novel and knows what he is talking about. With a rogue agent doing his...
After 40+ years designing state of the art combat weapons platforms (air, surface, sub-sea, satellite) and mission management scenarios, I have high standards for technology plausibility. In my techno-thriller reading, the more and higher the tech, the better. Still, we need more techno-thrillers by military technology experts than by (for example) aircraft pilots. Often the weapons platform crews don't have high enough DoD security clearances and weapon-specific compartments to know much about some of the systems on their platforms. But the weapons and platform designers are usually constrained by their security clearances from speculating and extrapolating publically (e.g., in techno-thrillers) about even hypothetical current and future warfare technologies.
Some readers have neither the interest nor the knowledge to appreciate technology in books with lots of it. They should stay away from the Brown, Clancy, etc. genre.
As usual another 'Whiplash' great book, have read all the Dale Brown's books. These with Jim , this series is based around the Whiplash team. The purely Dale Brown books with the original DreamLand personnel with to be expected additional new characters due to the DreamLand story line very long run since Flight of the Old Dog back in 1987.
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