Dale Brown: former U.S. Air Force captain and technothriller maestro.
Dale Brown is a former USAF captain who logged thousands of hours aboard B-52 and FB-111's.
His novels contain detailed recreations of cockpit scenarios which are like Xmas to combat flight sim fans!
Flight of the Old Dog
#1 in the Patrick McLanahan series.
Set in the Cold War days of the late 1980's, Flight of the Old Dog depicts a clandestine strike flown by a modified B-52 into the USSR.
It introduces Patrick McLanahan, a laid back bomber - navigator with a "casual appearance and disdain for authority" who gets the pickle in the barrel every time! The book opens with a nerve - wrenching depiction of a B-52 on a low level attack run in a bombimg competition.
There is plenty of aerial action witn MiGs and SAMs ranged against the old aircraft and its crew.
Megafortress was an early 1990's DOS sim based on this book.
Day of the Cheetah
#4 in the Patrick McLanahan series.
A great thought experiment in pushing boundaries of the man/machine interface!the The ultimate in ergonomics as Brown explores the cockpit interface al the way to direct thought control!
Brown explores direct thought control of a fighter jet.
What would it be like? ... could you beat it? There's some fine aerial action in this one!
#5 in the Patrick McLanahan series.
SKY MASTERS portrays a conflict between China and the USA near the Spratly Islands. Patrick McLanahan is back from Flight of the Old Dog, and this time puts a B-2B Stealth Bomber through it's paces.
The Tin Man
#7 in the Patrick McLanahan series.
Iron Man! A great read about a high tech suit of super-armour.
The Tin Man. Some call him a terrorist, others call him a vigilante hero.
Dressed in a carbon-filament bodysuit that can instantly harden into stronger-than-steel protective armour, he roams the urban landscape of Sacramento, California, on a search-and-destroy mission.❞
Night of the Hawk
Night of the Hawk is Dale Brown's sequel to Flight of the Old Dog
Where if your enemy fights with intensity he will survive but if not he perish, it is called fatal terrain". On fatal terrain, always engage in battle." - SUN TZU (Chinese military theoretician from his essays in The Art of War❞
The characters from Flight of the Old Dog are back in Fatal Terrain.
The general story will be a bit predictable to anyone who has followed the series, and I'm not saying that's a bad thing.
You will know what to expect: lot's of action packed sequences involving every permutation of engagement between ships, fighter aircraft, SAM's and of course Brown's favourite, the heavy bombers.
He combines actual weapons systems, tactics and strategies with his own "what if" speculations and the result keeps you on the edge of your virtual seat!
The B-1B Lancer in action. Another great read.
Chains of Command
Two years after Operation Desert Storm, the problems facing military forces around the world have changed dramatically.
In the US, active-duty military units have been drastically cut and reserve forces built up. Then an unusual mission comes up.❞
The beast is alive and prowling the high seas.
As extremist Islamic pirates, armed and supported by a powerful Saudi terrorist, prey on civilian vessels in the Gulf of Aden, America aggressively answers with serious muscle -- a next-generation littoral warship with a full range of automated weapons systems that the enemy has dubbed "Satan's Tail."
However, unforeseen technological problems combined with the suicidal tendencies of a fanatical foe mean support is needed from above -- and a pair of Dreamland's awesome Megafortresses and their Flighthawk escorts are dispatched to the war zone.
But bitter professional rivalries threaten to damage, perhaps even destroy, the mission, as a vengeful opponent takes advantage of the disruption -- to strengthen his outlaw navy and set its sights horrifically high -- raising the stakes in a battle the U.S. and the world simply cannot afford to lose.❞
HammerHeads portrays a high tech war against drugs Of particular interest is the portrayal of the ill-fated Osprey VTOL aircraft as it might have been used in service. Full of fast aerial action.
From the preface: "This story is a work of fiction. The persons and events used herin are a product of my imagination... But the final result, however true-to-life and technically accurate, is fantasy.
I hope it all remains a fantasy."
Dale Brown. Folson, CA
The book describes a campaign using civil aircraft to both drop bombs and acting as bombs in a wave of destruction across US airports and eventually to the nation's capital. In his usual detail Dale Brown uses the narrative to explore the logistical, technical, political and social impacts which would flow from taking the necessary measures to combat a threat of this sort.
Six years later his words seem unfortunately prophetic.
Tom Clancy's book "Executive Action" explores the effects of an attack similar to that which was launched at the Pentagon in September 2001.
Just a few hours after the September 11th incidents Tom Clancy was interviewed by telephone and had these words to offer:
Now is the time for compassion and patience. A great nation is measured by the way it's citizens act in times of great stress.❞
One of Brown's first novels which deals with Star Wars technology (Reagan not Lucas!).
Iran has been invaded. And America responds in a grueling counterattack by air, by sea--and by brave new technology that will redefine war: the most sophisticated laser defense system ever. It is called Silver Tower. And it will change the balance of world power forever.❞
Shadows of Steel
#5 in the Patrick McLanahan series.
The new gulf war is erupting…
And this one will be far bloodier than the first. A newly powerful Iran is flexing its military muscle in the Middle East. The Iranians have declared the Persian Gulf their territorial waters—and an American ship has just been sunk to prove the point.
With a military racked by budget cuts and a public reluctant to fight, the president must end the crisis before it escalates. The solution: project Future Flight, a surgical stealth campaign to silence Iran’s modern weapons. The personnel: Colonel Patrick McLanahan and the surviving crew of the Old Dog. The stakes: success—or full-scale war…❞
#9 in the Patrick McLanahan series.