Tiger's Claw: A Novel (英語) ペーパーバック – Large Print, 2012/9/4
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Former Air Force captain and New York Times bestselling author Dale Brown is an acknowledged master when it comes to bringing military action to breathtaking life and he has received glowing accolades since his debut publication, Flight of the Old Dog.
Tiger’s Claw proves once again that every rave has been well deserved. Set in the near future, Tiger’s Claw imagines a scenario in which tensions escalate between an economically powerful China and a United States weakened by a massive economic downfall, bringing the two superpowers to the brink of total destruction. Brown’s popular protagonist, retired Air Force lieutenant-general Patrick McLanahan (of A Time for Patriots, Rogue Forces, and other Brown bestsellers), is back and preparing for the impending apocalyptic clash of men and military technology.
The incomparable Dale Brown scores again with a frighteningly possible story of war and global politics that’s ideal for fans of Vince Flynn and Brad Thor.
Former U.S. Air Force captain Dale Brown is the superstar author of 26 best-selling action-adventure “techno-thriller” 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), FATAL TERRAIN (1997), THE TIN MAN (1998), BATTLE BORN, (1999), WARRIOR CLASS (2001), WINGS OF FIRE (2002), AIR BATTLE FORCE (2003), PLAN OF ATTACK (2004), ACT OF WAR (2005), EDGE OF BATTLE (2006), STRIKE FORCE (2007), SHADOW COMMAND (2008), ROGUE FORCES (2009), EXECUTIVE INTENT (2010), A TIME FOR PATRIOTS (2011), TIGER’S CLAW (2012), STARFIRE (2014), and IRON WOLF (2015). He is also the co-author of the best-selling DREAMLAND techno-thriller series and writer and the PUPPET MASTER series, and is a technical consultant of the Act of War PC real-time strategy game published by Atari Interactive, and the Megafortress PC flight simulator by Three-Sixty Pacific. Dale’s novels are published in 11 languages and distributed to over 70 countries. Worldwide sales of his novels, audiobooks, e-books, and computer games exceed 15 million copies.
Ended what could have finished things as he used too like use fifty pages instead of five pages to close things out. I have read every Dale Brown book I could find. Guess I'll have to find another for my military action.
so Amazon is filling in the gaps. It came really fast. It's fun to have the alternate story lines:China misbehaving
in the S. China seas, President Pheonix grappling with a recession and a tiny defense budget; and Bradley
MacClanahan maturing both as a person and a character in the book. I enjoy all the jargon and specs.
Note the reader for this series is outstanding. His intonation for each character is really individual. My ex-navy
husband never minds listening (in the car to) these stories. Other stories other readers send him into a coma.
I'm not exmilitary(rather a late middle age housewife) but I adore how Brown's stories tie into current
I don't mind that he killed off yet another long term protagonist. He had it coming and was simply overdue. But doing so in an afterthought like fashion?
Sorry, but *that* chap deserved a thad better.
BUT: My main struggle with this book is the horrible plot. I absolutely despise it if a writer fills his book with plots which aren't explored to the fullest extend. Plots which play no greater meaning towards the end. So what about that survey ship in the beginning? Wasted paper. Didn't play *any* role at all for the course of the book. What about the Coast Guard vessel and the choppers sent after the P-8? What about the Chinese high tech weapons? The Chinese carrier that carried the name of this book? What about the Russian participation in the Chinese plot? The sinking of the carrier Vladimir Putin? All of that was just wasted paper, because in the grand scheme of things all of it didn't contribute to the story and was simply left dangling at the end.
So what do we get instead? A mightily pumped China starts a war and our heroes make sure it blows over in 20 pages. That are the 20 pages that are barely worth the time reading. That's where they turned avgas into noise and dropped bombs on some bad guys. But all the fluff before and after it?
There is a term for that: WASTED TIME.
The Epilogue of this book also does nothing. It is the sorry excuse to wrap up a terrible plot. So the Russians just suck it up and the Chinese crawl back into their hole? Didn't suspense my disbelieve.
The *only* purpose that this book servers is that it allowed Dale Brown to quickly build up a new main protagonist (Bradley McLanahan) for his next couple of books. And even that quick elevation from Airforce Academy Dropout to savior-of-the-world is not the least bit credible at all.
Sorry Dale, but I feel cheated. Like I bought a full book and only got half a book in return. It's like the writer realized: "Whoops! I've written my alloted quota of words. Time to wrap it up in the next five pages!"
I feel cheated.
Dale Brown tells tales of fiction based on headlines ripped from the real world and incorporates some of the best military technology known to man and the best military technology from the author's imagination. True to form, Tiger's Claw continues the trend, but does not introduce any new technologies. That is perfect for the story line though as the decline of the US military's dominance as a world power is in full affect as China's dominance is on the rise.
The only thing this book lacked was in-depth character development. For those of us emotionally invested in the characters, we already know Ann Page is really running the country behind the somewhat indecisive president. That wasn't really addressed in Tiger's Claw though. For those of you that are new to Dale Brown's adventures, I highly recommend you reading some of the past books even after reading this one to find out more about his intriguing characters. My unbiased rating is that this is a four-star book -- but as an emotionally invested reviewer, you get my biased five-star rating. Thanks for reading!