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Voice performer J. K. Simmons imbues his reading with a somber sincerity which makes this threat plausible whether it's through the vengeful voice of Russian President General Anatolly Gryzlov or determined hero Major General Patrick McLanahan.
When it comes to aerial warfare, McLanahan knows it best. But, he's no longer in charge - demoted to a job pushing papers at a desk. However, that doesn't mean he doesn't know what's going on, and he's fully aware that Russia's bomber bases are very active. Getting the higher-ups to pay attention to this is another story.
Gryzlov is relentless; he'll not be satisfied until he makes McLanahan pay for bombing a Russian base. His first move is a sneak attack. McLanahan knows what's going on, but what can he do about it?
Therein lies a terrific tale of techno-terrorism. Hang on to the seats of your chairs when you listen to this one!
- Gail Cooke
The story arc, too, seemed sketchy and jumpy; taking the reader from the USA to the Middle East and to Russia without ever fleshing out the details of the events unfolding in those regions.
I was also disappointed by the fact that the climax didn't occur until the last one-hundred pages. Far too much time is spent on the shenanigans of the Air Force brass and the games of intrigue they play with Patrick McLanahan's career.
Dale Brown is, in my opinion, the best military-adventure writer in the genre today. Compared, however, to one of Brown's earlier masterpieces like FLIGHT OF THE OLD DOG or STORMING HEAVEN, PLAN OF ATTACK seems sub-par. If Dale Brown had confined the technical aspect of the story to a back-of-the-book index, (charts of Western Russia would have been nice, too) he could have fleshed out the story alot better.
I rated this book "Three Stars," because:
+1) It is an entertaining book.
+1) It is obviously the prequel to a new series.
+1) McLanahan (Brown) doesn't pull ANY punches here.
-1) It could have and should have been better.
For some recreational reading, I picked up Dale Brown's Plan Of Attack. This is one of those military war thrillers involving the use of hi-tech weaponry to defeat the enemy. Overall, a pretty good read.
In the latest episode of Patrick McLanahan's adventures, he's been demoted a rank for once again skirting a direct order given to him for defending a certain area by having and using some offensive weapons when they are attacked. He ends up tucked away at a desk top with strict orders to mind his own business and just do his job. But he ends up getting intel that points to Russia preparations to launch a full-scale nuclear attack on the US. His direct superiors won' t listen to what appears to be an outlandish conclusion, so he goes over their heads and ends up facing a court martial. But of course, he's right and the attack takes place. His small group of hi-tech commandos are one of the few resources left to counter-attack, and he has to once again disobey some orders in order to make his plan happen.
Since this book uses characters that have appeared in other Dale Brown novels, there is not a lot of background character development. If you haven't read the previous novels, you might be a little lost as to why McLanahan is viewed in such a negative light. The story moves along at a decent pace, and the different weaponry is interesting to think about. While I didn't see it as a "can't put it down" book, I did enjoy the read.