"A powerful action packed techno-thriller set in a future too close for comfort!"
Reviewed by Audrey Lawrence
Posted August 3, 2014
It is a daring and desecrating assignment, yet the two
senior Russian officials risked their careers to do it.
Despite the high costs, their mission is complete, but they
are shocked by their discovery from the crypt of Patrick
McLanahan, the hated nemesis of the President of Russia.
Russian President Gennadiy Gryzlov's mind overflows with
boiling thoughts of revenge for what the former Patrick
McLanahan had done to him. There is no reasoning with
Grylov's fury as he vows his vengeance on anything and
anyone that McLanahan held dear to him, including the former
American General's only son, Bradley. With his carefree
university lifestyle and his time heavily focused on helping
his team in designing a daring project that could result in
the world's first orbiting solar power plant, will Brad
McLanahan be able to cope with what evil might be planned
Meanwhile, President Kenneth Phoenix of the United States
sets out a new course of action that only escalates
Gryzloy's fury. Will their actions and personal agendas
take their conflict to a much higher and far more dangerous
level? Will Phoenix make the right choice in responding to
Gryzloy's threats? Will the advice he follows be the right
one? Will his actions leave American astronauts in space
vulnerable to attack? Will space be the new frontier for
Earth's old battles?
Dale Brown, author of STARFIRE, is considered to be one of
the best military related writers in North America and fans
of his will certainly enjoy this latest techno-thriller that
moves the action far beyond the sky being the limit! Given
that, STARFIRE also reads very well as a stand-alone
thriller as Brown makes appropriate linkages back to
previous adventures, so a strong understanding of the
characters involved is fully realized for impact.
As a New York Times best-selling author, Brown has numerous
high selling books to his credit, including many exciting
novels featuring the fabled Patrick McLanahan. STARFIRE,
however, has a new twist with the action mainly focusing on
Bradley McLanahan, a first year aerospace engineering
undergraduate student at California Polytechnic University
(Cal Poly) in San Luis Obispo, California. Brad is not a
particularly brilliant student; yet, he is very well
connected and has a special gift for getting experts to
participate in and explain evolving technologies to him and
his team. Brown's many fans, especially those following
McLanahan, will be happy with STARFIRE as the latest in that
series and STARFIRE is a great new start for readers new to
Dale Brown's military and future oriented novels.
In addition to Brown's understanding of technology and how
to convey that information to his readers in an exciting and
interesting format, Brown is also highly skilled in looking
at current events and following possible trajectories to
plausible possibilities into the future. While I found
STARFIRE to be more technology oriented that some of his
previous books, I was quite taken by how well he highlights
the precarious balancing act between nations of what
constitutes political and personal aggression versus
defensive action and what the consequences could be.
Shocking and scary!
STARFIRE is a futuristic techno-novel that will definitely
appeal to fans who like high stakes action. Brown will take
you on a high tension filled ride far beyond any earth bound
roller coaster and the action does not stop until its
startling and dramatic ending. So, grab a copy of STARFIRE
and get locked in for this rocketing reader adventure!
Learn more about Starfire
New York Times bestselling author Dale Brown—"the best
military writer in the country" (Clive Cussler)—is back with
Starfire, a masterful military thriller that explores a
future that is all too possible, and all too close–the
weaponization of space
With the death of his heroic father, bomber and space
warfare veteran Patrick McLanahan, Bradley McLanahan must
now fly solo, leading a team of young engineers designing
Starfire, the world's first orbiting solar power plant.
Starfire will not only deliver unlimited and inexpensive
electricity to anywhere on planet Earth, it can also
transmit power to the moon, and even to spacecraft and
asteroids. It's a crucial first step in the exploration of
the solar system, and Bradley and his team are on the
But U.S. president Kenneth Phoenix's plans to militarize and
industrialize Earth's orbit sparks an arms race in space
that eclipses the darkest and most terrifying days of the
Cold War. Before he can prevent it, Bradley and his team are
caught at the center of a battle that threatens to become
all-out global war for control of space.
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