Reviewer: Michael Smith
Title: Executive Intent - 16th in the Patrick McLanahan series
Author: Dale Brown
ISBN-13: 978-0-06-156085-9 (Hardcover)
Release Date: May 2010
Year/Setting: Present Day World Crisis
Overall Rating: 4.75
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild (infrequent)
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Dale's Website: www.megafortress.com
Be sure to read the first twenty-six pages, there is good background material on the history and terminology used in Dale Brown’s Executive Intent. I was hooked in the first ten pages of the prologue, when a Chinese fighter launches two anti-ship missiles at an US Aircraft Carrier. The attack starts a confrontation for the freedom of the seas and space navigation between the world’s major powers.
America has built a military space station to monitor the worlds’ hot spots. The race is on amongst other nations to field sophisticated next generation weapons to match America’s weapons. A Pakistani terrorist incident has the potential for a regional nuclear war, but the US military response creates a conflict between the US, Pakistan and their new sponsor, China.
A Somali pirate takeover of a Chinese freighter is used as an excuse by China to invade Somali. Russia complicates matters by occupying Yemen which effectively closes a Middle Eastern waterway chokepoint to the consternation of the United States. It does not help that the American President and National Security Council is more focused on appeasing the world than protecting American lives and interests.
With the cooperation of certain officials, it falls upon a small group of non-governmental individuals to discover the answers to two questions: "What is the intent of China and Russia? and How to protect American assets from being held hostage?" My impression was that an undeclared war is happening amongst the chaos of various US losses. It was inconceivable that the President kept following the failed example of appeasement similar to when British Prime Minister Chamberlain received concessions from Hitler prior to World War II.
The plot has multiple story lines, all weaving together as I neared the end of the book. As I got closer to the end, I wondered how Dale Brown would bring the story to a conclusion. One question in my mind was: Would America become a second rate country by accepting Chinese and Russian edicts? The last few pages build to a surprising ending that I did not conceive or expect. You will be on the edge of your seat as you race through this action packed tale of intrigue. I am a fan of technological thrillers, such as, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan series. Mr. Brown puts you into the cockpits, so much so that you can feel the adrenaline rush as you root for the American pilots. I found myself reading this thriller into the night; I could not put it down. I would definitely recommend Dale Brown’s book, Executive Intent. Future American leaders need to incorporate this book’s theme into US strategy for dealing with other nations from a position of strength.
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