The Dreamland team used stealth, raw nerve, and technology to defuse a nightmare on the other side of the world. But now the darkness is racing toward America at blinding speed. With more than two dozen nuclear devices unaccounted for, the global masters of terror have set a catastrophe in motion - a surprise attack more deadly than Pearl Harbor and 9/11 combined. If the nation is to survive, Lt. Colonel Tecumseh “Dog” Bastian and his crew will have to reach deep into their cutting-edge arsenal. And they’ll have to do it short-handed - because two of Dreamland’s best and bravest have been lost at sea…
About the Author
Jim DeFelice is the author of many military thrillers and has frequently collaborated with New York Times bestselling authors Stephen Coonts, Larry Bond, and Richard Marcinko. DeFelice’s solo novels include Threat Level Black, Coyote Bird, War Breaker, and Brother’s Keeper.
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Dale Brown's Dreamland: Retribution
White House Situation Room,
2125, 14 January 1998
(0725, 15 January, Karachi)
The V-shaped deck of the Chinese aircraft carrier Khan grew in the screen as the plane approached, its color fading from dark black to gunmetal as the focus sharpened. There was an aircraft at the catapult launcher on the right side of the screen; on the left, an antiair missile foamed and flew out of the frame. The deck continued to get closer and closer, until the shadow of the approaching aircraft, an American EB-52 Megafortress bomber, appeared directly below. The early morning sun rode almost on the plane's back, and the shadow engulfed the aircraft carrier's deck, as if the plane were swallowing the ship, not the other way around.
Red, computer-generated letters flashed at the bottom of the image.
The image went black.
"Is that real time?" shouted Jeffrey Hartman, who'd just entered the room.
"No, Mr. Secretary," said Jed Barclay, the National Security Council deputy responsible for liaisoning with Dreamland during Whiplash missions. "It's three minutes old."
"Jesus. Did the plane crash or what?"
"Um, it made it, sir. The video cut out as a latent effect from the, uh, T-Rays. S-S-Scientists say it's kinda like a sunspot effect. This is the airplane over here."
Barclay pointed to the smaller screen at the front of the situation room. Centered on the Arabian Sea, the screen mapped the waters off the coast of India and southwestern Pakistan.A bright red blip headed southward; this was the Megafortress that had just narrowly avoided diving into the Chinese aircraft carrier. The time flashed at the bottom, indicating Washington, D.C., and the time in Karachi, Pakistan—an arbitrary point selected as a reference for the operation, which was taking place across several time zones.
"The Chinese stood down?" said the Secretary of State. "They didn't launch their nuke?"
"Yes, sir. The President managed to convince the government, and Dog must've gotten through to the captain of the carrier. They sent the nuke plane back into the hangar."
"Um, that would be Lieutenant Colonel Bastian, Mr. Secretary."
"Oh, yeah, the Dreamland flyboy."
President Kevin Martindale, who'd stripped off his jacket and tie, looked up from the secure communications console at the far end of the room. He'd just finished a conversation with the Russian prime minister, explaining that the U.S. had intervened in a three-way conflict between Pakistan, India, and China, arresting a nuclear exchange with the help of newly developed terahertz radiation weapons called EEMWBs—Enhanced ElectroMagnetic Warfare Bombs, generally pronounced as "em-web." The missiles—the word bomb in the title was a misnomer—the "T-Rays" fried most electronic devices within a five hundred mile radius of the explosion.
"About time you got back, State," said Martindale.
"The Pakistanis were quite difficult and—"
"Never mind. Get over here. I need you to talk to the Indian prime minister."
"On my way."
Hartman turned to Jed. In a whisper he asked if they'd gotten them all.
"All of the nukes both the Indians and the Pakistanis fired were neutralized," said Jed.
Hartman patted Jed's shoulder, as if Jed had personally knocked all of the missiles down.
Jed pulled over a chair and dropped down into it. The Dreamland force had averted a nuclear war. But at what cost? Power failures were cascading across the subcontinent; it was likely that power would be disrupted throughout Pakistan and in India at least as far south as Hyderabad. It would take weeks, perhaps even months, to restore it all.
Meanwhile, all but one American spy satellite in the area had been disabled. And contact had been lost with two of the Dreamland aircraft, one of which was almost certainly shot down.
That aircraft happened to contain Jed's cousin, Jeffrey "Zen" Stockard, the head of Dreamland's Flighthawk program.
"Young Jed," said the President, "get over here and help me again with these projections."
"Yes, sir," said Jed, getting up from his console. Then, glancing again at the frozen main screen, he whispered a prayer. "I hope you're OK, Jeff. Jesus, I just hope you're OK."Dale Brown's Dreamland: Retribution. Copyright © by Dale Brown. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
To say that the ¿Dreamland Team¿ is futuristic probably is correct but I am sure that many of the weapons and equipment that are part of this novel do actually exist. This is the sixth Dreamland novel that these two authors have written. If you like military action involving soldiers with nerves of steel, modern, and futuristic airplanes, and drone-like weapons along with electronic equipment that boggles your mind, you will love this book. Lieutenant Colonel Tecumseh ¿Dog¿ Bastien is the leader of Dreamland. The Dreamland group respects and admires Dog¿s leadership. There are those above his rank that think the leadership of such a powerful group should be commanded by a higher ranking officer but for now, Dog is it with all the pressures that come with that leadership. The love life of this group is one that evolves as the story progresses as members do have some loved ones in the same group they are in making military objectives extremely hard at times. But things flow quite well under Dog¿s command. Twenty-five nuclear warheads have been lost during warring factions involving India, Pakistan, and China, with the United States caught in the middle, supposedly friendly with all three nations. On paper that works out well, however, in practice it becomes a game of tag and war to get those warheads before anyone else can. Dreamland was assigned to find the warheads before a nuclear war got started. Using all the modern technology possible, the Dreamland team starts their search, a search that becomes a very dangerous ¿game¿ for all involved. Airplanes, ships, drones, and land troops all search the areas that the latest technology has given them as the most likely scattered locations where these warheads might be found. The battles are carried out in a state of war at least for those on the Dreamland team and the searchers for the other nations, who all are intensely trying to find the dangerous warheads before anyone else does or they get set off and do some extreme damage. You will be on the ships, the airplanes, in the sea trying to get rescued, or on the ground guided by your fellow countrymen and women. There is death on all sides even though there is not a war in progress at the time, but the action and out-guessing your opponents move to get the weapons is as stressful and dangerous as a full out war. You will feel as though you are with these soldiers in their personal and group battles mentally and physically. You will feel every bullet that one of them takes. You will wish you were there to assist in their medical care. You will feel like you are a part of their family, happy when things go properly and hurting so terribly when things go wrong.
I actually the book itself, not the nook version, and it is very good. I have not read the first five in the series but I plan to do so and reread this book. It is amazing how there can be two or more things going at the same time, which can get confusing. But don't let that discourage you, this is the type of book that once you start reading it, you can't put it down.
A very Hectic, action filled novel w/lots of military-jock jargon, plenty of twists & turns. Aviation enthusiasts will really enjoy. Fighter jock will love it. Sometimes gets a bit confusion w/all the names & situations, but well worth the time.
I started reading this book and couldn't put it down, Dale Brown as always kept the pace developed the characters with boring the reader, finished it in two sittings.
Dreamland deals with military technology thickly spread over a thin plot. The writing is pathetic, with every character, plane, ship, and weapon having a nickname. I was hoping for a surprise ending - didn't happen. What was Dale 'where did I learn to write' Brown thinking? Of course, he has sold more books than me, and if you love military fiction you may enjoy this. I like a good book, and this did not fit the bill.
Too choppy and too far fetched.