Hidden in the Nevada desert is Dreamland - an advanced research center dedicated to developing artillery and aircraft that push beyond the cutting edge. It is also home to Whiplash - a covert team of special forces trained to deploy the experimental weapons in extreme situations.
Whiplash's latest mission begins when a series of American Planes are shot down over Iraq in mysterious circumstances. There is no way that conventional weapons could have hit the planes so easily. Can the Iraqis have developed a laser capable of causing such mayhem? Fearing a major international crises, the President sends a call out to Dreamland. Within hours, some of the most sophisticated aircraft in the world are headed for the Gulf, with orders to track down the mystery weapon - and destroy it.
A smooth 8 out of ten for this one.
Brown took a while to get up to standard in this book. The action didn't really start until about a third to half way through this book, thus not really hooking me until there. Once the action started, it was the usual Brown, hi-speed, hi-paced, hi-action thriller. Probably the best in the series so far, as the first two were too similar for my liking, but still a good read.
This book is worth every cent I paid for it, and had me completely bound in the last 150 pages, (hence I am writing this late at night when I should be in bed, or studying for my assessment tomorrow).
The level of realism was about Brown's usual, some parts easier to believe than others, but, I still enjoyed the read. Could I read this book again? Absolutely, as long as I read the first two first, otherwise I'll be lost, because it doesnt really explain what happened in the previous books, which is a minor disadvantage for someone who reads this book first. Eventually, once this book picks up the pace, I managed to lose track of time, (so that explains the last three hours....).
Overall, a good book, Brown's up to his usual self, keeping the standard up, and I look forward to reading the next book.
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