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Iron Wolf - August 2015
"The best military writer in the country"
As a diabolical false-flag scheme fractures the uneasy Ukrainian peace, Brown out-Clancys Tom in his latest action thriller. In the near future, new U.S. President Stacy Anne Barbeau plays softball when 'roid-raging Russian President Gennadiy Gryzlov goes super-Putin. Former Russian leader Igor Truznyev secretly directs partisan attacks in occupied Ukraine and points to the Poles as culprits. Barbeau prefers politics to statesmanship-"Have your people focus-grouped it?" - and she leaves Polish President Piotr Wilk at Russia's mercy. Into the breach steps one-time U.S. President Kevin Martindale and his private military contracting company, Scion, providing "special infantry with remarkably powerful weapons and a mix of advanced unmanned aircraft." Thereafter explodes a firestorm of acronym-powered actions-JASSMs, MALDs, AGM-154A, AIM-120C-all as "a means to offset Russia's superior numbers and more advanced weapons." Brown's love for obsolete aircraft asserts itself as F-111 fighter-bombers are reconfigured as drones. The big dogs in the fight are Cybernetic Infantry Devices-Iron Wolves-12-foot-tall "remarkable force multiplier[s]," two of which alone wipe out a Russian air base. The plot's plausible, but there's irony to be found in the paragraphs about the perils of mercenary forces that are followed by praise for troops who are essentially mercenaries, "these brave American allies." The action's relentless, but characters, neither complex nor deep, are role-players excepting someone new, a cyborg: Patrick McLanahan, a rebellious U.S. general thought to have been killed but now doomed to live within a CID set to monitor "his brain and body and [supply] the oxygen, water, and nutrients needed to sustain his life." While linked to Brown's previous novel, this fast-paced read has enough explanation to allay confusion as high-tension, all-out action-adventure flames across Eastern Europe.
In Iron Wolf, New York Times bestselling author Dale Brown-"the best military writer in the country" (Clive Cussler)-returns with a propulsive military thriller pitting American hero Brad McLanahan against the Russians as conflict rages in Ukraine
All hell is breaking loose in Eastern Europe. Russian President Gennadiy Gryzlov has sent Special Forces troops, disguised as pro-Russia activists, into Ukraine and Moldova under the pretext of protecting Russian-speaking citizens. NATO is outraged but does little in response, leading former U.S. President Kevin Martindale to take matters into his own hands. Martindale approaches Polish President Piotr Wilk with a radical solution: strike back at Russia, not with the Polish army, but with a covert force of Cybernetic Infantry Device (CID) manned robots. And there's only one man capable of leading the mission: Brad McLanahan, son of the legendary Patrick McLanahan.
With Russia looking increasingly dangerous-and the U.S. doing nothing in response-Operation Iron Wolf is under way. The initial strikes are successful, destroying a Russian base in western Ukraine and drawing the furor of Gryzlov, who strikes a military base in neighboring Poland. Current U.S. President Stacy Anne Barbeau, still completely in the dark as to Martindale's scheme, pledges to aid the Russians in an investigation, and an epic standoff between Russia, NATO, and the Martindale-Wilk coalition ensues. Will Martindale's secret alliance, supported by the best military technology, win the day? Or will the Russian forces emerge victorious in the end? In this newest high-powered installment from New York Times bestselling author Dale Brown, tensions in Eastern Europe inform a political thriller of the highest order.