Dale Brown's Stories

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Dale Brown’s Stories

(September 2012)


This article provides a brief look into the “world” described in books written by Dale Brown,
superb American military storyteller. In the following table, you can find full list of his books
(including the
Dreamland

series, written jointly with another brilliant author, Jim DeFelice),
as well as brief summaries of the contents, all arranged in the plot order and supplied with the
exact year that the stories should have taken place.


Most of the books contain the famou
s heroic character of Patrick McLanahan, member of the
team of HAWC (High Technology Aerospace Weapons Center; generally called Dreamland),
later commander of the Air Battle Force aerospace combat unit and (after retirement from the
USAF) the head of the N
ight Stalkers private contractor group. The
Dreamland

series is set in
the same timeline, although it brings out a different set of heroes.
Silver Tower
, the first
-
ever
novel written by Mr. Brown, used to be disputed part of the McLanahan’s universe, becau
se it
doesn’t contain any of the later characters, but the
Shadow Command
novel clearly resolved
the question by putting the Armstrong Space Station into the McLanahan’s timeline. The only
two novels apparently set in a different universe are the
Act of Wa
r

and
Edge of Battle
, which
simultaneously form a basis of
Act of War: Direct Action

computer game. (However, the CID
robot system, introduced in these two books, also does appear in the later McLanahan
-
novels,
thus making previous statement also a little
bit controversial.)


Year

Book

Plot summary

1988

Flight of the Old Dog

After the USSR covertly attacks America with new laser,
a risky mission of B
-
52I Megafortress bomber takes off to
destroy the deadly Soviet weapon.

1989

Silver Tower

The US and Soviet

forces clash over Iran. And their main
fight takes place on the orbit, where the Armstrong Space
Station becomes the decisive weapon.

1990

Hammerheads

The new Border Security Force executes missions against
an aggressive Colombian drug cartel.

1991

Lead
ership Material

Iran, equipped with Russian Tu
-
160E bomber, attempts to
disrupt Operation Desert Storm.

1994

Sky Masters

When China ruthlessly attacks Philippines, America fights
back and stops the invasion.

1995

Night of the Hawk

Free Lithuania is surpr
isingly attacked by Belorussia. The
US forces provide help, save long
-
lost fellow and acquire
Russian Fi
-
170 stealth bomber.

1995

Chains of Command

Bellicose Russia struggles to reunite the Soviet empire by
force and attacks Ukraine and NATO. Only the suc
cessful
counterattack averts full
-
scale nuclear war.

1995

Storming Heaven

Airborne terrorist attacks horrify America. An air
-
defense
network must be set, before it’s too late.

ㄹ㤵

Dreamland

The new team of HAWC has to resolve a lot of problems,
includi
ng a conflict in Eastern Africa.


1996

Day of the Cheetah

Deep
-
covered Soviet spy steals the XF
-
34 DreamStar, the
future American fighter. To obtain it back, the USA must
intervene in the Central America.

1997

Dreamland: Nerve Center

Introduction of f
uturistic ANTARES control system turns
into grave danger, when a pilot goes of control and sparks
a military conflict in Brazil.

1997

Shadows of Steel

The US bomber forces suppress Iran’s reckless campaign
to dominate the Persian Gulf.

1997

Dreamland:

Razor’s Edge

When a mysterious laser weapon attacks American planes
over Iraq, the HAWC team is called to action.

1997

Fatal Terrain

After a series of diversionary actions, China launches full
attack against Taiwan. American bombers support Taiwan
and de
stroy Chinese nuclear potential.

1997

Dreamland: Piranha

A new hi
-
tech submarine turns to be the only weapon that
can stop nuclear exchange between China and India.

1997

Dreamland: Strike Zone

HAWC team must stop Taiwanese warlord, who attempts
to execut
e a nuclear strike against China.

1997

Dreamland: Armageddon

When Islamic rebels attack Malaysia and Brunei, HAWC
team is ready to crush them decisively.

1997

Dreamland: Satan’s Tail

HAWC team, joined by a new US Navy littoral destroyer,
is dispatched to

defeat pirates of Somalia.

1998

Dreamland: End Game

The new electromagnetic weapon stops nuclear exchange
between India, Pakistan and China…

1998

Dreamland: Retribution

…but a lot of nuclear warheads are lost and HAWC team
must act, before the terrorist
s use them.

1998

Dreamland: Revolution

The HAWC team is called to Romania to push back rebel
forces attacking local gas network.

1998

The Tin Man

Patrick McLanahan becomes a single
-
hero, when he must
face a group of terrorists at his hometown.

2000

Batt
le Born

The Second Korean War breaks out. After a major help of
the US airplanes (including EB
-
1C), the Korea can finally
unite, but a new menace appears.

2001

Warrior Class

Russia, armed with Mt
-
179 stealth bomber, tries to launch
a new war over the Balk
ans and Black Sea, but is defeated
by the Night Stalkers group.

2002

Wings of Fire

The Night Stalkers (equipped with airborne lasers for the
first time) are hired by the first female Egyptian president
to defend Egypt against Libyan attacks.

2003

Air Bat
tle Force

A new war begins in Turkmenistan and America supports
the rebels against the Russian aggression.

2004

Plan of Attack

The American Holocaust: Russia launches nuclear attacks
against the US. And the American bombers seem to be the
only weapon that

can retaliate.

2006

Act of War

Task Force TALON must halt series of terrorist attacks of
the mysterious Consortium.


2007

Edge of Battle

After violent border incidents, the full US
-
Mexican war is
avoided by the Task Force TALON.

2008

Strike Force

Amer
ica supports Iranian military coup against the regime
by sci
-
fi
-
like space warfare systems, including the SR
-
A9
Black Stallion orbital bomber.

2009

Shadow Command

The Armstrong Space Station is reactivated to provide the
support to rebels in Persia, but R
ussia launches a series of
secret attacks against the station.

2010

Rogue Forces

After Kurdish terrorist attacks, Turkey attacks Iraq, where
McLanahan’s contractor group operates.

2012

Dreamland: Whiplash

When fanatics try to disrupt US
-
Iranian rapproche
ment by
releasing nuclear nightmare, Whiplash team is recalled to
avert the Apocalypse.

2012

Executive Intent

Powerful space defense system becomes a cause of a new
conflict that can drive three superpowers to full
-
scale war
for the dominance over oceans
and space.

2012

Dreamland: Black Wolf

SpecWarfare unit is tasked to stop Russian super
-
soldiers,
who try to disrupt an important NATO meeting.

2013

A Time for Patriots

Huge cuts (caused by financial crisis) weaken the security
in the US and auxiliary Civ
il Air Patrol leads the combat
against militiamen and terrorists.

2013

Dreamland: Raven Strike

When a high
-
tech unmanned aircraft is missing in Africa,
Dreamland team is dispatched to recover it.

2014

Tiger’s Claw

The battle for Pacific has begun and Mc
Lanahan returns
to service, representing the only hope for America against
the new Chinese weapons technologies.

2014

Dreamland: Collateral
Damage

NATO mission in Libya goes wrong and a new war must
be averted to secure the restless region.