New York Times bestselling author Dale Brown—“the best military writer in the country” (Clive Cussler)—is back with Starfire, a masterful military thriller that explores a future all too possible and all too close: the weaponization of space.
With the death of his heroic father, bomber and space warfare veteran Patrick McLanahan, Bradley McLanahan must now fly solo, leading a team of young engineers designing Starfire, the world’s first orbiting solar power plant.
Starfire will not only deliver unlimited and inexpensive electricity anywhere on planet Earth, it can also transmit power to the moon, and even to spacecraft and asteroids. It’s a crucial first step in the exploration of the solar system, and Bradley and his team are on the cutting edge.
But U.S. president Kenneth Phoenix’s plans to militarize and industrialize Earth’s orbit sparks an arms race in space that eclipses the darkest and most terrifying days of the Cold War. Before he can prevent it, Bradley and his team are caught at the center of a battle that threatens to become an all-out global conflict for control of space.
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Tom Clancy meets Star Trek in this techno-thriller of futuristic battlefields and never-say-die heroes. In a war-torn world, a new space station is the ultimate weapon of mass destruction—and only Brad McLanahan, the ambitious engineer who designed it, can save the day. Former U.S. Air Force captain Dale Brown’s military know-how and vivid imagination makes you feel like his story is ripped from tomorrow’s headlines. Starfire is a wild ride with a sky-high climax—it’s a good introduction to Brown’s action-packed McLanahan series.
Bestseller Brown's exciting 19th entry in his loosely connected techno-thriller series (after 2012's Tiger Claw) focuses on Bradley McLanahan. As a precocious and well-connected engineering student at California Polytechnic State University, Bradley devises, with the help of his brilliant team of young scientists and fellow classmates, the blueprint for Starfire, an unparalleled source of solar energy in Earth's spatial orbit. The project at first sounds like a teenager's imaginative daydream, yet President Kenneth Phoenix's intention to turn the Armstrong Space Station into a weapon of mass destruction suddenly puts Bradley in the crosshairs of the dangerous Russian government. Entangled in a potentially catastrophic war stretching to the outer reaches of space, Bradley and his friends must formulate a new plan one that could potentially save all mankind. While encumbered by too much jargon and a dizzying number of characters and plot developments, the novel does manage in its descriptions of spaceships, warfare, and the so-called "final frontier."
Very good read, albeit out there a bit
The general is one of my favorite characters. Great Science fiction Star Wars action. I have never been disappointed by a DB book, I have read them all. Being from Buffalo makes it that much better.
I miss having a Dale Brown book as my next to read. This one was good but my shelf is empty.
Rushed the ending. It felt like things were left up in the air. I feel let down.