Patrick McLanahan and his team embark on a high-tech battle against crime in the USA -- in the spectacular new thriller from the bestselling author of Fatal Terrain. * In his ten New York Times bestselling novels, Dale Brown pits men and technology against impossible odds, in stories so vivid and authentic you feel you are part of the action. Now ...
Patrick McLanahan and his team embark on a high-tech battle against crime in the USA -- in the spectacular new thriller from the bestselling author of Fatal Terrain. * In his ten New York Times bestselling novels, Dale Brown pits men and technology against impossible odds, in stories so vivid and authentic you feel you are part of the action. Now the undisputed master of military suspense brings back aerial combat expert Patrick McLanahan -- this time at the centre of an undeclared war exploding on the streets of America. The Tin Man. Some call him a terrorist. Others call him a vigilante hero. Dressed in a carbon-filament bodysuit that can instantly harden into stronger-than-steel protective armour, he roams the urban landscape of Sacramento, California, on a search-and-destroy mission. While some want him dead and others want him decorated, only a handful of people know his identity: Patrick McLanahan, who for fifteen years risked his life for his country in the US military. Now retired, he is part of a high-tech company specialising in strategic devices for the armed forces -- his workplace the laboratory, not the cockpit. But when his rookie cop brother is injured in a shootout, McLanahan becomes a one-man avenging army, vowing to track down the men who are masterminding the violence taking over the city -- terrorist turned drug lord Gregory Townsend and his racist Aryan Brigade. Wherever he goes, McLanahan's swift and violent justice overpowers the enemy -- but at a price. The more he tests the limits of his technological power -- and his own courage -- the more he is forced to face up to the implications of what he is doing. Has his passion for revenge taken him over the line? Is his personal war part of the solution to the violent crime sweeping the country...or is it part of the problem? * Packed with heart-stopping action, authoritative in its cutting-edge technology and dazzling in its portrayal of life on the streets of America's cities, The Tin Man is a novel of consummate suspense.
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Publishers Weekly, 1998-04-20 The tag line "This time it's personal" comes to mind in Brown's 11th techno-thriller (after Fatal Terrain). Instead of foreign countries and the threat of WWIII, international terrorism hits the streets of Sacramento, Calif., in the form of Gregory Townsend, who is apparently out to unite California's motorcycle gangs and corner the amphetamine market. His one mistake is wounding the brother of Brown's series hero, veteran Patrick McLanahan, during the robbery of a mall. The resulting mayhem is a tribute to Brown's storytelling abilities; it's an unlikely but successful mix of a revenge plot, a meditation on vigilante justice and a superhero-origin story. McLanahan becomes a one-man army, known as the Tin Man, with the help of some cutting-edge technology from his current employer, a defense contractor. It turns out that Townsend's ultimate aims are not quite what they appear to be; Brown's intentions are just as slippery. While the dark side of vigilante justice has haunted pulp fiction heroes like the Avenger and comic book heroes from Batman to the Punisher, it's a rarity in thriller fiction, which usually likes to keep things black and white and far from home. Brown does the opposite in this novelæhe gives this modern Batman a hard-edged twist and a dose of techno-reality, and through a neat plot twist shows how the power to survive and to commit violence is both painful and seductive. Bottom line, it's a page-turning start to a fresh new direction for both Brown and McLanahan. And now that the Tin Man is part of Brown's universe, it will be interesting to see what Brown makes of him. Major ad/promo; simultaneous BBD Audio. (May)
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