Author: Dale Brown
Brown, Dale (2007) and Jim DeFelice. Dale Brown’s Dreamland: Retribution. New York: HarperCollins
Date Posted: May 20, 2013
I think I have read about 10 of the Dreamland books, but I have so many paperbacks in boxes to be read, I am not totally sure. I guess I liked the “Dreamland Team” because its stories are futuristic probably. However, they are written close enough to cutting edge technology that probably many of the weapons and equipment part of this novel do actually exist.
This is the sixth Dreamland novel that these two authors have written. It is full of military action involving soldiers with nerves of steel, modern, and futuristic airplanes, and drone-like weapons along with electronic equipment that boggles your mind.
Lieutenant Colonel Tecumseh “Dog” Bastien is the leader of Dreamland. The Dreamland group respects and admires Dog’s leadership. There are those above his rank that think the leadership of such a powerful group should be commanded by a higher ranking officer but for now, Dog is it with all the pressures that come with that leadership. The love life of this group is one that evolves as the story progresses as members do have some loved ones in the same group they are in making military objectives extremely hard at times. But things flow quite well under Dog’s command.
Twenty-five nuclear warheads have been lost during warring factions involving India, Pakistan, and China, with the United States caught in the middle, supposedly friendly with all three nations. On paper that works out well, however, in practice it becomes a game of tag and war to get those warheads before anyone else can. Dreamland was assigned to find the warheads before a nuclear war got started.
Using all the modern technology possible, the Dreamland team starts their search, a search that becomes a very dangerous “game” for all involved. Airplanes, ships, drones, and land troops all search the areas that the latest technology has given them as the most likely scattered locations where these warheads might be found. The battles are carried out in a state of war at least for those on the Dreamland team and the searchers for the other nations, who all are intensely trying to find the dangerous warheads before anyone else does or they get set off and do some extreme damage.
I get into these stories as if I were a grunt with them, on the ships, the airplanes, in the sea trying to get rescued, or on the ground guided by my fellow countrymen and women. There is death on all sides even though there is not a war in progress at the time, but the action and out-guessing opponents move to get the weapons is as stressful and dangerous as a full-out war.
I felt as though I was with these soldiers in their personal and group battles mentally and physically. I could visualize every bullet that hit one of them. I wished I were there to assist in their medical care. After several books I almost feel part of their family, happy when things go properly and hurting so terribly when things go wrong.
I am somewhat disappointed that I was unable to find any of the Dreamland books listed in college and university catalogs. They are in the Library of Congress, but in storage boxes at Fort Meade. The call number I give is only approximate.