Flight of the Old Dog


Author: Dale Brown

Title: Flight of the Old Dog

Genre: Adventure

Publication Date: 1987

Number of Pages: 404

Geographical Setting: United States, U.S.S.R. (now Russia)

Time Period:1987

Plot Summary: A unit of the United States Air Force Strategic Air Command is flying over the U.S.S.R. when they are struck down mysteriously by a ground force in the U.S.S.R. The Soviet Union at first claims that the U.S. was flying too close to land for their own good and deny any involvement. It turns out that the U.S.S.R. has been developing a secret super-weapon that would most likely not be allowed by the mutual agreement between the U.S. and U.S.S.R. The U.S. retaliates by developing their own secret super-weapon, a very technologically enhanced B-52. This was a thrilling, fast-paced story.

Subject Headings: B-52 bomber, Strategic Defense Initiative-Fiction, Bombers-Fiction, Air Warfare-Fiction, McLanahan, Patrick, Space-based missile defenses-Soviet Union, Space weapons, United States-Foreign Relations-Soviet Union, Soviet Union-Foreign Relations-United States, Adventure stories, American, Techno-thrillers

Appeal: relentlessly fast-paced, detailed, dramatic, lifelike, vivid, action-oriented, cinematic, complex, plot-centered, details of U.S. Air Force military tactics, political, menacing atmosphere, suspenseful, jargon, multiple plot lines

Similar Fiction Authors and Works:

Jimmie H. Butler, Red Lightning, Black Thunder, a race between the Soviets and the United States to develop space-based or atmospheric-based rockets that can take out the enemies’ nuclear missiles. Like Dale Brown, highly detailed and fast-paced.

Tom Clancy, The Cardinal of the Kremlin, very similar to Brown in that the Soviets have developed a laser to take out enemy weapons. Multiple plot lines, fast-paced, detailed.

Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors:

Walter Boyne, Boeing B-52:a documentary history, highly detailed account of how the B-52 was developed and built by the people who developed, built, and flew B-52s.

Deborah Cadbury, Space Race: the epic battle between America and the Soviet Union for dominion of space, focuses on how two men, Wernher Von Braun, and Sergei Korolev were driven to research and explore space and gain knowledge that they could use against their enemies.

Melvyn P. Leffler, For the soul of mankind: the United States, the Soviet Union, and the Cold War, an analysis of both sides of the Cold War, how it started, and how it ended.



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