To say that the “Dreamland Team” is futuristic probably is correct but I am sure that many of the weapons and equipment that are part of this novel do actually exist. This is the sixth Dreamland novel that these two authors have written. If you like military action involving soldiers with nerves of steel, modern, and futuristic airplanes, and drone-like weapons along with electronic equipment that boggles your mind, you will love this book.
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.
You will be on the ships, the airplanes, in the sea trying to get rescued, or on the ground guided by your 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 your opponents move to get the weapons is as stressful and dangerous as a full out war.
You will feel as though you are with these soldiers in their personal and group battles mentally and physically. You will feel every bullet that one of them takes. You will wish you were there to assist in their medical care. You will feel like you are a part of their family, happy when things go properly and hurting so terribly when things go wrong.
REVIEWED BY CY HILTERMAN
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