A Time for Patriots
by Dale Brown
Review by Steve Sawicki
William Morrow Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780061989995
Date: 10 May 2011 List Price $26.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
In the very near future, the recession created by the wall street collapse has created a time of vast reduction in funding and great antipathy. Public safety, along with the military has been cut. Citizens arm themselves for survival and mutual protection. Militias have been formed with varying degrees of leadership. Amidst this, retired air force general, Patrick McLanahan, is working with the Nevada Wing of the civil air patrol, out of a decommissioned Air Space base.
With the government in turmoil and the contract devolving, America seems ripe for terrorist incursion. As a group works their way into the country, the Nevada CAP seems to be the only force capable of stopping them.
The writing here is a bit over the top when it comes to nationalism and the view that the average man, albeit in this case a retired general, knows best. He can, in the right time and place, generally cobble together whatever is needed to resolve any issue that arises. The writing is further hamstrung, a bit, by the author's clear civil air patrol bias. As noted in the end notes the author is a member of the CAB and also a true believer. So, we get not only a piece of fiction but a recruitment vehicle.
I don't want to give the impression that the above makes the book unreadable. It does not. The plotting is sharp and the story line interesting. The bias and focus on lean individualism does tend to draw you out of the fiction but not enough to ruin the enjoyment. It's possible to root for the good guys and boo the bad guys because it is so very clear who is who here.
I would recommend the book as a good plane book, partly because it is not going to require your full attention and partly because it involves planes themselves. If you are familiar with Brown's previous books then this one will fit right in there. A bit more preachy than usual but that's due to the CAB connection.