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[[NamesTheSame Not to be confused with]] the ''other'' author named [[DanBrown D. Brown]]. Also not to be confused with Dale Brown, former basketball coach at Louisiana State University.

Once upon a time, there was a member of the United States Air Force. He spent his days as a member of the Strategic Air Command, specifically a navigator-bombardier. He was rather good at it.

Then he retired and started writing books. These books involve super-planes, such as the EB-52 Megafortress, a [[MilitaryMashupMachine stealth escort bomber]]. They also sometimes involve [[NukeEm nukes being let off.]] The main plotline through most of his stories involves USAF bomber navigator Patrick Shane [=McLanahan=] and his involvement with the supersecret High Technology Aerospace Weapons Center "Dreamland".

He made the plot for a RealTimeStrategy game, ''VideoGame/ActOfWar'', which features some of the tropes found in his books.

[[folder:His books:]]
* ''Flight of the Old Dog'' - When a Soviet laser cannon threatens the deterrent value of American strategic forces and other means of destroying it fail, disillusioned bomber navigator Patrick [=McLanahan=] is brought into a secret programme to take a SuperPrototype stealth bomber on an AirstrikeImpossible against it.
* ''Silver Tower'' - in which an American space laser mounted on a space station does battle against space Russians InSpace.
* ''Day of the Cheetah'' - in which a Russian spy attempts to steal an advanced, mind-controlled fighter jet. [[Film/{{Firefox}} Does that sound familliar?]]
* ''Hammerheads'' - in which drug runners are taken out by V-22s launched from an oil-rig air base
* ''Sky Masters''- When an overconfident Chinese Admiral is put on the ropes by the Filipino navy, he resorts to [[NukeEm nuking 'em]] to save his bacon. Emboldened, communist elements within the Filipino government stage a coup. The resultant escalation draws contenders on both the American and Chinese sides, with an early version of the B-2 as Dreamland's dog in the race. Comes with hilariously inaccurate portrayal of both nations' governments and militaries.
* ''Night of the Hawk'' - in which a friend thought dead is still alive but in Soviet hands, and the Dreamland crew must save him before the CIA get to him.
* ''Chains of Command'' - Back in Desert Storm, Daren Mace rightfully aborted a secret mission and was ostracised for it, dropped into the USAF reserves where his path crosses with Rebecca Furness, the USAF's first female combat pilot. When a border skirmish between Russia, Ukraine and Moldova goes nuclear, them and theirs are hurled headlong into the power plays of the Russians.
* ''Storming Heaven''- in which drug lord Henri Cazaux causes the unplanned destruction of the San Francisco International Airport, decides that EvilFeelsGood, and becomes a super-villain powered by the sexual energy of Satan. No, seriously.
* ''Shadows of Steel'' - When Iran gets frisky with its new aircraft carrier, a secret commando unit is sent by the US to try and deal with it. Unfortunately, things go horribly wrong. In response, people close to the POTUS ask [=McLanahan=] out of retirement to support special operations against it. Can he get over his trouble with his hostile copilot before it's too late for the rest of the Gulf?
* ''Fatal Terrain''- When Taiwan finally decides to declare independence from China, a cunning Chinese Admiral comes up with an EvilPlan to nuke Taiwanese bases, North Korea and Guam while painting the US and Taiwan as the aggressors.
* ''The Tin Man''- in which [=McLanahan=]'s cop brother gets shot by terrorists and he breaks out the eponymous PoweredArmor in search of the culprits.
* ''Battle Born''- [=McLanahan=] is out to pick up some new talent for Dreamland and sets his eyes on a group of maverick National Guard pilots. However, South Korea pulls off a plan to forcibly reunite the penisula, earning China's ire. As the situation goes FromBadToWorse, the only hope of averting a full-blown war seems to lie in the hands of these unreliable upstarts.
* ''Warrior Class'' - in which a Russian oilman plans to restore Russia's glory with a Balkan pipeline and some SovietSuperscience of his own, and will brook no interference from the West.
* ''Wings of Fire'' - After the previous book's events, [=McLanahan=] has become part of a new "Night Stalkers" NGOSuperpower, dedicated to "firefighting" across the world. When they act against Libyan aggression, however, disaster causes the mission to turn dangerously personal, not helped by the return of an old enemy.
* ''Air Battle Force'' - in which a seemingly straightforward strike against a Taliban group becomes much more complicated when the Russians use action against that group as a pretext to take on Turkmenistan.
* ''Plan of Attack'' - {{The Neidermeyer}}s above Patrick have finally gotten tired of him showing them up, not helped by the events of the previous book, and have him grounded, confined to an insignificant desk job. When his CassandraTruth about rapid Russian remilitarisation comes true in a brief burst of brutality, though, Dreamland are the only ones able to repay Moscow for their atrocity.
* ''Act of War'' - When eco-terrorists nuke a major installation of a big conglomerate, it inspires a tough response from the US, who stand up a high-tech joint FBI-Army unit to search for the culprits. However, the mishmash of young hotshots, barely kept in check by an old wardog, may not be up to the task of battling this elusive, resourceful foe, and the rabbit hole goes deeper than anyone initially knows.
* ''Edge of Battle'' - in which US-Mexico relations grow horribly tense thanks to the warmongering of a drug smuggler masquerading as a revolutionary.
* ''Strike Force'' - in which [=McLanahan=] is asked to intervene in an Iranian power struggle, one where he has to go EnemyMine with the former BigBad from ''Shadows of Steel''.
* ''Shadow Command'' - in which a new Russian president plots the destruction of Dreamland while the Iranian power struggle continues.
* ''Rogue Forces'' - in which [=McLanahan=]'s new PMC is called into action over Iraq when Turkey's fight against Kurd rebels spills dangerously into Iraqi territory.
* ''Executive Intent'' - The testing of a new American KillSat has GoneHorriblyWrong, giving China and Russia the leverage to challenge American domination of space.
* ''A Time for Patriots'' - The US economy has gone down the sewer some time between the previous book's events and this one. In the face of growing anti-government dissatisfaction, [=McLanahan=] forms a group to keep the peace against terrorists and {{Right Wing Militia Fanatic}}s. However, the biggest threat to him and his may instead come from overly paranoid FBI agents lashing out blindly after a sting operation gone wrong.
* ''Tiger's Claw'' - China, having reached an all-new height of power, successfully deploys an antiship ballistic missile, just one of several prongs in their plan to hold off American naval objections to their aggression against Southeast Asia. With the US still mired in economic trouble, though, can its outdated, underfunded forces offer any useful resistance?
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As a LongRunningBookSeries - ''Flight of the Old Dog'' was released in 1987 - '''beware {{Late Arrival Spoiler}}s'''.
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!!His books contain examples of:
* ATeamFiring - PlayedForDrama in ''Executive Intent'', where [[spoiler: a Mjolnir/Kingfisher KillSat misses its target of terrorists holding on to commandeered missiles and kills many civilians.]]
* AbortedArc: The takeover of Sky Masters, Inc. in ''Wings of Fire'' is not raised in the next book.
* AdventureFriendlyWorld: One in which conventional conflicts are still ongoing and repeated nuclear releases have not doomed the world to death in nuclear fire.
* AirborneAircraftCarrier - Bombers and transport planes carrying miniature [=UCAVs=].
* AirstrikeImpossible
* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs
* AlternateHistory - Has touches of this. For example, the mess with Libya in ''Wings of Fire'' started when apparent BigBad Zuwayy carried out a coup against then RealLife ruler [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muammar_al-Gaddafi Gaddafi]] in the backstory... well ahead of his actual deposal.
* AmericaSavesTheDay - Especially the Patrick [=McLanahan=] Series, which also has a heavy dose of Pax Americana flavor within it.
* AnOfferYouCantRefuse - Pavel Kazakov from ''Warrior Class'' does this several times.
* AndThisIsFor - Chris Wohl says this when {{Vigilante Execut|ion}}ing [[spoiler: Pavel Kazakov]] in ''Wings of Fire''.
* AndYourLittleDogToo - The Libyans from ''Wings of Fire'' kill [[spoiler: Paul [=McLanahan=]]] and abet [[spoiler: Pavel Kazakov's henchwoman]] in killing [[spoiler: Wendy [=McLanahan=]]].
** Gryzlov from ''Air Battle Force'' threatens Patrick [=McLanahan=] this way.
* AnyoneCanDie - Dale Brown is not afraid to have multiple-book characters, like [[spoiler: Brad Elliott, Paul and Wendy [=McLanahan=]]] face the reaper. ''A Time for Patriots'' has [[spoiler: Leo, Ron and Jon Masters]] getting killed off.
* ArsonMurderAndLifeSaving
* AttackDrone - Various, such as the [=StealthHawks=] and [=FlightHawks=], as well as eventually full Vampires.
* AuthorAppeal - Clearly favours bombers.
* {{BFG}} - Tin Men and [=CIDs=] have the option of using a man-portable anti-tank [[MagneticWeapons railgun]].
* BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork - The Chinese assault on Somalia and Yemen in ''Executive Intent'' is likened to this InUniverse.
* BaitTheDog - General Gryzlov gets this the first time he appears in ''Air Battle Force''
* BaldOfEvil - Pavel Kazakov from ''Warrior Class''.
* BeamSpam - In ''Flight of the Old Dog'' the Ice Fortress supposedly can do this to defeat ballistic missiles.
* BestServedCold - Zakharov and [[spoiler: Chamberlain's]] motivation in ''Act of War''.
* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: At the end of ''Sky Masters'', [[spoiler: the BigBad Admiral Yin, seeing that his plan is foiled, chooses to blow his brains out rather than return to China in defeat, where he will be humiliated and dishonourably executed.]]
* BigDamnHeroes - [[spoiler: Turabi]] gets saved by Tin Men in ''Air Battle Force'' and ''Plan of Attack''.
* BiggerBad: The Chinese presidents and high commands that tacitly condone the generals' and admirals' actions are portrayed as this, in contrast to the Russian presidents who have directly been {{Big Bad}}s.
* BiggerStick - The entire point of Dreamland and Sky Masters, staying on the bleeding edge of technology. The Americans aren't the only ones with new toys, though.
* BittersweetEnding
* BoringInvincibleHero - Subverted. The team almost never wins overwhelmingly despite their definite advantages.
* {{Brainwashed}} - [[spoiler: Dave Luger]] after getting captured by Soviets. He gets rescued and fixed eventually, but the effects still linger.
* BroadStrokes: ''VideoGame/ActOfWar'' (the games) are this to the book of the same name. The factions are the same but the continuity has differences.
* CallBack - Occurs a few times, one of these being [[spoiler: Dave Luger]]'s reaction to seeing a former captor in ''Warrior Class''. In ''A Time for Patriots'' there are a few, such as the nanotransponders from ''Edge of Battle'' being used on [[spoiler: the FBI agents]] and Pat being reminded of [[spoiler: Hal Briggs's]] death.
* CanonDiscontinuity - ''Day of the Cheetah'' was replaced with ''Sky Masters'' which was replaced with ''Night of the Hawk''. Except...
** ''Silver Tower'' was initially thought dropped from continuity, but the titular space station has reappeared in recent books. A character in ''Tiger's Claw'' also makes clear reference to events in ''Sky Masters''.
* CanonWelding - Characters from works originally not involving Pat [=McLanahan=], such as Rebecca Furness, have made their way into the main continuity.
* CassandraTruth - At the end of ''Flight of the Old Dog'', Pat casually mentions to his mother that his absence was due to bombing Russia. Played seriously in ''Plan of Attack'' regarding the impending Russian attack and ''Edge of Battle'' regarding the seriousness of Comandante Veracruz's plan.
* TheCavalry
* TheCavalryArrivesLate: In ''Strike Force'' [[spoiler: Hal Briggs]] dies under Iranian fire before air support and reinforcements can arrive.
* TheChessmaster - Admiral Sun Ji Guoming from ''Fatal Terrain''.
** [[spoiler: National Security Adviser Robert Chamberlain]] from ''Act of War''.
* ChildProdigy - Jon Masters was one. [[spoiler: Dr. Kelsey Duffield]] from ''Wings of Fire'' turns out to be one.
* ChinaTakesOverTheWorld: The Chinese are a recurring threat.
* ClaspYourHandsIfYouDeceive: Tang Shou Dian in ''Sky Masters''.
* CoitusUninterruptus: In ''Sky Masters'' a redshirt takes an alert call while getting... serviced.
* ColdBloodedTorture - [[spoiler: Dave Luger]] faced this during his involuntary stay as a guest of the USSR. ''Wings of Fire'' has some redshirts tortured to death by the Libyans. [[spoiler: Wayne Macomber]] experiences this from GRU agents in ''Executive Intent''.
* ColonelBadass - Pat [=McLanahan=] spends some time in earlier books as this before his promotion to the stars. He's not the only one though.
* ComeForTheXStayForTheY - In-universe, Thorn's appeal is described as "if they had come to see [[RetiredBadass the monster]], they had stayed to hear the message."
* ComingInHot - In ''Air Battle Force'' Pat lands a damaged Vampire on Diego Garcia despite being repeatedly told not to.
* CoolPlane - the Megafortress. Eventually heavily-modded B-1B Lancers show up. Plus the Black Stallion {{Space Plane}}s. The Russians sometimes have these, like the Fisikous/Metyor-179 ''Tyenee''/Shadow. Then there are the real-world ones jetting about.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive - Pavel Kazakov from ''Warrior Class''.
** Harold Kingman from ''Act of War''.
* CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot: In ''Shadows of Steel'' BigBad Buzhazi is told that he could have avoided getting into trouble with the US had he only [[spoiler: destroyed their spy ship but let the crew be, since the US would have swallowed the destruction of the ship in exchange for not letting the truth about it out.]]
* CounterAttack - One new piece of Sky Masters tech in ''Rogue Forces'' allows a plane to defeat incoming missiles with FrickinLaserBeams, then attempt to fry the attacker as well.
* CrazyPrepared - Sky Masters aircraft can mount Russian munitions and have the necessary code to do so, apparently just in case they ever had to.
* CynicismCatalyst - Patrick [=McLanahan=] ''almost'' losing his younger brother is what drives him on his vigilante quest in ''The Tin Man'', and eventually [[spoiler: both his wife and brother get killed]].
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy - Gryzlov from ''Plan of Attack'' tries to be this, but fails.
* DarkActionGirl - Ivana Vasilyeva from ''Wings of Fire''.
* DavidVersusGoliath - Played with in ''Flight of the Old Dog'' where the Old Dog, despite being much larger than the pursuing [=MiG-29=] Fulcrum, is the David because it [[YouCanBarelyStand Can Barely Stand]].
* DeadGuyJunior - [[spoiler: Bradley]], Patrick and Wendy's son, after [[spoiler: Brad Elliott]].
* DeathFromAbove - In ''Sky Masters'' when the Chinese Admiral is about to nuke Davao City his destroyer was hit by [[spoiler:a satellite by the Americans when they maneuvered it to crash on the destroyer.]]
* DeathOfAThousandCuts - It is possible to drain Tin Men of power, after which they become vulnerable to small arms.
* DeceptiveDisciple - [[spoiler: Zakharov]] from ''Act of War''.
* DefiantToTheEnd: [[spoiler: Hal Briggs]] in ''Strike Force'' flips off the antiaircraft cannon about to kill him.
* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife - Pat at the start of ''Flight of the Old Dog''.
* DirtyBusiness - Some attackers on a Dreamland facility express regret that the EMP device used to disable a CID will also fry the operator.
* DirtyCommunists: Essentially what his Patrick [=McLanahan=] Series runs on.
* DisproportionateRetribution
* DissonantSerenity - Thorn demonstrates this in ''Warrior Class''; it's noted that some find it calming/comforting, while others find it annoying.
* TheDogBitesBack: At the end of ''Edge of Battle'', [[spoiler: Zakharov gets killed by a sheriff who he had shot InTheBack earlier.]]
* TheDogWasTheMastermind: [[spoiler: Judah Andorsen]] in ''A Time for Patriots''.
* DragonAscendant - Gregory Townsend, BigBad of ''The Tin Man'', was TheDragon to ''Storming Heaven'''s BigBad Henri Cazaux. Also, the BigBad of ''Fatal Terrain'', Chinese Admiral Sun Ji Guoming, was subordinate to that of ''Sky Masters''.
* DragonInChief - Zakharov from ''Act of War''.
* TheDreaded - Pavel Kazakov from ''Warrior Class'', to the point that even the Russian higher-ups don't dare to mess with him.
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Jeremiah Paulson]] from ''A Time for Patriots''.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: Most of the characters get to die in combat. [[spoiler: Jon Masters,]] on the other hand, suffers the ignominy of dying to a car bomb.
* ElaborateUndergroundBase - One of these shows up in ''Fatal Terrain''.
* EliteArmy: Dreamland rely on extremely high tech equipment to make up for their few numbers.
* EnemyMine -
** In ''Air Battle Force'' [[spoiler: the Taliban detachment]] end up working with the Turkmen and Americans against Russian invaders.
** ''Edge of Battle'' has [[spoiler: Zakharov]] working with Task Force TALON after Commandant Veracruz's double-cross.
** ''Strike Force'' is centered on former enemy Buzhazi asking for American assistance.
* EnsignNewbie: Hal Briggs is a Major in ''Shadows of Steel'', but being given command of a Marine-comprised commando unit leads to this, especially with his experience coming from Army and Air Force.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment - Gryzlov from ''Air Battle Force'' has this. His BaitTheDog shows his care for his people, as well as his utter ruthlessness against the Rodina's enemies.
* EvenEvilHasStandards - Russian general Stepashin from ''Plan of Attack'', a man with no qualms against nuclear sneak bombings against the US, is disgusted by Gryzlov's [[spoiler: use of nukes on Russian soil and the man's apathy about possible Russian survivors]].
* EveryoneHasStandards: [=McLanahan=] is a major MilitaryMaverick, but even he finds the National Guard pilots he's scouting out in ''Battle Born'' too lax and defiant for anyone's good. At least at first.
* FalseFlagOperation - The Chinese do this in ''Fatal Terrain'' to make it seem that Taiwan and the US are attacking them. Pavel Kazakov from ''Warrior Class'' does this to trigger a [[spoiler: Albania-Macedonia conflict]]. Zakharov from ''Edge of Battle'' does this to make it seem that the American Watchdogs are killing illegal immigrants.
* FamedInStory AND TheGreatestStoryNeverTold - Pat experiences both.
* FemmeFatale: Homeland Security agent Cassandra Renaldo in ''A Time for Patriots'', who seduces Bradley to use against Pat.
* FireForgedFriends: Pat and Tony Jamieson in ''Shadows of Steel''.
* {{Foreshadowing}} - [[spoiler: Brad Elliott's death]] in ''Fatal Terrain'' gets this. [[spoiler: Hal Briggs's]] too, though it's many books before the cheque gets cashed; see HarsherInHindsight.
* ForeignCussWord - Shows up quite often. GratuitousRussian is just one kind.
* FourStarBadass - Pat [=McLanahan=], amongst others, although the rank means that he isn't in combat as much as before.
* FrickinLaserBeams - Anti-ballistic missile and later anti-satellite lasers get used by various factions.
* FunWithAcronyms - HAWC
* GeneralRipper - General Park from ''Battle Born'' will go as far as [[spoiler: having his president killed to get the codes needed for NukeEm]] in order to fight Chinese aggression.
* GenreShift: ''The Tin Man'' was the first one to be almost entirely focused on the dirtside perspective, unlike previous titles that were almost solely the flyboys' game. More infantry-centric content started creeping in after that.
* GodzillaThreshold: Villainous example in ''Sky Masters''. His flotilla in shambles after a Filipino ambush, with only death or dishonourable retreat on the cards, BigBad Admiral Yin decided to NukeEm. Things go downhill from there.
* GoneHorriblyRight - The mess with Kingfisher-Eight in ''Executive Intent''.
* GoneHorriblyWrong - The mission at the start of ''Wings of Fire'' was to simply destroy some Libyan missiles. Then [[spoiler: Paul gets killed and Wendy goes missing...]]
** In ''Executive Intent'' [[spoiler: a Mjolnir/Kingfisher KillSat misses its target of terrorists holding on to commandeered missiles and kills many civilians.]]
* GoodAllAlong: [[spoiler: Jeremiah Paulson]] in ''A Time for Patriots'' was never the real enemy.
* TheGreatPoliticsMessUp
* HappilyMarried - Pat and Wendy [[spoiler: [[AnyoneCanDie for as long as it lasts anyway.]]]]
* HarsherInHindsight: InUniverse. In ''Shadows of Steel'' [[spoiler: Hal Briggs]] is chastened for taking a risk that gets him hurt by a ZSU-23 antiaircraft gun. Guess how he dies, several books later?
* HeelFaithTurn: General Samar from ''Sky Masters''.
* HeelRealization - Fursenko from ''Warrior Class'' experiences this.
* HeroWithBadPublicity - [=McLanahan=] and team(s) face this problem, as do Jason Richter and Task Force TALON.
* HeroicSacrifice - In ''Flight of the Old Dog'' [[spoiler: Dave Luger]] leaves the Old Dog to deal with Soviets and let the others get away.
** In ''Fatal Terrain'' [[spoiler: Brad Elliot crashes the crippled "Old Dog" into a Chinese ICBM site]]
** In ''Battle Born'' [[spoiler: Rinc Seaver]] "de-stealths" his plane to lure missiles away from their intended target.
* HostageForMacGuffin - In ''Edge of Battle'' Jason is made to give up the CID activation code or let some children get killed. [[spoiler: He gives in... and, surprisingly enough, Zakharov ''doesn't'' backstab him after letting him and the children go.]]
* IfIWantedYouDead: In ''Shadows of Steel'' a back-channel envoy between the Iranians and the US is told that if the President were not in control of the situation, the US would have carried out overt military action already.
* ImmuneToBullets - Tin Men and [=CIDs=] have this, although bigger guns still work.
* ImplacableMan - Tin Men and [=CIDs=] can appear to be this.
* ImpossiblyGracefulGiant - [=CIDs=]
* InASingleBound - Tin Men and [=CIDs=] can do this through different means.
* InSpiteOfANail: Though GeorgeWBush's presidency and his policies never occurred, the US of 2012 is somehow still recovering from a major recession.
* InspectorJavert: The FBI agents in ''A Time for Patriots'' are obsessed with putting Pat away.
* InstantDeathBullet - [[spoiler: Fursenko]] from ''Warrior Class'' averts this by surviving a bullet in the left lung.
* InterserviceRivalry
* ItsPersonal: In ''Shadows of Steel'', being told that Hal Briggs is with the group he is being asked to help convinces Pat to come out of "early retirement" where more nebulous appeals fail.
* JustPlaneWrong: For a man of his background, he knows surprisingly ''little'' about aircraft that originated from outside of the US border. One of the most infamous examples is his portrayal of the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nanchang_Q-5 Chinese Q-5 Fantan]] as a copy of the Su-22; considering the Q-5 has been exported to Pakistan even before ''Flight of the Old Dog'' came out, he has no excuse for ignorance of this magnitude.
* KarmaHoudini: Chinese {{President Evil}}s, repeatedly, unlike their Russian counterparts. Also, the Iranian general Buzhazi, who survives ''Shadows of Steel'' and returns to benefit from an EnemyMine.
* KarmicDeath - [[spoiler: General Gary Houser]] from ''Plan of Attack'' dies in the same Russian attack that he kept denying would occur.
* KillEmAll - Happens in ''[[spoiler: DayOfTheCheetah]]'', originally expected to be Brown's last book. Resulted in a number of later retcons of character deaths when Brown's contract was renewed.
* KillSat
* KlingonPromotion
* KnightInSourArmor: Pat. The world never gets permanently better, an awful lot of people are {{Ungrateful Bastard}}s at best, hostile and traitorous at worst, and he's seen too many friends and family die violently, but he keeps fighting to make the world better nevertheless.
* KnightTemplar - The US finds itself on the slippery slope to this in ''Edge of Battle'', but ultimately avoids it.
* TheKoreanWar, or restarting thereof
* LaResistance - In ''Wings of Fire'' the Night Stalkers are aided by the Sanusi Brotherhood who are fighting the usurping Libyan dictator.
* LampshadeHanging - in ''Executive Intent'', a State Department official summarizes parts of a supposed plot by China and Russia (which is actually happening), and says the line "I think you've been reading too many cheesy techno-thrillers."
* LaserSight - Pavel Kazakov's men in ''Warrior Class'' use these to keep some enemies off their principal.
* LastSecondChance: Offered to Admiral Tufayli in ''Shadows of Steel'' and naturally rejected.
* TheLawOfDiminishingDefensiveEffort - Invoked in ''Wings of Fire'' where Hal tells a Night Stalker new to the Tin Man suit to focus on the job and let the suit shrug off small-arms fire rather than obsessing over cover like a normal foot mobile.
* LesCollaborateurs: Teguina in ''Sky Masters''.
* LightningGun - From ''Warrior Class'' on, Tin Men have shoulder-mounted electrodes that can fire electric blasts.
* LikeRealityUnlessNoted: A more generous interpretation, given the clear AlternateHistory elements already in place.
* LittleUselessGun
* LoopholeAbuse - The Soviets in ''Flight of the Old Dog'' refuse to deactivate the Kavaznya laser under the excuse that the strategic arms treaties never banned ground-based laser systems. The Iranians in ''Shadows of Steel'' got their weapons from post-Soviet states that were not covered in the arms control treaties.
* LudicrousGibs - 23mm rounds make a mess of American airmen in ''Fatal Terrain'' and ''Warrior Class''. In ''Strike Force'' [[spoiler: Hal Briggs]] goes down this way.
* MacrossMissileMassacre - In ''Plan of Attack'', Russian missile spam inflicts heavy casualties on [[spoiler: the Air Battle Force.]]
* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident
* MakeTheBearAngryAgain
* MamaBear: In ''Rogue Forces'', former Kurdish separatist commando Zilar Azzawi retakes her sword after a Turkish airstrike kills her husband and her children.
* MentorOccupationalHazard - Befalls [[spoiler: Brad Elliott]].
* MightAsWellNotBeInPrisonAtAll - In ''Wings of Fire'' we eventually learn that this is true of [[spoiler: Pavel Kazakov]].
* MilitaryMaverick - [=McLanahan=] and the Dreamland old-timers to a tee.
* MisguidedMissile - In ''Shadow Command'' the superiority of the Black Stallions over older planes is vividly demonstrated when Boomer guides a pair of Russian missiles back to the planes that had fired them.
* MissingMom - [[spoiler: Wendy [=McLanahan=]]]
* MnogoNukes
* MoeGreeneSpecial - [[spoiler: Zakharov]] from ''Act of War'' gets shot in the left eye, but survives.
* TheMole: Repeatedly -
** In ''Flight of the Old Dog'' one of these allows for the critical damaging of a space station, gives away two stealth bombers en route to the plot-critical SovietSuperscience WaveMotionGun and forces the eponymous AirstrikeImpossible to get going while YouCanBarelyStand... and the whack-a-mole subplot is effectively nonexistent.
** ''Day of the Cheetah'' is centred on one of these getting his hands on a SuperPrototype CoolPlane.
** ''Act of War'' has [[spoiler: National Security Adviser Chamberlain]] turn out to be the one giving information away to the terrorists.
** [[spoiler: Michael Fitzgerald]] from ''A Time for Patriots''. [[spoiler: He does a HeelFaceTurn.]]
* MookHorrorShow - When Tin Men and [=CIDs=] are around.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone
* NGOSuperpower - Night Stalkers/Scion/Whatever approaches this. In ''A Time for Patriots'', the Knights of the True Republic are a RightWingMilitiaFanatic group with resources at least on par with the FBI.
* TheNeidermeyer: One inexperienced Captain in ''Sky Masters''.
* NeutronBomb - Used by the Libyans in ''Wings of Fire''. The results were most unpleasant.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero - In ''Air Battle Force'' the ABF prevents a Russian airstrike by destroying the bombers at Engels AFB, but this motivates Gryzlov to do what he does in ''Plan of Attack''.
** In ''Rogue Forces'', former Kurdish separatist commando Zilar Azzawi retakes her sword after a Turkish airstrike [[MamaBear kills her husband and her children]].
* NiceJobFixingItVillain - The Russian attempted nuclear strike on Eareckson AFB in ''Plan of Attack''.
* NoOneCouldSurviveThat - Why no one thinks to look for [[spoiler: Dave Luger]] after his HeroicSacrifice in ''Flight of the Old Dog''.
* NoOneGetsLeftBehind - Subverted in ''Warrior Class'', where Pat goes back for [[spoiler: Annie and Dev]] after they get shot down in Russian territory... and gets into serious trouble with the higher-ups for it.
* NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup - Subverted; the first Fisikous plane is stolen in ''Night of the Hawk'', but they had a second one, as revealed in ''Warrior Class''.
* NonActionGuy - Jason Richter starts as one, being not much good without his CID unit, but gets better. Some Sky Masters personnel are also this, never having been military before joining and thus not mentally prepared to use their equipment in an actual combat situation.
* NotAGame: In ''Sky Masters'', Patrick calls Dr. Masters out on his flippant, overly casual attitude with regards to the oncoming battle.
* NotMyDriver
* NotNowKiddo: In ''A Time for Patriots'', a civvie pilot keeps holding off on listening to his son even after the son has proven that his observations are correct. It doesn't end well for the family.
* NotQuiteDead - The discovery that [[spoiler: Dave Luger]] is this and the subsequent rescue attempt form the plot for ''Night of the Hawk''.
* NotSoInvincibleAfterAll - Pat gets this while using the first version of the Tin Man suit in ''The Tin Man''. [[spoiler: Hal Briggs]] gets this in ''Strike Force'' after running into a Russian trap.
* NothingPersonal - In ''Warrior Class'', one of the aircrew of the Russian stealth bomber says so after [[spoiler: shooting down an AWACS plane.]]
* PapaWolf: In ''A Time for Patriots'', [[spoiler: when the FBI agents hurt and threaten Brad, Pat pays them right back, forcing them to bug out.]]
* PayEvilUntoEvil - Chris Wohl's killing of [[spoiler: Pavel Kazakov]] in ''Wings of Fire'' is undeniably vicious and yet very much the least the scum deserves. In ''Executive Intent'' the Chinese respond to a Somali pirate attack on one of their vessels by carrying out a massive aerial and amphibious assault and takeover of Somalia.
* PerpetualSmiler - Jon Masters in ''Sky Masters''.
* OurPresidentsAreDifferent - Gardner is President Playboy in a big way, as was Martindale. Thorn however, used to be a Badass Special Force officer.
* PeaceThroughSuperiorFirepower
* PoorCommunicationKills - Dreamland has a lot of secret ops that, well, [[CaptainObvious they can't let others know about.]] Not even allies. Predictably, fighting ensues.
* PoweredArmor - The BERP "Tin Man" suits.
* PrettyLittleHeadshots - Averted with near-loving consistency.
* PrisonRape
* PrivateMilitaryContractors - Pat [=McLanahan=] is official head of the Scion PMC in ''Rogue Forces''.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits - Task Force TALON starts as a mish-mash of FBI agents, "lab-bound mavericks" and hardened veterans.
* RageBreakingPoint: In ''Tiger's Claw'' a DrillSergeantNasty has it in for Bradley, accusing him of {{nepotism}} and insulting Patrick to his face. Bradley tries to rein in his anger at having his father badmouthed, oh he tries, even swallowing his pride and apologising for near-assault even when the other guy stuffs in a bunch of deliberately humiliating extra conditions... but when the DrillSergeantNasty just refuses to let it go and sneaks in one last barb sotto voce, oh, it was on.
* {{Ranger}} - Hal Briggs and Trevor Griffin have gone for the Ranger course. Ray Jefferson was one too.
* RealMenWearPink - Chris Wohl is surprisingly good at looking after kids.
* RecursiveAmmo
* RedemptionEqualsDeath - [[spoiler: General Stepashin]] from ''Plan of Attack''.
* RefugeInAudacity - At least twice, the Dreamland team shanghai Soviet/Russian resources to keep themselves going.
* RenegadeRussian - Zakharov from the ''Act of War'' books.
* RequiredSecondaryPowers: The Wolverines have to be limited below their maximum maneuverability because their explosives will prematurely cook off otherwise.
* RightHandVersusLeftHand - Americans often trouble Pat [=McLanahan=] and his team.
* RightWingMilitiaFanatic - The Knights of the True Republic, the antagonists of ''A Time for Patriots'', are these.
* RippedFromTheHeadlines: Every story is prefaced by extracts from news articles that came out shortly before publication, establishing the relevance of the events and equipment featured.
* RunningGag - Ray Jefferson repeatedly being called a Sergeant in ''Act of War''.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney - Pavel Kazakov from ''Warrior Class'' actually makes something of a system for his regular bribing.
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight - At least OnceAnEpisode from the Dreamland old-timers.
* SergeantRock - Chris Wohl and Ray Jefferson.
* SequelHook
* ShootTheBullet - Often, though failure does occur at times.
* ShoulderCannon - Tin Men have their shoulder electrodes from ''Warrior Class'' on, while [=CIDs=] have a backpack that allows this.
* ShroudedInMyth - Pavel Kazakov from ''Warrior Class''.
* ShutUpHannibal - Tufayli from ''Shadows of Steel'' and Leonid Zevitin from ''Shadow Command'' fall victim to this.
* SlashedThroat - In ''Wings of Fire'' [[spoiler: Wendy gets this, but doesn't die of it. Pavel Kazakov]] takes a much more severe version.
* SoLastSeason - Subverted; the "Old Dogs" are still lethal despite the emergence of the Vampires and the Black Stallions have not obsoleted the Vampires.
* SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay - Brad Elliot uses some choice oaths in ''Flight of the Old Dog'' to let a certain colonel recognize him and bring up tanker support.
* SomethingWeForgot - Manuel Pereira in ''Act of War'' disappears, is noticed as missing... [[SubvertedTrope and nothing ultimately comes of it]].
* SovietSuperscience - While most of their new toys are reverse-engineered from American tech, the former-Soviets-now-Russians did build their anti-sat lasers themselves.
* SpannerInTheWorks - In ''Executive Intent'' bumping into a random civilian leads to [[spoiler: Wayne Macomber]] getting captured by the GRU.
* StrawMisogynist: The onscreen ASEAN leaders in ''Sky Masters''.
* StrawmanPolitical - Oddly enough, both sides- Brown does not like isolationism.
* SunglassesAtNight - Commandant Veracruz from ''Edge of Battle''.
* SuperPrototype - Averted as later models of Dreamland/Sky Masters/Whatever stuff have better features than the first runs.
* SuperpowerMeltdown - A problem with the plasma field-powered Dragon in ''Wings of Fire''.
* SurprisinglySuddenDeath
* SurroundedByIdiots - Pavel Kazakov from ''Warrior Class'' says "I'm surrounded by cowards and incompetents" after [[spoiler: Tin Men take over one of his oil tankers.]]
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial - Jon Masters is insistent about what the Loser introduced in ''Rogue Forces'' is not.
* SympathyForTheDevil: In ''Rogue Forces'', Patrick [=McLanahan=] sympathises with the antagonistic Turks, recognising that they have a nation-level DudeWheresMyRespect that drove them to act. A marked difference from TheUsualAdversaries Russia and China that get no such sympathy.
** Pat and Jeremiah Paulson in ''A Time for Patriots'' eventually manage to agree that they have common ground, including being wrongfully hounded by the FBI.
* TakingYouWithMe
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill - Zakharov from ''Act of War'' sends several squads with anti-tank weapons and a helicopter gunship to kill one man. ''Executive Intent'' has a Russian fighter jet thoroughly obliterated by a Mjolnir/Thor's Hammer orbit-to-surface kill vehicle, as well as the Chinese approach to taking over Mogadishu.
* TitleDrop
* TooDumbToLive - Zakharov from ''Edge of Battle'' thinks that the illegal immigrants who tried to take on a CID rather than run away were this.
** The Yemeni in ''Executive Intent''. After the Chinese prove they're not going to be soft-hearted like the West with their DisproportionateRetribution takeover of Mogadishu, the Yemeni still bomb a Chinese frigate. No prizes for guessing whose shit is going to get wrecked.
* TurnInYourBadge - Terrill pulls this on [=McLanahan=] and Dave Luger in ''Warrior Class''.
* TheUnfettered - Brad Elliott.
* UnwittingPawn - A lot of people act as this in ''Act of War''. POTUS Gardner acts as one in ''Shadow Command''.
* VigilanteExecution - Befalls [[spoiler: Pavel Kazakov and Leonid Zevitin]].
* VillainBall
* VillainWithGoodPublicity - The Chinese try to paint themselves as this in ''Fatal Terrain''. Commandant Veracruz from ''Edge of Battle'' masquerades as a Mexican nationalist to do this.
* VillainousValour - Shown by the Taliban forces in ''Air Battle Force''.
* WarIsHell
* WasItReallyWorthIt - In ''Wings of Fire'' Pat says this after the Night Stalkers get very large paychecks for the mission that saw [[spoiler: Paul killed and Wendy missing]].
* WaveMotionGun - The Soviets' Kavaznya laser system in ''Flight of the Old Dog'' is rated at hundreds of megawatts and able to serve anti-satellite duties.
* WeakButSkilled: In ''Sky Masters'' an outdated Filipino naval group puts a modern Chinese force soundly on the ropes.
* WeaponOfMassDestruction - In ''Battle Born'', among the weapons used are "plasma bombs" that are explicitly described as transferring the objects their blast converts into the titular form of matter ''into an alternate universe''.
** And which [[ForgottenPhlebotinum are never so much as mentioned again]] in several later books...only to be brought back to boost the output of one of the Dragon ABM aircraft ([[SuperPowerMeltdown it gets messy]] if they try BeamSpam) and playing a larger role in ''Plan of Attack''.
* WellIntentionedExtremist - GAMMA from ''Act of War'' is not above using backpack nukes against the big corporations it believes are ruining the environment. [[spoiler: Then it turns out that this was the DeceptiveDisciple's idea and the apparent BigBad is also horrified to learn of it.]]
* WhatASenselessWasteOfHumanLife - [[spoiler: Zakharov]] expresses this sentiment in ''Edge of Battle'' when [[spoiler: Frank Falcone]] is DrivenToSuicide.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: We never find out what happened to Fursenko after ''Warrior Class'', and Dave Luger seems to have fallen off the map as of ''Rogue Forces''.
* WhatTheHellHero - At least OnceAnEpisode, someone will bitch about Dreamland's methods.
* WhatYouAreInTheDark - [=McLanahan=] warns his group about the lack of recognition at best for their success in ''Fatal Terrain''. This fails to dissuade them.
* WiseBeyondTheirYears - Bradley [=McLanahan=] shows this.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity - Yegorov from ''Warrior Class'' is suspected of this.
* YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre - Ken Phoenix is told in ''A Time for Patriots'' that he should stop beating himself up over the violence and deaths caused by {{Right Wing Militia Fanatic}}s.
* YouCanBarelyStand - The titular ''Flight of the Old Dog'' starts with both the plane and the crew not at optimal condition and only gets worse.
* YouHaveFailedMe - One Russian general gets this in ''Plan of Attack''.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness - Pavel Kazakov from ''Warrior Class'' threatens and eventually does this. Commandant Veracruz from ''Edge of Battle'' tries this on [[spoiler: Zakharov, prompting an EnemyMine.]]
* YouKeepTellingYourselfThat - Zakharov from ''Edge of Battle'' criticises Commandant Veracruz as not actually believing the ultranationalist rhetoric he spouts.
* YouKilledMyFather - Defied in ''Warrior Class'', where Pavel Kazakov claims his strike against Albania was '''not''' because their guerillas killed his father.
* YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters - A key theme of ''Shadows of Steel''. Discussed by various characters in ''Warrior Class''.
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[[NamesTheSame Not to be confused with]] the ''other'' author named [[DanBrown D. Brown]]. Also not to be confused with Dale Brown, former basketball coach at Louisiana State University.

Once upon a time, there was a member of the United States Air Force. He spent his days as a member of the Strategic Air Command, specifically a navigator-bombardier. He was rather good at it.

Then he retired and started writing books. These books involve super-planes, such as the EB-52 Megafortress, a [[MilitaryMashupMachine stealth escort bomber]]. They also sometimes involve [[NukeEm nukes being let off.]] The main plotline through most of his stories involves USAF bomber navigator Patrick Shane [=McLanahan=] and his involvement with the supersecret High Technology Aerospace Weapons Center "Dreamland".

He made the plot for a RealTimeStrategy game, ''VideoGame/ActOfWar'', which features some of the tropes found in his books.

[[folder:His books:]]
* ''Flight of the Old Dog'' - When a Soviet laser cannon threatens the deterrent value of American strategic forces and other means of destroying it fail, disillusioned bomber navigator Patrick [=McLanahan=] is brought into a secret programme to take a SuperPrototype stealth bomber on an AirstrikeImpossible against it.
* ''Silver Tower'' - in which an American space laser mounted on a space station does battle against space Russians InSpace.
* ''Day of the Cheetah'' - in which a Russian spy attempts to steal an advanced, mind-controlled fighter jet. [[Film/{{Firefox}} Does that sound familliar?]]
* ''Hammerheads'' - in which drug runners are taken out by V-22s launched from an oil-rig air base
* ''Sky Masters''- When an overconfident Chinese Admiral is put on the ropes by the Filipino navy, he resorts to [[NukeEm nuking 'em]] to save his bacon. Emboldened, communist elements within the Filipino government stage a coup. The resultant escalation draws contenders on both the American and Chinese sides, with an early version of the B-2 as Dreamland's dog in the race. Comes with hilariously inaccurate portrayal of both nations' governments and militaries.
* ''Night of the Hawk'' - in which a friend thought dead is still alive but in Soviet hands, and the Dreamland crew must save him before the CIA get to him.
* ''Chains of Command'' - Back in Desert Storm, Daren Mace rightfully aborted a secret mission and was ostracised for it, dropped into the USAF reserves where his path crosses with Rebecca Furness, the USAF's first female combat pilot. When a border skirmish between Russia, Ukraine and Moldova goes nuclear, them and theirs are hurled headlong into the power plays of the Russians.
* ''Storming Heaven''- in which drug lord Henri Cazaux causes the unplanned destruction of the San Francisco International Airport, decides that EvilFeelsGood, and becomes a super-villain powered by the sexual energy of Satan. No, seriously.
* ''Shadows of Steel'' - When Iran gets frisky with its new aircraft carrier, a secret commando unit is sent by the US to try and deal with it. Unfortunately, things go horribly wrong. In response, people close to the POTUS ask [=McLanahan=] out of retirement to support special operations against it. Can he get over his trouble with his hostile copilot before it's too late for the rest of the Gulf?
* ''Fatal Terrain''- When Taiwan finally decides to declare independence from China, a cunning Chinese Admiral comes up with an EvilPlan to nuke Taiwanese bases, North Korea and Guam while painting the US and Taiwan as the aggressors.
* ''The Tin Man''- in which [=McLanahan=]'s cop brother gets shot by terrorists and he breaks out the eponymous PoweredArmor in search of the culprits.
* ''Battle Born''- [=McLanahan=] is out to pick up some new talent for Dreamland and sets his eyes on a group of maverick National Guard pilots. However, South Korea pulls off a plan to forcibly reunite the penisula, earning China's ire. As the situation goes FromBadToWorse, the only hope of averting a full-blown war seems to lie in the hands of these unreliable upstarts.
* ''Warrior Class'' - in which a Russian oilman plans to restore Russia's glory with a Balkan pipeline and some SovietSuperscience of his own, and will brook no interference from the West.
* ''Wings of Fire'' - After the previous book's events, [=McLanahan=] has become part of a new "Night Stalkers" NGOSuperpower, dedicated to "firefighting" across the world. When they act against Libyan aggression, however, disaster causes the mission to turn dangerously personal, not helped by the return of an old enemy.
* ''Air Battle Force'' - in which a seemingly straightforward strike against a Taliban group becomes much more complicated when the Russians use action against that group as a pretext to take on Turkmenistan.
* ''Plan of Attack'' - {{The Neidermeyer}}s above Patrick have finally gotten tired of him showing them up, not helped by the events of the previous book, and have him grounded, confined to an insignificant desk job. When his CassandraTruth about rapid Russian remilitarisation comes true in a brief burst of brutality, though, Dreamland are the only ones able to repay Moscow for their atrocity.
* ''Act of War'' - When eco-terrorists nuke a major installation of a big conglomerate, it inspires a tough response from the US, who stand up a high-tech joint FBI-Army unit to search for the culprits. However, the mishmash of young hotshots, barely kept in check by an old wardog, may not be up to the task of battling this elusive, resourceful foe, and the rabbit hole goes deeper than anyone initially knows.
* ''Edge of Battle'' - in which US-Mexico relations grow horribly tense thanks to the warmongering of a drug smuggler masquerading as a revolutionary.
* ''Strike Force'' - in which [=McLanahan=] is asked to intervene in an Iranian power struggle, one where he has to go EnemyMine with the former BigBad from ''Shadows of Steel''.
* ''Shadow Command'' - in which a new Russian president plots the destruction of Dreamland while the Iranian power struggle continues.
* ''Rogue Forces'' - in which [=McLanahan=]'s new PMC is called into action over Iraq when Turkey's fight against Kurd rebels spills dangerously into Iraqi territory.
* ''Executive Intent'' - The testing of a new American KillSat has GoneHorriblyWrong, giving China and Russia the leverage to challenge American domination of space.
* ''A Time for Patriots'' - The US economy has gone down the sewer some time between the previous book's events and this one. In the face of growing anti-government dissatisfaction, [=McLanahan=] forms a group to keep the peace against terrorists and {{Right Wing Militia Fanatic}}s. However, the biggest threat to him and his may instead come from overly paranoid FBI agents lashing out blindly after a sting operation gone wrong.
* ''Tiger's Claw'' - China, having reached an all-new height of power, successfully deploys an antiship ballistic missile, just one of several prongs in their plan to hold off American naval objections to their aggression against Southeast Asia. With the US still mired in economic trouble, though, can its outdated, underfunded forces offer any useful resistance?
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As a LongRunningBookSeries - ''Flight of the Old Dog'' was released in 1987 - '''beware {{Late Arrival Spoiler}}s'''.
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!!His books contain examples of:
* ATeamFiring - PlayedForDrama in ''Executive Intent'', where [[spoiler: a Mjolnir/Kingfisher KillSat misses its target of terrorists holding on to commandeered missiles and kills many civilians.]]
* AbortedArc: The takeover of Sky Masters, Inc. in ''Wings of Fire'' is not raised in the next book.
* AdventureFriendlyWorld: One in which conventional conflicts are still ongoing and repeated nuclear releases have not doomed the world to death in nuclear fire.
* AirborneAircraftCarrier - Bombers and transport planes carrying miniature [=UCAVs=].
* AirstrikeImpossible
* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs
* AlternateHistory - Has touches of this. For example, the mess with Libya in ''Wings of Fire'' started when apparent BigBad Zuwayy carried out a coup against then RealLife ruler [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muammar_al-Gaddafi Gaddafi]] in the backstory... well ahead of his actual deposal.
* AmericaSavesTheDay - Especially the Patrick [=McLanahan=] Series, which also has a heavy dose of Pax Americana flavor within it.
* AnOfferYouCantRefuse - Pavel Kazakov from ''Warrior Class'' does this several times.
* AndThisIsFor - Chris Wohl says this when {{Vigilante Execut|ion}}ing [[spoiler: Pavel Kazakov]] in ''Wings of Fire''.
* AndYourLittleDogToo - The Libyans from ''Wings of Fire'' kill [[spoiler: Paul [=McLanahan=]]] and abet [[spoiler: Pavel Kazakov's henchwoman]] in killing [[spoiler: Wendy [=McLanahan=]]].
** Gryzlov from ''Air Battle Force'' threatens Patrick [=McLanahan=] this way.
* AnyoneCanDie - Dale Brown is not afraid to have multiple-book characters, like [[spoiler: Brad Elliott, Paul and Wendy [=McLanahan=]]] face the reaper. ''A Time for Patriots'' has [[spoiler: Leo, Ron and Jon Masters]] getting killed off.
* ArsonMurderAndLifeSaving
* AttackDrone - Various, such as the [=StealthHawks=] and [=FlightHawks=], as well as eventually full Vampires.
* AuthorAppeal - Clearly favours bombers.
* {{BFG}} - Tin Men and [=CIDs=] have the option of using a man-portable anti-tank [[MagneticWeapons railgun]].
* BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork - The Chinese assault on Somalia and Yemen in ''Executive Intent'' is likened to this InUniverse.
* BaitTheDog - General Gryzlov gets this the first time he appears in ''Air Battle Force''
* BaldOfEvil - Pavel Kazakov from ''Warrior Class''.
* BeamSpam - In ''Flight of the Old Dog'' the Ice Fortress supposedly can do this to defeat ballistic missiles.
* BestServedCold - Zakharov and [[spoiler: Chamberlain's]] motivation in ''Act of War''.
* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: At the end of ''Sky Masters'', [[spoiler: the BigBad Admiral Yin, seeing that his plan is foiled, chooses to blow his brains out rather than return to China in defeat, where he will be humiliated and dishonourably executed.]]
* BigDamnHeroes - [[spoiler: Turabi]] gets saved by Tin Men in ''Air Battle Force'' and ''Plan of Attack''.
* BiggerBad: The Chinese presidents and high commands that tacitly condone the generals' and admirals' actions are portrayed as this, in contrast to the Russian presidents who have directly been {{Big Bad}}s.
* BiggerStick - The entire point of Dreamland and Sky Masters, staying on the bleeding edge of technology. The Americans aren't the only ones with new toys, though.
* BittersweetEnding
* BoringInvincibleHero - Subverted. The team almost never wins overwhelmingly despite their definite advantages.
* {{Brainwashed}} - [[spoiler: Dave Luger]] after getting captured by Soviets. He gets rescued and fixed eventually, but the effects still linger.
* BroadStrokes: ''VideoGame/ActOfWar'' (the games) are this to the book of the same name. The factions are the same but the continuity has differences.
* CallBack - Occurs a few times, one of these being [[spoiler: Dave Luger]]'s reaction to seeing a former captor in ''Warrior Class''. In ''A Time for Patriots'' there are a few, such as the nanotransponders from ''Edge of Battle'' being used on [[spoiler: the FBI agents]] and Pat being reminded of [[spoiler: Hal Briggs's]] death.
* CanonDiscontinuity - ''Day of the Cheetah'' was replaced with ''Sky Masters'' which was replaced with ''Night of the Hawk''. Except...
** ''Silver Tower'' was initially thought dropped from continuity, but the titular space station has reappeared in recent books. A character in ''Tiger's Claw'' also makes clear reference to events in ''Sky Masters''.
* CanonWelding - Characters from works originally not involving Pat [=McLanahan=], such as Rebecca Furness, have made their way into the main continuity.
* CassandraTruth - At the end of ''Flight of the Old Dog'', Pat casually mentions to his mother that his absence was due to bombing Russia. Played seriously in ''Plan of Attack'' regarding the impending Russian attack and ''Edge of Battle'' regarding the seriousness of Comandante Veracruz's plan.
* TheCavalry
* TheCavalryArrivesLate: In ''Strike Force'' [[spoiler: Hal Briggs]] dies under Iranian fire before air support and reinforcements can arrive.
* TheChessmaster - Admiral Sun Ji Guoming from ''Fatal Terrain''.
** [[spoiler: National Security Adviser Robert Chamberlain]] from ''Act of War''.
* ChildProdigy - Jon Masters was one. [[spoiler: Dr. Kelsey Duffield]] from ''Wings of Fire'' turns out to be one.
* ChinaTakesOverTheWorld: The Chinese are a recurring threat.
* ClaspYourHandsIfYouDeceive: Tang Shou Dian in ''Sky Masters''.
* CoitusUninterruptus: In ''Sky Masters'' a redshirt takes an alert call while getting... serviced.
* ColdBloodedTorture - [[spoiler: Dave Luger]] faced this during his involuntary stay as a guest of the USSR. ''Wings of Fire'' has some redshirts tortured to death by the Libyans. [[spoiler: Wayne Macomber]] experiences this from GRU agents in ''Executive Intent''.
* ColonelBadass - Pat [=McLanahan=] spends some time in earlier books as this before his promotion to the stars. He's not the only one though.
* ComeForTheXStayForTheY - In-universe, Thorn's appeal is described as "if they had come to see [[RetiredBadass the monster]], they had stayed to hear the message."
* ComingInHot - In ''Air Battle Force'' Pat lands a damaged Vampire on Diego Garcia despite being repeatedly told not to.
* CoolPlane - the Megafortress. Eventually heavily-modded B-1B Lancers show up. Plus the Black Stallion {{Space Plane}}s. The Russians sometimes have these, like the Fisikous/Metyor-179 ''Tyenee''/Shadow. Then there are the real-world ones jetting about.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive - Pavel Kazakov from ''Warrior Class''.
** Harold Kingman from ''Act of War''.
* CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot: In ''Shadows of Steel'' BigBad Buzhazi is told that he could have avoided getting into trouble with the US had he only [[spoiler: destroyed their spy ship but let the crew be, since the US would have swallowed the destruction of the ship in exchange for not letting the truth about it out.]]
* CounterAttack - One new piece of Sky Masters tech in ''Rogue Forces'' allows a plane to defeat incoming missiles with FrickinLaserBeams, then attempt to fry the attacker as well.
* CrazyPrepared - Sky Masters aircraft can mount Russian munitions and have the necessary code to do so, apparently just in case they ever had to.
* CynicismCatalyst - Patrick [=McLanahan=] ''almost'' losing his younger brother is what drives him on his vigilante quest in ''The Tin Man'', and eventually [[spoiler: both his wife and brother get killed]].
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy - Gryzlov from ''Plan of Attack'' tries to be this, but fails.
* DarkActionGirl - Ivana Vasilyeva from ''Wings of Fire''.
* DavidVersusGoliath - Played with in ''Flight of the Old Dog'' where the Old Dog, despite being much larger than the pursuing [=MiG-29=] Fulcrum, is the David because it [[YouCanBarelyStand Can Barely Stand]].
* DeadGuyJunior - [[spoiler: Bradley]], Patrick and Wendy's son, after [[spoiler: Brad Elliott]].
* DeathFromAbove - In ''Sky Masters'' when the Chinese Admiral is about to nuke Davao City his destroyer was hit by [[spoiler:a satellite by the Americans when they maneuvered it to crash on the destroyer.]]
* DeathOfAThousandCuts - It is possible to drain Tin Men of power, after which they become vulnerable to small arms.
* DeceptiveDisciple - [[spoiler: Zakharov]] from ''Act of War''.
* DefiantToTheEnd: [[spoiler: Hal Briggs]] in ''Strike Force'' flips off the antiaircraft cannon about to kill him.
* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife - Pat at the start of ''Flight of the Old Dog''.
* DirtyBusiness - Some attackers on a Dreamland facility express regret that the EMP device used to disable a CID will also fry the operator.
* DirtyCommunists: Essentially what his Patrick [=McLanahan=] Series runs on.
* DisproportionateRetribution
* DissonantSerenity - Thorn demonstrates this in ''Warrior Class''; it's noted that some find it calming/comforting, while others find it annoying.
* TheDogBitesBack: At the end of ''Edge of Battle'', [[spoiler: Zakharov gets killed by a sheriff who he had shot InTheBack earlier.]]
* TheDogWasTheMastermind: [[spoiler: Judah Andorsen]] in ''A Time for Patriots''.
* DragonAscendant - Gregory Townsend, BigBad of ''The Tin Man'', was TheDragon to ''Storming Heaven'''s BigBad Henri Cazaux. Also, the BigBad of ''Fatal Terrain'', Chinese Admiral Sun Ji Guoming, was subordinate to that of ''Sky Masters''.
* DragonInChief - Zakharov from ''Act of War''.
* TheDreaded - Pavel Kazakov from ''Warrior Class'', to the point that even the Russian higher-ups don't dare to mess with him.
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Jeremiah Paulson]] from ''A Time for Patriots''.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: Most of the characters get to die in combat. [[spoiler: Jon Masters,]] on the other hand, suffers the ignominy of dying to a car bomb.
* ElaborateUndergroundBase - One of these shows up in ''Fatal Terrain''.
* EliteArmy: Dreamland rely on extremely high tech equipment to make up for their few numbers.
* EnemyMine -
** In ''Air Battle Force'' [[spoiler: the Taliban detachment]] end up working with the Turkmen and Americans against Russian invaders.
** ''Edge of Battle'' has [[spoiler: Zakharov]] working with Task Force TALON after Commandant Veracruz's double-cross.
** ''Strike Force'' is centered on former enemy Buzhazi asking for American assistance.
* EnsignNewbie: Hal Briggs is a Major in ''Shadows of Steel'', but being given command of a Marine-comprised commando unit leads to this, especially with his experience coming from Army and Air Force.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment - Gryzlov from ''Air Battle Force'' has this. His BaitTheDog shows his care for his people, as well as his utter ruthlessness against the Rodina's enemies.
* EvenEvilHasStandards - Russian general Stepashin from ''Plan of Attack'', a man with no qualms against nuclear sneak bombings against the US, is disgusted by Gryzlov's [[spoiler: use of nukes on Russian soil and the man's apathy about possible Russian survivors]].
* EveryoneHasStandards: [=McLanahan=] is a major MilitaryMaverick, but even he finds the National Guard pilots he's scouting out in ''Battle Born'' too lax and defiant for anyone's good. At least at first.
* FalseFlagOperation - The Chinese do this in ''Fatal Terrain'' to make it seem that Taiwan and the US are attacking them. Pavel Kazakov from ''Warrior Class'' does this to trigger a [[spoiler: Albania-Macedonia conflict]]. Zakharov from ''Edge of Battle'' does this to make it seem that the American Watchdogs are killing illegal immigrants.
* FamedInStory AND TheGreatestStoryNeverTold - Pat experiences both.
* FemmeFatale: Homeland Security agent Cassandra Renaldo in ''A Time for Patriots'', who seduces Bradley to use against Pat.
* FireForgedFriends: Pat and Tony Jamieson in ''Shadows of Steel''.
* {{Foreshadowing}} - [[spoiler: Brad Elliott's death]] in ''Fatal Terrain'' gets this. [[spoiler: Hal Briggs's]] too, though it's many books before the cheque gets cashed; see HarsherInHindsight.
* ForeignCussWord - Shows up quite often. GratuitousRussian is just one kind.
* FourStarBadass - Pat [=McLanahan=], amongst others, although the rank means that he isn't in combat as much as before.
* FrickinLaserBeams - Anti-ballistic missile and later anti-satellite lasers get used by various factions.
* FunWithAcronyms - HAWC
* GeneralRipper - General Park from ''Battle Born'' will go as far as [[spoiler: having his president killed to get the codes needed for NukeEm]] in order to fight Chinese aggression.
* GenreShift: ''The Tin Man'' was the first one to be almost entirely focused on the dirtside perspective, unlike previous titles that were almost solely the flyboys' game. More infantry-centric content started creeping in after that.
* GodzillaThreshold: Villainous example in ''Sky Masters''. His flotilla in shambles after a Filipino ambush, with only death or dishonourable retreat on the cards, BigBad Admiral Yin decided to NukeEm. Things go downhill from there.
* GoneHorriblyRight - The mess with Kingfisher-Eight in ''Executive Intent''.
* GoneHorriblyWrong - The mission at the start of ''Wings of Fire'' was to simply destroy some Libyan missiles. Then [[spoiler: Paul gets killed and Wendy goes missing...]]
** In ''Executive Intent'' [[spoiler: a Mjolnir/Kingfisher KillSat misses its target of terrorists holding on to commandeered missiles and kills many civilians.]]
* GoodAllAlong: [[spoiler: Jeremiah Paulson]] in ''A Time for Patriots'' was never the real enemy.
* TheGreatPoliticsMessUp
* HappilyMarried - Pat and Wendy [[spoiler: [[AnyoneCanDie for as long as it lasts anyway.]]]]
* HarsherInHindsight: InUniverse. In ''Shadows of Steel'' [[spoiler: Hal Briggs]] is chastened for taking a risk that gets him hurt by a ZSU-23 antiaircraft gun. Guess how he dies, several books later?
* HeelFaithTurn: General Samar from ''Sky Masters''.
* HeelRealization - Fursenko from ''Warrior Class'' experiences this.
* HeroWithBadPublicity - [=McLanahan=] and team(s) face this problem, as do Jason Richter and Task Force TALON.
* HeroicSacrifice - In ''Flight of the Old Dog'' [[spoiler: Dave Luger]] leaves the Old Dog to deal with Soviets and let the others get away.
** In ''Fatal Terrain'' [[spoiler: Brad Elliot crashes the crippled "Old Dog" into a Chinese ICBM site]]
** In ''Battle Born'' [[spoiler: Rinc Seaver]] "de-stealths" his plane to lure missiles away from their intended target.
* HostageForMacGuffin - In ''Edge of Battle'' Jason is made to give up the CID activation code or let some children get killed. [[spoiler: He gives in... and, surprisingly enough, Zakharov ''doesn't'' backstab him after letting him and the children go.]]
* IfIWantedYouDead: In ''Shadows of Steel'' a back-channel envoy between the Iranians and the US is told that if the President were not in control of the situation, the US would have carried out overt military action already.
* ImmuneToBullets - Tin Men and [=CIDs=] have this, although bigger guns still work.
* ImplacableMan - Tin Men and [=CIDs=] can appear to be this.
* ImpossiblyGracefulGiant - [=CIDs=]
* InASingleBound - Tin Men and [=CIDs=] can do this through different means.
* InSpiteOfANail: Though GeorgeWBush's presidency and his policies never occurred, the US of 2012 is somehow still recovering from a major recession.
* InspectorJavert: The FBI agents in ''A Time for Patriots'' are obsessed with putting Pat away.
* InstantDeathBullet - [[spoiler: Fursenko]] from ''Warrior Class'' averts this by surviving a bullet in the left lung.
* InterserviceRivalry
* ItsPersonal: In ''Shadows of Steel'', being told that Hal Briggs is with the group he is being asked to help convinces Pat to come out of "early retirement" where more nebulous appeals fail.
* JustPlaneWrong: For a man of his background, he knows surprisingly ''little'' about aircraft that originated from outside of the US border. One of the most infamous examples is his portrayal of the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nanchang_Q-5 Chinese Q-5 Fantan]] as a copy of the Su-22; considering the Q-5 has been exported to Pakistan even before ''Flight of the Old Dog'' came out, he has no excuse for ignorance of this magnitude.
* KarmaHoudini: Chinese {{President Evil}}s, repeatedly, unlike their Russian counterparts. Also, the Iranian general Buzhazi, who survives ''Shadows of Steel'' and returns to benefit from an EnemyMine.
* KarmicDeath - [[spoiler: General Gary Houser]] from ''Plan of Attack'' dies in the same Russian attack that he kept denying would occur.
* KillEmAll - Happens in ''[[spoiler: DayOfTheCheetah]]'', originally expected to be Brown's last book. Resulted in a number of later retcons of character deaths when Brown's contract was renewed.
* KillSat
* KlingonPromotion
* KnightInSourArmor: Pat. The world never gets permanently better, an awful lot of people are {{Ungrateful Bastard}}s at best, hostile and traitorous at worst, and he's seen too many friends and family die violently, but he keeps fighting to make the world better nevertheless.
* KnightTemplar - The US finds itself on the slippery slope to this in ''Edge of Battle'', but ultimately avoids it.
* TheKoreanWar, or restarting thereof
* LaResistance - In ''Wings of Fire'' the Night Stalkers are aided by the Sanusi Brotherhood who are fighting the usurping Libyan dictator.
* LampshadeHanging - in ''Executive Intent'', a State Department official summarizes parts of a supposed plot by China and Russia (which is actually happening), and says the line "I think you've been reading too many cheesy techno-thrillers."
* LaserSight - Pavel Kazakov's men in ''Warrior Class'' use these to keep some enemies off their principal.
* LastSecondChance: Offered to Admiral Tufayli in ''Shadows of Steel'' and naturally rejected.
* TheLawOfDiminishingDefensiveEffort - Invoked in ''Wings of Fire'' where Hal tells a Night Stalker new to the Tin Man suit to focus on the job and let the suit shrug off small-arms fire rather than obsessing over cover like a normal foot mobile.
* LesCollaborateurs: Teguina in ''Sky Masters''.
* LightningGun - From ''Warrior Class'' on, Tin Men have shoulder-mounted electrodes that can fire electric blasts.
* LikeRealityUnlessNoted: A more generous interpretation, given the clear AlternateHistory elements already in place.
* LittleUselessGun
* LoopholeAbuse - The Soviets in ''Flight of the Old Dog'' refuse to deactivate the Kavaznya laser under the excuse that the strategic arms treaties never banned ground-based laser systems. The Iranians in ''Shadows of Steel'' got their weapons from post-Soviet states that were not covered in the arms control treaties.
* LudicrousGibs - 23mm rounds make a mess of American airmen in ''Fatal Terrain'' and ''Warrior Class''. In ''Strike Force'' [[spoiler: Hal Briggs]] goes down this way.
* MacrossMissileMassacre - In ''Plan of Attack'', Russian missile spam inflicts heavy casualties on [[spoiler: the Air Battle Force.]]
* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident
* MakeTheBearAngryAgain
* MamaBear: In ''Rogue Forces'', former Kurdish separatist commando Zilar Azzawi retakes her sword after a Turkish airstrike kills her husband and her children.
* MentorOccupationalHazard - Befalls [[spoiler: Brad Elliott]].
* MightAsWellNotBeInPrisonAtAll - In ''Wings of Fire'' we eventually learn that this is true of [[spoiler: Pavel Kazakov]].
* MilitaryMaverick - [=McLanahan=] and the Dreamland old-timers to a tee.
* MisguidedMissile - In ''Shadow Command'' the superiority of the Black Stallions over older planes is vividly demonstrated when Boomer guides a pair of Russian missiles back to the planes that had fired them.
* MissingMom - [[spoiler: Wendy [=McLanahan=]]]
* MnogoNukes
* MoeGreeneSpecial - [[spoiler: Zakharov]] from ''Act of War'' gets shot in the left eye, but survives.
* TheMole: Repeatedly -
** In ''Flight of the Old Dog'' one of these allows for the critical damaging of a space station, gives away two stealth bombers en route to the plot-critical SovietSuperscience WaveMotionGun and forces the eponymous AirstrikeImpossible to get going while YouCanBarelyStand... and the whack-a-mole subplot is effectively nonexistent.
** ''Day of the Cheetah'' is centred on one of these getting his hands on a SuperPrototype CoolPlane.
** ''Act of War'' has [[spoiler: National Security Adviser Chamberlain]] turn out to be the one giving information away to the terrorists.
** [[spoiler: Michael Fitzgerald]] from ''A Time for Patriots''. [[spoiler: He does a HeelFaceTurn.]]
* MookHorrorShow - When Tin Men and [=CIDs=] are around.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone
* NGOSuperpower - Night Stalkers/Scion/Whatever approaches this. In ''A Time for Patriots'', the Knights of the True Republic are a RightWingMilitiaFanatic group with resources at least on par with the FBI.
* TheNeidermeyer: One inexperienced Captain in ''Sky Masters''.
* NeutronBomb - Used by the Libyans in ''Wings of Fire''. The results were most unpleasant.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero - In ''Air Battle Force'' the ABF prevents a Russian airstrike by destroying the bombers at Engels AFB, but this motivates Gryzlov to do what he does in ''Plan of Attack''.
** In ''Rogue Forces'', former Kurdish separatist commando Zilar Azzawi retakes her sword after a Turkish airstrike [[MamaBear kills her husband and her children]].
* NiceJobFixingItVillain - The Russian attempted nuclear strike on Eareckson AFB in ''Plan of Attack''.
* NoOneCouldSurviveThat - Why no one thinks to look for [[spoiler: Dave Luger]] after his HeroicSacrifice in ''Flight of the Old Dog''.
* NoOneGetsLeftBehind - Subverted in ''Warrior Class'', where Pat goes back for [[spoiler: Annie and Dev]] after they get shot down in Russian territory... and gets into serious trouble with the higher-ups for it.
* NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup - Subverted; the first Fisikous plane is stolen in ''Night of the Hawk'', but they had a second one, as revealed in ''Warrior Class''.
* NonActionGuy - Jason Richter starts as one, being not much good without his CID unit, but gets better. Some Sky Masters personnel are also this, never having been military before joining and thus not mentally prepared to use their equipment in an actual combat situation.
* NotAGame: In ''Sky Masters'', Patrick calls Dr. Masters out on his flippant, overly casual attitude with regards to the oncoming battle.
* NotMyDriver
* NotNowKiddo: In ''A Time for Patriots'', a civvie pilot keeps holding off on listening to his son even after the son has proven that his observations are correct. It doesn't end well for the family.
* NotQuiteDead - The discovery that [[spoiler: Dave Luger]] is this and the subsequent rescue attempt form the plot for ''Night of the Hawk''.
* NotSoInvincibleAfterAll - Pat gets this while using the first version of the Tin Man suit in ''The Tin Man''. [[spoiler: Hal Briggs]] gets this in ''Strike Force'' after running into a Russian trap.
* NothingPersonal - In ''Warrior Class'', one of the aircrew of the Russian stealth bomber says so after [[spoiler: shooting down an AWACS plane.]]
* PapaWolf: In ''A Time for Patriots'', [[spoiler: when the FBI agents hurt and threaten Brad, Pat pays them right back, forcing them to bug out.]]
* PayEvilUntoEvil - Chris Wohl's killing of [[spoiler: Pavel Kazakov]] in ''Wings of Fire'' is undeniably vicious and yet very much the least the scum deserves. In ''Executive Intent'' the Chinese respond to a Somali pirate attack on one of their vessels by carrying out a massive aerial and amphibious assault and takeover of Somalia.
* PerpetualSmiler - Jon Masters in ''Sky Masters''.
* OurPresidentsAreDifferent - Gardner is President Playboy in a big way, as was Martindale. Thorn however, used to be a Badass Special Force officer.
* PeaceThroughSuperiorFirepower
* PoorCommunicationKills - Dreamland has a lot of secret ops that, well, [[CaptainObvious they can't let others know about.]] Not even allies. Predictably, fighting ensues.
* PoweredArmor - The BERP "Tin Man" suits.
* PrettyLittleHeadshots - Averted with near-loving consistency.
* PrisonRape
* PrivateMilitaryContractors - Pat [=McLanahan=] is official head of the Scion PMC in ''Rogue Forces''.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits - Task Force TALON starts as a mish-mash of FBI agents, "lab-bound mavericks" and hardened veterans.
* RageBreakingPoint: In ''Tiger's Claw'' a DrillSergeantNasty has it in for Bradley, accusing him of {{nepotism}} and insulting Patrick to his face. Bradley tries to rein in his anger at having his father badmouthed, oh he tries, even swallowing his pride and apologising for near-assault even when the other guy stuffs in a bunch of deliberately humiliating extra conditions... but when the DrillSergeantNasty just refuses to let it go and sneaks in one last barb sotto voce, oh, it was on.
* {{Ranger}} - Hal Briggs and Trevor Griffin have gone for the Ranger course. Ray Jefferson was one too.
* RealMenWearPink - Chris Wohl is surprisingly good at looking after kids.
* RecursiveAmmo
* RedemptionEqualsDeath - [[spoiler: General Stepashin]] from ''Plan of Attack''.
* RefugeInAudacity - At least twice, the Dreamland team shanghai Soviet/Russian resources to keep themselves going.
* RenegadeRussian - Zakharov from the ''Act of War'' books.
* RequiredSecondaryPowers: The Wolverines have to be limited below their maximum maneuverability because their explosives will prematurely cook off otherwise.
* RightHandVersusLeftHand - Americans often trouble Pat [=McLanahan=] and his team.
* RightWingMilitiaFanatic - The Knights of the True Republic, the antagonists of ''A Time for Patriots'', are these.
* RippedFromTheHeadlines: Every story is prefaced by extracts from news articles that came out shortly before publication, establishing the relevance of the events and equipment featured.
* RunningGag - Ray Jefferson repeatedly being called a Sergeant in ''Act of War''.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney - Pavel Kazakov from ''Warrior Class'' actually makes something of a system for his regular bribing.
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight - At least OnceAnEpisode from the Dreamland old-timers.
* SergeantRock - Chris Wohl and Ray Jefferson.
* SequelHook
* ShootTheBullet - Often, though failure does occur at times.
* ShoulderCannon - Tin Men have their shoulder electrodes from ''Warrior Class'' on, while [=CIDs=] have a backpack that allows this.
* ShroudedInMyth - Pavel Kazakov from ''Warrior Class''.
* ShutUpHannibal - Tufayli from ''Shadows of Steel'' and Leonid Zevitin from ''Shadow Command'' fall victim to this.
* SlashedThroat - In ''Wings of Fire'' [[spoiler: Wendy gets this, but doesn't die of it. Pavel Kazakov]] takes a much more severe version.
* SoLastSeason - Subverted; the "Old Dogs" are still lethal despite the emergence of the Vampires and the Black Stallions have not obsoleted the Vampires.
* SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay - Brad Elliot uses some choice oaths in ''Flight of the Old Dog'' to let a certain colonel recognize him and bring up tanker support.
* SomethingWeForgot - Manuel Pereira in ''Act of War'' disappears, is noticed as missing... [[SubvertedTrope and nothing ultimately comes of it]].
* SovietSuperscience - While most of their new toys are reverse-engineered from American tech, the former-Soviets-now-Russians did build their anti-sat lasers themselves.
* SpannerInTheWorks - In ''Executive Intent'' bumping into a random civilian leads to [[spoiler: Wayne Macomber]] getting captured by the GRU.
* StrawMisogynist: The onscreen ASEAN leaders in ''Sky Masters''.
* StrawmanPolitical - Oddly enough, both sides- Brown does not like isolationism.
* SunglassesAtNight - Commandant Veracruz from ''Edge of Battle''.
* SuperPrototype - Averted as later models of Dreamland/Sky Masters/Whatever stuff have better features than the first runs.
* SuperpowerMeltdown - A problem with the plasma field-powered Dragon in ''Wings of Fire''.
* SurprisinglySuddenDeath
* SurroundedByIdiots - Pavel Kazakov from ''Warrior Class'' says "I'm surrounded by cowards and incompetents" after [[spoiler: Tin Men take over one of his oil tankers.]]
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial - Jon Masters is insistent about what the Loser introduced in ''Rogue Forces'' is not.
* SympathyForTheDevil: In ''Rogue Forces'', Patrick [=McLanahan=] sympathises with the antagonistic Turks, recognising that they have a nation-level DudeWheresMyRespect that drove them to act. A marked difference from TheUsualAdversaries Russia and China that get no such sympathy.
** Pat and Jeremiah Paulson in ''A Time for Patriots'' eventually manage to agree that they have common ground, including being wrongfully hounded by the FBI.
* TakingYouWithMe
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill - Zakharov from ''Act of War'' sends several squads with anti-tank weapons and a helicopter gunship to kill one man. ''Executive Intent'' has a Russian fighter jet thoroughly obliterated by a Mjolnir/Thor's Hammer orbit-to-surface kill vehicle, as well as the Chinese approach to taking over Mogadishu.
* TitleDrop
* TooDumbToLive - Zakharov from ''Edge of Battle'' thinks that the illegal immigrants who tried to take on a CID rather than run away were this.
** The Yemeni in ''Executive Intent''. After the Chinese prove they're not going to be soft-hearted like the West with their DisproportionateRetribution takeover of Mogadishu, the Yemeni still bomb a Chinese frigate. No prizes for guessing whose shit is going to get wrecked.
* TurnInYourBadge - Terrill pulls this on [=McLanahan=] and Dave Luger in ''Warrior Class''.
* TheUnfettered - Brad Elliott.
* UnwittingPawn - A lot of people act as this in ''Act of War''. POTUS Gardner acts as one in ''Shadow Command''.
* VigilanteExecution - Befalls [[spoiler: Pavel Kazakov and Leonid Zevitin]].
* VillainBall
* VillainWithGoodPublicity - The Chinese try to paint themselves as this in ''Fatal Terrain''. Commandant Veracruz from ''Edge of Battle'' masquerades as a Mexican nationalist to do this.
* VillainousValour - Shown by the Taliban forces in ''Air Battle Force''.
* WarIsHell
* WasItReallyWorthIt - In ''Wings of Fire'' Pat says this after the Night Stalkers get very large paychecks for the mission that saw [[spoiler: Paul killed and Wendy missing]].
* WaveMotionGun - The Soviets' Kavaznya laser system in ''Flight of the Old Dog'' is rated at hundreds of megawatts and able to serve anti-satellite duties.
* WeakButSkilled: In ''Sky Masters'' an outdated Filipino naval group puts a modern Chinese force soundly on the ropes.
* WeaponOfMassDestruction - In ''Battle Born'', among the weapons used are "plasma bombs" that are explicitly described as transferring the objects their blast converts into the titular form of matter ''into an alternate universe''.
** And which [[ForgottenPhlebotinum are never so much as mentioned again]] in several later books...only to be brought back to boost the output of one of the Dragon ABM aircraft ([[SuperPowerMeltdown it gets messy]] if they try BeamSpam) and playing a larger role in ''Plan of Attack''.
* WellIntentionedExtremist - GAMMA from ''Act of War'' is not above using backpack nukes against the big corporations it believes are ruining the environment. [[spoiler: Then it turns out that this was the DeceptiveDisciple's idea and the apparent BigBad is also horrified to learn of it.]]
* WhatASenselessWasteOfHumanLife - [[spoiler: Zakharov]] expresses this sentiment in ''Edge of Battle'' when [[spoiler: Frank Falcone]] is DrivenToSuicide.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: We never find out what happened to Fursenko after ''Warrior Class'', and Dave Luger seems to have fallen off the map as of ''Rogue Forces''.
* WhatTheHellHero - At least OnceAnEpisode, someone will bitch about Dreamland's methods.
* WhatYouAreInTheDark - [=McLanahan=] warns his group about the lack of recognition at best for their success in ''Fatal Terrain''. This fails to dissuade them.
* WiseBeyondTheirYears - Bradley [=McLanahan=] shows this.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity - Yegorov from ''Warrior Class'' is suspected of this.
* YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre - Ken Phoenix is told in ''A Time for Patriots'' that he should stop beating himself up over the violence and deaths caused by {{Right Wing Militia Fanatic}}s.
* YouCanBarelyStand - The titular ''Flight of the Old Dog'' starts with both the plane and the crew not at optimal condition and only gets worse.
* YouHaveFailedMe - One Russian general gets this in ''Plan of Attack''.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness - Pavel Kazakov from ''Warrior Class'' threatens and eventually does this. Commandant Veracruz from ''Edge of Battle'' tries this on [[spoiler: Zakharov, prompting an EnemyMine.]]
* YouKeepTellingYourselfThat - Zakharov from ''Edge of Battle'' criticises Commandant Veracruz as not actually believing the ultranationalist rhetoric he spouts.
* YouKilledMyFather - Defied in ''Warrior Class'', where Pavel Kazakov claims his strike against Albania was '''not''' because their guerillas killed his father.
* YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters - A key theme of ''Shadows of Steel''. Discussed by various characters in ''Warrior Class''.
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* ''Night of the Hawk'' - in which a friend thought dead is still alive but in Soviet hands, and the crew must save him before the CIA get to him.

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* ''Night of the Hawk'' - in which a friend thought dead is still alive but in Soviet hands, and the Dreamland crew must save him before the CIA get to him.



* BroadStrokes: ''VideoGame/ActOfWar'' (the games) are this to the book of the same name.

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* BroadStrokes: ''VideoGame/ActOfWar'' (the games) are this to the book of the same name. The factions are the same but the continuity has differences.
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He made the plot for a RealTimeStrategy game, ActOfWar, which features some of the tropes found in his books.

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He made the plot for a RealTimeStrategy game, ActOfWar, ''VideoGame/ActOfWar'', which features some of the tropes found in his books.



* BroadStrokes: ''ActOfWar'' (the games) are this to the book of the same name.

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* BroadStrokes: ''ActOfWar'' ''VideoGame/ActOfWar'' (the games) are this to the book of the same name.
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* ''Day Of The Cheetah'' - in which a Russian spy attempts to steal an advanced, mind-controlled fighter jet. [[Film/{{Firefox}} Does that sound familliar?]]

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* ''Day Of The of the Cheetah'' - in which a Russian spy attempts to steal an advanced, mind-controlled fighter jet. [[Film/{{Firefox}} Does that sound familliar?]]



* ''Night Of The Hawk'' - in which a friend thought dead is still alive but in Soviet hands, and the crew must save him before the CIA get to him.

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* ''Night Of The of the Hawk'' - in which a friend thought dead is still alive but in Soviet hands, and the crew must save him before the CIA get to him.



* CanonDiscontinuity - ''Day Of The Cheetah'' was replaced with ''Sky Masters'' which was replaced with ''Night Of The Hawk''. Except...

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* CanonDiscontinuity - ''Day Of The of the Cheetah'' was replaced with ''Sky Masters'' which was replaced with ''Night Of The of the Hawk''. Except...
7th Nov '13 9:50:24 PM GentlemensDame883
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* EliteArmy: Dreamland rely on extremely high tech equipment to make up for their few numbers.
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* AmericaSavesTheDay - Especially the Patrick [=McLanahan=] Series, which has a heavy dose of Pax Americana flavor within it.

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* AmericaSavesTheDay - Especially the Patrick [=McLanahan=] Series, which also has a heavy dose of Pax Americana flavor within it.
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* AmericaSavesTheDay - Pax Americana, baby!

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* AmericaSavesTheDay - Especially the Patrick [=McLanahan=] Series, which has a heavy dose of Pax Americana, baby!Americana flavor within it.
5th Nov '13 5:39:05 AM dy031101
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* AmericaSavesTheDay

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* AmericaSavesTheDayAmericaSavesTheDay - Pax Americana, baby!
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* JustPlaneWrong: For a man of his background, he knows surprisingly ''little'' about aircraft that originated from outside the US border. The most infamous example is his portrayal of the Chinese Q-5 Fantan as a copy of the Su-22 even when [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nanchang_Q-5 public knowledge already has it to not be the case]].

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* JustPlaneWrong: For a man of his background, he knows surprisingly ''little'' about aircraft that originated from outside of the US border. The One of the most infamous example examples is his portrayal of the Chinese Q-5 Fantan as a copy of the Su-22 even when [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nanchang_Q-5 public knowledge already Chinese Q-5 Fantan]] as a copy of the Su-22; considering the Q-5 has it been exported to not be Pakistan even before ''Flight of the case]].Old Dog'' came out, he has no excuse for ignorance of this magnitude.
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* InSpiteOfANail: Though GeorgeWBush's presidency and his policies never occurred, the US of 2012 is somehow still recovering from a major recession.
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