In Dale Brown's “Tiger's Claw” (William Morrow, $26.99), the United States is in a recession, and President Kenneth Phoenix has cut the military budget to reduce the national debt. China, meanwhile, has been expanding its military and becoming more aggressive.
In the South China Sea, an American survey ship is attacked, and later a U.S. reconnaissance plane is destroyed. U.S. forces in the Asian theater are almost nonexistent, and China plans to take advantage of this.
Retired Gen. Patrick McLanahan isn't buying this and makes a deal with the government to begin refurbishing B-1B bombers for assignment to Guam. China, now being controlled by the military, decides to attack Guam, but McLanahan has his makeshift force ready.
Author Brown gives us an overload of technical info and not too much character development. It's not up to the level of “The Flight of the Old Dog,” Brown's first and probably best.
— John Harrington