Date: May 13, 2003
Reviewed: Audio Compact Disk (Abridged)
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Notes: Violence, Language
fighters ambushed an unarmed United Nations convoy. They killed
all of the U. N. workers and took their equipment and supplies.
However, they discovered too late that the convoy was not unprotected.
An American stealth craft was watching. Before the Taliban could
leave, their convoy was hit by a laser-guided missile they never
saw, only heard. Some survived, but instead of going back to their
clans they headed north to Turkmenistan.
is a small, oil-rich country that was once part of the Soviet Union.
Though they are officially independent, the Russian Federation is
still firmly in control. The president doesn't even speak the country's
official language. He is, instead, a puppet, hand picked by Moscow.
Taliban leader swore he had been told by God to take over Turkmenistan
and make it a refuge and training ground for Taliban forces. This
he proceeded to do. The Turkmen army, mostly ill-equipped, poorly
trained and inexperienced conscripts, only too gladly joined with
the Taliban, rather than die.
Thomas Thorn refused to commit American Marines to help the Turkemnis,
but he went to Major General Patrick McLanahan to see what he was
building at Battle Mountain, Nevada. The underground air base had
more high-tech aircraft and weapons than the Taliban could possibly
defend against. So it would be up to McLanahan and his Air Battle
Force to stop the Taliban and the Russians from invading the helpless
nation. Will they be up to the task?
Battle Force is a high-flying, high-tech adventure sure to please
military fiction buffs. The performance of veteran actor David McCallum
only enhances an already good story.