Day of the Cheetah

Day of the Cheetah

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  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 154 x 230 x 34mm | 580.6g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • Grafton
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0246136111
  • 9780246136114

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In the latest from Brown (The Flight of the Old Dog, 1987; Silver Tower, 1988), a KGB operative is inserted into the U.S. Air Force academy; becomes the test pilot for the first thought-controlled jet fighter; and then thinks his way to Central America with the plane - to the consternation of a good many people. Techno-thriller readers are asked to swallow a lot in the line of techno-duty, and usually they don't mind; but the gimmick here is a direct link between the brain and the computer controls of an airplane made possible by the discovery of room-temperature superconductors - and that's asking an awful lot. Underneath all the gadgetry lies a story about Andrei Maraklov, a young Russian trained at the KGB's American impersonation academy to take on the identity of one Ken James, a real American. It's a good pairing since both of the young gentlemen are a touch psychotic, but the deal's a better one for Maraklov than for James, whose sullen tongue must be stilled lest he spill KGB beans. A cosmetically altered Maraklov takes James' appointment to the Air Force Academy and rockets to the top of the force's testing program - where his nasty mind is perfectly suited to the thought-controlled airplane concept. In the way of psychotic test pilots, Maraklov develops an unhealthy attachment for his airplane; and when the KGB finally tells him it's time to blow his cover, take the airplane, and run, Maraklov has a hard time sorting out his loyalties. They all get sorted out in Nicaragua, however. . . Far too long. The pace picks up for the flying scenes, but it's stall speed the rest of the way. (Kirkus Reviews)show more