In the very near future, China, now the world's largest industrial producer and consumer of Mideast Oil, passes a law that all new cars manufactured in that nation will be operated on natural gas. Beneath the floor of the South China Sea, around the contested Spratly Islands, billions of gallons of natural gas wait to be mined. But at the center of the Spratlys, the remote but strategic island of Itu Aba is occupied by China's historic enemy, Taiwan.
When the new, power-hungry Chinese President, Tang Qhichen, orders Chinese Naval forces to attack Taiwanese forces on Itu Aba, U.S. President Douglas Surber responds, ordering the U.S. Seventh Fleet to try and quell a burgeoning naval showdown between the two Chinas.
Aboard the submarine tender U.S.S. Emory S. Land, one of the first ships in the naval war zone, is Ensign Stephanie Surber, a recent Naval Academy graduate who is also the First Daughter of the United States. As the Emory S. Land steams into harm's way, Ensign Surber's life is gravely threatened. The President must make a decision. Will he take a stand against evil? Or will he save the life of his daughter?
Regulars on this blog know Don Brown happens to be a favourite of ours thus we queue to read his novels and spend lots of time debating the issues he brings us in his writings.
'Fire of the Raging Dragon' could be termed a 'what if' but I would rather think of it as a 'when'!
At times gripping and always flowing with just the right balance of interesting characters and events, this latest Brown's novel delivers a dramatic plot guaranteed to make you wonder yet again at our direction for the future. There are many scenarios out there and one wonders why a rude awakening is always needed for higher powers to react!
We follow the story as characters and events become intensely involved spinning out of control in fact, leaving no doubt time for diplomacy is over. With the realization this ultimate conflict will see enormous loss of personnel and military equipment, comes the frightening conclusion there is no solution in sight.
In typical Don Brown's fashion, both sides have family and friends heavily involved and you soon find yourself turning yet another page as you cannot let go! Each new development brings another level of suspense!
A Master Storyteller, Don Brown blends fiction and reality with the quality we have learned to expect from this writer!
Fire of the Raging Dragon is definitively worth reading by anyone associate with the Military family for it covers every facet of their life!
Worth 5 Stars Folks!
About the Author:
Don Brown is the author of Thunder in the Morning Calm, The Malacca Conspiracy, The Navy Justice Series and Black Sea Affair, a submarine thriller that predicted the 2008 shooting war between Russia and Georgia.
Don served five years in the U.S. Navy as an officer in the Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corps, which gave him an exceptional vantage point into both the Navy and the inner workings of 'inside-the-beltway' as an action officer assigned to the pentagon.
He left active duty in 1992 to pursue private practice, but remained on inactive status through 1999, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Commander.
For more on this interesting author visit his website (HERE).
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