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Shock of War

(Red Dragon Rising #3)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  298 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Under secret orders from the President, U.S. Army Major Zeus Murphy sabotages a Chinese invasion fleet on the eve of its assault against Vietnam. But after Murphy and fellow officer Win Christian are trapped behind enemy lines, Christian’s erratic behavior gives them away. The pair shoot their way out  of a Chinese airport terminal, hijack a bus, then barely escape two tru ...more
Paperback, 528 pages
Published December 24th 2012 by Forge Books (first published January 3rd 2012)
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Jun 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is less sexy but ultimately more satisfying than the typical terrorists-stole-a-nuke plot. Bond and DiFelice get to explore in greater depth the politics constraining a dicey US intervention and the war strategizing that is among Bond's strong suits.

The down side is the way this particular series is built. It's based around scientist Josh MacArthur, who witnesses Chinese atrocities just inside the Vietnamese border at the invasion's outset. His extraction from the wartorn country by CIA age
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
DeFeliceMilitary and technology thriller

People depending on people and courageous action and circumstances makes you feel like you're part of the story. Bond and Defilce make a good pair of authors .

Patrick Flaherty
Feb 12, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Worst ending ever.

This books ends in the middle of the story. Hokie. I would not recommend to anyone. Don't won't waste any more time or money on this author.
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a good book decent action and geo political manoeuvring. Not the best book but still pretty good.
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Military Fiction

A good military fiction story, it got bogged down a little at times, but overall a worthwhile read I would recommend.
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The novel: China invades Vietnam for its resources.
IRL, 2017: China & the U.S. might back into a war over a dispute between a functionally moronic, bloated, arrogant, mendacious tin pot leader with ridiculous hair, and Kim Jong Un.
Jul 11, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
After a slow start in which we have yet another "trapped behind enemy lines" subplot (which, by the way, was the entire plot of the first and second books in this series), Bond finally hits his stride in the last 150 or so pages of the third novel in his "Red Dragon Rising" series. Dr. McArthur and Mara Duncan, our main protagonists in "Shadow of War" and "Edge of War," fade into the background a bit as Zeus Murphy, U.S. Army advisor to Vietnam, comes into his own.

There are some predicable eleme
Oct 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shock of War picks up the story of China’s invasion of Vietnam following Josh’s revelations to the UN. Will this help the president garner the support he needs to support Vietnam? Meanwhile those members of the US forces in Vietnam as ‘advisors’ are getting more and more involved in the fighting and are putting their lives at risk.
The Chinese PR mechanism swings into top gear to challenge the authenticity of Josh’s evidence calling him a liar and accusing him of faking the film. Slowly and slow
Sheldon Lehman
This was the third book in this series and one you definitely couldn't read without having read at least the second one (but probably both). It wasn't as good. Individual parts of the story, like the war action, were written very descriptively, but the whole story was a little scattershot. the author mixes in characters from the previous installments just to keep up with them, but it didn't feel like they fit.
The third book in the series is mainly built around Zeus Murphy and his attempt to stall or stop the Chinese invasion of Vietnam. Mara and Josh are in the book a little but fade to the background when compared to the first 2 books. The last half of the book is more a conventional war book rather than being behind the lines/commando raids scenario that the first two were.
Mark Polino
Dec 15, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2012
This is a middle book in the Red Dragon rising series and I felt it was mediocre. The action was Ok but the book came too close to resolving the central conflict and the ended with too many open questions. In other words, it feels like there isn't enough material for the next book.
CDR Ross E Saxon
Red Dragon Rising

Great book. Well written and accurate terms used. Somewhat farcical but adds to story line. Series recommended but as fiction with no suggestion US will become involved in hostilities portrayed.

Patrick Bueller
Aug 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting take on a theoretical war, the author seems very well informed and intelligent. An easy read.
May 22, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Slow start. Fun
I missed this one of the "Red Storm" series and I'm reading it out of order...more of the story with the action in both Vietnam, China and the US
Oct 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

It is a fast read.
Jan 16, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This third book in the series presents less structure, tension, and character development than the first two. Nevertheless, a thought-provoking read; and introduces a nascent love story.
Aug 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Typical Larry Bond book. Makes you want to read faster so you can find out what is going to happen in the next chapter. Good action.
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Larry Bond is the author of several bestselling military thrillers, including Crash Dive, Cold Choices, Dangerous Ground, Red Phoenix and the Larry Bond’s First Team and Larry Bond’s Red Dragon Rising series. He was a naval officer for six years, serving four on a destroyer and two on shore duty in the Washington DC area. He's also worked as a warfare analyst and antisubmarine technology expert, a ...more

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Red Dragon Rising (4 books)
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