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Shadows of War

(Red Dragon Rising #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  715 ratings  ·  40 reviews

Techno-thriller writing team Larry Bond and Jim DeFelice return with a classic series for our era, Larry Bond’s Red Dragon Rising, which imagines the globe torn apart by climate change and its economic and geopolitical fallout. In book one of this four-book series, rapid climate change leads to mass riots in China, and a new Communist premier seeks to relieve pressure by

Paperback, 656 pages
Published September 28th 2010 by Forge Books (first published November 10th 2009)
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Mike (the Paladin)
I've read a couple of other books by Larry Bond...and I liked them better than this one. This book forces me into my "3 star mode". I've had at least on person who follows my reviews take to task for three star ratings. He or she wanted me to come down more "for or against" each book. The thing is of course that you can't...all books aren't pass or fail.

This book is "synopsized" as a war fiction. It's more an extended first chapter of a war fiction. The book does cover the beginning moves in
Travis Ristau
Oct 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book started off to be really confusing. There are three different scenes that you have to pay attention to. This made it a little more difficult to understand the background of the characters. It is set in the future and has China running out of food. They are just starting to launch a secret military strike when an American scientist finds out about it. After about a third of the way through, it seemed to come together more and had a very long climax (which was my favorite part). I loved ...more
Riley Feldmann
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading Larry Bond's Shadows of War was a return to an old friend for me. I recall quite clearly picking this up at some sort of second-hand bookstore before heading to the forests of northern Wisconsin to freeze solid sitting up in a tree stand. The only thing between me and a hypothermia-induced end was five layers of clothing, a variety of candy bars, and this book by Larry Bond. Then, as now, I thought the story compelling, well-written, action-packed, and a breeze to read through.

When you
Steve Foley
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been a fan of Bond since he co-authored "Red Storm Rising" in 1987 with Tom Clancy and later wrote "Red Phoenix" both are probably my two favorite books, and ones I have bought as a hardback, then paperback, and finally e-edition. I have read each book at least 15 times. I also enjoyed the Jerry Mitchell series, particularly "Exit Plan". "Shadows of War" starts off with a bang and does not really slow down, my e-book shows almost 1200 pages for this book, and it only took a couple of days ...more
Jul 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first of a four part series Red Dragon Rising and it was an enjoyable read. The premise is that global warming has taken a serious hold on the planet and major climate changes have occurred. This in turn is changing the balance of power in the world as some areas become more fertile at the expense of others. All commodity prices are up and droughts and starvation are becoming the norm.
With this as the background China once a powerhouse is suffering from food shortages and
Jan 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's been a long time since I read a book that I just couldn't wait to get back to. Larry Bond's "Red Dragon Rising: Shadows of War", however, falls into that category.

When I was considering whether to pick up a copy of this book I was intruiged when I read that Larry Bond helped Tom Clancy develop the story for his WWIII techno-thriller Red Storm Rising, one of my favorite books of that genre. That clinched it for me...I had to take a look at this book, and Larry Bond doesn't disappoint! I
Dec 11, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
I had come across this book before and when I read in a review that Larry Bond helped Tom Clancy with Red Storm Rising I decided to try it. Red Storm Rising is an old favorite of mine that I have read many many years ago and I had high hopes for this one. It was definitely enjoyable, but not as good as I had hoped for.

It felt this could have have been a lot better; the scope was limited and it could have been more intense. I did like that you get the story line from both sides but for both the
William Bentrim
Jun 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shadows of War by Larry Bond and Jim Defelice

Global warming plays havoc with the world’s economy. The inevitable conflict between those that have and those that don’t begins. China is seen as an implacable foe that threatens the security of the entire world. The U.S. finds itself in the paradoxical support of a former enemy.

The only criticism I have of this book is that I found it’s premise entirely too believable. The authors pain a gloomy picture of the not so distant future. There was plenty
Jan 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A change of pace for Larry Bond

Don't get worried, Larry Bond is still cranking out the war thrillers, but Larry Bond's Red Dragon Rising: Shadows of War one is not the grand sweep of a worldwide battlefield that his previous books have featured. Instead, we focus in on four people swept up in the beginnings of World War III. Those four people are a climate scientist studying in northern Vietnam who happens to have video that proves that China is instigating World War III in his cell phone, a
Sep 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An imaginatively constructed, credible, and well-written tale of future conflict in Southeast Asia. Driven by climatological and economic hardship, the PLA invade Vietnam under pretext of self-defense after the Chinese stage a phony Vietnamese intrusion into China. We follow the action through the conflicts befalling Josh, an American scientist unwittingly trapped behind enemy lines after he recorded Chinese atrocities to Americans and Vietnamese; Ma, a Vietnamese orphan whom he befriends as he ...more
Jun 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bond paints a picture of world where global warming has thrown economies into a tizzy. As this plays out early in the book we learn that China feels forced to launch an attack against Viet Nam to deal with shrinking food supplies, etc. I won't be a spoiler and reveal some of the details, but the rest of the the book follows a scientist caught behind enemy lines and chronicles the efforts of an American intelligence operator who risks her life to pull him out. All well and good, but I'm afraid I ...more
This book sets a scenario in the future where due to Global Warming China is suffering and becoming even more aggressive towards its neighbors. The book is all about an invasion of Vietnam and the actions of the US to try and hold them up in addition to getting evidence that China started the conflict out to the world. It follows several characters a US scientist with proof the Chinese started the conflict. A CIA agent trying to get him out of the country and a Chinese commando seeking to track ...more
Mar 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As I am so good at doing it would appear that I picked up a series not at the beginning but somewhere that is not the beginning or the end.
This book though is an amazing read, it flows nicely and never makes you feel like you are picking it up mid story, the characters are well written, very Homerish (as in the Iliad Homer) in there epic battles and flaws.
the only problem I had with the book, was lack of continuity in the idea of outrageous fuel prices but yet everyone has a car and taxi rides
David Bergsland
I sorta like the concept. It had the makings of an excellent book. Being of the opinion that the earth has been warming since the flood, the sudden radical changes were a bit severe, but I'll buy them for the sack of the plot. I liked the characters (I think) but I really need to quit reading books of this genre co-written by Jim DeFelice. He always adds a dark edge that I really dislike. I suspect a lot of that is just the rough edge of reality these days. But it is certainly not appealing. But ...more
Larry Bond and Jim DeFelice's latest political thriller...epic scale aling the lines of the Clancy derivative Red Storm Rising which bond helped write...This one works in rapid climate change leading to great internal pressures in China...the Chinese premier seeks to distract the Chinese masses by warring on the traditional Chinese enemies in Southeast Asia...the US wants to avoid nuclear confrontation and preserve world peace so it rescues a scientist who is a witness to the invasion and has ...more
Al Swanson
Decent book. I'm not a fan of book serials, but I can let that go for Bond. I loved many of his first books, but this one lacks the tech details I liked so much about those. There's much more character development, which I guess, for most folks or to claim a bigger audience, is what was needed.
In the past, when I read Bond, I was interested in the warfare, the strategy and the tech. That is still there, tho much reduced.
Might be a good intro to Bond for thriller lovers.
Dec 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This was a good book if you like alternate future scenarios. I liked the book because it was set a few years ahead from today's date. It was very cool to immerse myself in the authors imagination about what might happen to us in the near future. I thought that the book is believable if you really think about the way the world is going. I hope that I can find more of this series of books because I am curious what will happen next.
Aug 30, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In 2014 the world is suffering greatly due to global warming. China decides it needs Vietnam's natural resources and there's only one way to get them; military invasion. The plan is to cause the world to believe that Vietnam invaded China and China was merely defending itself. An American scientist in Vietnam has proof of China's duplicity but how do we get him out.
Jun 29, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Started this series on a recommendation, and wasn't disappointed. Like a lot of military thrillers, the characters aren't very well developed, but I read these for the plots and action. The global warming theme was a little forced, however, and the "man behind enemy lines" subplot was recycled from Bond's earlier book,cRed Storm Rising.
Matthew Rich
This book is a mixture of gross cliche that hints at a desire to tell a story in an operatic style. But I had no desire, no wish, no care for any of the characters to live through their trials. I was happy to finish it--and even happier to return it to the library and forget that it exists.
Jeff Crosby
Returning to the formula that he created with Tom Clancy and Patrick Larkin, Bond has teamed with Defelice to create another near future combat scenario. I am pleased that he has returned to this genre.
Mar 22, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, action
Liked it. A pretty descent action thriller. Can be a start of an interesting series. Look forward more.
Sep 05, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I wasted my time reading this book.....poorly written
A military and political thriller with a good plot interesting characters and good dialogue. It doesn't get much better than this.
Jan 08, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very good read and one of their best in quite awhile. Non stop action from the get go. Very enjoyable.
Matt Gardner
Apr 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Looking forward to finishing the series...interesting story line
Feb 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This fan of military thrillers enjoyed this novel which keeps the audience riveted in suspense after a slow start. 8 of 10 stars
Red Oak
My kind of book and action
Clifford Valley
May 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A pretty good story...kept me reading but it seems to have turned into a serial. I would like to have seen it end.
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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, ...more

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