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Shadows of War (Red Dragon Rising, #1)
Sep 24, 2011
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 flees Jing Yo, the PRC commando and his men who pursue him; Mara, the CIA agent sent to rescue him; and Zeus, the former Spec Ops guy who becomes the primary strategic adviser to the Vietnamese Army. The suspense never lets up, and the plot twists are well-timed to keep the pages turning. In the end the major characters face off on a tense battlefield deep in the rugged terrain of North Vietnam. All in all a good read, and thought-provoking as well. It could happen.
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