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Set in 2014, Bond and DeFelice's second thriller about a looming conflict with China more than fulfills the promise of the first in the series, Shadows of War. China, desperate for food, has invaded Vietnam, where environmental scientist Josh MacArthur witnessed the Chinese attack and a subsequent massacre. CIA officer Mara Duncan and a team of SEALs are smuggling Josh out of Vietnam so he can return to America and tell his story to President George Greene, who's trying to persuade Congress to stand up to the Chinese. Meanwhile in Hanoi, Maj. Zeus Murphy, at Greene's behest, is doing what he can to prevent the Chinese from rolling through and defeating Vietnam. Wire-taut suspense, credible characters, and an original premise make this one of the better recent entries in the military action subgenre. While the book works as a stand-alone, readers should begin with Shadows of War. (Nov.) (c)
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The latest in Bond and DeFelice’s Red Dragon Rising series (following Shadows of War, 2009) continues to up the pace while maintaining substantive characters who aren’t overshadowed by the warfare. Government agent Mara Duncan rescued a scientist in the first book, and now she needs to get him out of Hanoi so he can testify in front of the United Nations. The majority of the world doesn’t know that a war is being waged, but that will change with the scientist’s speech. The Chinese government knows the man is still alive, and they don’t want their operations discovered, so they send a ruthless assassin to make sure the scientist doesn’t get out of Vietnam in one piece. Can Duncan keep him alive while a world war continues to escalate? This fine follow-up doesn’t suffer from being second in a series. Reading from the beginning might be ideal, but it’s not necessary to enjoy the story. --Jeff Ayers --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Series: Red Dragon Rising (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Forge Books (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765360993
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765360991
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #726,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By M. J Bauer on January 25, 2011
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If you really want to read this book, go to the library and check it out

Why did I give it two stars? The idea behind the book, a China bent on flexing its muscle in Southeast Asia is very interesting - unfortunately the book does not live up to the idea. This is a book where you can just skip through page after page because the dialog really does nothing to move the story or increase the suspense. Some of the plot developments are plain silly, the ultimate role of the Chinese Commando from Book one is - well far fetched is kind, absurd is closer to the mark but hey I can live with far fetched. That is just one small example. Very, very limited description of the reaction of the world to what the Chinese are doing, and a minimal focus on International events and diplomacy which (without regard to your view of the efforts)would be at the forefront.

The military operations are also weak, while Mr Bond is usually spot on in this area he has lost his way. Some of the equipment descriptions are good and it is as if one of the authors became interested in the details on an occasional basis and amplified the details for you but even that is sporadic and you lose one of the key attractions of books and authors of this genre, the interesting research into the technology and strategy of the military forces involved is, for the most part, missing. Too bad, as it is a strength of Mr Bonds that is not shown here. There are a couple of key elements and the ambitious plan of Zeus is not given the emphasis it should have as it is the most interesting and has the greatest potential for interest and a plot that unfolds rapidly and leads to an exciting conclusion - doesn't happen

His characters have never been top notch but in earlier works he has made up for that in a very detailed and interesting description of tactics, and equipment that is in use in the world.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By RCM on January 25, 2012
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Excellent: As suspenceful and exciting as shadows of war. Completely disagree with reviewer # !. Characters are all well delineated and totally believable.When reading I couldn't put it down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Berger VINE VOICE on July 13, 2011
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This is a fine second installment in Bond's Red Dragon Rising series, keeping up the tension of a near-future world where oil and food shortages cause China to invade Vietnam.

In the first book scientist Josh MacArthur witnesses a Chinese massacre of Vietnamese near the border as the invasion begins. The White House backs Vietnam to counter Chinese ambitions but has no military presence nor political mandate to start one. The president now believes MacArthur's account, and that of the little Vietnamese girl he rescues, can swing public opinion against the Chinese, who have promulgated the false story that Vietnam invaded them.

CIA agent Mara Duncan and a SEAL team, who reach the scientist and child during the first book, now must try to evacuate them from Vietnam. That means traveling the length of the wartorn country to be extricated near Saigon. The CIA thinks Vietnam so penetrated by Chinese moles that the mission must be kept secret even from Vietnam. So they embark on a harrowing journey in a land so uneasily allied it might as well be an enemy. The Vietnamese suspect foreigners and the Americans stand out.

After them is Chinese commando Jing Yo, whose military unit failed to get MacArthur in the first book. He is now inserted on a solo mission to track and kill him. Yo, trained as a monk before joining the Army, is more Kung Fu than Cultural Revolution as he pursues MacArthur with a single-minded and fatalistic focus. He enlists an old girlfriend's help against her own country, finds himself irresistibly drawn to her, and then wishes he hadn't entangled her.

Meanwhile, US Army officer Zeus Murphy leads a cover mission on the Chinese island of Hainan, carefully faking a Vietnamese show of force to deter an imminent Chinese landing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By captjraney on April 4, 2013
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I didn't even get through the book, Unbelievable characters, chump story. Franky, it reminded me of a five cent western from 1880's. I gave it to the local library..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Realtor Rita on February 15, 2013
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My husband just loves Larry Bond books and was not disappointed with his new adventure. I'm also glad he's back into reading!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 13, 2013
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I found I could never get into this book. Seemed as if it never really got off the ground with involving me in the story.
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Ok, I have been reading Larry Bond's novels since long before Kindle 's and Amazon existed. This author is so good, I not only have my old dog-eared paperbacks from Larry Bond, now I have them all on my Kindle too! That's how good they are.
This is the second novel in Bond's Red Dragon series, and what a gripping read it is! No spoilers from me, discover it yourself. I highly recommend it.
In fact,I recommend you look up Larry Bond on Amazon, and buy up ALL his works! Most of the earlier novels are dirt cheap! You be so happy you did, trust me.
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Every book by Larry Bond has held my attention from the first sentence to the final word. No other author has kept my attention and built such character development to want me to stay up that extra hour to find out what is happening next. Being that all his books are so detailed from all sides one gets a much rounder picture of the complexities of the story making the the story three dimensional rather then the normal one or two sided stories of the usual author. Looking forward to more from both authors.
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