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This review is from: Larry Bond's Red Dragon Rising: Shadows of War (Hardcover)
I found this book a mixed bag. Overall it was disappointing to me. There is both good and bad to the story line here. I started reading it thinking it was going to be a Tom Clancy like book. It has elements of that in it. There is much more to the book than that. It is more like a Web Griffin like book; an on going story. This is book one of many others. It doesn't stop with this one.
I did find a few things in the book that was really intriguing. His scenario is very interesting and seemingly right out of the newspapers. It is almost like the story came from the depths of the Pentagon.
First, the scenario shows how complex things are today in military affairs. Operations involve many different parts all linked.
The authors set the scene by saying the world is both heating up and melting down. The resulting ecological disaster from various things upset the world economy. That pushes countries like China to do rash things like invade Vietnam. The reason for the action is to acquire oil reserves. To make things complicated China threatens to use economics to "persuade" other nations to do certain things. The US has to respond in half steps via the CIA, covert actions and via special forces. The authors even put a piece of public relations into the mix. One of the key characters has a video of China actions. That pushes other characters to do things to both stop or force release of the video. I found the scenario very believable and feel that it could happen any day.
The bad side is more of structure. The story line is choppy. The author jumps around a lot in the story telling. He also tends to move quickly from point to point to be fast. This speed tends to leave things out like one minute a character is here or that action happens. The next page they like disappear. It is hard to keep what is going on straight.