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Larry Bond's Red Dragon Rising: Shock of War Hardcover – January 3, 2012

4.0 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews
Book 3 of 4 in the Red Dragon Rising Series

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The third novel in Bond and DeFelice’s Red Dragon Rising series suffers from middle-book syndrome. Josh MacArthur testifies to the UN about the horrible events he witnessed after China invaded Vietnam. The president of the U.S. wants Congress to act, but not enough legislators believe that China is a real threat to America. Meanwhile, working on secret orders, two American soldiers, Zeus Murphy and Win Christian, find themselves trapped behind Chinese lines. The narrative jumps between on-the-ground action as Murphy and Christian try to shoot their way out of China and the political build-up to World War III. The pages fly by at a furious pace, but the story ends abruptly, almost like a television serial. This one will definitely appeal to military fiction aficionados, though really only those familiar with the series, since the majority of the novel is incomprehensible without knowledge of the two books that precede it. --Jeff Ayers

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“The technothriller has a new ace and his name is Larry Bond.” ―Tom Clancy, bestselling author of Without Remorse

“An adrenaline-fueled, multilayered thriller that cuts right to the chase... Constant action makes this a must-read for military adventure fans.” ―Publishers Weekly on Larry Bond's Red Dragon Rising: Shadows of War

“A superb storyteller… Larry Bond seems to know everything about warfare, from the grunt in the foxhole to the fighter pilots far above the Earth.” ―The New York Times Book Review

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Product Details

  • Series: Red Dragon Rising (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Forge Books; First Edition edition (January 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765321394
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765321398
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.3 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,390,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Daniel Berger VINE VOICE on June 3, 2012
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I have mixed feelings about this series after the third of four installments.

The premise is strong for a technothriller: exploring a realistic scenario in which a rising but drought-stricken China invades its historic enemy Vietnam for its rice and oil, led by a strongman leader meanwhile trying to quell a hungry and restive population at home.

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 agent Mara Duncan so that he can bear witness occupies the first couple of books. The other premier character is Major Zeus Murphy, sent to Vietnam to bring his war-gaming expertise to bear on bolstering their defense against an overwhelmingly large enemy.

I'm not that interested in MacArthur, nor any budding romance in the works between him and Duncan. Their long trek in Book 1 and the Chinese assassination attempts to stop him from testifying in Book 2 were by far as much as I wanted to read about him. The assassin's character gave us a perspective from the Chinese side, but by Book 3 that's no longer a factor.

Murphy is more interesting. His considerations of how the Vietnamese might resist such an invasion and his experiences trying to communicate with a former US enemy in ambiguous and difficult circumstances are part of the appeal this series does have.
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This is a fantastic series. In full disclosure, I have been reading Bond's books for well over a decade, some I already own in paperback, I have 're-bought in Kindle format just to have "on the go" on my Kindle.
Make sure you start with the first of this series, each book can stand on its own as a fantastic read, but you should really start from the first to enhance your reading pleasure.
This novel series is about a Chinese attack on Vietnam. World wide climatic changes fishing unable to feed its population and Vietnam has a surplus of food. America, isolationist again, wants no part of a foreign war, yet the president, struggling with his own demons from time spent in the infamous Hanoi Hilton POW prison knows he must stop Chinese aggression lest they consume southeast Asia.
I'll not provide spoilers that would take away from your reading pleasure, but will suffice to say, buy this series! You will not be disappointed, and in fact become hopelessly addicted to them as I have.
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I really like the way Larry Bond writes his books. He goes into great detail describing the different weapons used and keeps your interest all the time. I have read about 6 different books from him, I just like the way he writes, and explains the action in his books.
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Good character developments, and multiple sub-plots intertwined. You become attached to Zeus, and the ongoing challenges. I have known many Christians in my life, who finally find themselves in the thick of challenges they face.
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I picked this one up in drug store while waiting for a prescription refill. Since I'd read Bond's 'Cauldron' and 'Vortex' many years ago, I was thrilled to see he'd written what I thought was a new book in the same or similar genre. Then I read it.

It's hard to believe that Larry Bond wrote this book; or if it's the work of DeFelice, that Bond would lend his name to it. It's poorly written with childlike simplicity, the time lines are confusing, the banal sub-plots hardly mesh at all, and the main protagonist could have been yanked right out of a Steven Seagal shoot-em-up movie. There's no substance here at all.

If you think Jean-Claude Van Damme should win an Oscar for his action-figure antics, then you might enjoy this book. Otherwise, walk on by.
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Why do you put out books that take 3-4 hours to read and cost full price, and better yet start new problems in the last 3 pages, and now I get to wait however long for the next book, somebody let me know when the whole series is done and I might consider reading the rest of it.
The worst part is its a pretty good story line, but with the way its being written, half the pages refer to stuff in the previous books just in case you are picking up book 3 first, so not only do you get to read a small amount of content, but you get to read it over and over again.
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Just when you think the villans are done an aurthor finds a new twist to thrill your imagination and keep you reading till all hours.
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This is just as Great as every Bond book I've read so far - ranks up there with "Vortex"
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