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- Publication date : November 11, 2014
- File size : 3066 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 361 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00PHZWHZY
- Lending : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
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- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,295,411 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Relaxing after a trying dinner meeting of Chinese/American dignitaries that brings an amount of accord, the powerful Chinese Standing Committee Chairman Keung Yang views by chance a TV program on tsunamis describing the disaster on associated countries that would follow collapse of a wall of Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano. Associated discussion included the questionable stability of the western slope of Cumbre Vieja Volcano on La Palma of the Canary Islands off Morocco. He envisions what delivery of a series of tsunamis could do to the east coast of America if such a situation could be created. Although seemingly impossible, he consults with a brilliant oceanographer at the university and obtains data that marginally might deliver energy sufficient to cause such a catastrophic occurrence. He discusses the possibility with his friend Chen Teng, the Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission. Skeptically, he agrees to provide the necessary equipment. Results are not as effective as planned resulting in a "proportional response" involving members of both countries including: Chinese President Zhou Yedong, American President Sam Walters, Larry Tanner, Secretary of State, Dzhang Qishan, Premier of the State Council, Shaun Degard, Hawaiian Oceanographer, Tom Meecham, FBI Anti-Terror Section Director, Mark Price, CIA assisting Tom, Shen Li, Keyung's Security Chief and a host of somewhat lesser, but totally necessary, characters. Activity of these individuals until achievement of final resolution is engrossing with a prominent sub-plot: an internal struggle between the Elitist faction that embraces the burgeoning industrial activity that is bringing China into world power and is espoused by Zhou and Dzhang versus the populist faction championed by the idealistic Keyung who abhors the industrial pollution that is affecting the population, and the land itself. Constant and detrimental in-fighting among both American and Chinese politicians/diplomats with prominent duplicity, deception and attempted/effective betrayal is prominent and well done.
In Summary: An author quite knowledgeable of Oriental as well as western philosophy and thought patterns has set forth a provocative scenario that makes a most enjoyable and captivating read.
In an interview about his current novel, Stefan stated,' I have just finished a political drama/thriller novel `Proportional Response'. The Chinese populist faction, the Tuanpai, plan to trigger a global disaster that will devastate America. In the aftermath, the FBI identifies China as the culprit, but don't know if this was a rogue operation or a government plot. Fearful of American retaliation, China invites U.S. investigators to find that proof. Under a cloud of mutual suspicion, America readies itself for a military confrontation.' And this very brief synopsis distills the energy that Stefan creates in the `this really could happen today' story. His graceful writing skills allow whim to make facts flow comfortably in conversation - a quality that assures the reader that the pages will not be confined to the obvious excellent research he has done in preparation for the novel, but that we will be living the unfolding of his thriller with the insight of the various three dimensional characters.
And early on example of this skill is evident in the behind the scenes conversation of the Chinese/American pact between the westernized Zhou Yedong and the American President Samuel Walters: those in disagreement with the détente they have just heard state: `America is floundering and the venerated dollar isn't the world's powerhouse anymore. With our bond holdings we were in a position to dictate terms to the financial markets. Instead, Zhou has caved in to imperialist demands who now dare instruct us how we should run our country after the mess they made of their own, which incidentally plunged us into the Global Financial Crisis. Such gall. It's intolerable, I tell you." Chen ruefully shook his head. "Ah, the pitfalls of free enterprise. Until we can project power with a navy capable of facing the Americans, all we have are our diplomatic and economic weapons."
Stefan's polished prose intensifies his very conceivable story and convincing the reader that the novel in their hands is possibly predictive assures that he has another success to add to his growing stature. Grady Harp, January 15