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Fire of the Raging Dragon

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Fire of the Raging Dragon by Don Brown

Reviewed by Dale Lewis

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"If you are a fan of riveting political/military thrillers, then I highly recommend Fire of the Raging Dragon as a must-read book."

Tang Qhichen, the new, power-abusing Chinese President, orders Chinese naval forces to attack Taiwanese forces on the island of Itu Aba because of its natural gas deposits.
The United States responds under the leadership of President Douglas Surber. He orders the U.S. Seventh Fleet to attempt to quell an ever-expanding naval showdown between the China and Taiwan.

One of the ships heading full steam towards potential action includes the submarine tender U.S.S. Emory S. Land. On its enlisted roster is a recent Naval Academy graduate, Ensign Stephanie Surber, daughter to the President. The life and death decisions he must now make creates a heavy-heart, both for his only girl and the nation as a whole.

Using multiple locations from the White House Situation Room and the bridge of several naval warships to the Presidential Palace in Beijing, China, and the darkened insides of the freighter M/V Shemnong, author Dan Brown’s transitions are faultless and captivating.

His detailed descriptors within well-written descriptions are superb, to say the least. Brown’s crisp knowledge of military operating procedures and his thorough knowledge of the world’s political minefield comes through clearly in Fire of the Raging Dragon. Even though it is a fictitious crisis, there is more than enough unfabricated plausibility to the storyline that you’ll have that nagging feeling it’s happening today.

The varied characters whose actions were based on many different motivations, including the allure of greed, intoxicating power, patriotism and pro-life kept the reader’s interest.

The action comes quickly as the storyline overflows with plots and subplots as well as tantalizing twists and turns. At times, there was too much background character information which slowed the story down.

The return of Lt. Commander Gunner McCormick from Brown’s Thunder in The Morning Calm adds a secondary protagonist who’s not afraid to go beyond the call of duty when it comes to protecting our freedoms.

I was in total amazement at the high level of communication required between the various military departments, the White House and the men and women on the frontlines. I also found myself reflecting on the overwhelming magnitude of words and action within these pages and our lives.

There was a definite sense of patriotic pride as I read, but there was also a strange lingering thought that wouldn’t dissipate: pride does come before failure and the USA is not immune.

As in his first Pacific Rim Series novel, his inclusion of geographical maps, specific to the particular moment and movement, immensely enhances the story.

If you are a fan of riveting political/military thrillers, then I highly recommend Fire of the Raging Dragon as a must-read book.

Dale Lewis now mans the front desk at the EFCA (The Evangelical Free Church of America) National Office in Minneapolis, MN. He was the graphic designer/pre-press production artist for over twelve years before being asked to step into this new role. Prior to that, he was the publications manager at his alma mater, Northwestern College in St. Paul, MN in the public relations office as well as the adviser to the college’s yearbook. He's a director/actor/writer for the Hope Church (Oakdale, MN) adult drama worship team and was the senior editor of the church newsletter. He's also written two collections of poetry, “Whispers of Assurance” and “On Life: Constant Communion Without Ceasing” as well as a devotional entitled “Eternal Education.” He and his family live in Oakdale, Minnesota.