Tuesday, November 20, 2012

{Zondervan Blog Tour} Fire of the Raging Dragon, Pacific Rim Series #2 by Don Brown

Book Description:  In the very near future, China, now the world's largest industrial producer and consumer of Mideast Oil, passes a law that all new cars manufactured in that nation will be operated on natural gas. Beneath the floor of the South China Sea, around the contested Spratly Islands, billions of gallons of natural gas wait to be mined. But at the center of the Spratlys, the remote but strategic island of Itu Aba is occupied by China's historic enemy, Taiwan. When the new, power-hungry Chinese President, Tang Qhichen, orders Chinese Naval forces to attack Taiwanese forces on Itu Aba, U.S. President Douglas Surber responds, ordering the U.S. Seventh Fleet to try and quell a burgeoning naval showdown between the two Chinas. Aboard the submarine tender U.S.S. Emory S. Land, one of the first ships in the naval war zone, is Ensign Stephanie Surber, a recent Naval Academy graduate who is also the First Daughter of the United States. As the Emory S. Land steams into harm's way, Ensign Surber's life is gravely threatened. The President must make a decision. Will he take a stand against evil? Or will he save the life of his daughter?

My Thoughts:  Every once in a while I like to change up my reading venue, so I was excited to receive a copy of Fire of the Raging Dragon by Don Brown.  Now I've not read anything by Don Brown and was glad I took the plunge.
This christian suspense novel begins in colorful, historic Dongcheng District in Beijing, China a city that never sleeps.  I love the way Don Brown uses descriptive words, "Beijing, the national capital, is a kinetic panorama of the Chinese economy flexing its mighty muscle." (p. 11)  And this is just the beginning of the book! 
So, as the reader gets more involved in the story it becomes clear the this  a "Navy Novel."  Ships, ship talk (scuttlebutt), and the way the men and women interact on the ship.  Quite interesting to a non military land lubber!
And then there's a quote in the first chapter from the U.S. president Barack Obama, "it would be easier to be president of China" (p. 18) that makes this story seem ever.so.real and taken from the today's headlines.
This suspense read incorporates the "two Chinas" and a lot of action!
I liked the fact that this is a "current" read and I was fascinated by all of the military and ship action.  
I didn't realize that this was the second book in a Pacific Rim series until I had finished the whole book.  And to be honest I don't feel like I missed anything by not reading the first book.  This seemed to be a stand alone read that didn't have references to the prior book.
A great read!  
*This book was provided for review by Zondervan Publishing*
This book is available  at  Zondervan.com in soft cover, ebook & audio book!
Meet the Author:
Don Brown is the author of Malacca Conspiracy, The Navy Justice Series and Black Sea Affair, a submarine thriller that predicted the 2008 shooting war between Russia and Georgia. Don served five years in the U.S. Navy as an officer in the Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corps, which gave him an exceptional vantage point into both the Navy and the inner workings of 'inside-the-beltway' as an action officer assigned to the pentagon. He left active duty in 1992 to pursue private practice, but remained on inactive status through 1999, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He and his family live in North Carolina, where he pursues his passion for penning novels about the Navy.
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  • Reading level: Ages 18 and up
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (November 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310330157
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310330158

Read first Chapter GO HERE!

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