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Fourth Crisis: The Battle for Taiwan [Kindle Edition]

Peter von Bleichert
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)

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Since the Chinese Civil War, Communist China has considered Taiwan—an island some 75 miles off its mainland coast—a renegade province.
In 1979, the American Congress ratified the Taiwan Relations Act. The Act stipulated that the United States of America “...will consider any effort to determine the future of Taiwan by other than peaceful means a threat to the peace and security of the Western Pacific area, and of grave concern to the United States.”
In 2005, the Politburo of the Communist Party of China announced the Anti-Secession Law. This Law authorized the use of force against Taiwan in the event of a declaration of independence or a threat to regional security.

Take to the air, land, and sea in this military techno-thriller in which a patriotic and conquest-hungry Chinese general sparks an international crisis that clears the path to an invasion of Taiwan. Finding its Pacific bases and supercarriers under the gun, the United States scrambles to protect its charge. Though China seems to be the new Pacific power, American and Taiwanese warriors get to work in defense of freedom. The Chinese general, however, is willing to do all it takes to bring Taiwan back into the fold, even by risking a nuclear war.

Extensively researched, this novel includes accurate American, Chinese, and Taiwanese equipment, tactics, and formations, and explores how a new Pacific war could play out. Journey with characters that include American aviators, diplomats, and officers; Chinese fighting for the glory of their country; and Taiwanese struggling to maintain the independence they hold so dear.

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Born in New York City, Pete has lived in Puerto Rico, Greece, and England, and currently resides in California, USA.

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  • Print Length: 313 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #71,124 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Gripping Read 7 Mar. 2013
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Much to my surprise, I couldn't put this book down. Initially I thought that a war story would not interest me, but I read the sample on the 'look inside' part of the book and had to buy it. The story portrays an unfolding scenario of war between China and Taiwan which is purely fictitious but allows you to understand how such a catastrophe could occur. The story is told from different angles through the characters involved in the war, Chinese, American and Taiwanese and although the characters are not evolved in great depth, there is sufficient information for the reader to understand their points of view.
I found the book very well written and the author extremely well informed on his subject.
In fact, through no fault of his own, this is why I have only given it 4 stars. The problem I had was the amount of technical information, illustrating the capabilities of various missiles, planes, etc. I realise it was necessary to understand the strength/weakness of each machine, but my poor brain had trouble with all the specifications!
However, the gripping plot and ensuing developments had me hooked and I had no option but to discover how the story ended.
For anyone interested in warfare novels, this book is a must, and for anyone who likes a well written, well paced story, I would advise them to give this book a try.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 9 April 2013
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A techno-thriller that delivers what has been missing since Eric L Harry stopped writing. Lots of technical detail, and non-stop action. This is not about character development but about narrating events as they unfold during a PRC attack on Taiwan.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book 16 July 2013
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Fast paced and exciting really enjoyed the book you felt as though you were really there will look for more of his books
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Techno thriller that could become so real 8 July 2013
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This is an entertaining hi-techno thriller. After finishing the book I sat back to consider what left the biggest impression on me. First there is the meticulous research the author must have gone through. The attention to details and the way he describes the fighter planes is awesome. Second, there was the story itself which is not so much remarkable for the way it is written but more for its creepy relevance to events taking place right now. While Korea has been stealing much of the international headlines, China's expansion of its military fleet has also made the news and probably raised more than a few eyebrows in military circles. A recommended read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Situated just seventy miles of the coast of Communist China, the island state of Taiwan is a ticking time bomb. After the Second World War, the stalemate in the fight for China between Chang Kai Chek’s nationalists and Mao’s Communists left the nationalists claiming the nationhood of China but boxed up on the island a short distance from the communist controlled mainland. The communists want it back; they always have, but with the support of the USA, Taiwan survives in a precarious situation denied nationhood and recognition due to the Chinese declaration of intent to invade in the event of a declaration of independence by the Taiwanese government.

Von Bleichert sets the scene in the briefing at the start of his book which hooks you in to the malevolent atmosphere which exists between the two protagonists, and then rather skilfully melds fact with a fictitious imagined scenario of a Chinese attack and how this might begin. His obviously well researched account of the following war melds description of the forces which could be deployed by each country to fictitious characters giving the story a human edge on which capture the readers’ imaginations from the start. A great read, which keeps you on edge until the very last sentence.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 1 Jun. 2013
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Well apparently I have to say 20 words, as a review for this book. I just wanted to say excellent enough said!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 29 May 2013
By Gobberz
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A great book about the possibility the possibility of a Chinese invasion of Taiwan. I wonder though, if the US currently, would intervene and how things would pan out.

I'm curious too, how likely people would protest in China but then again, the government looks weak if it looses and has to capitulate. The idea of China announcing elections to, sounds odd but interesting.

If you like this book try, China Attacks. Another excellent if slightly better take on a war.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Thalia
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There's a reason why Peter von Bleichert's `Fourth Crisis' is listed in Amazon's top ten war fiction kindle's top notch reading, particularly if you're a fan of this genre.

What drew me to this book was its relevance, given the current and ongoing issues surrounding the Asian-Pacific security situation, particularly Taiwan. With characters of mixed descent sharing dynamic and complex relationships (for example, Jade, from Hong Kong, and Richard who is Chinese-American) it also rings true and highlights the concerns raised by the recent real-life arrest of Benjamin Pierce Bishop in Hawaii, who allegedly passed national security secrets to a Chinese girlfriend.

This was my first dabble in the war fiction genre, which I'd always assumed was more male-oriented. Thus, I was particularly impressed by the portrayal of Lieutenant Cynthia Pelletier, a strong, gutsy and impressive female character. Not content to lead a simple life, Cynthia leaves love behind to pursue her dream and becomes a `distinguished naval aviator' flying war planes for a living....impressive, right?

In fact, for a first time novelist, von Bleichert does a fine job of building both his characters and the plot line, and I for one was very impressed! I can only imagine it's challenging for authors writing within this genre to garner a more universal appeal, but von Bleichert is definitely on the right track, cleverly creating a realistic, current and informative script with enough excitement and intrigue to please anyone who enjoys an intense thriller.

Von Bleichert has evidently thoroughly researched the subject matter which forms the basis of his story, and appears to have a solid understanding and appreciation of modern warfare.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars M'eh
Wooden characters at times, very much the traditional "China is bad and US is good"
Published 1 month ago by Alan
2.0 out of 5 stars So near yet still so far
This book starts well with a predictable but sensible plot, however in order for this to work the most technologically advanced nation has to be blind, stupid, ignore their own... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Old Soldier
5.0 out of 5 stars a good
Very entertaning, a good read
Published 5 months ago by philshrigley
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good story, lots of military detail.
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
good book
Published 6 months ago by stephen foxon
3.0 out of 5 stars great book with a bad ending
Great book that keeps you enthralled in the book. Shame about the ending though.
Published 6 months ago by jason mewett
5.0 out of 5 stars A thoroughly gripping read
I could not put this book down, the story is fast paced and absorbing. A thoroughly good read for anyone who enjoys this genre.
Published 8 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 9 months ago by Angela Payne
1.0 out of 5 stars 3/10
Starts very good then it wanders a bit then gave up on it sorry
Published 9 months ago by Late Nite Reader
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Entertaining Read
An interesting take on how a potential conflict could start, I enjoyed how the author managed to introduce weapon systems that are under development or may be used in the future. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Robert Smith
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