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Product details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Forge; 1 edition (8 Nov. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765327643
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765327642
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 3.1 x 24.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,008,826 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is a great read from a man who knows a thing or two about national security. As secretary of defense, Bill Cohen helped lead our military into the 21st century. Now he's drawn upon his extensive experience to write a gripping tale of excitement and intrigue."
--President Bill Clinton on "Dragon Fire
""Thrilling and inspired. An electrifying tale packed with insights about everything from White House infighting to the Pentagon, and onto the world stage and the potential threats from Russia and China. All from a former senator and secretary of defense who has been there and seen it all."
"--"Bob Woodward, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Obama's Wars," on" Dragon Fire"

"A riveting thriller played out on a world stage for the highest stakes imaginable... "Dragon Fire" forcefully engages us with spellbinding personal and professional intrigue set within a framework of international power politics that feels as authentic as it is exhilarating."
--Senator Jo

Praise for William S. Cohen

"Both a fantastic thriller and a revealing glimpse into government. Read it for the excitement, but then pause and think about what we should learn from the tale."
--Walter Isaacson, "New York Times "bestselling author of "Einstein "on "Blink of an Eye"

"William Cohen's finest work yet...riveting, chilling, and an all too real premise. From its engrossing start to his extraordinary climax, this is one book where the pages seem to turn themselves."
--Richard North Patterson, "New York Times" bestselling author of" In the Name of Honor "on "Blink of an Eye"

"Masterful. Cohen knows all the secrets. This is a story that lays out the detail and the stakes for what President Obama said would be a genuine game changer."
--Bob Woodward, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Obama's Wars "on "Blink of an Eye"

"A riveting, intense story told by a man who understands this potential threat better than anyone else in America! Guaranteed to make you think twice about just how safe we are!"
--H. Hugh Shelton, General (Ret.), 14th Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff and author of "Without Hesitation" on" Blink of an Eye"

"William S. Cohen leaves the competition far behind with his insider's command of detail and grasp of how flesh-and-blood leaders make fateful decisions. Sharp and knowing, "Blink of an Eye" pre-empts tomorrow's most frightening headlines."
--Ralph Peters, "New York Times "bestselling author of "The War After Armageddon"

"This is a great read from a man who knows a thing or two about national security. As secretary of defense, Bill Cohen helped lead our military into the 21st century. Now he's drawn upon his extensive experience to write a gripping tale of excitement and intrigue."
--President Bill Clinton on "Dragon Fire"

"A riveting thriller played out on a world stage for the highest stakes imaginable... "Dragon Fire" forcefully engages us with spellbinding personal and professional intrigue set withi

Praise for William S. Cohen

Both a fantastic thriller and a revealing glimpse into government. Read it for the excitement, but then pause and think about what we should learn from the tale. "Walter Isaacson, New York Times bestselling author of Einstein on Blink of an Eye"

William Cohen's finest work yet riveting, chilling, and an all too real premise. From its engrossing start to his extraordinary climax, this is one book where the pages seem to turn themselves. "Richard North Patterson, New York Times bestselling author of In the Name of Honor on Blink of an Eye"

Masterful. Cohen knows all the secrets. This is a story that lays out the detail and the stakes for what President Obama said would be a genuine game changer. "Bob Woodward, New York Times bestselling author of Obama's Wars on Blink of an Eye"

A riveting, intense story told by a man who understands this potential threat better than anyone else in America! Guaranteed to make you think twice about just how safe we are! "H. Hugh Shelton, General (Ret.), 14th Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff and author of Without Hesitation on Blink of an Eye"

William S. Cohen leaves the competition far behind with his insider's command of detail and grasp of how flesh-and-blood leaders make fateful decisions. Sharp and knowing, "Blink of an Eye" pre-empts tomorrow's most frightening headlines. "Ralph Peters, New York Times bestselling author of The War After Armageddon"

This is a great read from a man who knows a thing or two about national security. As secretary of defense, Bill Cohen helped lead our military into the 21st century. Now he's drawn upon his extensive experience to write a gripping tale of excitement and intrigue. "President Bill Clinton on Dragon Fire"

A riveting thriller played out on a world stage for the highest stakes imaginable "Dragon Fire" forcefully engages us with spellbinding personal and professional intrigue set within a framework of international power politics that feels as authentic as it is exhilarating. "Senator John McCain"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

WILLIAM S. COHEN served as secretary of defense under President Bill Clinton from 1997-2001. Cohen spent twenty-four years in office as a Republican senator and congressperson before his noteworthy appointment to the cabinet of a Democratic president. During his tenure as the twentieth U.S. defense minister, Cohen directed America's military actions in Iraq and Kosovo. In 2001, he founded the Cohen Group, a global business consulting firm. He has written for "The Washington Post," the "Financial Times," "The New York Times," and "The Wall Street Journal," and is the author of the "New York Times" bestselling "Dragon Fire." William S. Cohen lives with his wife in the Washington, D.C., area. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The story in `Blink of an Eye' is missing the knack of descriptive writing and also at points seems emotionally detached. When a ship is attacked, there is little interpretation of the event that pulls the reader into the plot. Basically all that is said is: "Sailors jumped into the sea to recover the dead and wounded. Helmeted, shouting men appeared along the deck waving weapons." It is almost an emotionless picture... all very matter of fact.

When it comes to some of the political machinations, some ideas are never really explained to the reader. For example, why would Iran want to interrupt a US withdrawal from Iraq and since it becomes part of a political campaign, it could very easily be incorporated into the plotline.
There are more political workings than thriller or action in these pages. We read much of governmental structure, legal and political actions that take place. This can be interesting but does not make for the lightest reading or what the book cover promises as a political thriller. Also concerning the cover- on the copy I was given... it says: "'A gripping tale of excitement and intrigue.' President Bill Clinton on Dragon Fire", which is another book. It just seems misleading.

We read in of world problems and political; but unlike many books that lead up to a catastrophic event and never tell you what would happen or how the government would react, this book does and here is where it creates an interest. The reaction of politicians and the news media is extremely realistic.
This becomes a book that in the end can be a bit informative and has an utmost realism of a catastrophic event on political campaigns. It, in this sense can make you think and becomes a book that is more than a political thriller.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting And Informative But Not As Much Of A Thriller As I Expected! 25 Oct. 2011
By Bobbewig - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
Perhaps not surprisingly, former Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen, strongly incorporates his years of experience in international affairs and defense-planning, as well as his wealth of insider knowledge, in his political tale, Blink Of An Eye.

The plot concept of Blink Of An Eye is a powerful one that is frightening to contemplate and too real to ignore. The essence of the plot is that an American city has been destroyed by a nuclear bomb, resulting in thousands killed and many more dying from radiation poisoning. Panic has broken out across the country with the question on everyone's mind being "how could the American intelligence community have failed to detect a nuclear device"? To help answer this question Sean Falcone, national security advisor, is charged with identifying and tracking down the attackers.

While the plot, as said, is intriguing, Cohen's story never reaches the fever-pitch level of excitement I expected from a thriller based on this plot. The main reason for my opinion is that Cohen spends about two-thirds of the book describing how an attack of this magnitude would be dealt with by the powers-that-be inside our government, and not enough time on creating a spellbinding sense of excitement. Although the insider information is very interesting and informative, after a while I found myself saying "Enough already. Let's get to the action and thrills." When the thrills did come it became a case of "too little, too late." Also contributing to my opinion is that while Cohen's main character, Sean Falcone, is well-developed and a character the reader gets to know well, the same cannot be said about the "bad guys." I never felt that Cohen enabled me to get a strong enough sense of who they are and their individual motivations to care about them one way or the other.

Blink Of An Eye is a worthwhile read if you have a strong interest in learning about what goes on inside our government during a potential crisis such as one similar to that described in this book. But if thrills that will keep you on the edge of your seat are what you want, you might want hold up on reading this book.
11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars more intense than your usual thriller 7 Sept. 2011
By l2 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
This book is not your typical lightweight page-turner. As a former Secretary of Defense, Mr. Cohen has a lot more knowledge about this subject matter than your typical thriller author, though perhaps is writing style is not the most dynamic. Mr. Cohen's experience shows in this book that has a lot of depth and realism. If you're looking for a thriller that you can breeze through without paying a lot of attention, this book is not for you. This book is thoughtful "what if" fiction that can actually teach you something about an exciting and not impossible subject.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A outstanding political thriller, by one who knows a thing or two 10 Feb. 2012
By G. Woody - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Please bear with me - there is a point to this epistle.

It has long been my considered opinion that, despite his many personal flaws - and they are considerable - President Bill Clinton is among the brightest and most effective Presidents that we've ever had. I rank him with FDR, Truman, Eisenhower, and JFK. If you disagree, fine - I will not argue the point. What is undeniably true is that he appointed and surrounded himself with the best and brightest people to fill the most important positions - irrespective of political interests, party affiliation, and/or debts.

To wit - Mr Secretary William S Cohen, a Republican (to my surprise) served as SecDef under Pres Clinton. To Mr Sec Cohen's credit, his novel has no obvious political leaning.

The book, Blink of an Eye, was a a novel that I found difficult to set aside until I had finished it. It cost me a lot of sleep.

Any book that costs me sleep is a good book. Such books don't come along often.

G Woody
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging Read 4 Mar. 2012
By bradford gillingham - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I just completed reading "Blink of an Eye."

An exceptional book of detail and the deep drilling down of plausible plot lines and characters. I may be just a bit biased as I know William Cohen's son, Kevin, who I consider a good friend and business colleague.

"Blink of an Eye" is the polemic tale of a nuclear device detonated off the east coast of America. It is a story of intrigue as pernicious political rivals posture themselves in an effort to seize control of the government and to force a war against real, and in this case imagined, enemies of the U.S.. Only one man can uncover and then piece together this heinous plot that can save the President from "pushing the button" and starting WW III.

In this novel, the book lover must be prepared to focus a lot of attention on the various characters and plot lines that can sometimes overwhelm the reader. It's not what I'd call a particularly fast read but it isn't boring either. All the details remind the reader of just how incredibly erudite and insightful Secretary Cohen is. For the reader who appreciates real insight into America's intelligence assets and capabilities this book is a must read!

I only wish there was a plot line with more action involving military hardware and assets. However, this a novel of intrigue and guile not an action piece with blood and guts. It clearly reflects Cohen's amazing intellect and background as a senator, statesman, cabinet member, and department head. I cannot help but admire the guy because he projects so much class and thoughtful preparation into the writing of this novel.

Therefore, I give this book a solid 4 Star rating.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I kept reminding myself this wasn't really happening, but it could! 9 Oct. 2011
By Bold Consumer - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed reading this book so much that I read it all in 2 days, even though it has a complicated plot. In fact, it was educational for me in how the White House operates during a crisis. I also learned a little about foreign espionage and nuclear war.

First, I decided to write down the characters and who they were. Otherwise I would have been drowning in names and job titles. It was difficult keeping it straight which one was the Secretary or Assistant to the Secretary of Defense, Security, State, etc.

The first 100-180 pages or so were the build-up to the action. That reading was a slow slog, but I kept on, knowing that something was going to happen. I also knew that the author does know a thing or two about how these events happen and how they are "handled". The characters certainly seem to be "based on" people we know from the news, making it even more realistic. At times I had to remind myself that this isn't really happening...but it could.
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