- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 2122 KB
- Print Length: 354 pages
- Publisher: Sidgwick & Jackson; 1 edition (7 Nov. 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003YXXL8S
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer reviews: 44 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #253,953 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Dragon Strike -- A Novel of the Coming War with China (Future History Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The writing style is OK, although sometimes a little dry such as during sections where there are long lists of the ship classes & names that make up a task force. The action sequences are better, as are the political sections at least in terms of writing, but it is the politics where the book struggles for me. Whilst accepting that the premise is based on a much more aggressive Chinese military policy (no attack on Vietnam -> no crisis for the book to develop), some of it is just too excessive.
Whilst the Chinese manipulation/bullying of other SE Asia countires is certainly plausible - in fact it rings true today as some countries have become more accomodating of Chinese claims with respect to the South China Sea. I want to be careful about spoilers, so I will be intentionally vague, but some of China's actions both physical and politically stretch credulity. Similarly, the reactions of Western governments (esp. the US after one incident) do not ring true - that said, the reaction to Russia's invasion of Ukraine is perhaps an indicator of how they might react.
Finally the ending borders on the farcical. Again, I want to avoid spoilers, so I'll leave it at that. It also seems really rushed - the book winds it's way through for a few hundred pages, then there is a quick political "meeting" & decision, a pause and five pages of 'conclusion'. Surprised actually that the last chapter was not a book two in a series.
I have given 3 stars, although I was tempted by 2, but I didn't like it would be too harsh. I'd probably have given 3 out of 6 as well, so maybe 2.5 would be better. I might try one more from the author, if it is on offer.
I couldn't concentrate on the narrative as many pages I have read so far haver annoying errors. I had to stop and work out what the missing words and numbers were. I didn't want a puzzle book, just a gripping story!
Many times, the word "the" is simply "e". The word "nuclear" is "clear" and so on. I must have reported back to Amazon, via my Kindle, way over a dozen errors (my Kindle doesn't record the number) & am only up to 25% reading the book.
Despite this the narrative is gripping but the reading experience is ruined by the number of errors.
This e book should be withdrawn, corrected and automatically re-issued to buyers!
A very instructive book on how not to market something until it has been properly proof read!
A decent and quite plausible scenario but I got the impression the author was happier writing the political background, briefings and speeches than the military conflict, weapons or tactics which were lacking in any real detail. Reading the authors bio "His work as a BBC foreign correspondent has taken him all over the world" perhaps explains why this feels like reading a news report. The facts are there but the detail is missing.
There are authors who can make you feel you're in the cockpit of an aircraft, or sheltering from an incoming raid.
This just feels very detached and there isn't a single character in the book that I felt I 'knew', cared about or hated.
I have 'Dragon Fire' by the same author sitting on my Kindle .... this book has put me off reading it (at least for now)
I will attempt to persevere in the hope that the novel improves and hope that the third book which I have purchased is better!
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Finally, I find the book dated. In my opinion, authors make a huge mistake when they define certain dates and/or make specific comments that tie a novel to a defined time frame when the novel is supposed to be written for a contemporaneous time frame. As this book is clearly set in the "present," it also needs an edit to bring the events portrayed to a current position. Hopefully, the Kindle edition will undergo an edit. When it does, I suggest the editors/authors update the time lines and make the book current as well.
However, while the book is ok, and there are no issues with the concept and the narration, the Kindle edition has quality issues, typo issues etc. Many times the sentence would just end abruptly. Typographical issues are the most common. It looks more like a word document has been converted into Kindle edition with some online converter.
This is my second book from the same author( first one was a print edition). I did not expect Kindle edition to have such issues.
Very disappointing, Amazon.