Shadows of War (Larry Bond's Red Dragon Rising) Mass Market Paperback – 28 Sep 2010
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"The technothriller has a new ace and his name is Larry Bond."
--Tom Clancy, bestselling author of "The Teeth of the Tiger" "Action on every page. Maybe in every paragraph."
--"Kirkus Reviews "on "Larry Bond's First Team: Angels of Wrath" "[A] fast-paced, complex thriller."
--"Publishers Weekly" on "Larry Bond's First Team: Angels of Wrath"
The technothriller has a new ace and his name is Larry Bond.
Action on every page. Maybe in every paragraph.
[A] fast-paced, complex thriller.
The techno-thriller has a new ace and his name is Larry Bond. Tom Clancy, bestselling author of The Teeth of the Tiger
Action on every page. Maybe in every paragraph. "Kirkus Reviews on Larry Bond's First Team: Angels of Wrath"
[A] fast-paced, complex thriller. "Publishers Weekly on Larry Bond's First Team: Angels of Wrath""
About the Author
Larry Bond is the author of several bestselling military thrillers, including "Crash Dive," "Cold Choices," "Dangerous Ground," "Red Phoenix" and the Larry Bond's First Team and Larry Bond's Red Dragon Rising series. He was a naval officer for six years. He's also worked as a warfare analyst and antisubmarine technology expert, and he now writes and designs computer games, including Harpoon and Command at Sea. He makes his home in Springfield, Virginia.
Jim DeFelice is the author of thrillers including "Leopards Kill" and "Threat Level Black." He has also collaborated with Stephen Coonts and Dale Brown. He lives in New York's Hudson Valley region.
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Based on this past experience of both author's work, and their very successful pairing on the enjoyable First Team series, I was looking forward to their latest collaboration, Red Dragon Rising. Based on what I could glean about the novel, this would represent a return to the 'future war' genre that Bond had mastered back in the late 80s and early 90's, combined with some of realistic close up combat and espionage elements of the First Team novels. If done right it promised to be a great mix.
Its a pity therefore, that the resulting book is such a hit and miss affair.Read more ›
The scenario is a world that has been severely impacted by global warming; changes have happened rapidly and has made China's food production fall drastically, to where its leaders feel they have no choice but to try and grab resources from other countries. This, perhaps, is the first problem with this book, as I found it hard to believe in this scenario happening in just five short years from now, as contrary as it is from all but the most scare-mongering predictions about the effects of global warming.
But taking this starting point as a given, Bond does a pretty good job of setting the scene and the opening moves by China into Vietnam. Even better is the look he provides into US military planning and computer simulation of possible world events, an area that I felt this book should have spent more time with, as it is really forms some of the most interesting parts of this book. However, most of the book is spent on the ground, tracing the actions of a scientist on the run from the Chinese who has some very politically damaging video of Chinese army massacres, and a CIA agent attempting to rescue the scientist. While this makes for some good action scenes, and presents a nice look into the mind of one Chinese commando, I often felt that this focus was too narrow, and wanted to see more of the overall strategy and movements by all parties involved. Characterization for the major players is reasonable, enough to where I could care about their fates, but are built out of fairly stock elements.Read more ›
The time is the near future and the framework of a conflict driven by climate change is an interesting concept. It sets out with an intriguing storyline with China as the global power seeking to increase its influence sphere. It is quite believeable but it should have been more focused on the political side then the focus on one individual American trying to save the day.
I do not want to give too much away, but it was a bit of a let down. There were it could have been a Red Storm Rising kind of book it is a story that skips the interesting aspects and focuses on a few people making up for this by implying they will avoid the conflict if they survive.
Nice read, but a bit too light ... could have been more intriguing