Sunday, November 25, 2012

Review: Fire of the Raging Dragon by: Don Brown


About the Book:
 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?

About 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.

My Review:
 This book really did not meet my expectations. I'm sure it was probably because I'm a girl that is more into sweet, real life type love stories and this was a type of war story. I thought it would be something I would be able to sink my teeth into. But it was not my cup of tea. So I will do my best to provide a fair and honest review. The book begins with Lieutenant Wang Ju firing missiles at porpoises. And then switches to Stephanie she is the daughter of the President of the United States and she ends up getting kidnapped by China along with a ship full of people. In the beginning they don't know that she is the President's daughter.
 She eventually falls for Gunner which just happens to be her commanding officer. He comes to rescue her but to leave they have to shoot their way out. They separate and as he makes his way to help the others she gets wounded out on her own and has to shut herself off from everyone. She eventually survives along with everyone else even her love interest. This book takes place during the rise of communism in China that began in 1927 and raged on for 10 more years. It was a war between the "two Chinas" consisting of the "Republic of China in Taiwan and the Communist "People's Republic of China" in Beijing.
 If you are interested in this book you can check it out here.

**Disclosure** I received this book for free from the publisher for my honest review.