Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Fire of the Raging Dragon by Don Brown

If you enjoy tactical adventure books, take a look at this! Fire of the Raging Dragon by Don Brown is a detail-filled military adventure without gore or bad language. Published by Zondervan, a Christian publisher, some of those mainstays of regular books of this genre are pleasantly missing.

The story begins at some point in the future and follows as tensions between China and Taiwan escalate into suspicion and fighting, which eventually draw in the United States. The story jumps back and forth between the opposing sides and their respective commands. The fighting between the Chinese and Taiwanese forces expands when an atrocity of huge proportions is found on one of the captured ships. An American military physician is called in to document and from there the US becomes involved at a different level than their previous neutrality.

(I'm not going to tell you too much more, because I do not want to spoil the story)

There is a little twist in the story--the President's daughter is a member of the US Navy and is stationed on one of the boats entangled in the tensions. As the President makes decisions on this front, he is faced with this added detail, as are several other members of the service.

I would recommend this book if you like this military drama type of book. It is a bit choppy in style, jumping back and forth from one country/ship to the next, but you soon get used to that type of writing. I did think that there were some sections that were superfluous--not sure how/why they were included, but for the most part it was easy to follow the story line. It did take me a bit to get into the story--if you begin and it seems a little dry, I'd encourage you to keep on a little further.

One of the nice things about this book is its lack of swearing/inappropriate language. Don Brown shows that this is not a necessary element in a military drama.

To see the book on the publisher page, as well as a little video intro to it, please click here for the Zondervan product page.

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for this review. I was not required to write a positive review.

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