The China Connection

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Disbarred lawyer turned investigator, Matt Dawson, reeling from the effects of a divorce, is hired to find Johnny Chou before three other groups find and kill him. Dawson embarks on a journey that takes him to LA, London, Paris and Taipei, and into the deepest recesses of his own heart, as he struggles to find his quarry. In the process he learns to forgive his ex-wife and himself, rekindles his faith in God, and decides that he can commit to a loving relationship again. ...
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Disbarred lawyer turned investigator, Matt Dawson, reeling from the effects of a divorce, is hired to find Johnny Chou before three other groups find and kill him. Dawson embarks on a journey that takes him to LA, London, Paris and Taipei, and into the deepest recesses of his own heart, as he struggles to find his quarry. In the process he learns to forgive his ex-wife and himself, rekindles his faith in God, and decides that he can commit to a loving relationship again.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780595261765
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/30/2002
  • Edition number: 0
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 1.02 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2005

    The China Connection

    This action-packed, edge-of-your-seat political thriller is such a great book! The chain of events that has led to China acquiring much of our satellite technology through the launching of commercial satellites for American companies is appalling. There is, however, an even greater message in this book and that is the importance of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Matt Dawson, a man after every woman's heart, has learned through the heart-wrenching ordeal of divorce just how important it is to allow God to be first in his life. By putting God first, and re-establishing his relationship with Jesus (dormant since young adulthood, but still there in his heart) Matt has discovered that 'peace which passes all understanding'. He has also experienced the release that comes with forgiveness. Forgiveness for his ex-wife and the hurtful things she has done to him. But, just as important, asking for and accepting God's forgiveness for himself and the part he played in his marriage's decline and the damaged relationships with his children. Throughout this healing process, Matt is also learing the importance of daily prayer and the wisdom and comfort that is gained from reading scripture. God's word speaks to him directly and guides him through the many circumstances in which he finds himself involved, many of them dangerous, yet thrilling. He also attends morning mass whenever there's a church nearby. This is something which I wish the other Christian denominations would take a cue from the Catholics--how nice it would be to start your day that way. It is also heartening to see how God works in Chu-hua's life. An atheist because of her Buddhist upbringing, she has led a totally immoral life, looking to the pleasures of sex and money for fulfillment. The tremendous crash she experiences when it finally becomes apparent that the gratification from these things is short-lived and has no depth leaves her empty and searching. The intervention of her neighbor with the good news of God's forgiveness sames her life and starts her on her way to a whole new life. All in all, this book was a great read. The political facts upon which it is based have been thoroughly researched and even the epilogue is fascinating--we would all do well as US citizens to pay closer attention to what is going on in our government.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2003

    The China Connection

    Adventure story of modern day U.S. politics interwoven with international big business and intrigue. Fiction thriller based on true facts well researched. Has all the requirements - suspense, sex, travel and religious dogma. Could not lay it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2003

    A stunning book for learning Clinton's behind the scenes

    Tony Sacco has pulled together an amazing assortment of facts to show why and how China has learned many of our technical secrets in the world of missles, both ballistic and its technology. His thrilling tale of imagined characters tells the story of how the Clinton Administration relaxed technology transfer to the Chinese during his tenure as president. Tony has a real thriller in much the same style of Tom Clancy, that gives pertinent facts of a very complicated and clandestine network of Chinese spies and the monies they syphoned into the polictical arena of the U.S. A book you will always remember.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2003

    Sacco knows his stuff!

    After finishing Anthony Sacco's The China Connection, I came away not only fulfilled from a great read, but it was evident to me that Sacco did his homework. He has taken hard, in-depth facts surrounding the dangers of political agendas, and has skillfully woven a fast-moving political thriller around those facts. Many of the events described here actually occurred. The credibility of the situations makes Sacco's charaters even more interesting and real. You will not only find yourself emotionally pulling for Dawson, but you will soon realize that you are wrapped into the circumstances and reasoning of those responsible for a snowball of power, greed and deception. Very powerful! I highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2003

    People with integrity do no lie, cheat or compromise trust.

    Will the world of the 21st Century revel in the joy of peace and hope for humankind or will it be brought down in a quagmire of despair, as world leaders are driven by the complexities of a fragile human nature? Sacco's book aptly raises this question through Matt Dawson, the investigator who is confounded by his personal struggles with the ethics of morality that his religion teaches and demands, with life in a world driven by unscrupulous foreign ideologies and with living in a nation whose government alleges to embrace freedom based upon a sound Christian ethic. Readers are titilated and captivated by alluring characters, some unsavory, as they move about, travelling up and down the I-95 corridor between Maryland and Washington, D.C. seeking to buy favors from certain Congressmen and to infiltrate various branches of the government. Could some of these questionable characters hail from China? 'Unthinkable,' one might reply, but wait a moment. 'What kind of infiltration and for what purpose?' Readers find themselves wondering . . . Did Chinese officials buy access to American politicians willing to engage in lucrative business deals to use Chinese missiles to launch U.S. satellites? Did such deals enable the Chinese space program to move forward more quickly, jumpstarting their Aerospace program? Did certain corrupt Congressmen, through their powerful positions, sell the U.S. to these 'political enemies' purporting to save America a great deal of money? These questions demand honest answers. One wonders about the ethics of certain statesmen as leaders continue to grapple with very real and frightening issues. The web of intrigue becomes more complicit as the international scene expands to encompass the world, as deals are made with powerful and influential corporations and their C.E.O's, as men and women of unethical and questionable behavior are married into a world of corruption, murder, bias and illegality. Could such unscrupulous dealings infiltrate other U.S. agencies besides Congress, or affect the most powerful leader in the world, the President of the U.S.? The answer appears to be 'yes.' It is apparent that American voters are challenged to a greater awareness in taking responsibility to familiarize themselves with the political views of their candidates by electing to office only men and women with integrity, who set high standards for themselves and their constituents. People of integrity who attain high moral standards do not lie, cheat, or compromise trust. In short, they cannot be bought and sold. Sacco's novel very clearly shows that candidates for high political office must be people who will not compromise their moral views! Dawson, in holding dear his religion, which embodies THE ONLY MORAL STANDARD in the person of Jesus Christ, is such a man. Matt, throughtout the novel shows us that one person can make a difference. Having gained greater confidence in himself after some personal setbacks in his marriage and family life, Matt, has rekindled his love for the Lord and is back on track after having done 'the right thing' in learning to forgive himself and his ex-wife. Now he can once again allow himself to establish close, warm personal relationships. When asked by his friend Jeff Singleton to track down Johnny Chou, a man of devious character, who could be of help to the U.S. government in unraveling dark secrets of political corruption, Matt does not hesitate. He is pleased to realize that Jeff trusts him completely, so he sets off to travel the world in an attempt to track Chou, who could be killed at any moment by several groups of people. Matt, in desiring to assist his friend, places himself in grave danger. While on his perilous journey, Matt delights in meeting others, ordinary people like himself, doing their jobs well - people who have come to know and understand that work, grounded in sound moral ethics, can indeed make all the difference. The China Connection is a book wherei

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2003

    Suspenseful Novel of International Intrigue with Chilling Paralells to the Clinton Years

    Writer Anthony Sacco has effectively combined fictionalized events which chillingly paralell developments in US-Chinese relations during the 1990s with a cast of fascinating but believable characters to produce a first-rate novel of technological espionage and suspense. Bent on acquiring US satellite technology, the Chinese military utilizes every means at its disposal, including planted agents and political intrigue aimed directly at the highest office in the United States. When Chinese-American Johnny Chou disappears after idictment on campaign finance violations following a series of high-stakes political deals, private investigator Matt Dawson is hired by the FBI as a low-profile operative whose task is to locate Chou before Chinese agents can kill him to prevent disclosure of everything he knows. Author Sacco takes the reader on a fasinating journey from the highest levels of the growing Chinese satellite program to the Oval Office, and in between to locations ranging from rural China to suburban Maryland. Set against the backdrop Chinese-American espionage are an array of compelling individuals from main character Dawson,to US President Warren Jenkins Carswell,and Chan Chu-hua, a Chinese agent operating US who ultimately discovers Christianity as she seeks to unravel the tangled web of her life. Readers will enjoy the unmistakeable paralells with events in the Clinton White House concerning Chinese technological espionage.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2003

    Engaging political thriller with unusual depth

    For a novel with such depth, this is one quick read. The writing is tight, riveting and graphic. Sacco¿s first novel gives just enough plot line interspersed with exposition that you'll find you're always saying 'just one more page.' This first time I read it, I got through about 30 'just one more pages.' The pace is fast, but there¿s tons of depth along the way. One clever aspect of the novel is its careful interspersing and overlapping of the internal struggles of the main character, Dawson, with his external struggles. The unusual thing is that Dawson isn¿t a flat, cookie-cutter protagonist, but a complex man struggling with some past issues as he¿s more or less thrust into a position that doesn¿t seem terribly unusual at first, but evolves into a major political and military scandal. I like the fact that Dawson has a past, that he¿s trying to be a good ex-husband, father, and boyfriend despite some past failures. Sacco isn¿t afraid to create a protagonist with religious conviction (all-too easy to dismiss in modern literature). This protagonist actually goes to church and contemplates the moral justification for his actions, both personally and professionally as an investigator. Sacco cleverly connects Dawson¿s personal experiences with the larger political problem of relativism. He accuses the moral climate of a thinly veiled version of the Clinton administration for allowing and even instigating political scandals that¿if the truth ever came out¿would shock us all. Sacco¿s fictitious president is a thin disguise for Clinton, providing a convenient hedonistic antagonist who personifies all that Dawson is trying not to be: self-serving, focused on immediate-gratification, and morally bankrupt. The novel revolves around the administration¿s failure to restrict powerful weapons technology from getting into the hands of Chinese leaders in exchange for money and political influence. The fictional account closely parallels the true events of Clinton¿s administration and policies with regard to China, weaving it within a fictional main plot that takes the reader through the contrastingly principled Dawson¿s personal struggles with past mistakes and a budding romantic interest. Sacco is able to fictionalize and clarify an extremely complex series of backdoor political shenanigans. I was impressed with his ability to string together so many and disparate events and show how they were all effects of a misguided political agenda. Although he takes some artistic liberties with dates, events and people, his account is remarkably accurate and comprehensible. Many characters are composites, and other extenuating circumstances are conveniently omitted (that¿s the privilege of fiction, it allows us to focus on only what is of consequence and ignore all the tangential daily clutter that may or may not be relevant). He comes down hard on the administration and exposes it for what it was: a lot of self-indulgent, shortsighted opportunists who raided the system for their political, monetary and sexual gain. The book is scathing in its rebuke of what Sacco sees as the moral relativism of the administration, and its implication that character does count when you are at the helm of the world¿s greatest super power. Really, it¿s one of the most enjoyable novels I¿ve read in the past couple years. There¿s just enough action to keep you intrigued and just enough political subtext to keep you outraged. One warning: you¿ll need to think¿about the character of those who we elect to high office, about self-serving political agendas, about moral relativism¿but not so much that it ruins the adventure along the way.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 29, 2013

    I am generally not a fan of politically inspired writing; I pref

    I am generally not a fan of politically inspired writing; I prefer to read biography, autobiography and sometimes Historical Fiction. That said, I bought and read this book because the author is a long time friend of mine; we go back to high school days in the early to mid 1950's. I knew that Tony had been a lawyer and that he then became a private investigator. So, I wanted to see how he put together a novel.
    And I was very pleasantly surprised. Plot, setting and characters are all fully developed, and the subject matter makes it a very timely read...like reading the newspaper and wondering what is behind the story. In this case, you don't have to wonder; he tells you.
    From a personal point of view, I think the world in which we currently live is a very scary place especially in the way which China is slowing "taking over the world". The book gives me even more reason to feel that way.
    Mr. Sacco has written several books...you should read them all. He is an accomplished writer and the reader will totally engrossed in his writing. If you like a real page-turner, Anthony Sacco is the author for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2003

    An interesting novel by a great new writer.

    I liked this novel. I'ts a good read. The pace is fast, the transitions well-done, and the story exciting. Sacco's descriptions of places are well-researched and interesting. I felt like I was right there with the characters on their travels. His character development is excellent. The protagonist, Matt Dawson, is a complex person dealing with issues from his past while resolutely moving ahead with his mission; to find Johnny Chou and return him to the U.S. to testify before a Congressional Investigative Committee. The minor characters are developed just enough to give weight and credibility to the major ones. I heartily recommend this political thriller to anyone looking for a relaxing but informative novel, and look forward to Sacco's next book, if there is to be one.

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