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Larry Bond's Red Dragon Rising: Shadows of War

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by Larry Bond, Jim DeFelice, Luke Daniels

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In the not-too-distant future, massive climate change has wracked the globe. China’s rice-growing regions have been devastated by typhoons, while its western breadbasket is suffering from three years of drought. Riots threaten to tear the country apart. With the old-guard Chinese government paralyzed by the crisis, a young, charismatic party leader steps to the


In the not-too-distant future, massive climate change has wracked the globe. China’s rice-growing regions have been devastated by typhoons, while its western breadbasket is suffering from three years of drought. Riots threaten to tear the country apart. With the old-guard Chinese government paralyzed by the crisis, a young, charismatic party leader steps to the fore. His solution to the unrest is a time-tested one — conquest of China’s neighbors.

And after that, the world.

Josh MacArthur, a mild-mannered American scientist studying climate change in northern Vietnam, is the only witness to a clever attempt by the Chinese to make it appear that Vietnam started the war. Escaping a massacre, he manages to gather critical evidence that could turn world opinion against China.

Unfortunately, the Chinese learn of MacArthur’s survival, and of the information he carries. A former Ch’an fighting monk turned commando is sent to capture him. Mara Duncan, a CIA agent, is also on MacArthur’s trail. The American scientist has become the subject of a deadly race in the jungles of northern Vietnam, with the fate of the world in his hands.

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Publishers Weekly
Bestseller Bond and DeFelice (Larry Bond's First Team) launch a four-book series with an adrenaline-fueled, multilayered thriller that cuts right to the chase. In 2014, China must cope with widespread riots and a devastating drought; the U.S., where gas costs $14.39 a gallon, is suffering through a recession and a housing crisis; Europe has problems just as serious. When China decides to invade Vietnam in an effort to save its starving populace, the U.S. determines to aid Vietnam to insure the world order. Compelling characters include CIA operative Mara Duncan, who's based in Bangkok, Thailand; Maj. Zeus Murphy, who simulates a war game called Red Dragon (which pits China against the U.S. under code names) and proudly drives a gas-guzzling Corvette; and American scientist Josh MacArthur, who's on the run in Vietnam from a Chinese commando and martial arts master, Lt. Jing Yo. Constant action makes this a must read for military adventure fans. (Nov.)
From the Publisher

“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

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Northwestern Vietnam, near the border with China

The sneeze rushed him out of the dream, squeezing away the black shadows he’d been running through. It didn’t quite wake Josh MacArthur up, however— the second sneeze did that, shaking his body so violently that he knocked over the small radio near his sleeping bag. He rolled over and slipped to the edge of the mattress before the third sneeze, trying to bury his face in his arm to muf.e the noise. This was only partly successful, and Josh, worried that he would wake the rest of the team, grabbed the cover of his sleeping bag and sti.ed the next sneeze, and the next.

When he was .nally able to take a good breath without sneezing, Josh rose to his knees and crawled to the side of the tent, looking for the small plastic box with his antihistamines. After a bit of patting around he found it, but it was too dark inside the tent to sort through the pills— he carried two types, of similar sizes but different strengths. He wanted the one more powerful at nighttime, not caring that it would make him drowsy.

His .ashlight had rolled away somewhere when he knocked over the radio, and he couldn’t see it. Finally he decided to go outside and walk to the clearing, where the moonlight might be strong enough for him to tell the difference between the blue and green pills; it would also give him a chance to relieve himself. He grabbed his jeans from the edge of the cot and pulled them on. Remembering the snakes he’d seen during the day, he shook out his boots before putting them on, then took his sweatshirt from the base of his camp bed and went outside.

The moist mountain air provoked another sneeze.

Josh cursed his sinuses silently and walked over to the open area where they’d made a .re the previous eve ning. It was reduced to dead ashes now, but there was enough open space for the moon to shine full; he could see not only his hands but the cuts across his palm. He opened the pillbox and sorted through its contents, worried he would sneeze again and spill them in the dirt, where they might be lost forever. Finally he found one he was convinced was green—one of the strong ones— and popped it into his mouth.

He swallowed, grimacing at the bitter taste the pill left in his throat. Then he moved toward the bushes and trees a few yards away to .nd a place to pee.

Northwestern Vietnam was not the best place for a man with allergies, but MacArthur hadn’t considered his body’s foibles when he decided on his career as a weather scientist, nor had he thought about it much when he chose his doctoral thesis topic, the impact of rapid climate change on Asian mammals. Vietnam was not only a good place to study his subject; there was actually money available to fund the research, since few scientists wanted to go to such a distant place when there were ample topics in the developed world. These days, one could study the effects of climate change and still sleep in a hotel bed at night.

But Vietnam, snakes and all, offered other consolations. The mountains and valleys of the north were breathtakingly spectacular. And while they had been greatly affected by the rapid changes in the world’s weather that had occurred over the last .ve years, the changes were much more benign, and even bene.cial, than those elsewhere.

One of the changes meant it was slightly wetter and warmer in February than it ordinarily would have been just .ve years before. But warmth was relative— MacArthur pulled on his sweatshirt and rubbed his hands together, trying to ward off the chill as he looked for a suitable place to relieve himself.

The young scientist had just found a large rock when he heard something pushing through the scrub to his right. He froze with fear.

A tiger!

Ordinarily they didn’t range quite this far west, but they too had suffered the consequences of climate change, and were expanding their range.

What was he supposed to do? Crouch? Freeze? Run? What had he been told during orientation?

Before his mind could supply an answer, he heard another sound, this one farther away. There were two, no three animals moving through the brush.

A fourth.

They couldn’t be tigers. The cats didn’t hunt in packs.

But this realization didn’t comfort him. Something was de.nitely there, moving through the vegetation toward the camp.


Someone shouted. MacArthur spoke very rudimentary Viet namese, and what he heard didn’t match with the words he knew.

There was another shout, and then a very loud and strange popping noise, a bang that seemed unworldly. The whole mountain shuddered, then .ashed oddly white.

Then came a noise he did recognize, one he’d heard long ago as a child, a sound that had .lled his nightmares ever since—an automatic weapon began rattling behind him, its sound the steady, quick stutter of death. Another joined in, then another and another.

Without thinking, without even looking where he was going, Josh MacArthur took off running in the opposite direction, dodging through the thick brush in the moonlight.

Excerpted from larry bond’s red dragon rising by Larry Bond and Jim DeFelice.

Copyright © 2009 by Larry Bond and Jim DeFelice.

Published in November 2009 by Tom Doherty Associates, LLC.

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Meet the Author

Larry Bond is the author of numerous New York Times bestselling thrillers, including Cold Choices, Cauldron, and The Enemy Within. He previously worked with Jim DeFelice on the Larry Bond’s First Team series. A former naval intelligence officer, warfare analyst, and antisubmarine technology expert, he makes his home in Springfield, Virginia.
Jim DeFelice is the author of many military thrillers and has frequently collaborated with New York Times bestselling authors Stephen Coonts, Larry Bond, and Richard Marcinko. DeFelice’s solo novels include Threat Level Black, Coyote Bird, War Breaker, and Brother’s Keeper. He lives in New York.

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Larry Bond's Red Dragon Rising: Shadows of War 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
TyMyGuy More than 1 year ago
Just like his character, Josh MacArthur, who is running for his life through the Vietnam jungle, Larry Bond's techno thriller, Red Dragon Rising - Shadows of War, leaves you fantastically exhausted. It's reads like this evening's news, but occurs in the very near future, 2014. Climate change has decimated China's food supply. China responds with a drastic climatic policy - invade Vietnam and seize their rice paddies. The world believes the attack is a Vietnamese first strike, but American scientist, Josh MacArthur, witnesses the actual Chinese invasion. Now he is being hunted by the CIA and China to reveal ... hide the truth.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are series that work, and series that don't. For instance, I've sworn off Ludlum because of the basic concept that America's spy apparatus is called Consular Operations and works out of the State Department's basement. State's basement houses the cafeteria, souvenir shops, the diplomatc pouch room and the deactivated incinerator, as well as the vendor delivery entrance. Consular Affairs deal with US Visas, US Passports and a section that renders Citizen Services abroad. State employees are not spies. So Ludlum's premisesvitiates the credibility, those entertainment value, ofhis books. Bond's premisesaremore believable, but still lack the credibility that I appreciate in a novel. What parent would seroisly name his child "Zeus"? I have met many CIA women clandestine officers, but Mara did notbring any of them to mind. Josh the scientist was a caricature, rather than a well developed character. And the invadingChinese commandos reflect a deep ignorance of Chinese military structure and tactics, playing on offensive stereotypes. That said, the plot is well developed, and thus the three stars.
JMK73 More than 1 year ago
There is little to no direct conflict in this book and the only truly interesting character is the main Chinese officer. The plot is thin, the character development nil, and the excitement rare. Not great if you're looking for military fiction.
NoirConnoissuer More than 1 year ago
Well worth the read and has nice twist on a possible future. The characters are easy to relate to.
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I thought the book was well written and I greatly enjoyed the plot and characters. However, I detested the insertion of climate change into the plot.
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ME6135 More than 1 year ago
Larry Bond is a very good writer. He gets into his writing.
James Watts More than 1 year ago
For the most part the book kept my interest and was believable. I would read late into the night and didn't want to stop reading.