Dragon Fire (novel)

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Dragon Fire
Dragonfire novel cover.jpg
AuthorHumphrey Hawksley
CountryUnited Kingdom
GenrePolitical thriller, War novel
PublisherPan Macmillan
Publication date
24 August 2000
Media typePrint (Paperback, Hardcover)
Pages200 (paperback), 384 (hardcover)
Preceded byDragon Strike 

Dragon Fire is a 2000 novel by BBC political and foreign correspondent Humphrey Hawksley about a 2007 war between China, India and Pakistan, which draws in Australia, Bhutan, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Tibet, the United Kingdom, and the United States, and threatens to escalate to nuclear war.

While a work of fiction, the novel attempts to raise awareness of real geopolitical issues in the region.

This novel gives us nightmare scenarios where the world's worst fears begin on 10:00 a.m. on 3 May 2007. A SFF (Special Frontier Force) unit led by Major Gendun Choedrak assaults Drapchi prison with paratroopers to free Tibetan religious leaders who are being incarcerated there. Far out west, Pakistan launches an attack on the strategic outpost of Kargil, promptly raising the green crescent flag on Indian soil. China accuses India of attacking Chinese soil and declares war. It's Pakistan and China vs India now, 3 nuclear powers. Nuclear arsenals are being mobilized. Later Pakistan is devastated while India and China are threatening nuclear war. Russia says whoever is involved in this matter will have to face her first. The West's greatest nightmares are becoming true.

Major themes[edit]

Significant background themes include:

Critical reception[edit]

John Elliott of the New Statesman said that the novel was a "good read" and that "it is uncomfortably accurate about the dangers facing Asia".[1]


  1. ^ Elliot, John (September 18, 2000). "The road to war". New Statesman. Retrieved October 23, 2010.

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