Fire of the Raging Dragon

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Fire of the Raging Dragon is a 2012 political thriller novel written by Don Brown. The novel explores the international political tension in disputed waters of the South China Sea.


A naval war erupts between China and Taiwan over the contested waters around the Spratly Islands, in which a fictional President of the United States sends the U.S. Navy between the Chinese and Taiwanese navies to try to stop the war. Things take a twist when the President's daughter is stationed aboard the submarine tender USS Emory S. Land (AS-39), which is on station in the South China Sea when the war breaks out. Thus the President's orders place his own daughter into harm's way,[1][2][3] The novel also features the U.S. warships USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70), USS Shiloh (CG-67), USS Vicksburg (CG-69), and the cruise missile submarine USS Georgia (SSGN-729).[4]

Exploring the modern rise in power of the Chinese navy, the novel's antagonist is a fictional Chinese president who seeks to build China into a military superpower. Since the novel's publication, the Chinese navy has continued to expand in size and power.[5][6] By 2014, China was in the process of building its second aircraft carrier, with the first having been commissioned in 2012 about the time that Fire of the Raging Dragon was published.[7]

Fire of the Raging Dragon was the second novel released in Zondervan's Pacific Rim series.