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Reviewed by Gobi Jane for Readers' Favorite
China Rising by Paul Sande is a mesmerizing political thriller with strong themes and characters, a novel that fans of military stories will adore. A lot happens in the plot, including the assassination of the Chinese Vice President, the creation of Liquid Steel that enables fully functional 3D printed weapons, and the Chinese military involvement in disputed waterways. While there is much threat from China and her growing economy, President Barbara Anderson’s first year in office is plagued with a crisis as well. There are enemies who want her out of the White House and there is only one person she can trust: DIA agent Lavinia Walsh. Walsh’s investigation reveals a threat that isn’t just aimed at the President but the entire nation. While time is running out, can they root out the evil before it becomes manifest?
This is a spellbinding story that feels as real as today’s tense political landscape. I enjoyed the way Paul Sande writes about the threat that China poses to the global economy and politics, and it is common knowledge that China has been invading the South East seas. The characters are high profile ones and the plotlines feature a conflict that affects everyone’s lives. The prose is top-notch and it features vivid descriptions. The setting comes out in the narrative and I loved the author’s sense of imagery. China Rising has hints of science fiction, but it is a fast-paced, conflict-driven political thriller featuring characters that readers will love. One of the books that I want to see made into a movie.