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Title:
Empire rising
Author:
Campbell, Rick (Navy Commander), author.
Edition:
First Edition.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2015.
Physical Description:
xii, 414 pages ; 25 cm
Summary:
"Xiang Li Cheng, the President of the People's Republic of China, has both a problem and a plan. The problem is that the limited supply of oil available to China is threatening to derail his country's economic growth and prosperity. But to secure access to those resources, he must contend with powerful U.S. Navy and the Pacific Fleet. After a decades-long largely secret military build up, Cheng sets his plan in motion by suddenly invading Taiwan and drawing the Pacific Fleet in to its defense. With a faster, larger fleet with more capable long range missiles, China is able to surprise and quickly overwhelm the American fast attack fleet, all but wiping out the U.S. forces on deployment. Then China turns to its real objective - invasion and expansion across Asia, starting with the four main Islands of Japan. While the Atlantic Fleet surges westward to defend its allies and respond to the destruction of their counterparts, it falls to an unlikely alliance of three people to stop this incursion and prevent World War III. National Security Advisor Christine O'Connor has critical information, but she's trapped in Beijing; Captain Murray Wilson, C.O. of the submarine USS Georgia must somehow infiltrate the Chinese submarine blockade; and Navy SEAL Jake Harrison must lead a strike team into the most hostile of territories with only hours to implement the most daring plan ever. "--
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781250040466
Format :
Book

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After a long, secret military buildup, China launches a swift and deadly attack on Taiwan. But that's only their first move in a much deadlier game.

In Rick Campbell's thrilling Empire Rising, Xiang Chenglei, Chinese president and party secretary, has both a problem and a plan. The problem is that China's limited supply of oil is threatening to derail its economic growth and prosperity. Having failed to win access to a greater supply diplomatically, he sets his backup plan in motion. And what is war, but diplomacy by other means?

The U.S. Pacific Fleet is the major military force in the area, and when Taiwan is invaded, the fleet is sent in to repel the invading Chinese forces. The U.S. military expects it to be an easy operation, but after a decades-long, top-secret buildup, China has military capabilities far greater than the United States is aware of. With hidden batteries of long range missiles, advanced cyber warfare capabilities, and a submarine fleet wielding a secret weapon, China is able to overwhelm the American fleet. In fact, China all but wipes out the U.S. Pacific Fleet--leaving them free to turn to their real objective--invasion and expansion across Asia, starting with the four main islands of Japan.

While the Atlantic Fleet surges westward to defend its allies and respond to the destruction of their counterparts, it falls to an unlikely alliance of three people to stop this incursion and prevent an all-but-inevitable global war. National Security Advisor Christine O'Connor has critical information, but she's trapped in Beijing; Captain Murray Wilson, commanding officer of the submarine USS Michigan must somehow infiltrate the Chinese submarine blockade; and Navy SEAL Jake Harrison must lead a strike team into the most hostile of territories with only hours to implement the most daring plan ever.


Author Notes

Rick Campbell, a retired Navy Commander, spent more than twenty years on multiple submarine tours. On his last tour, he was one of the two men whose permission was required to launch the submarine's nuclear warhead-tipped missiles. Campbell is the author of The Trident Deception, and lives with his family in the greater Washington, D.C. area.


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

In Campbell's thrilling follow-up to The Trident Deception (2014), the U.S. president signs a bill into law, and the Chinese government launches an attack in retaliation. The invasion of Taiwan starts a cascade that could launch WWIII, and the fate of the world falls upon a submarine captain, a security advisor, and a navy SEAL. The story rockets around the globe, and the pages cannot turn fast enough. The characters are just as intriguing as the shiny tech, and Campbell's expertise in the navy from his years in service adds a realistic feel to the proceedings. Readers who miss Clancy will be eager to devour Campbell.--Ayers, Jeff Copyright 2015 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Campbell follows his promising debut, 2014's The Trident Deception, with another riveting military action thriller. Christine O'Conner, the president's national security adviser, fears the consequences of signing the Mutual Access to Environmental Resources Accord, which assures the U.S. and Pacific Rim nations access to dwindling oil reserves and cuts off China from present and future production. A well-prepared China responds to the signing by declaring war and seizing Taiwan, the first in a series of attacks that will lead to serious losses for the American Pacific fleet. Meanwhile, the Chinese take O'Conner prisoner while she's visiting Beijing. After escaping, she plays a leading role in a dramatic SEAL raid, but the book's primary focus is on the course of the naval war between China and the U.S. Campbell ably juggles a large cast as he switches among the personnel of the missile submarine USS Michigan, the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz, and other American vessels. This is a must-read for fans of this subgenre. Agent: John Talbot, Talbot Fortune Agency. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.