In the third book in the Red Dragon Rising series, Major Zeus Murphy and Win Christian, under secret orders from the US President, work with the Vietnamese army to delay the Chinese juggernaut rolling down from the north. Wracked by famine, China is invading her southern neighbor both to gain precious foodstuffs and as a first step in conquering all of Asia. Zeus and Christian cobble together desperate plans to buy time, but the often find themselves behind enemy lines and in the thick of the fighting.
In Hanoi, Zeus has found someone to care about, but loses her almost as quickly. He will have to risk everything to save her.
Off the coast of Vietnam, the US Aegis destroyer McLane and her captain, Dirk Silas, face off against a typhoon, as well as superior Chinese forces, frustrating their plans while carefully maintaining American neutrality.
Back in the US, President Greene tries to make the public and Congress understand the danger the distant war represents, but it’s hard going against a US mired in a recession and a relentless Chinese propaganda campaign. In the end, he can’t even get the Pentagon to support him.