TIANANMEN ASCENDING by Britt Alan

TIANANMEN ASCENDING

From the "The Dragon Proxies" series, volume 1
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KIRKUS REVIEW

In Alan’s debut political thriller, the governments of Iran and China join together to coordinate deadly terrorist actions on American soil.

One Monday morning in Washington, D.C., Navy SEAL sniper Lt. Cmdr. Cam Nite watches six 45-foot recreational vehicles drive onto the Francis Scott Key Memorial Bridge, screech to a halt, and explode in the middle of traffic. The bridge is destroyed, and a stunned Cam has a flashback of his second tour with SEAL teams in Iraq, when he survived a devastating explosion that claimed the lives of 10 Marines and crew members. Back in the present, a series of coordinated suicide bombings across the capital ensues, and Cam jumps into action to rescue civilians and take down terrorists. As the novel progresses, the narrative jumps among Cam; Iranian Deputy Cmdr. Gen. Hossein Hamedani, the orchestrator of the terrorist attacks; the pompous, unnamed president of the United States and his White House associates; and agent Xi Gang of China’s Ministry of State Security. Readers quickly learn that China and Iran conspired in the attacks as a larger conspiracy with the end goal of eliminating the United States’ status as a world leader. Alan delivers a gripping, imaginative, and meticulously researched novel that looks at the what-ifs of modern-day United States foreign relations by drawing on his own lifelong personal enthusiasm for the subject of geopolitics. (In an introduction, he informs readers that, at the age of 8, he sent a letter of protest to Iran’s embassy in response to the Iran Hostage Crisis and was sent back a packet of propaganda, which sparked his interest.) In this novel, he effectively examines how Americans’ fear of terrorism increased after the tragic attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and he uses this awareness to create scenes of riveting, cinematic action and suspense. Overall, this thriller is highly recommended for readers who enjoy cerebral, absorbing narratives about contemporary politics and the devastating potential of global terror.

An enthralling, action-packed novel about a hero’s courageous call to action in the wake of a realistically portrayed attack.

Pub Date: June 15th, 2016
ISBN: 978-0-9971167-0-0
Page count: 444pp
Publisher: 2nd City Press
Program: Kirkus Indie
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