Book Review: Dragon Storm: China invades Taiwan


by T.J. McFadden

Amazon: Kindle Direct. Pp. 467. Dramatis personae.. $0.90. ISBN:

Dragon Storm is a Clancyesque technothriller based around a near future attempt by China to conquer Taiwan with conventional forces. 

McFadden, author of several other thrillers, such as Landing Party , Brother King , and Forge Valley, had done an earlier version of this scenario in his Formosa Straits, and in this expanded version undates the technology and order-of-battle.

McFadden gives us a very good mix of characters sketches, a fast pace, and lots of bang bang.  Of special merit is the way he deftly handles infowar operations from the macro level down to the granular level, showing how a news team functions and how a host nation plants stories.  Anyone who liked the early Clancy novels [before they turned into a mass produced product line] should enjoy this.  

As with most technothrillers, the end/wrap-up is a tad deus ex machina, but that is the nature of the genre.


Our Reviewer:  Scott Palter graduated from Dartmouth and Stanford Law. A veteran war gamer, one of the old SPI playtesters, he is also a game developer and was founder and publisher of West End Games.  His most recent reviews for StrategyPageincludeForgotten Land: Journeys Among the Ghosts of East Prussia,Orderly and Humane: The Expulsion of the Germans after the Second World War, Savage Continent: Europe in the Aftermath of World War II, Normandy Crucible: The Decisive Battle that Shaped World War II in Europe, The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914, andExorcising Hitler: The Occupation and Denazification of Germany.

Reviewer: Scott Palter   

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