This is the first novel by Don Brown that I've read, and I was pleasantly surprised. Brown mixes action, international intrigue, a small hint of romance, faith, and a few other elements into a very readable book. The story follows several different US Navy officers and ships as they become pawns in a very deadly game played between the USA and China. China has a new president who takes very aggressive action in expanding the role of his nation on the world stage. The President of the US ultimately gets placed in a difficult situation of placing his own daughter in the middle of an international conflict.
Brown does a phenomenal job of accurately portraying China and some of the human rights abuses that take place there without making the book a political soapbox. The factual undergirding of the story only serves to heighten the fictional aspect, as the reader is left with a "this could really happen" feeling throughout.
Very enjoyable read, highly entertaining, and well-written!
This work gets 5 out of 5 stars.
I received a free copy of this book from Thomas Nelson in exchange for a fair and honest review.