The Chinese populist Tuanpai faction, dissatisfied with the rapid pace of change by President Zhou Yedong’s elitist princeling coalition to transform the country into a full market economy, conceives a shocking plan to devastate America and put themselves in power.
With his friend Chen Teng, Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission, Keung Yeng, Chairman of the Standing Committee, conceives a plan to send a nuclear attack submarine to La Palma, and island in the Canaries chain, and set off a slump of the Cumbre Vieja Volcano’s western flank. This would generate an enormous tsunami that would wipe out the American eastern seaboard, crippling the country, making way for Keung’s Tuanpai faction to assume power, elevating China as the only world superpower.
The mission is only partially successful and the tsunami causes minimal damage. Keung now faces the horrible prospect of America striking back if evidence if found that China was responsible. Thomas Meecham, FBI Special Agent in Charge, is placed in charge of a team to investigate the incident as a possible terrorist attack. Hull material is retrieved from the sunk Chinese submarine and President Walters confronts Zhou, threatening military retaliation for the unprovoked attack. Zhou suspects he knows who the perpetrators are, and to salvage something of China’s reputation and forestall a global economic and diplomatic backlash, he invites U.S. investigators to help him find proof.
Thomas Meecham is sent to Beijing in an attempt to uncover whether the attack was planned by Zhou or a dissident faction. Everyone knows that if Zhou was responsible, the investigation would yield nothing. Under a cloud of mutual suspicion, Meecham faces assassination on Keung’s orders and America readies itself for a military confrontation.
This is a mind-bending expose of international politics and distrust between two vastly different cultures.
Stefan Vucak is an award-winning author of eight sci-fi novels, including With Shadow and Thunder, a 2002 EPPIE finalist, and five political thrillers. He started writing science fiction while still in college, but didn’t get published until 2001. In 2010, he decided to branch out into contemporary political thrillers. His Cry of Eagles won the coveted 2011 Readers’ Favorite silver medal award, and his All the Evils was the 2013 prestigious Eric Hoffer contest finalist and Readers’ Favorite silver medal winner. Strike for Honor won the gold medal. Stefan leveraged a successful career in the Information Technology industry, which took him to the Middle East working on cellphone systems. He applied his IT discipline to create realistic storylines for his books. Writing has been a road of discovery, helping him broaden his horizons. He also spends time as an editor and book reviewer. Stefan lives in Melbourne, Australia.