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Dragon Sim-13

by Bob Mayer

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Series: The Green Berets (2)

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Mayer follow up Eyes of the Hammer with a pulsing techno-thriller set in June 1989. As Chinese students are dying in Tiananmen Square, the U.S. stages Dragon SIM-13‚??a routine computer exercise involving a simulated Special Forces raid on a Chinese oil pipeline. But the program has been written by Doctor Meng, a refugee determined to strike a blow against his onetime tormentors in Beijing, and Sgt. Dave Riley and his Green Beret A-team find themselves actually in China, confronting disaster when a helicopter crash leaves half the men stranded in hostile territory. Mayer, an expert on special warfare operations, convincingly presents a situation in which no one in authority can quite believe the sudden connection between computer screens and real life. He equally successfully demonstrates how lower-echelon uncritical obedience to orders can make sense individually but add up to absurdity. The book's greatest strength, however, is its story line. In particular, the final rescue mission‚??featuring a hotshot female helicopter pilot‚??is a nail-biter in the best tradition of adventure fiction.

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Meng, a Chinese computer expert working for a top-secret American facility at Fort Meade, specializes in simulation activities for Special Forces. When he decides to make simulated Dragon SIM-13 real, the buttons he pushes set up an elaborate invasion of mainland China to destroy an oil pipeline. Captains Mitchell and Riley head the team flying in on two helicopters. When one of the helicopters crashes, the repercussions are enormous‚??no one in the States knows about a real invasion, except Meng; and very few in the Far East have any knowledge. A daring rescue by pilot Jean Long, wife of Mitchell, produces a climax with enough suspense and action to satisfy the most jaded of thriller fans. The author of Eyes of the Hammer delivers another rousing tale.

- Robert H. Dona hugh, formerly with Youngstown & Mahoning Cty. P.L., Ohio

Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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I have to admit that I struggled with the first half of the book - there was too much technical information and the process of preparing for the mission was both laborious and lengthy with enough repetition to bog down the story. However, once the mission was a go, it was like reading a different book. It flowed well with plenty of action that made it difficult to put the story down. There was plenty of suspense while the team evaded tens of thousands of Chinese soldiers who were intent on capturing these "terrorists".

The author also had a tendancy of portraying the Captain of a U.S. Cruiser as somewhat 'flippant" when the team interfaced with him. Additionally, it appeared like the Chinese military - with the exception of the Chinese Colonel who was calling the shots - were poorly trained robots who couldn't make a decision on their own. How did the Chinese programmer who was in charge of the US Military simulations have so much power that he alone could cause an unprovoked attack on a foreign power?

The ending was also abrupt as a group of special agents stepped in and quarantined the Green Beret team in order to hide the truth from the world. What became of the team members and those officers up their chain of command? The programmer was arrested but allowed to continue with simulations? The author failed to let readers know the reaction of the Chinese and the outcome of the oil pipeline. A U.S. helicopter was seen by all during the team rescue in china, how was that explained?

All in all, it was interesting to learn about all that is involved in a Special Forces mission...the thorough planning for every conceivable issue that may occur during a mission, and then by following the plan meant success! Thank you Bob Mayer! ( )
  JPodlaski | Feb 3, 2018 |
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Fiction. Suspense. Thriller. HTML:

From Publishers Weekly

Mayer follow up Eyes of the Hammer with a pulsing techno-thriller set in June 1989. As Chinese students are dying in Tiananmen Square, the U.S. stages Dragon SIM-13‚??a routine computer exercise involving a simulated Special Forces raid on a Chinese oil pipeline. But the program has been written by Doctor Meng, a refugee determined to strike a blow against his onetime tormentors in Beijing, and Sgt. Dave Riley and his Green Beret A-team find themselves actually in China, confronting disaster when a helicopter crash leaves half the men stranded in hostile territory. Mayer, an expert on special warfare operations, convincingly presents a situation in which no one in authority can quite believe the sudden connection between computer screens and real life. He equally successfully demonstrates how lower-echelon uncritical obedience to orders can make sense individually but add up to absurdity. The book's greatest strength, however, is its story line. In particular, the final rescue mission‚??featuring a hotshot female helicopter pilot‚??is a nail-biter in the best tradition of adventure fiction.

Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Meng, a Chinese computer expert working for a top-secret American facility at Fort Meade, specializes in simulation activities for Special Forces. When he decides to make simulated Dragon SIM-13 real, the buttons he pushes set up an elaborate invasion of mainland China to destroy an oil pipeline. Captains Mitchell and Riley head the team flying in on two helicopters. When one of the helicopters crashes, the repercussions are enormous‚??no one in the States knows about a real invasion, except Meng; and very few in the Far East have any knowledge. A daring rescue by pilot Jean Long, wife of Mitchell, produces a climax with enough suspense and action to satisfy the most jaded of thriller fans. The author of Eyes of the Hammer delivers another rousing tale.

- Robert H. Dona hugh, formerly with Youngstown & Mahoning Cty. P.L., Ohio

Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Military simulations occur every day without any worry or danger, right? Well, not exactly. In order to test the U.S. Special Operations Command's ability to respond swiftly and efficiently, the computer genius Meng created a simulated strike against China--"Dragon Sim 13." Meng's plan changes after the atrocious slaughter of democratic protestors in Tiananmen Square. He seeks to bring China to its knees, forcing the prevalence of democracy and launching a massive U.S. attack on the People's Republic. Now, Dave Riley, Dragon mission leader, must implement Meng's fiendish plan. Dave anf the Green Berets must infiltrate Chinese borders and execute mission "Dragon" without being detected. Can the team execute the difficult maneuver or will they be at the mercy of the unmerciful Chinese.
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