By William S. Cohen
(Forge Books, Hardcover, 9780765316196, 384pp.)
Publication Date: August 22, 2006
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William S. Cohen, former Secretary of Defense, US Senator and Congressman, has walked the most powerful corridors in the world. Now, in Dragon Fire, he takes us with him into the top-secret rooms where the fate of the world is held in the hearts and minds of men with dangerous and hidden agendas. Packed with action and espionage, intrigue and romance, Dragon Fire is a riveting, intricate, ripped-from-the-headlines thriller that so convincingly written, readers will wonder just how much of it is true.
Upon the assassination of the Secretary of Defense, former senator and Vietnam POW, Michael Patrick Santini, is called upon by his President to fill the vacancy. Once there, he discovers that the United States is under attack by a silent, sinister force, someone determined to alienate our allies and undermine our position as a global superpower. But America is hours away from going to war--with the wrong enemy. Rejecting direct orders from the president, Santini races across the world in a desperate attempt to prevent a catastrophic global war.
When Democratic President Bill Clinton chose Republican William S. Cohen to join his staff in 1997 as the 20th Secretary of Defense, it was the first time in modern U.S. history that a president selected a member of the opposing party for his cabinet. Cohen, the first Secretary of Defense to make biological warfare and terrorism almost a personal crusade, was integral in orchestrating a comprehensive strategy to deal with the threat of terrorism. In Dragon Fire, he takes his experience, knowledge, expertise, passion, and fears and melds fact and fiction into a political thriller only he could write.
William S. Cohen served as Secretary of Defense under President Bill Clinton from 1997-2001. It was the first time in recent American history that a president had elected a member of the opposing party to his cabinet. Born in 1940 in Bangor, Maine, Cohen, a lawyer, was a member of the U.S. Senate and Congress for 24 years. He lives with his wife in the Washington, D.C. area.
"Thrilling and inspired. Though fiction, Dragon Fire is an electrifying tale packed with insights about everything from White House infighting, to the Pentagon, the CIA and onto the world stage and the potential threats from Russia and China. All from a former Senator and Secretary of Defense who has been there and seen it all." --Bob Woodward
"Only someone who knows the minefields of world politics firsthand could have written this tense insider thriller. Former Secretary of Defense William Cohen draws upon the labyrinthine intrigues of the world's most powerful people in such a way that the pages seem to turn themselves. Dragon Fire is a fascinating thriller."--Richard North Patterson, New York Times bestselling author of Conviction
"William Cohen has written a superb, fast paced tale of international intrigue and murder. His insights into the inner-workings of our government and how we interact with other nations adds a powerful dimension to this well-written story that few others could provide. It is truly a great read."--General Anthony C. Zinni USMC (Retired)
Packed with insights about everything from White House infighting, to the Pentagon, the CIA and onto the world stage.
Only someone who knows the minefields of world politics firsthand could have written this tense insider thriller.
-Richard North Patterson
A superb, fast-paced tale of international intrigue.
-General Anthony C. Zinni, USMC (Retired)