Dragon Fire (Mass Market Paperbound)

By William S. Cohen

Forge, 9780765355287, 434pp.

Publication Date: October 30, 2007



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.

About the Author

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.

Praise For Dragon Fire

"This is a great read from a man who knows a thing or two about national security.  As Secretary of Defense, Bill Cohen helped lead our military into the 21st century.  Now he's drawn upon his extensive experience to write a gripping tale of excitement and intrigue."--President Bill Clinton  "A riveting thriller played out on a world stage for the highest stakes imaginable…. Dragon Fire forcefully engages us with spellbinding personal and professional intrigue set within a framework of international power politics that feels as authentic as it is exhilarating."--Senator John McCain
"Only someone who knows the minefields of world politics firsthand could have written this tense insider thriller. Former Secretary of Defense William Cohen draws us into a labyrinthine intriques of the world's most powerful people in such a way that the pages seem to turn themselves. Deadly Deceptions is a fascinating thriller."--Richard North Patterson, New York Times bestselling author of Conviction
"The best espionage and political intrigue novels are written by insiders; Dragon Fire by Former Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen is among the best of the best. William Cohen opens the doors to the halls of power and gives us a peek into the how the world really operates. Great writing, great insight, and the ring of authenticity combine for a hell of a read."--Nelson DeMille, New York Times bestselling author of Night Fall
"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, New York Times bestselling author of Plan of Attack
"Chilling---told as only one who knows could tell it." --- W.E.B. Griffin, New York Times bestselling author of The Hostage
"Dragon Fire is a dazzling geopolitical thriller by a genuine Washington insider who, amazingly, knows how to tell a fast-paced story packed with intrigue, suspense and action.  You're going to love this one!"---Stephen Coonts, New York Times bestselling author of The Traitor
"A former Secretary of Defense should not be permitted to write this well…. This is not just a ripping airplane read, it's a real book, it's literature. Dragon Fire should be required reading for everybody in the White House and Congress, the State Department, and the CIA."--Steven Pressfield, bestselling author of Gates of Fire and The Afghan Campaign
"Bill Cohen has written a superb, fast paced tale of international intrigue....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)