Wednesday, November 6, 2013

The Red Dragon by L. Ron Hubbard

The Red DragonBook Description:
As a lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps—as handsome and cocky as Richard Gere—Michael Stuart was once considered an officer and a gentleman. But that’s all changed. Now he’s seen as a renegade, a traitor and a thief.

Stuart is a man without a country . . . and perhaps without a prayer. Why? Because in a daring plot to foil the Japanese puppet regime in China, he set out to reinstate the country’s true emperor. Known now as The Red Dragon, Stuart is a soldier of fortune in war-torn Manchuria—and a man of honor in a world of treachery.

Stuart’s latest adventure takes him from Peking to the Great Wall and beyond. He’s in a race against time and against the Japanese super-spy known as the Hell-Cat, both of them in hot pursuit of an elusive black chest. For Stuart, the ultimate prize is one filled with mystery, power, and treasure—not only in the chest itself, but in the love of the beautiful woman who has sent him on this mission. . . .

It was on Hubbard’s second journey to East Asia that he met British Secret Service agent, Major Ian MacBean, who introduced him to “The Great Game,” the geopolitical tug-of-war between China, Japan, and Britain. Hubbard also learned of the trade in stolen Chinese treasures, and was exposed to the secret criminal society known as The Red Dragon—inspiring this story of the same name. He has captured a singular time in this storied land.

My Thoughts:
This was a good audio book.  Mike Stuart is the Red Dragon.  He was once a soldier and respected man, but life changed drastically for him.  He is now feared and playing countries against each other.  He agrees to help a young woman on her search for a treasure that her father left her a map to.  He must go through terrible danger and bring them both out alive but keeping her alive is now what his life is about.
I really liked how the story flowed and the characters.  Mike was great.  He was a great bad guy.  Probably not really a bad bone in his body and he is fiercely protective!  I really liked the clarity of the audio in this.  It was a book I could listen to in the car with my children and they completely enjoy it as well.
I rate this a 4/5.  I do enjoy these old stories and the narrator is great.
Thank you to the publisher for the review copy of this book.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.


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