The Bear and the Dragon
Tom Clancy. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2000. 1,028 pp. $28.95 ($26.05).
Stephen Coonts. New York: St. Martin's, 2000. 348 pp. $25.95 ($23.35).
Reviewed by Commander Ward Carroll, U.S. Navy
If you are one who believes in the prescience of technothriller authors you might want to check whether your mutual funds have any Far Eastern holdings. The premise of both Stephen Coonts's Hong Kong and Tom Clancy's The Bear and the Dragon is that China is in serious financial trouble and willing to go to extreme lengths to preserve its Communist power base. Among the differences between the two novels (besides nearly 700 pages) is that Coonts sees the after-math as domestic in nature while Clancy takes his story to the brink of World War III.