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A naval war erupts between China and Taiwan over the contested waters around the Spratly Islands, in which a fictional President of the United States sends the U.S. Navy between the Chinese and Taiwanese navies to try to stop the war. Things take a twist when the President's daughter is stationed aboard the submarine tender USS Emory S. Land , which is on station in the South China Sea when the war breaks out. Thus the President's orders place his own daughter into harm's way, The novel also features the U.S. warships USS Carl Vinson , USS Shiloh , USS Vicksburg , and the cruise missile submarine USS Georgia .
Exploring the modern rise in power of the Chinese navy, the novel's antagonist is a fictional Chinese president who seeks to build China into a military superpower. Since the novel's publication, the Chinese navy has continued to expand in size and power. By 2014, China was in the process of building its second aircraft carrier, with the first having been commissioned in 2012 about the time that Fire of the Raging Dragon was published.
Fire of the Raging Dragon was the second novel released in Zondervan's Pacific Rim series.