Item description for McQuinn in A Dragon in the Caribbean (Silver Collection) by Julio J. Castellanos...
Once again the unorthodox methods of deep-cover CIA officer Felipe McQuinn are called into play, this time to stop escalating tensions between the United Statesandthe People's Republic of China. McQuinn and a paramilitary team have three days to plan and carry out a missionto head off adeadly confrontation between the two mighty powers.
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With the threat of war looming, McQuinn must race against the clock Jul 9, 2007
Cuban emigrant turned American citizen Julio J. Castellanos presents McQuinn in A Dragon in the Caribbean, the second action-adventure novel starring the hard-bitten NOC Central Intelligence Agency officer Felipe McQuinn and his trusted allies. McQuinn's dogged confidence and Latin American/Irish charm are put to the test amid an international hotbed of intrigue. When the People's Republic of China moves to use Venezuela as its military and economic beachhead, backing the power of Venezuelan strongman President Adolfo Carballo, it's up to McQuinn to uncover a hidden force behind the impending crisis - none other than Fidel Castro, master of war games. With the threat of war looming, McQuinn must race against the clock to identify the would-be doomsday masters, in this exciting can't-put-it-down adventure. Also recommended is Castellanos' previous novel, "McQuinn".
Nobody takes care of business like McQuinn Jun 26, 2007
Sure, the likes of James Bond and Jack Bauer are good, but when I need to slap together and execute a plan to nullify a tin-pot dictator and keep the tyrannical hands and feet of Communist tyranny from tainting the soil of America's backyard, there's only one man I'm going to call, and that is Felipe McQuinn. If you've read Julio J. Castellanos' debut novel McQuinn, you already know just how good this deep cover operative is. The best-laid plans of Fidel and Raul Castro all came to naught thanks to this former cop turned black ops CIA officer. McQuinn doesn't need a nerdy techno-geek like Q supplying him with all sorts of futuristic gadgets, nor does he allow a pretty face to get in the way of his mission. He just gets the job done with whatever materials are available. I think a lot of readers will feel a real connection to McQuinn, as he is really just an ordinary man deep down inside, a man with the sort of painful memories and regrets you'll never find in the likes of a happy-go-lucky James Bond, and a true American hero.
In this second McQuinn thriller, the geopolitical stakes have never been higher, as McQuinn and his accomplished team may be America's only hope to avoid a destructive war with China. It all starts when Venezuela's crackpot dictator Adolfo Carballo lays down the gauntlet of a Latin American socialist revolution, breaking off all ties to the United States and naming China as the country's oil export partner. That's enough to get the dander of U.S. President Jason Douglas up quite a bit, but the real danger comes from the Far East. Transports full of Chinese "technicians" are on their way to Venezuela to assist their new partners, as Chinese President Chen Zee sees this situation as the perfect opportunity to follow up on China's administrative control of the Panama Canal (thanks a lot, Jimmy Carter) and establish a strong Communist beachhead right in America's southern back yard. Once they establish a sizable military presence in Venezuela, the Chinese plan to spread their communist ideology throughout Latin and South America, putting an increasingly bad squeeze on America's interests and influence. President Douglas cannot let this happen. With the Chinese convoy of ships secretly transporting 10,000 Chinese special forces drawing ever closer to the entrance of the Panama Canal, the President gives the go-ahead for drastic action - and that's where McQuinn comes in.
Tensions build in a hurry, shrinking McQuinn's already short timetable down to a mere three days after he and his team parachute into Venezuela by the cover of night. McQuinn's objective is to create a situation in which the Venezuelan government rescinds the request for Chinese "technical assistance." It isn't going to be easy because President Carballo, having declared martial law, now sits ensconced in a most formidable fortress guarded by significant numbers of soldiers. With military tensions rising to unprecedented levels between the U.S. and China, portentous events are meanwhile taking place on the high seas. The world waits to see whether the American navy will attack the Chinese convoy and - should such a military confrontation take place - whether the Chinese will follow up on their threat to attack Taiwan. Basically, it's all up to McQuinn to work another of his patented miracles if World War III is to be avoided.
Castellanos' first novel was great, but McQuinn in a Dragon in the Caribbean is even better - largely because the story comes across as very realistic. The Chinese plot to usurp much of America's political, economic, and military power as it spreads its Communist philosophy throughout Central and South America sounds frighteningly realistic. The action-packed story thunders along like a herd of scared elephants (elephants can run surprisingly fast, you know), with Castellanos delivering a complete seven-course meal of political intrigue, diplomatic doubletalk, assassination, murder, mayhem, and everything else you could ever want in a suspense thriller.
Good story, kept my interest, although it would have been better if the hero was more at risk Apr 12, 2007
Felipe McQuinn, covert operative extraordinaire, returns again to tackle the bad guys in service to his country. McQuinn is a former cop in the United States whose methods were too severe for his superiors, and he now helps run a bar in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil along with some of his friends who also specialize in covert ops. The scenario is the movement of the People's Republic of China into Latin America. Using business strategies, the PRC now manages the Panama Canal and they would like to expand their influence throughout the region. The target is Venezuela, a country that has been taken over by a military strongman, Adolfo Carballo. He has embarked on a strong anti-American campaign and he has requested aid from the PRC. This aid is supposed to be in the form of 10,000 technicians, and a convoy is now crossing the Pacific. However, this convoy contains 10,000 PRC commandos, where their mission is to help Carballo consolidate his power and resist any U. S. invasion. McQuinn and his friends are called into action to stop this from happening, but in a manner where the events can in no way be traced to the United States. This means of course that they are considered expendable and all aid must be on deep cover. Once it starts, the action is intense; and almost non-stop as they kill easily, but only when necessary. Suffice it to say that being the heroes of the story, McQuinn and his pals manage to save the day as the threat is averted. There is an epilogue/prologue at the end which is clearly a leader into a subsequent book. While I do occasionally read paramilitary thrillers, they are not on my must read list. One of the problems I have with them is that the heroes are almost always portrayed as superhuman. That is the case in this book. McQuinn and his group are going up against the best commandos that are in the Venezuelan army and yet they consistently dispatch them with ease. It is a rare occasion when their opposition is able to mount even the most rudimentary of opposition. I understand that the heroes are going to win in the end; that is of course the point of the book. However, it is always a much better story when the hero appears to be at genuine risk rather than being able to easily slice and dice their way out of trouble. After all, we all know that James Bond will win in the end; it is the manner in which he survives the danger that keeps our interest. This criticism aside, this is a book that kept my interest throughout. If the paramilitary genre is one that you enjoy reading, then you will love it.
Attention Espionage Thriller Fans! Meet Julio J. Castellanos Apr 6, 2007
For those who love novels of high suspense and well crafted thrillers - such as those by Tom Clancy, Michael Crichton, John Grisham, Thomas Harris - be sure to introduce yourself to the pungent roller coaster style of writing found in this, the second, of new novelist Julio J. Castellanos. With Felipe McQuinn, Castellanos has created a character with all the charisma and superhero skills that made 'Jack Ryan' a household name. A DRAGON IN THE CARIBBEAN has all the hallmarks of a lasting story, allowing the newly created McQuinn to step on terra firma as an unforgettable hero.
The book is long at 461 pages but the intensity of writing makes it one of those novels that once started dares the reader to put it down until finished. McQuinn is a blend of powerful physique, superior intelligence, practical problem solver, and near clairvoyant sensibilities as a detective. The complex plot is timely, what with the tensions between the US and South America at an all time high. McQuinn's home base is Ipanema, Brazil where he keeps vigil on all the political shenanigans of the various South American countries. The driver of this novel is a plan bred by the president of Venezuela to entice the People's Republic of China to join him in his ongoing drive to divest the USA from any interests in his country, a major source of oil and an influence attended by such other dictators as Fidel Castro. China is shipping in 'workers' who are actually soldiers to assist him in his ruthless plan. The Chinese are headed by the beautiful and dangerous Jai Li May who soon enough encounters the man who will expose and thwart the tactical plan between Venezuela and China - Felipe McQuinn. McQuinn not only confronts the wily Jai Li May, but also uses his unorthodox skills to support the CIA in a fast-paced deactivation of a plan that would pit the major forces of China, Venezuela and the United States in a potentially disastrous war.
Castellanos delivers his story with intelligent, at times witty, always solidly constructed prose: the man know how to describe the most intricate details of espionage and power confrontations, creating characters wholly three dimensional, characters about whom we care and who genuinely frighten us. Wisely, he uses created names of the presidents of Venezuela, China, and the US - but the credibility of his thought development is not only truly feasible but terrifying. A DRAGON IN THE CARIBBEAN puts into novel form the very real possibilities that could explode any day, and that is the mark of a fine writer of this genre. Keep your eyes on this writer - for now, in reading, but likely soon to be translated onto the screen. Julio J. Castellanos knows his trade as well as how to create fans with just two novels under his belt! Grady Harp, April 07