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The Second Pearl

By: Mike Bentley
Narrated by: Edison McDaniels
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The Communist Chinese leadership decides to move up their timetable to become the world’s sole superpower from 2049 to the present. Part of this is to unify Taiwan by force. They believe the best model for accomplishing their wider goals is to copy the comprehensive moves by Imperial Japan in 1941-1942. The CCP/PLA thinks they can replicate the successes of the Japanese, while at the same time eliminating the failures. By means of subterfuge, they strike their East Asian neighbors, Western Pacific sea lanes, and the key American naval bases in Hawaii, Japan, Australia, and the United States. They rely on advanced missile and drone technology and are initially successful.

This novel is a cautionary tale that warns us of the current comprehensive threat that is Communist China today.

©2021 Mike Bentley (P)2022 Mike Bentley

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Good story line but could done better

Being former navy, I found one thing in story that sinks it. There would have been alarm bells going off once a group of a PLAN SSBN or SSGN were position off the coast
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Good Story - Bad Performance

The story was well detailed in every way (sometimes maybe too detailed). It was plausible given current geo-political realities and a long, but enjoyable, story.

HOWEVER - the narrator was horrible. Every time I heard him pronounce "Vietnam" (correctly pronounced Viet-nahm) with a nasal "Viet naaaaam", it felt like fingernails on a blackboard (does anybody remember what that sounded like anymore?). Additionally, it was hard to distinguish any change in his narration performance when listening to him narrate a male or female voice or (worse) an American vs a Chinese or Japanese voice....just horrible.

Sorry for this review but the book could have been so much more enjoyable with a better narrator.

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sorry, but a waste of a credit

I am not sure if it is the writing or the reading but it is one of the worst books I have listened to in a long time. the reader uses a single voice and is unable to articulate any other voices and makes the book very very boring. I purchased with Great Expectations it seemed exciting and interesting but it is not

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Starts off good, character development, seems like a good story. The author reading this was a mistake. Same tone without feeling, like he is reading it for the first time.