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April 04 , 2008

China's 8th Dragon


While the Vietnam War is a tumultuous chapter in the United States’ history books, the conflict did provide an opportunity for many of the nation’s unintentional ‘misfits’ to escape their lives and experience things that were a million miles from home. In his compelling new novel, author the tells the story of one such young man’s career, and the evil elements and forces that he continues to uncover along the way.
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‘China’s 8th Dragon’ spans three decades in Southeast Asia, telling the story of the protagonist’s transpositions from young U.S. Marine recruit to a deep cover agent, a professional killer and eventually a U.S. foreign diplomat.

A young man’s life takes him through many unexpected twists and turns and an invisible war; recruited by a vicious and brutal intelligence agency and a long career in an on-going battle between twin evils and no way out.

Follow him as he ventures through this action thriller to the highest levels in government, down to the black mirrored trenches of evil. The trenches are where all things get done; fight for life, or death.

“Our protagonist hails from Michigan and wants nothing to do with the region’s assembly lines of the booming auto industry, so he instead signs up and heads off to Vietnam. Almost four decades later, he decides to quit the industry of ghost operations with some gripping stories to tell,” explains the author. “He has come to learn that there is no such thing as the “good” part in the archetypal good vs evil battle – but it’s instead the best of evil fighting against the worse of evil.”

Continuing, “He leaves his career not knowing where to turn or who he can place his trust in. He’s essentially tangled in a double cross, and the back stabbing from the highest levels of government to the lowest brutal invisible on-going war where evil men know or recognize any boundaries of humanness.”

While of course fiction, Olivares’ narrative pays homage to the millions of American men who are just like his protagonist.

“A huge cultural shift took place in the 50′s right after the Korean War in 1953, and many young men no longer felt like they had a place in society. Many went to Vietnam. My narrative encapsulates all of their stories and demonstrates how their experiences in Asia shaped them for the rest of their lives.”

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