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Pax Pacifica

Pieczenik, Steve R.

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ISBN 10: 0446515574 / ISBN 13: 9780446515573
Published by Warner Books, New York, 1995
Condition: Very good Hardcover
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24 cm, 320 pages. Signed by the author on title page, and inscribed by the author on front flyleaf. Publisher's ephemera laid in. Novel featuring Assistant Secretary of State Desaix Clark in China. The author was co-creator with Tom Clancy of the Op Center works. Bookseller Inventory # 48941

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Title: Pax Pacifica

Publisher: Warner Books, New York

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very good

Dust Jacket Condition: very good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Printing.

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Sent to China to assess a potentially disastrous situation, Dr. Desaix Clark faces conspiracy, deceit, and betrayal as two rulers vie for power and Western security hangs in the balance. By the author of Maximum Vigilance. Tour.

From Kirkus Reviews:

A thriller based on a fundamental tenet of Sun Tzu's Art of War: Wars are won not on the battlefield, but in the minds of men. After trying to disentangle the minds here, we'll take the action, please. Assistant Secretary of State Desaix Clark (hero of Maximum Vigilance, 1992) is sent to Beijing by his friend and boss, Secretary of State Jim Moffat, to avert a Chinese/Japanese invasion of Taiwan. His initial meeting with Prime Minister Lee Ann Wu is rife with hidden meanings underlying the chatter about food and culture; Desaix, also a psychiatrist, is happy to engage in the minister's mind games. When Ann reveals a possibly apocryphal conflict with her defense minister, General Y.K. Chang, Desaix is torn between negotiating with Chang, who periodically detains him in torture chambers, or with Ann, who proves to be mentally unstable. His uncertainty extends to all the top officials he meets from China, Japan, and Taiwan, any of whom may be vying for pan-Asian control. He and his entourage, which includes CIA Beijing Station Chief Phoebe Hill, race via underground tunnel, rail, and ship to Shanghai, where an international delegate will attempt to reach a resolution before war erupts. Desaix gradually uncovers the most shocking secret of all regarding bureaucratic rivalry between the US State Department and the CIA. Realizing that he is being used as a pawn between Ann and Chang, Desaix is now unable to trust even his old friend Jim. The narrative embodies Sun Tzu's state of formlessness, in which the warrior follows his adversary with a plan that has no constant shape, observing and waiting until he has the opportunity to strike. Unfortunately, the complex deceptions and lack of structure create a difficult reading experience. The mental gymnastics Desaix employs to get himself out of dangerous situations are lost on baffled readers. Pieczenik uses Chinese philosophy to weave a web so intricate that it's opaque and abstruse. -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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