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Books: Doing laps with the Chinese 'emperor'

Espionage novel takes a close look at Beijing's ambitions in Taiwan

"Emperor," the latest novel by former journalist and intelligence agent John Fullerton, is a gripping tale packed with details that could have been lifted from the international media's front pages. (All photos courtesy of John Fullerton) 

In two months' time, China will attack Taiwan. China's president has decided on reunification by force. More than 150,000 troops are expected to die in the initial assault. The quality of life for the survivors will deteriorate. China's economy will stall. The global financial system will be shaken. The prices of commodities -- especially crude oil -- will increase on world markets. But a war of attrition will eventually subjugate Taiwan and if the West, the Americans or the Japanese become involved China will nuke Taipei.

Such is the plan of Chinese President Qin, whose personal name is never revealed, and who prefers swimming silent laps in his pool in Beijing to interacting with his subordinates and family. It is the only thing that keeps his tumor-induced headache in check. Time to create a lasting legacy is short. Nothing less than war will do.

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