Dedication: For Ellen, without whom this book would be called “Title.”


Part One: The Dragon Dance

Part Two: Intelligence

Part Three: The Pit

Part Four: Black Crows

Part Five: Taking on the World

Part Six: The Politics of Cataclysm

Part Seven: Peace

About the Author

Part One: The Dragon Dance

Marylebone, London, January 23rd, 2012

A black Rolls Royce drew up outside the Chinese Embassy, one of a long line of cars waiting to disgorge their passengers. The door opened and two women climbed out followed by a man, the women in exquisite evening gowns, the man in an immaculate tuxedo. He took his place between his companions and together they walked the gauntlet of TV and press cameras on the way into the building.

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