There’s a Shadow War going on…
…And now the Triarii know it
Now it’s time for the next move
Hank and his section took a beating in West Texas, but they accomplished their mission and secured a strategic asset against a daring attempt to seize it. And in the process, they found out who’s really behind the war.
Now it’s time to strike back.
The government doesn’t want to admit Chinese involvement, despite what the Triarii and the Texas Rangers uncovered. So, once again, the Triarii must act on their own.
Destination: The South China Sea
Mission: Take the war to the People’s Republic of China
But will that be more easily said than done?
China has been pushing extra-legal territorial claims in the Spratly and Paracel island chains in the South China Sea for years. They have built artificial islands on reefs and shoals to beef up their claims, while simultaneously bullying their neighbors in the Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Taiwan, militarily and economically. They have even attempted to keep the US Navy out of international waters, claiming vast swathes of ocean as “security zones” around their ships. They have used irregular forces in the form of People’s Armed Forces Maritime Militia fishing vessels as “gray zone” combat multipliers, to help the PLAN dominate the area.
Area Denial takes us into that theater of maritime “gray zone” warfare, within the story arc of the Maelstrom Rising series. The term “area denial” itself comes from Chinese maritime strategy, a tactic to render sea passages untenable due to fast attack and ballistic missile threats.
The Triarii have their own version in mind. The Chinese are about to get a taste of their own medicine. Welcome to the world of near-future maritime guerrilla warfare.