Almost twenty years ago I wrote Dragon Fire, a scenario of India-Pakistan conflict which ended up in a three-pronged nuclear war with China. It became a huge best-seller in Asia, and the tension this week is chilling to the extreme, particularly as Beijing’s influence inside Pakistan is so much more entrenched. Dragon Fire is free on Kindle for the next day and below is a sample of the reaction when it was published.
A novel that describes a Chinese nuclear attack on India should not be dismissed as fiction. — Associated Press
Dragon Fire cannot be dismissed as a mere invention of an imaginative writer — John Elliott, New Statesman
I hope nobody dismisses Humphrey Hawksley’s book, Dragon Fire, as one more book of fiction... — George Fernandes, Indian Defence Minister
It’s fiction, a gripping but terrifying tale of escalating conflict told by former BBC staffer Humphrey Hawksley… — Reuters
The book should be compulsory reading for politicians, military brass and civilian strategic analysts — Prof. RVR Chandrasekhara Rao, Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies
The fictional scenario of Chinese nuclear strikes on New Delhi and Mumbai was termed as plausible by leading defence experts. — Press Trust of India