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In The Hainan Conflict by DM Coffman, the second book of The Net series, Yi and Sarah escape to Hainan Island to recuperate after Sarah has been viciously attacked by a corrupt judge. Yi notices some unusual activity on nearby Wild Boar Island from his hotel room, which leads him to uncover a highly advanced computer system with familiar symbols related to a terrorist cell. When his hotel room is ransacked, Yi and Sarah uncover a terrorist plot by a highly sophisticated organization called The Net, which is planning biochemical attacks on Washington, New York, and major US seaports. But with so much corruption, including the local mayor, Yi doesn't know who he can trust to help. Meanwhile, Sarah's suspicion that Yi is hiding something from her is confirmed as his true identity is revealed. Yi now must use all his skills and knowledge to stop the attacks. When the White House and the CIA become involved, they decide there is only one way to stop the impending attacks. Chinese military combine forces with the Navy SEALS and descend on Hainan Island.
The Hainan Conflict by DM Coffman has every ingredient I look for in a novel. The first chapter is dark and intriguing with a horrifying twist. I was completely hooked. Yi was a great protagonist; he was intelligent, brave with excellent values and morals. Sarah was a fantastic character too, strong-minded, and matched Yi's intelligence and integrity. The descriptiveness of the surroundings was amazing. I literally felt I was on Hainan Island with Yi and Sarah. The Foreigner was a super character and one of the finest non-fiction villains I have met, he is so cold and calculating and sent chills down my spine. The first half of the plot deals with the uncovering of the terrorist plot, and there are so many scenes filled with tension and suspense, especially when Yi travels to Wild Boar Island. The remaining part of the book explodes with action, conflict and even more tension as the White House, CIA and Navy SEALS along with the Chinese military plan to thwart the terrorist plot. As a reader, I thought the story ended there, but I was wrong and I cannot wait for the next book in the series, Panama Contagion, next year.