China: A country of 1.4 billion citizens and an existential threat to itself and the rest of the world. With its news and media censored through the Control Center before being broadcast to viewers, the people of China have no hope of realizing their government is only looking to enrich and reward its most prominent leaders.
Jack Gold is an American banker who has called China his home ever since he arrived not long after obtaining his MBA. Jack’s optimism about China’s economy opening up has faded as the years have passed and nothing has changed. His professional life as of late has been frustrating, and his love life is nonexistent. But Jack sees the endless potential China and its citizens could possess, if only they had free access to information.
A chance meeting one night introduces Jack to an Israeli man named Ari, who Jack feels an immediate kinship with. Ari has a stunning proposition: Help Israel and the United States infiltrate China’s heavily guarded Control Center and address the 1.4 billion citizens with the truth they deserve to hear.
Even if such a dangerous undertaking proves successful, though, there is no guarantee that the growing tensions between China and the United States can be quelled, which could render any risk they take in the Control Center meaningless. But Jack’s love for China, and the beautiful artist, Susan, he meets one night when he’s getting drink with Ari, pushes him to the brink as he risks everything to try to help a population who is blissfully unaware how desperately they need it.
CHINA: CONTROL CENTER is complete at 128,800 words. With China featuring so prominently in global news, this novel aims not only to entertain but also help those not familiar with Chinese culture to understand what life is really like there, for both natives and foreigners alike.
Brad Good currently advises Chinese State-Owned Enterprises on U.S. economic and political policy and associated ramifications. Since first working and living in China in the mid-eighties he has done business all over China and lived in both Beijing and Shanghai, and is married to a Chinese native. Brad has an MBA and a master’s in East Asian Studies from the University of Chicago and a BA from UC Berkeley. He speaks fluent Mandarin and has a fourth degree blackbelt in karate.