The Bite of the Dragon by JF Susbielle

“La Morsure du Dragon” (The Bite of the Dragon) by JF Susbielle was a bestseller in France in both hardcopy (First Editions 2005) and paperback (Points Seuil 2007).

It is one of the first fictional pieces about the great confrontation of the 21st Century, that between China and the USA.
Often compared to the works of Tom Clancy, Robert Ludlum and Michael Crichton, the book has been considered by a major production house for a movie adaptation.

Cyberwar or pre-emptive strike?
For obvious security reason (back-door, virus, Cyberwar), the Ministry of Information Industries in Beijing decides to ban Microsoft Windows and replace it with a domestic Linux.

But is cyberwar only one part of the equation?
China and the USA are on a collision course.
And for nationalist officers and high-ranking politicians, the blow to Microsoft is a pre-emptive deadly strike at America’s IT industry.

But who really pulls the strings? Beijing, the PLA, the Military commission? Or is it the CIA, the NSA, or the State department?
Who is the US Navy and the Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier defending: Microsoft dominance? America’s core interest? Or Western patents and Intellectual Property?

About the author, JF Susbielle

Jean-François Susbielle is a French engineer and a Political Sciences graduate.
Between 1996 and 2001, he wrote the very first technical books about VoIP, real-time and multimedia applications over the Internet.

Geopolitics and geo-economics
Since 2006, JF Susbielle has written a series of non-fictional geopolitical essays focussed on China-USA relations, the shift of power from the West to Asia, the future of Europe.

He teaches International Relations at Sciences-Po Paris, at Grenoble Ecole de Management and Paris Ecole de Guerre Economique

Translation by Dominic King

Born and bred in England from a British father and a French mother, Dominic King was able to capture the spirit and style of The Bite of the Dragon, and translate it into English.
Dominic King runs his own English language school in France.


Copyright of all texts belongs to First Editions, Jean-François Susbielle and Dominic King. This site and material are for online reading and private use only.
Reproduction is strictly forbidden without prior agreement.
For any enquiry, please contact


Special thanks to Vinton Cerf, David Clark, Bob Kahn, Ted Nelson, Tim Berners-Lee and Bill Joy, the ‘inventors’ of the Internet, without which I would not be what I am, to Sylvia and Dominic who encouraged me all the way, and to Tanguy Oliveau for his contribution to the naval combat scenario.