It's the 1960s and the world of advertising is coming alive - and it's an exciting world to be part of. Simon Wong, a Chinese-Australian and a promising young advertising executive, is sent to Singapore to establish an office. He finds himself thrust into an environment that is at once strangely familiar and profoundly different, one where the rules that govern behaviour - both in business and in personal life - differ wildly from what he is used to. And where all is not what it appears to be.
Under the veneer of the commercial world lie some shocking truths - of people smuggling, drug trafficking, and murder. And Mercy B. Lord, the woman Simon falls for, is caught up in it. From wartime Asian comfort houses to CIA spy rings, Bryce Courtenay takes us on a thrilling journey with a great love story at its heart.
©2010 Bryce Courtenay; 2013 Christine Courtenay (P)2011 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
A very creative book that is realistic,a little slow at first ,but well worth the wait.
Bryce Courtenay and Humphrey Bower have never let me down...
Sadly, I purchased this book whilst on holiday, hoping for the regular brillance and story telling of Bryce Courtenay, but I was sadly disappointed.
Is unique really
Have read the book so it accurately represents the story and how I imagined it would read.
Mercy B Lord
No - just that I purchased the audio version by mistake and I think there needs to be a check for busy people so they know they don't have the reader version.
I enjoy reading a wide variety of books, from epics to mysteries, some fantasy, and even better written chick lit. NO bodice rippers please!
I love learning about the Chinese culture of the time and how entertaining Bryce and his team of researchers make the story. I don't often listen or read books twice but this will stay in my library...who knows maybe I will.
"Chairmen Mao", she reminds me of so many matriarchs I have met
Very high- top 5
Revealing Mercy from behind the screen at the presentation for the painting and the links made by Chairman Mao to the original dream.
Chairman Mao to get business tips!
Yes, great twists and turns and all unexpected.
He reads with a seemingly personal emotion and involvement in the lives of the characters. I have enjoyed all his other narrations as well.
Say something about yourself!
Once again Bryce Courtenay does it. A well researched, attention grabbing book expertly read by Humphrey Bower. Mr Bower turns a 4star book into 5 star listening.
I'm no writer so I can't say. Too many long stretches of boredom!
Paris, A Novel
Humphrey Bower is the only reason this book gets a three star rating. He is consistently excellent and I will try a book he reads even if I am not familiar with the author.
No, Unlike other Courtnay books, except Fishing for Stars, I went through several chapters at time and a half speed or skipping whole chapters. I have about two hours to complete and am hoping for some saving grace.
a repeat of the story where one character (male or female) with lots of money , gets together with another character (opposite sex to the first) with no money but very intelligent, mixed with a romance where the male character stands for a lot of bad treatment from the female
humprey bower's performance saves the book even if it is a repeat
if you have the persimon tree don't buy this, the persimon tree is better maybe because I heard it first
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