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Hong Kong | [Stephen Coonts]

Hong Kong

Admiral Jake Grafton takes his wife, Callie, along when the U.S. government sends him to Hong Kong to find out how deeply the American consul-general is embedded in political money raising scandal. And why not? Jake and Callie met and fell in love in Hong Kong during the Vietnam War, and the consul-general is a friend from those days.
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Admiral Jake Grafton takes his wife, Callie, along when the U.S. government sends him to Hong Kong to find out how deeply the American consul-general is embedded in political money raising scandal. And why not? Jake and Callie met and fell in love in Hong Kong during the Vietnam War, and the consul-general is a friend from those days.

The Graftons quickly discover, however, that Hong Kong is a powder keg ready to explode. A political muder and the closure of a foreign bank by the communist government are the sparks that light the fuse.

When Callie is kidnapped by a rebel faction, Jake finds himself drawn into the vortex of a high-tech civil war. To save his wife, he must figure out whom he can trust - both among the Western factionsvying for control of the volatile situation, and amoung the Chinese patriots fighting for their nation's future - and make sure the right side wins.

©2000 Stephen Coonts; (P)2000, 2003 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Bob North Lauderdale, FL, United States 07-13-09
    Bob North Lauderdale, FL, United States 07-13-09
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    "Really liked it, worth the read."

    I put off downloading this one based on the description. Once I got into it I thought it was very imaginative. This is the kind of story that is truly fiction, but based on a possible reality. I thouroughly enjoyed and recommend it. If you like Coonts, you'll like this one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    George SANTA FE, NM, United States 04-19-14
    George SANTA FE, NM, United States 04-19-14
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    "Overthrow!!!"

    Americans, including our hero Jake Grafton, in Hong Kong at the time of China's revolution. This book is full of twisty turns that keep one's interest. I've never been to Hong Kong and never wanted to go, but the book is a good read/listen because the interaction of really, really bad dudes who eventually get their due. Show me the next Grafton novel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    History Buff Berkeley Heights, NJ, US 11-25-12
    History Buff Berkeley Heights, NJ, US 11-25-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Generally entertaining but unrealistic"

    The other books in the Grafton series are better, this one gets just a little silly with some technology that is a beyond today's and makes it more unrealistic than the others in the series. It's not terrible mind you, but Coonts other books are better.

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    KTinPA 08-02-10
    KTinPA 08-02-10 Member Since 2001
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    "Great Book... bad narration"

    I have always believed that a well written book is the most important factor in making a good audible book. I did not think a narrator could spoil a good story. This book proves me wrong. I did enjoy the plot, but the narrator made it very difficult to get through the entire book. The fact that this book is a "no go" is a reflection of the narrator... not the author. I have enjoyed several other Coont's stories.

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    Chu New York, NY, USA 08-30-08
    Chu New York, NY, USA 08-30-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Unrealistic"

    Stephen Coonts probably tried to cash in on the subject soon after HK's handover. Unfortunately, I don't think much research went into what HK is really like. I appreciate this is a work of fiction but I still found the story/events rather unrealistic.

    Also, the narration was irritatingly slow - I had to switch my iPod speed to fast.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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