In 1912, John Wade and his brother, William - children of the American consul - were kidnapped off the street in Chungking, China, and raised in the house of Eunuch Chang, the city's master criminal. Twenty-five years later, John is the eunuch's most valuable ward, a trained assassin and swindler, and William has become a talented forger.
On the brink of World War II, China is in chaos. When William betrays Eunuch Chang and escapes to central China, a place of ferocious warlords and bandits, John begins a desperate search to save his brother, while Eunuch Chang hunts them both.
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Listening to this story reminded me of being read to by Mrs. Little, my 5th grade teacher. I was mesmerized. The story was set in China and had a cast of characters that boggles the mind. The plot raced along at break-neck speed and it was hard to shut it off. I was sorry when it was over. Have a listen and be transported to another time and place and feel like a kid again.
Very good tale.
Style of reader fits the book very well.
I would like to listen to more books from this author.
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Dead I may well be
Rules of Prey
The Eye of the World: Book One of The Wheel of Time ^This books is a favorite of mine
The Name of the Wind ^This books is a favorite of mine
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Fans of James Clavelle's Asian series will love this novel. Different from Clavelle, Thayer skips much of the background and jumps right into his tale. He has a gift for character building, a very good thing since we miss a major element of the story, the kidnapping of the hero as a five year old some 25 years before.
Set in China just after the Great War, we are exposed to the mysterious cultures of China. The Japanese have begun their brutal conquest of China and the American presence is more as observers. Against this back drop is a story of betrayal, warlords, gangsters and thieves. The action is riveting.
This is really a 4.5, the only drawback being that I probably won't listen again. Boy am I glad I listened once!
I fully enjoyed listening to this book. The story held my interest and I was very pleased with the performance. I have been reading my books i with the Kindle and really was able to see the books story as it was really sad to me.
I highly recommend this audiobook. The narration was excellent. The story was full of adventure. The setting, China preWWW II, was interesting. The ending was completely satisfying.
I highly recommend this novel. I'm going to start a journey through his remaining books and hope they live up to House of Eight Orchids.
I cannot think of a single thing about this book that was not absolutely perfect. I listened without stopping through the entire book and loved every minute.
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