Sonchai Jitpleecheep is back! The Royal Thai Police detective, our wily, sometimes madly bold guide through the author's previous acclaimed Bangkok novels, is this time on the trail of an American conspiracy and once again - and closer than ever - on the trail of his American father.
With Sonchai on this case is the young female inspector, Krom. Like Sonchai, she's an outsider on the police force, but unlike him she is socially savvy and a technological prodigy. When they're called to a demonstration - in the midst of a typhoon - of the deadly, superhuman strength of an American man who is seemingly controlled by a CIA operative, they have no idea what they're actually witnessing or why. Their reliably obtuse and unequivocally crooked boss, Colonel Vikorn, explains some of it, but the most telling questions remain unanswered: Could the Americans have figured out a way to create a physically and psychologically enhanced super soldier? Are they testing him - or it - on Thai soil? And why is everyone, from the Bangkok police to the international community, so eager to turn a blind eye?
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A truly frightening possible future, given the direction of technology and the desperately unenlightened behavior of the human race.
Though performed with admirably dramatic reading, the sound engineering is flawed for listening in any but the quietest environment. I listen while driving and the huge difference in volume between emphatic and whispered words--often in the same sentence--made it nearly impossible to find a usable volume setting. I had to frequently backspace, turn up the volume, relisten, then turn it down again.
But it was worth the effort. Get this book now. The best of the Bangkok series.
The story is fine, and the narration is dramatically good. However, the reader began sentences loudly and finished in a whisper that was barely understandable. It was so frustrating to listen to while driving that I returned the selection.
I enjoyed all the prior books. This one was okay, too, but was not really about crime. Got way off the reservation into Vietnam-era black ops, etc. maybe interesting to older people from that era, but hard to relate to for anyone born after the early 60s.
The author's pontification of political oppression of the Asian theater gets tiring after about two thirds of the book. But it continues. The characters are back but do not spin the fabulous love story of the past books. A little disappointed with the results at the end of the book.
I always find the author's description of everyday life in Bangkok to be totally immersive. Almost to the point of smelling the market and hearing the vendors. The plot of the story was ok but less intense than past books.
As always my favorite is the hero, Detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep. I also enjoy his wife and his mother is a real winner. Either would be a welcome companion at a Bangkok bar.
Yes. The hero is still not whole and he needs further development. Plus his family life needs some closure.
My favorite author but not one of his better books. The narrator did a very good job with the many characters. I look forward to the next one.
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