A burned corpse is a disturbing mystery for Beijing detective Li Yan until he enlists forensic pathologist Margaret Campbell. Having abandoned a broken life in Chicago for her work, she's as determined as Li to ask difficult questions about the man's death. But some questions have answers they'd rather not hear - facts that others are desperate to conceal. The Firemaker is the first in the acclaimed China series from Peter May, author of Runaway, Entry Island and the internationally bestselling Lewis Trilogy.
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"Peter May is an author I'd follow to the ends of the earth." (New York Times)
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A really enjoyable listen. You knew how the plot was going but there were still many many twists and turns within it that I didn't see coming. Fascinating incite to Chinese life also...Well worth a listen.
"Great insight into the Chinese psyche and Beijing."
Having lived in Beijing from end 1994 to 2009, I was impressed with Peter May's insight into the North Chinese psyche and Beijing. His description of the culture clash between American and Chinese culture, and the growing understanding, is done with great understanding and respect.
It was with great nostalgia I read the book, partly because the Beijing described had more og less disappeared before I left in 2009, and partly because of the many good years I spent in Beijing.
The insight into the motives behind the actions of the characters, both villains and heroes.
As always an excellent performance, only marked down by a slight mispronunciation of the Chinese words, which isn't fair to mark him down by. :D
A great listen, especially if you miss Beijing as it used to be.
"interesting and easy listening"
read very well again. it was interesting to gain an insight into China . I do like Peter May books. this was easy to get into and to listen to as usual but I felt the story was a little weak and unlikely. that said I will download the next one in the series.
"fascinating and intriguing."
an exciting combination of crime detective novels and interesting informative, fascinating description of Chinese culture.
"Finding the dragon in DNA"
A good summer read, a thriller that develops well with good characters and China as a place for a modern detective team, with lots of background on the Chinese way, and the idiosyncrasies of the communist party capitalist ways.
Entertaining and with lots of twists and surprises to keep the plot moving. Much more I can not reveal because it would spoil the fun and fun it is.
I would highly recommend this thriller. The characters were very human and believable. The storyline was also very believable. The narrator was excellent as well. I don't speak mandarin or Cantonese so obviously I can't comment on the how accurate the way street names etc were read but it sounded good to me. I will be getting the next in the series.
"Standard fare: good enough but no better"
The main plus in this book is the attempt to describe aspects of modern China. However, Peter May's series set in the Outer Hebrides was much better at such exposition.
The characterisation in this book is not strong, the development is too predictable, and the plotting not sufficient to compensate for its other failings.
"More Mills and Boones than murder and mayhem"
Anyone who likes romance and is not too bothered about the storyline
No, because this book should not be in the. Crine/Thriller section
He did a reasonable job with such poor material, I thought he sounded embarrassed to be reading it at times
Yes, it ended and I have the ability to return it, which I will be doing
Potentially this had the making of a good story. The author wrote a romance story and chucked in a few dead bodies. The female lead, did women and in particular American women no favors at all, she was as thick as they come, no redeeming characters in the book.
Set in modern day China this was a fast paced and at times far fetched plot, fast moving and well crafted with a solid story line and larger than life characters.The settings seemed very realistic although I know nothing of China from my own experience
"A clash of cultures"
Yes I would listen again to The Fire Maker again to concentrate on the detailed descriptions of life in the new China. The interactions between a self-centered american pathologist and a newly promoted chines police detective open up to the reader the big gulf that still exists between an ancient culture and the brash modern US way of thinking
I'm looking forward to the next books in the series
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