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The Firemaker Audiobook

The Firemaker: The China Thrillers, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©1999 Peter May (P)2015 WF Howes

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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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  • Joanne
    Newtownmountkennedy, Ireland
    8/7/15
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    "Fantastic Listen"

    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.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Kirsten Behrens
    8/17/15
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    "Great insight into the Chinese psyche and Beijing."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The insight into the motives behind the actions of the characters, both villains and heroes.


    Have you listened to any of Peter Forbes’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    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


    Any additional comments?

    A great listen, especially if you miss Beijing as it used to be.

    17 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • alwayssmiling
    1/16/17
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    "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.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • dj
    8/7/15
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    "fascinating and intriguing."

    an exciting combination of crime detective novels and interesting informative, fascinating description of Chinese culture.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Wras
    Kildonan
    7/30/15
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    "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.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Adrian
    Hitchin, United Kingdom
    10/19/16
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    "Excellent thriller"

    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.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Roderic
    Victoria Park, Australia
    10/9/15
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    "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.

    12 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Tanya
    UK
    12/23/16
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    "More Mills and Boones than murder and mayhem"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Anyone who likes romance and is not too bothered about the storyline


    Has The Firemaker put you off other books in this genre?

    No, because this book should not be in the. Crine/Thriller section


    What didn’t you like about Peter Forbes’s performance?

    He did a reasonable job with such poor material, I thought he sounded embarrassed to be reading it at times


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yes, it ended and I have the ability to return it, which I will be doing


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Cogulot
    South West France
    3/12/16
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    "Absorbing"

    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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Alasdair Heathcote
    Bicknacre
    12/5/15
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    "A clash of cultures"
    Would you listen to The Firemaker again? Why?

    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


    Any additional comments?

    I'm looking forward to the next books in the series

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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