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The Trail to Buddha’s Mirror: A Neal Carey Mystery, Book 2 | [Don Winslow]

The Trail to Buddha’s Mirror: A Neal Carey Mystery, Book 2

Robert Pendleton is a chemical genius with a fertilizer worth a fortune to whoever controls the formula. Not surprisingly, the Bank, his notoriously exclusive backer, wants to keep an eye on its investment. But so does the CIA. And the Chinese government. And a few shadier organizations. So when Pendleton disappears from a conference in San Francisco, along with all of his research, Neal Carey enters the picture.
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Robert Pendleton is a chemical genius with a fertilizer worth a fortune to whoever controls the formula. Not surprisingly, the Bank, his notoriously exclusive backer, wants to keep an eye on its investment. But so does the CIA. And the Chinese government. And a few shadier organizations. So when Pendleton disappears from a conference in San Francisco, along with all of his research, Neal Carey enters the picture.

Neal knows the Bank is calling in its chips in return for paying his grad school bills. He thinks this assignment will be a no-brainer—until he meets the beguiling Li Lan and touches off a deadly game of hide-and-seek that will lead him from San Francisco’s Chinatown to the lawless back streets of Hong Kong, and finally into the dark heart of China. In a world where no one is what they seem, Neal must unravel the mystery of a beautiful woman and reach the fabled Buddha’s Mirror, a mist-shrouded lake where all secrets are revealed.

©1992 Don Winslow (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“What begins as a routine missing persons case becomes a complex web of deceit, danger, and international intrigue in this superb mystery…. Vivid local color and absorbing historical detail enhance the chase and reinforce suspense as the story reaches its surprising resolution.” (Publishers Weekly)

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    Kevin 04-13-15
    Kevin 04-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Waiting for the second book in the series"
    What did you like best about The Trail to Buddha’s Mirror? What did you like least?

    Took the first book and replaced London with Hong Kong


    What could Don Winslow have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Written a new plot with or given Niel some motivation besides his dick.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tim Palm Beach Gardens, FL, United States 01-28-15
    Tim Palm Beach Gardens, FL, United States 01-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A story can have to many twists"

    Not Don's best work. A good story has suspense and creditability, this one loses on the credibility. Neil's actions sometime just don't make sense. Hey, we've all lusted after a hot girl before. But I don't know anyone who would go the lengths Neil does for a hot girl he never met. Don should have had a better story there.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Elle in the Great NorthWest Beaverton, OR, United States 12-24-14
    Elle in the Great NorthWest Beaverton, OR, United States 12-24-14

    I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.

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    "Book 2 in the Neal Carey Mysteries"

    Don Winslow and Joe Barrett are a great pair...Winslows writing is enhanced by Barrett's narrating..reading reviews of this series I see I'm not the only one who appreciates this duo.

    Carey is a PI who seems to get into a lot of trouble, no matter where he is he finds something or someone who causes him problems..with fixes that I haven't guessed yet..I like that in a mystery!

    If you haven't read Don Winslow's books, I encourage you to give them a try..

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ed 05-16-15
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    "Not as good as the first book"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The book was entertaining given our familiarity with Neal Carey and Joel Graham. The plot was too convoluted and contained too many characters to keep up with.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Don Winslow? Why or why not?

    Yes, I purchased the entire Neal Carey series by Don Winslow.


    Have you listened to any of Joe Barrett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I think he does a good job in changing his voices for the different characters, particularly the Chinese accents.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    JJW3 05-12-15
    JJW3 05-12-15 Member Since 2013
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    "weak story, not plausible"

    weak story, not plausible, but a very good narrator. Will not buy another Neil Carey story

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    Daniel Hickory Creek, TX United States 04-13-15
    Daniel Hickory Creek, TX United States 04-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Just as Good"

    Just as good as the first Neal Carey book. This time I learned a great deal about China; most especially it's recent history.

    Don Winslow is a talented writer and Joe Barrett brought the book to life. I

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    John 04-12-15
    John 04-12-15 Member Since 2015
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    "you will not be dissapointed -BUY IT"
    Where does The Trail to Buddha’s Mirror rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    TOP DRAWER,:


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    NEVER A DULL MOMENT


    What does Joe Barrett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Joe, easily gives each character a distinctly unique voice; his accents and "female" voices ... beautifully and gives each character a unique, easily identifiable voice.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    trail to the orient ?


    Any additional comments?

    so refreshing and a real joy to listen to, ..........especially during otherwise stressful highway driving. ... I would like to have given this 5 1/2 star

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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