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Publisher's Summary

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?

©2015 John Burdett (P)2015 Recorded Books

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Stunning, terrifying, must read in case this is our future

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.

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Amazing

Loved all the other books in the series although they started to be tailing off in my opinion. This one was great. Many of the negative reviews I read prior to listening were critical of the sci-fi aspect. I was expecting Sonchai to go to outer space and fight aliens or something just as disappointing. But it’s great, more of poetic license than sci-fi, and certainly the best book of the last 3. I hope Burdett keeps taking us on these adventures for many more years.

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So disappointing!

I had hope after Vulture Peak that the author had realized that the disaster of the Kathmandu book shouldn’t be repeated. Unfortunately, he decided to go even weirder and write an absolutely incomprehensible and horrible book. Sonchai was interesting before, now he’s wasted in the author’s odd sci fi / Buddha mash up. Sad. I wont be reading any more of this series

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Interesting story but poor narration stopped me from finishing the book

The narrator of this book modulates the pitch and volume of his voice very poorly. Specifically, he begins most sentences very loudly but then trails off the latter part of every sentence to the extent that to understand each sentence in full, one must constantly turn the volume up as he trails off into almost whispering. But if you're not quick to reset the volume back to a low setting, his voice comes booming out at a painful decibel level, particularly when he uses his old fashioned, really obnoxious sounding "Oriental" voice (I choose my words carefully, when he speaks for most of the female, Thai characters, the narrator's voice sounds like Mickey Rooney portraying "Mr. Yunioshi" in Breakfast at Tiffany's). I had to stop listening after chapter 15, I was getting a headache from the cacophonous volume changes and frustration from missing so much dialogue when I left the volume low as I couldn't stand anymore shouting...

I'll just get the print version and read the rest of this interesting story, but the narration was just too unpleasant to stand.

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A step back

simply doesn't measure up to the other books in the story. I hope the next one is better

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Great Sonchai, bad performance

The performance was done by a Russian not by a Thai, very hard to listen to. Wish I had previewed.

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Needs re-engineering

Is there anything you would change about this book?

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.

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Really getting far afield for a detective

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.

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  • John
  • Kenmore, WA, United States
  • 08-31-15

Bangkok Oddities

Is there anything you would change about this book?

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.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

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.

Which character – as performed by Stephen Hogan – was your favorite?

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.

Do you think The Bangkok Asset needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Yes. The hero is still not whole and he needs further development. Plus his family life needs some closure.

Any additional comments?

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.