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Publisher's Summary

The "Chinaman" understood death.

Jungle-skilled, silent, and lethal, he had killed for the Viet Cong and then for the Americans. He had watched helpless as his two eldest daughters were raped and killed by Thai pirates. Now, all that was behind him. Quiet, hard-working, and unassuming, he was building up his South London take-away business - until the day his wife and youngest daughter were murdered by an IRA bomb. Then he began to ask the authorities who were the men responsible, what was being done - and was turned away, fobbed off, treated as a nuisance. That was when the Chinaman, denied justice, decided on revenge...and went back to war.

©1992 Stephen Leather; (P)2007 Isis Publishing Ltd.

Critic Reviews

"The Chinaman is a gem of a thriller, perfectly constructed and full of the unexpected." (Library Journal)

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  • Robert
  • North Hollywood, CA, USA
  • 08-11-07

Great plot idea, but...

Turning loose a trained Vietnamese assassin among a bunch of IRA bombers is an idea loaded with possibilities. It's a great little book, but the author falls into the trap of Orientalism in his characterization of the Viet Cong hero: he makes him into a single-minded cutthroat with the tracking skills of Natty Bumppo. He could have been a Joyce fan, or a horse racing bettor, or a baseball or lacrosse fan. But no. He does know how to make nitroglycerin out of antifreeze and fertilizer and set it off with a flash bulb. Not too deep. The Irish terrorists get full three dimensional portraits, on the other hand, including cottages, favorite drinks, Land Rovers and girl friends. Still, the plot moves right along and it's a fun read, with plenty of surprises -- all of them for the deliciously astonished white folks, and many of them fatal.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Great book!!

This was a great story. Lots of real world references that add a level of credibility to the tale. “AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY”

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Great book and reader

However, his performance of Nguyen was very distracting and sounded similar to how someone would make fun of a Asian accent. Im sure not intentional, but it made it difficult to take the character seriously. His performance of the other characters was very well done; each character was distinct and he held their respective accents well.

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really liked this one

this was certainly worth my time and money. Will look to see what else the author has to offer

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Decent thriller

For a novel called the Chinaman, the book doesn't really focus on the Nguyen character enough. Instead it dragged a little too much with the IRA members relationships and inner conflicts. The Nguyen character could have had more depth and development.

The performance was good. His nailed his British Isles accents but his vietnamese accent at times sounded like a generic Asian accent and other times sounded Japanese. He also should learn how to pronounce the name Nguyen (sounds more like ngwen) and other vietnamese words such as "Hue" (pronounced hoo-ay not Hyoo).

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What a surprise

Great characters, excellent plot line, great character development, moves quickly with no boring stretches. I felt like I was able to understand the motivations of each of the pricipals. The author is a very good writer and the narration is first rate. I am very glad I listened to this book, would encorage you to check this one out.

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Exciting and interesting.

I really enjoyed this book by Mr. Leather. He wove the stories of the different characters together so that one remained sympathetic and horrified at the same time. Mr. Boulter is an outstanding narrator and his voice adaptations made each character vividly stand out. I will look for both author and narrator for future listening entertainment.

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Worth the time.

This book was worth the time. It could have been condensed a couple of hours, but that's my only complaint.

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  • Glynn
  • 01-02-10

New to Stephen Leather

Well I first read the Solitary Man and now went back to this one and found it more gripping. I gave The Solitary Man 5 out of 5 before reading this one and actually found it better. wish audible would allow me to go back to rate this one as 5 and the previous as 4 but actually both deserve 5s! Heartbreaking in parts but stirring in others this book reinforces my thoughts to go through all the stephen leather books on audible.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • stew marsden
  • 07-25-07

At last Stephen Leather on audio!

I have read nearly every Stephen Leather book as they have been published and have constantly scoured the net for them on audio.
The Chinaman is in my opinion one of his best and the audio version certainly doesn't disappoint with Russell Boulters narration being a very pleasent surprise. He does it at just the right pace and carries off all the various accents extremely well.
Although a relatively easy listen this story contains enough twists and detail in the characters to keep the interest going.
I look forward to more of his books on audio soon.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Mrs J Clarke
  • 09-07-17

Revisited

I read this book many many years ago, in fact the first Stephen Leather I ever read, and have thoroughly enjoyed listening to this. The narration by Russell Boulter is definitely one of, if not THE best narrations I have heard. I might even buy a book just because he us narrating. All round excellent.

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  • Susan Rogers
  • 11-16-11

Very pleasant surprise

I admit to not having heard of this author before, however the Chinaman came up on a recommended list. As I'd accrued a number of credits I thought "I'll give it a whirl" - and wow - am I glad I did. The story had me gripped from beginning to end and the narration was amongst the best I've heard. Am not going to search for some more by Stephen Leather - though you've set a high standard to follow!

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  • Abiline
  • 09-27-10

Highly enjoyable

A fast-paced, well plotted crime thriller. I have enjoyed many of Stephen Leather's books in print, and this was one of the first Audible downloads I bought. It was well worth it, holding my attention throughout and leaving me wanting more.

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  • Pleased customer
  • 09-15-17

Good original story

Well narrated by an ex "The Bill" actor. Good voices and good story. Extremely recommended.

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  • neil
  • 05-19-17

Great

A painfull time for the UK has been spun into gripping story. Just murder, lust, politics and the vietnam war.

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  • chrissi
  • 03-20-17

So so gripping!

My first Stephen Leather book and I was impressed with the story and the twists and turns. My jaw actually dropped a few times through this but the out and out star of the show was the narrator Russell Boulter.
To go from the harsh Belfast accent to plummy Brit to lilting Edinburgh accent in the same conversation?? Just. So. Impressive.
Marathon listened too as I couldn't put it down.

Bravo!

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  • Alec
  • 01-19-17

Exciting

A tragic story which I again found I couldn't stop listening to. Cutting between characters is difficult for the reader but I liked the way our hero was portrayed, how his historical background was explored, revealing a part of history I don't know about. His relationship with the baddies was enjoyable too and the last chapter brings it all into one place. Another great book by Stephen Leather!!

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  • dzadams
  • 12-09-16

Gripping

Really good story and narrated quite well, takes the narrator a little while to get in to his stride but turns out very well.