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Hong Kong 1997 - only a few short months of British rule remain before the territory returns to Chinese rule. It's a febrile place. And in that claustrophobic environment of uncertainty and fear the spooks are hard at work, jostling for position and influence.

So when an elderly man emerges from the seas off the New Territories, claiming to know secrets he will share only with the Governor himself, a young MI6 agent, Joe Lennox, sees an opportunity to make his reputation.

But when the old man, a high-profile Chinese professor, is spirited away in the middle of the night by Joe's superiors, in collusion with the CIA, it's clear that there's a great deal more than a young spy's career at stake. The professor, it seems, holds the key to a sinister and ambitious plan that could have awesome and catastrophic repercussions for China in the 21st century.

©2008 Charles Cumming; (P)2008 WF Howes Ltd

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  • David
  • Kfar Saba, Israel
  • 10-20-11

Entertaining from beginning to end

This is the 2nd of Cummings' books to which I have listened.(The Trinity Six being the 1st)
A strong,credible,relevant plot.Believable characters and scenery.
I look forward to more of his books

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Buzz
  • Scottsdale, AZ, United States
  • 06-09-11

Routine Foreign Intelligence Thriller


Charles Cumming is a very good writer, but good writing can only go so far in rescuing a mediocre plot and characters involved in tedious inter-personal relationships. Typhoon posits the unlikely activities of a rogue unit in the Pentagon/CIA trying to destabilize China in the run up to the Beijing Olympics, on the one side, against the good-guys British Intelligence, who are in opposition to the Americans and are trying to save the Chinese from the CIA. Add to this a boring and repetitious love affair between the British intelligence hero of our story and an attractive female, who dumps him at the beginning of the story to marry a disliked rival of sorts in American intelligence, a loss which plaques our hero-unrequited-lover for seven years. Still, there’s a enough forward momentum and local Chinese color to keep you reading, but with the gnawing feeling that you’re wasting your time. As for the narrator, he was adequate.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Good story but modulation too extreme

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

The story is good and hangs together well with a mixture of fact and fiction

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Stephen Hogan has a great voice but the modulation was too extreme meaning soft passages were almost inaudible

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interesting but hard to get into

pros: strong sense of place, interesting to learn more about the private lives of spies and the US-UK relationship, you learn about about Xinjiang and the Uighurs of China
cons: the narrator is omniscient but also a friend of the main characters who supposedly researches the events, which doesn't work well as a device.

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  • sarah
  • 06-06-14

A good story

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Charlie Cumming has great ideas for stories but his writing style is full of cliches and his characters aren't believable.

What did you like best about this story?

It's an interesting well researched and well though out story

Was Typhoon worth the listening time?

Yes-

Any additional comments?

John Le Carre wrote spy novels which were great literature. Charles Cumming is aspiring to the same niche. His writing style just isn't good enough.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • nigel
  • 12-02-14

Avoid!

What disappointed you about Typhoon?

I love this author's later work. This is very boring. Too much background detail not enough plot. I gave up and did not finish the book. Do not let this book put you off the later books. Do not buy this if you hope it is as good as the later books.

What will your next listen be?

Michael Connelly

Did Stephen Hogan do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

Yes - no complaints at all about his narration.

What character would you cut from Typhoon?

Don't care about any of them!

Any additional comments?

I wish I hadn't bothered!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • J
  • 06-22-17

Absolutely fantastic

One of those thrillers where you marvel at how the author holds it all together. Cumming is really talented.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-31-16

Mills and Boon in disguise.

Big disapointment after reading his previous works.
More verbose than a poor mans Le Carre.
Total waste of a credit.

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  • JOHN M.
  • 12-19-16

TYPHOON

Another good book by Charles Cumming .The story line is easy to follow with a good ending.