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Publisher's Summary

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.

Critic Reviews

“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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Tremendous novel of East & West

I had listened to an earlier Neil Carey novel read by another narrator. I didn’t care for it much, but I love most of Winslow’s work and Joe Barrett is one of the best narrators in the business. Barrett is strongest on irony and sarcasm, both of which are prominent in this series. The combination of Barrett and Winslow make Trail To Buddha’s Mirror a 5 star experience.

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Winslow's Terrific But...

Lemme warn ya... Winslow does a LOT OF RESEARCH, this time on China, and has an obsession to use it all. That sometimes snarls the story's momentum. He's also a craftsman who digs into the successful bag-O-tools, including clchés and stereotypes that advance the story. Once upon a time heroes would get knocked senseless in one chapter then pop-back vigorous as an 18 year old at a rave. Mistaken identity's another easy cliché to leap a sharky plot problem.

Do I wish he wouldn't do stuff like that? Well duh. But, y'gotta' get from point A to point Z and a commercial writer makes that happen. Winslow's commercial, he sells to me... And I will buy the next Neal Carey novel... Especially if it''s read by Joe Barett.

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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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Winslow is often hit or miss. This is a miss

This story moves like a 80's tv cop show. Think Magnum PI. When I was a kid, that show was the bomb. Recently, I tried to watch an episode and was horrified by how insane the plot was and how stupid the characters were. Listening to the Trail to Buddha's Mirror was similar to watching an old tv show that clearly is dated. Only I think Winslow wrote this recently... so WTF, this is just a bad story written to be stupid on purpose.

I've liked some of Winslow's stories in the past, I'll pick up another one of his in the future. I'd just recommend staying away from this sequel. DUMB

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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.

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Excellent Installment in the Neal Carey Series!

I stumbled onto the first in this series by chance, and was hooked. I quickly followed up with this one and was NOT disappointed!!

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A good twisty adventure

I enjoy this series enormously. Neal and his "dad" have a most unusual relationship of tough and love. This particular adventure provides Chinese history lessons and a most unusual travel guide. Poor Neal. This an unusually harrowing adventure. "Fasten your seatbelts. It's going to be a bumpy ride." And trek; and fall; and imprisionments; and more...

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Neal Carey is not believable.

Would you listen to The Trail to Buddha’s Mirror again? Why?

No. The story is too sappy and too reckless.

What about Joe Barrett’s performance did you like?

There are a lot of characters and he gave unique voice to them all.

Any additional comments?

There are interesting facts crammed into the story, which seems like a rushed English 101 research paper.

I think this is one of Winslow’s’ early efforts c1992 and it reads over the top.

I enjoyed Winslow’s “The Dawn Patrol” and shall try more of his work.

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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.

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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..

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