The Graftons quickly discover, however, that Hong Kong is a powder keg ready to explode. A political muder and the closure of a foreign bank by the communist government are the sparks that light the fuse.
When Callie is kidnapped by a rebel faction, Jake finds himself drawn into the vortex of a high-tech civil war. To save his wife, he must figure out whom he can trust - both among the Western factionsvying for control of the volatile situation, and amoung the Chinese patriots fighting for their nation's future - and make sure the right side wins.
©2000 Stephen Coonts; (P)2000, 2003 HarperCollins Publishers
"Really liked it, worth the read."
I put off downloading this one based on the description. Once I got into it I thought it was very imaginative. This is the kind of story that is truly fiction, but based on a possible reality. I thouroughly enjoyed and recommend it. If you like Coonts, you'll like this one.
Americans, including our hero Jake Grafton, in Hong Kong at the time of China's revolution. This book is full of twisty turns that keep one's interest. I've never been to Hong Kong and never wanted to go, but the book is a good read/listen because the interaction of really, really bad dudes who eventually get their due. Show me the next Grafton novel.
"Great Book... bad narration"
I have always believed that a well written book is the most important factor in making a good audible book. I did not think a narrator could spoil a good story. This book proves me wrong. I did enjoy the plot, but the narrator made it very difficult to get through the entire book. The fact that this book is a "no go" is a reflection of the narrator... not the author. I have enjoyed several other Coont's stories.
"Another Jake Grafton story"
Love the characters, I've read the entire collection, the audio version makes it even better.
Cuba, because of the characters, and the story. I couldn't stop listening to it.
Not sure, I tried to listen to a Tom Clancy's read by him, and I had to stop. Too bad, it was one of my favorite book :(
The story is worth it, but the performance by the narrator is so bad, it is not worth listening to it. I switched to kindle version to finish the book.
It may be worth to suggest Brilliance audio or Audible to re-record a new version by Benjamin L. Darcie. It will be totally worth it!
"Another classic Stephen Coonts style book"
I don't know why I like his story likes so much. I guess it might be in part the narrator. He really knows how to place you right into the story line. This book is good for a second listen just to ensure I didn't miss a word.
"Horrible voice for a narrator"
Love the Jake Grafton series but was very disappointed in the narrator. Was listening in order and thought Ben Darcie was doing a fine job as narrator. Then I get to this book and the dude reading it has ruined the experience. Horrible monotone voice and even mispronounced a few words. Was really looking forward to finishing the series too. Bring back Mr. Darcie.
"Generally entertaining but unrealistic"
The other books in the Grafton series are better, this one gets just a little silly with some technology that is a beyond today's and makes it more unrealistic than the others in the series. It's not terrible mind you, but Coonts other books are better.
Stephen Coonts probably tried to cash in on the subject soon after HK's handover. Unfortunately, I don't think much research went into what HK is really like. I appreciate this is a work of fiction but I still found the story/events rather unrealistic.
Also, the narration was irritatingly slow - I had to switch my iPod speed to fast.
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