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The Firemaker Audiobook

The Firemaker: The China Thrillers, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

A burned corpse is a disturbing mystery for Beijing detective Li Yan until he enlists forensic pathologist Margaret Campbell. Having abandoned a broken life in Chicago for her work, she's as determined as Li to ask difficult questions about the man's death. But some questions have answers they'd rather not hear - facts that others are desperate to conceal. The Firemaker is the first in the acclaimed China series from Peter May, author of Runaway, Entry Island and the internationally bestselling Lewis Trilogy.

©1999 Peter May (P)2015 WF Howes

What the Critics Say

"Peter May is an author I'd follow to the ends of the earth." (New York Times)

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    Joanne Newtownmountkennedy, Ireland 07/08/2015
    Joanne Newtownmountkennedy, Ireland 07/08/2015 Member Since 2011
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    "Fantastic Listen"

    A really enjoyable listen. You knew how the plot was going but there were still many many twists and turns within it that I didn't see coming. Fascinating incite to Chinese life also...Well worth a listen.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Roderic Victoria Park, Australia 09/10/2015
    Roderic Victoria Park, Australia 09/10/2015
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    "Standard fare: good enough but no better"

    The main plus in this book is the attempt to describe aspects of modern China. However, Peter May's series set in the Outer Hebrides was much better at such exposition.

    The characterisation in this book is not strong, the development is too predictable, and the plotting not sufficient to compensate for its other failings.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    IRS 01/08/2015
    IRS 01/08/2015 Member Since 2013
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    "Very enjoyable"

    Obviously a writer who is familiar with China May paints a convincing picture. The protagonists are both likeable always a good thing a
    In any novel

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Wras 30/07/2015
    Wras 30/07/2015 Member Since 2016

    Kildonan by the sea

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    "Finding the dragon in DNA"

    A good summer read, a thriller that develops well with good characters and China as a place for a modern detective team, with lots of background on the Chinese way, and the idiosyncrasies of the communist party capitalist ways.

    Entertaining and with lots of twists and surprises to keep the plot moving. Much more I can not reveal because it would spoil the fun and fun it is.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    alwayssmiling 16/01/2017
    alwayssmiling 16/01/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "interesting and easy listening"

    read very well again. it was interesting to gain an insight into China . I do like Peter May books. this was easy to get into and to listen to as usual but I felt the story was a little weak and unlikely. that said I will download the next one in the series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Christina V. 08/01/2017
    Christina V. 08/01/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Brilliant story"

    loved it ... could listen to the narrator forever. scary storyline as very likely to happen one day

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    G. Davenport 03/01/2017
    G. Davenport 03/01/2017
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    "Fast paced thriller."

    As enjoyable as May's Scottish books , well read by the same narrator. Excellent story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tanya UK 23/12/2016
    Tanya UK 23/12/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "More Mills and Boones than murder and mayhem"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Anyone who likes romance and is not too bothered about the storyline


    Has The Firemaker put you off other books in this genre?

    No, because this book should not be in the. Crine/Thriller section


    What didn’t you like about Peter Forbes’s performance?

    He did a reasonable job with such poor material, I thought he sounded embarrassed to be reading it at times


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yes, it ended and I have the ability to return it, which I will be doing


    Any additional comments?

    Potentially this had the making of a good story. The author wrote a romance story and chucked in a few dead bodies. The female lead, did women and in particular American women no favors at all, she was as thick as they come, no redeeming characters in the book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    our Cher 30/11/2016
    our Cher 30/11/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "A great book"

    really good story, I listened on my tablet whilst making curtains. Totally absorbing, a great story with a lot of historical political detail.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon 10/11/2016
    Sharon 10/11/2016 Member Since 2012

    I am an audible addict

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    "gripping plot great characters"

    great story it has a very real feel. Love the discriptive nature of the writing. very enjoyable.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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