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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

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"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.

    7 of 7 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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Adrian Hitchin, United Kingdom 19/10/2016
    Adrian Hitchin, United Kingdom 19/10/2016 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent thriller"

    I would highly recommend this thriller. The characters were very human and believable. The storyline was also very believable. The narrator was excellent as well. I don't speak mandarin or Cantonese so obviously I can't comment on the how accurate the way street names etc were read but it sounded good to me. I will be getting the next in the series.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    IRS 01/08/2015
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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

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    dj 07/08/2015
    dj 07/08/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "fascinating and intriguing."

    an exciting combination of crime detective novels and interesting informative, fascinating description of Chinese culture.

    8 of 9 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

    3 of 3 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.

    3 of 3 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.

    3 of 3 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.

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    Kirsten Behrens 17/08/2015 Member Since 2013
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    "Great insight into the Chinese psyche and Beijing."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Having lived in Beijing from end 1994 to 2009, I was impressed with Peter May's insight into the North Chinese psyche and Beijing. His description of the culture clash between American and Chinese culture, and the growing understanding, is done with great understanding and respect.
    It was with great nostalgia I read the book, partly because the Beijing described had more og less disappeared before I left in 2009, and partly because of the many good years I spent in Beijing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The insight into the motives behind the actions of the characters, both villains and heroes.


    Have you listened to any of Peter Forbes’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    As always an excellent performance, only marked down by a slight mispronunciation of the Chinese words, which isn't fair to mark him down by. :D


    Any additional comments?

    A great listen, especially if you miss Beijing as it used to be.

    15 of 18 people found this review helpful

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