China is book one of The Flense quadrilogy, an international technothriller from the bestselling author of <>Gameland.
Hundreds die in a fiery train crash in northern China. A cargo ship smuggling refugees is lost to calm seas off the Libyan coast. Entire villages in Ghana are abandoned overnight.
Contracted by an apocalypse prepper group to investigate a series of seemingly disconnected global tragedies, a young medical investigative reporter, Angelique de l'Enfantine, uncovers a disturbing pattern to the tragedies. Are they harbingers of an impending biblical catastrophe? Or practice runs by a fanatical organization bent on global annihilation?
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An island, known as an international tourist resort, is devastated by an 8.3 earthquake followed by a gigantic tsunami. Yet it is not reported anywhere, nor is there any attempted recovery. Following just a rumour, a journalist and a photographer arrive three weeks later to see what had happened. And so, for Angelique, begins a nightmare she had never foreseen.
Saul Tanpeppers writing is easy to read and the story flows freely between people and places. It tells a fascinating mystery with underlying horror: conspiracy and double dealing: something is terribly wrong, something hidden or disguised. And there are people determined to prevent their discovery.
The characterisations are very good and the descriptions vividly visual, the strangely eery introductory chapter immediately grabbing the reader's attention. This audio version is read by Doug Greene, whose pleasant to hear voice has a depth perfectly suited to the book. His text narration is well modulated and paced, not too fast but still brisk enough to carry the story forcefully forward. His is much more of a reading than a performance, with little attempt to give individual voicings to the protagonists, but their conversations are fluently read and it is always obvious who it is that is speaking.
This is a book to delight and excite all who enjoy a good conspiracy mystery and action story as well as a glimpse into the greed and sometime madness of scientific development. I hope that the other Flense books follow soon in audio format. Meanwhile, I'm off to read the next one on ebook.
An unusual and excellent read.
Very intriguing story. I can’t wait to read more of the stories in the Flense series!
Thrilling first in a series that keeps you wondering what is going to happen next. I like the characters and can't wait to get the next book. There is a lot of violence, senseless death, and cruelity... so be warned. I Voluntarily reviewed this audiobook after receiving an advanced copy that I requested.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
If you like suspenseful stories about government cover-ups, black ops groups and more cover-ups then I recommend this story. It has it all
What was one of the most memorable moments of China?
The end scene was an eye opener for the main character, Angelique. Slightly disturbing and fast paced.
Which scene was your favorite?
The village scene when Angelique was waiting for the town to come back from the burial ceremony. You could feel the intensity and panic.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
See above. No Spoilers.
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This is a long story, but worth it. Doug Greene did a very good job of narrating. The only issue I had with him was his voice being slightly staccato at times. It also sometimes lacked warmth when necessary. Overall a very good story.
This is the first volume (really the first 3 volumes of what I believe is a 12 part story). I must admit there is plenty to like, interesting characters, a mysterious storyline, but at times it seemed a bit slow with chapters that didn't really seem to add to the story. But overall there is definitely more good than bad, and I'd really like to see where the story leads.
This is the first time I've heard Doug Greene's narration and while he has a pretty good voice, he has a rather odd delivery style, with strange random pauses. I swear at times it reminded me of the bizarre way William Shatner paused while portraying Kirk on Star Trek. And as odd as it might sounds, I can't say I hated it, it made me laugh, though I'm fairly confident that wasn't his intention. Would I .......listen to him again? Yes, yes I would.
Filled with mystery & medical intrigue an enjoyable read/listen that makes you want to read more from
Kept me listening until I finished, there was no stopping until the end. The narrator was just wonderful, easy to listen to and understand
ok angelic is a crazy medical investigative reporter who starts with one story and ends up in the middle of some intense scary situations. what's up with 6x? who do the Americans work for? who does Nordstrom work for? oh my God!!! these questions are going to drive me crazy lol there is violence due to no witnesses, no survivors being the name of the game but there is no adult content
What did you love best about China?
The many unique and seemingly random situations over the world that were brought together in a way that I never expected
What does Doug Greene bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
While I enjoyed the reading very much there were a few issues with the reader not pronouncing medical terms correctly. Most people would not notice it, but as a nurse that is something that should be looked into before a story is made into an audiobook.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Angelique's refusal to give up in spite of the odds. Her desire to find justice for all who had lost their lives was commendable.
You find this macabre in places, but it may yet come to pass.