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Snakehead

China Thriller, 4
By: Peter May
Narrated by: Peter Forbes
Series: The China Thrillers, Book 4
Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (217 ratings)

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Summary

The fourth China Thriller, from the million-selling Peter May - author of the Richard and Judy best seller The Blackhouse

Suffocated

A vehicle crammed with dozens of dead Chinese immigrants is found in Southern Texas. Pathologist Margaret Campbell must put aside her horror and find out why. 

Summoned

Detective Li Yan - an even more unwelcome memory for Campbell - has arrived stateside to investigate a link in the case to a lucrative trade in illegal labourers. 

Snakehead

Yan and Campbell will soon find that the crime scene hides another secret: a biological time bomb linking traffickers, politicians and migrants in Beijing, Washington and Texas - posing multiple countries one very singular threat. 

©2012 Peter May (P)2017 Quercus Editions Limited

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Highly enjoyable

Really enjoyable book and series. The twists and turns, though in places predictable, are fast paced and give the reader new philosophical and scientific avenues to explore and question within themselves. The love story lines are certainly not May's strongest areas of writing and characters are often squarely fixed into their stereotypes, but he provides a great piece of escapism for all to enjoy.

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  • Ms
  • 25-05-18

okay, just confirmed my view of the China series

A very boring and predictable story. The character of Margaret has become rather pathetic and unbelievable, an insult to professional women working in male-dominated work environments. The relationship between Margaret and Lee is unrealistic and the sexual encounter using the horse analogy was cringeworthy.
I've listened to the early China stories and as they have progressed I've become more and more irritated by the characters and their unbelievable behavioural characteristics and stupidity.

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Not very good at all

Had been pushing on with this series but did not like this one at all. Although I feel like the romance aspect has been played out a bit too long, I started to notice that some of the language used to describe the lead female had become a bit gratuitous and salacious. Also, while none of the stories have been exactly realistic, this just felt like a total parody- predictable to the last. So that’s it.

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Snakehead chills

In light of recent events this book sends chills to the spine. Germ warfare makes scary reading. Slightly disappointed how the romance limps along and parts of the story very predictable at times but nevertheless a good read.

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Excellent

Very enjoyable and gripping. Good story we listened to it in only a few days! Can't wait to listen to the next one!

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Another excellent book

loved it. my favourite author. brilliant series of books. narration also brilliant. A scary thought the spread of a virus!

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lots of potential but a damp squib.

had lots of potential but ended up too predictable and a damp squib. unfiretunately,way below previous standard of books in the series.

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  • M
  • 27-07-18

Gripping read brilliant and plausible

Well written brilliantly read a plausible fantastic story loved every minute of it I really recommend this author

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Another brilliant Peter May

I think Peter May is one of the brilliant novelists of our time. This 4th of the China series is set in the USA but still with the two main characters. When May writes about a place you are transported to the place and almost feel what it is like to be there. The narration is superb once again by the wonderful Peter Forbes. The story is fast moving and so well researched as always with his books. One learns about something every time with Peter May.

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Best so far

Peter May has written another crafted, descriptive and imaginative story beautifully delivered by Peter Forbes.

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  • Pamela H.
  • 30-08-19

Margaret is the “ugly American” in print.

I keep reading this series because of the interesting plot lines. With each book I come to like Margaret less and less. So selfish and entitled to be mean and rude, disrespectful and argumentative. She has hints of a drinking problem so hopefully she’ll soften during her alcohol-free pregnancy.