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Summary

Hong Kong: The British administration is preparing to hand the capitalist colony back to communist China with the minimum of fuss. But Colonel Joel Tyler has other plans for the British Colony, plans which involve four Vietnam War veterans and a spectacular mission, making use of their unique skills. Vietnam was the one thing the four men had in common before Tyler moulded them into a team capable of pulling off a sensational robbery. But while the vets are preparing to take Hong Kong by storm, their paymaster, Anthony Chung, puts the final touches on an audacious betrayal. At stake is the future of Hong Kong….

©1993 Stephen Leather (P)2012 Isis Publishing Ltd

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One of Leather's Longest and Best Books!

What made the experience of listening to The Vets the most enjoyable?

So many subplots, the narrator, and detailed

What did you like best about this story?

Action, history, and the Sex!

What does Paul Thornley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Paul has always been one of my favorite narrators, his voice suits a crime story. His accents are great, even reading female characters are not awkward.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Umm over 20 hours? Probs not

Any additional comments?

Will highly recommend, but I'm not sure if people will like the lenth of this book. Maybe not the first book I will break them in with :)

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Alec
  • Hampshire
  • 13-02-17

A long book

An enjoyable book with many players who do eventually come together in a surprising climax which is as good as any other Stephen Leather book. It is a throwback to pre Chinese rule in Hong Kong which is a period of history I knew little about. Well worth sticking with, it is somewhat longer than I've come across before on Audible. Once again super narration by Paul Thornley.

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very odd narration, predicted ending about halfway

I cannot see the point of the staccato narration style, it prevented the story from flowing fluidly for me.
The ending was easy to see from about the halfway point.
Not Stephen Leather's best and I will be reading in future rather than listening to this narrator.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Carôle
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 04-10-12

Unputdownable!

I'm a Stephen Leather fan. Always have been, and after listening to this novel, always will be!



You read the synopsis and think you have a fair idea about what the novel will be about. You're wrong. You wont get it until Leather wants you to, which is right at the end.



Narrated really well by the usual narrator, whom I also love. You will too.

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fantastic

It was easy to get in to loved the. grip the book seem to have on me.

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Great listen 👍🏼😀

A great story, lots of characters names to remember at the beginning of this book but made easier by Paul Thornley’s great narration and many accents for the different characters.
If you’ve listened to other Stephen Leather books you won’t be disappointed.

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A solid listen - good plot

I am a big fan of Mr Leather. The book is solid but for me lacks a little of the Nightingale / Chinaman / Kookie plot / humor of his other books. If you like Stephen Leather you will like this though.

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  • Mr
  • 08-11-15

Enjoyable but nothing special

The story is more about Hong Kong, pre-China take over, than Vietnam Veterans. The story builds up gradually with plenty of time for The Vets and the ther main characters to build their personalities but unfortunatley the heights of the climax towards the end of the book aren't that great.

I couldn't buy into Anthony Chung who seems to be more skilled than James Bond in all capacities.

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Leaden

I gave it three stars because, well, two would be harsh. The story isnt bad if a little predictable, although maybe I'm the only one who saw the end coming but no matter; my problem is with the characters and especially the dialogue, both of which seemed full of cliches and sterotypes - the dialogue between the banker's wife and the leading Chinese character was leaden and could have come from a 70s woman's magazine. The attention to deta was good, the basic storyline was okay but relied on all the victims being completely stupid and overly wide-eyed annd innocent

2 of 4 people found this review helpful