A Devil In Hong Kong by David Harris Lang #Review #bostick
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A Devil in Hong Kong
by David Harris Lang
Weaving history and indelible details of Asian culture into his story, Lang tells a tale like no other. He is a current resident of Hong Kong, has lived and worked in Asia much of his life. Besides being a prolific author of Asian-based thrillers, he is an international architect who brings an indelible ‘sense of place’ to his writing as well as a deep understanding of Asian cultures, locales, and customs. His vivid fight scenes come from a life-long practice of the martial arts. A Devil in Hong Kong is David Lang’s third book.
Author Loren Schechter calls A Devil in Hong Kong “a blood-rousing romp through the Asian underworld in a search for a priceless jade burial suit of a Chinese emperor. Get ready for plenty of action, numerous plot twists, vivid settings, and a psychopathic villain you will long remember.” John Oliver writes that he “had a great ride following this action packed quest for an ancient artifact through 1937 China. Villains include the cruelest of Nazi officers and maniacal Japanese military commanders who were based on historical figures. Opium dealers, crazed priests, bandits, monks intertwine in a saga of pursuit and escape through the Chinese countryside.”
This book has a little bit of everything… there is intrigue, action, history, and even a little romance. Emperor Wu has had an epiphany: he is mortal. Upon finally realizing this, the Emperor commissions a burial suit made out of jade. The suit takes a year to fashion and not long after it is completed, the Emperor dies. And that is only the beginning. Through flashbacks, the reader sees the twists and turns on the journey that Emperor Wu’s burial suit takes until we find oer selves in modern day Hong Kong where various opposing forces seek the suit for their own purposes.
What I loved about this book is the rich descriptions of people and places. I loved the descriptions of the burial suit and the steps that the Emperor’s children were willing to take to ensure he shuffled off his mortal coil.
The action is almost non-stop, and I had a hard time putting the book down.
There is more violence than sex, but where it is gruesome, it is very gruesome. I also believe that it would take a special young adult to be truly interested in the complexities of the plot. That being said, I would recommend caution in readers under 16.
Reviewed by HR Duby for Romance Authors that Rock
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