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Darkness Under Heaven

By F.J. Chase

Darkness Under Heaven

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Started reading:
2009-06-01 11:19:21
Finished reading:
2009-06-02 10:10:01

Review

Rating: 4

It’s interesting to compare a thriller set in China to something written a decades ago like Adam Hall’s The Sinkiang Executive. This novel reads something like a work by Hall Or Ludlum by way of the videogame Grand Theft Auto with Beijing sitting in for Liberty City and with the main character teamed up with a civilian who alternately helps and must be helped. My biggest issue with the book was the morality of the characters with the gratuitous shooting of a traffic cop (in light of the fact that the protagonist’s nemesis was able to tie the incident to the pair). The main saving grace of the book was the well-researched setting, external events and the romance between the two characters. If the romance aspect appeals, I’d also recommend something like Don’t Look Down by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer. Worth reading for the fairly good take on Chinese politics and intelligence services.

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