Most everything in the book can be found on news websites, or forums. This is still a worthwhile read though, mostly because of the author’s unique experience couch surfing and meeting Chinese people who are a bit more adventurous than the average citizen.
The first chapter or two got me interested in the concept, ghosts meeting up in a per-scheduled date and time, even though they had to wait a few decades for the meeting to cumulate fully. The narrative got slower than, but the rich language kept me going and once Ah Yan got introduced the whole story took off.
Mr. Steinhauer refuses to make this novel easy for his readers, but the relish in which he writes, creating a world full of paranoia is worth the effort.
The Song Empire in the 13th century has lost half its territory, including the capital, to the Jurchen invaders. While the war is raging, the peasants suffer and the great powers underestimate the Mongol warriors who are being untied by Genghis Khan.
In The Nearest Exit by Olen Steinhauer bats the story out of the park again, with an unbelievable plot involving the CIA, Germany’s secret service as well as a guest appearances by the Ukrainians and Chinese.
A graphic novel featuring alternate version of Superman that have been disappearing
The strength of this book, I felt, was in the interesting footnotes the editor provided at the end of each chapter
About: Colonel Sun by Robert Markham is the first novel featuring secret agent James Bond, 007, not written by Ian Fleming. Robert Markham is actually the pseudonym of Kingsley Amis, the book was published six years after the death of Ian Fleming. Paperback: 196 pages Publisher: Bantam; paperback My rating for Colonel Sun– 3 Buy Colonel Sun from Amazon.com* More Books by Robert Markham Thoughts: In today’s world where some authors became simple brands which publishers build on, it is not uncommon to see a book which uses an author’s name and brand for a new story by a different writer. Colonel Sun by Robert Markham came out in 1968, a few years after Mr. Fleming’s death and many years before successful books, authors, and characters were branded as a franchise. The book itself is strangely written. It seems the author was trying to write in the same vain as Mr. Fleming in the beginning as a fast paced thriller, only to give up somewhere in the around quarter way and write in his own style turning the thriller into an traveling adventure story. That is not bad, just makes for a strange reading experience. I couldn’t help but notice that this is not…
The author tries to understand why, and how, intelligence services around the world are targeting American higher education, and the implications from those actions
The author touches on Confucian and Daoist writings, famous novels, poetry, historic manuals, gardening and manual labor.