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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (340 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Cumming Narrator: Stephen Hogan Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2009 ISBN:
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Hong Kong 1997 - only a few short months of British rule remain before the territory returns to Chinese rule. It's a febrile place. And in that claustrophobic environment of uncertainty and fear the spooks are hard at work, jostling for position and influence.

So when an elderly man emerges from the seas off the New Territories, claiming to know secrets he will share only with the Governor himself, a young MI6 agent, Joe Lennox, sees an opportunity to make his reputation.

But when the old man, a high-profile Chinese professor, is spirited away in the middle of the night by Joe's superiors, in collusion with the CIA, it's clear that there's a great deal more than a young spy's career at stake. The professor, it seems, holds the key to a sinister and ambitious plan that could have awesome and catastrophic repercussions for China in the 21st century. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter | 2/18/2014

    " Charles Cumming is touted as the 'new' Lecarre, an odd description since we still have Lecarre but publicists are publicists. This novel is set in China, largely post 9-11 and leading up to the 2008 Olympic Games and captures some of the essence of 'global' attitudes. A fast paced account of a too good to be true British agent and an oh so believable American one. As far as spy stories go, this one works. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 2/17/2014

    " A smart, engaging thriller, chock full of intrigue and history and current events. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Hull | 2/13/2014

    " Excellent - my 2nd Charles Cumming novel, and an equally, if not even better read than the first. For one thing, 'Typhoon's' protagonist, Joe Lennox, is a whole lot more likable a character than 'A Spy By Nature's' narcissistic Alec Milius. This was a fast-paced, absorbing novel, set in its initial years around the historic return to Chinese rule of Hong Kong in 1997. It features all the international intrigue of a first-class spy classic, with updated images of 'real-life' James Bonds. I can't wait for Cumming's next novel to arrive in the mail. These are smart, intriguing, tales with an eye for detail, real-world 'spies' and complex human relationships. Altogether a terrific blend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris Stanley | 2/5/2014

    " Clever plot lots of twists good pace. Not my usual genre but I really enjoyed it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Steve | 2/4/2014

    " I stopped reading this mystery set in Hong Kong about a third of the way in. I never really got that interested in the story. There was too much emphasis on one sorid character trying to take the main character's girl friend away, angry drinking sessions, and not enough real action. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 1/22/2014

    " The ending is something of a letdown in the too-pat sense, but Cumming clearly understands his subject well and does a nice job capturing the ambiguities and challenges inherent in spy life. Well worth the read for those who like a more literary spy novel and Sinophiles. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 1/20/2014

    " VG spy thriller set in Hong Kong and China. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 1/18/2014

    " A really good spy novel - well written & intelligent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eddie | 1/14/2014

    " Excellent spy story in pre-olympic China "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rick Hourigan | 12/27/2013

    " Interesting novel, a bit predictable well written but the plot was not quite extensive enough "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 11/29/2013

    " I didn't finish it. I know it got really good reviews, but I couldn't get into it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steven | 11/12/2013

    " Excellent thriller tying together the War on Terror, US fear of China's growing superpower status, and Britain's relations with the US. Highly highly recommended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aaron | 11/1/2013

    " Good. Complex. Not as fully intriguing, meanungful? as it could have been. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frank | 9/12/2013

    " Great read... excellent fiction on millennial China and western clandestine chicanery. Made me add Cumming to my list of authors whose books I want to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dj | 9/7/2013

    " i love espionage and this is one of the very best i've ever read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Treanor | 5/17/2013

    " Fantastic. Feels like a huge leap from his earlier novels. Loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steven | 3/9/2013

    " Good spy stuff. Loving the Hong Kong and Shanghai settings since. I was just in HK and am using this to learn about Shanghai. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lou | 12/16/2012

    " Really good thriller that gives a look into contemporary life in Hong Kong & Shanghai. Also presents a scenario for unrest in the westernmost province of China. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joey Cattermole | 12/7/2012

    " Spy thriller. I learned that most foreign journalists are probably spies making $1,000/mo. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Juha | 10/12/2012

    " A very good spy novel with an interesting plot, excellent atmosphere and descriptions of the places, credible dialogue and good characters (although the moral innocence and naivete of the main protagonist is occasionally slightly exasperating). I'll look for Cumming's other books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vince Carter | 4/22/2012

    " Excellent contemporary espionage suspense set in Hong Kong and Shanghai leading up to Beijing Olympics "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 2/20/2012

    " I already wrote a review. I don't know what happened to it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vince | 3/14/2011

    " Excellent contemporary espionage suspense set in Hong Kong and Shanghai leading up to Beijing Olympics "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steven | 1/18/2011

    " Excellent thriller tying together the War on Terror, US fear of China's growing superpower status, and Britain's relations with the US. Highly highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 12/2/2010

    " Clever plot lots of twists good pace. Not my usual genre but I really enjoyed it.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rick | 7/31/2010

    " Interesting novel, a bit predictable well written but the plot was not quite extensive enough "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lou | 7/1/2010

    " Really good thriller that gives a look into contemporary life in Hong Kong & Shanghai. Also presents a scenario for unrest in the westernmost province of China. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzanne | 6/7/2010

    " This is an OK spy-thriller but did not float my boat very much. I kept reading it, thinking it would gin up into something great but failed to do so. Don't bother. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jack | 3/17/2010

    " Very slow moving and not very believable. Cummings injects too much of his political beliefs into this one "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Steve | 3/5/2010

    " I stopped reading this mystery set in Hong Kong about a third of the way in. I never really got that interested in the story. There was too much emphasis on one sorid character trying to take the main character's girl friend away, angry drinking sessions, and not enough real action. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eddie | 3/3/2010

    " Excellent spy story in pre-olympic China "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 stan | 3/2/2010

    " Hi
    Just read this spy novel. Not having read anything by this author I was very disappointed. The story line was weak and predictable . I have another book by Charles to read. Well we will wait and see. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joey | 2/4/2010

    " Spy thriller. I learned that most foreign journalists are probably spies making $1,000/mo. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 1/23/2010

    " I already wrote a review. I don't know what happened to it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 1/5/2010

    " A smart, engaging thriller, chock full of intrigue and history and current events. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 12/20/2009

    " I didn't finish it. I know it got really good reviews, but I couldn't get into it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 April | 12/6/2009

    " Good. Complex. Not as fully intriguing, meanungful? as it could have been. "

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About the Author

Charles Cumming is the author of the New York Times bestselling thriller The Trinity Six, as well as others including A Spy by Nature and Typhoon. He lives with his family in London.

About the Narrator

Stephen Hogan is a voice talent and audiobook narrator.