A burned corpse is a disturbing mystery for Beijing detective Li Yan until he enlists forensic pathologist Margaret Campbell. Having abandoned a broken life in Chicago for her work, she's as determined as Li to ask difficult questions about the man's death. But some questions have answers they'd rather not hear - facts that others are desperate to conceal. The Firemaker is the first in the acclaimed China series from Peter May, author of Runaway, Entry Island and the internationally bestselling Lewis Trilogy.
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A really enjoyable listen. You knew how the plot was going but there were still many many twists and turns within it that I didn't see coming. Fascinating incite to Chinese life also...Well worth a listen.
"interesting and easy listening"
read very well again. it was interesting to gain an insight into China . I do like Peter May books. this was easy to get into and to listen to as usual but I felt the story was a little weak and unlikely. that said I will download the next one in the series.
I would highly recommend this thriller. The characters were very human and believable. The storyline was also very believable. The narrator was excellent as well. I don't speak mandarin or Cantonese so obviously I can't comment on the how accurate the way street names etc were read but it sounded good to me. I will be getting the next in the series.
"Great insight into the Chinese psyche and Beijing."
Having lived in Beijing from end 1994 to 2009, I was impressed with Peter May's insight into the North Chinese psyche and Beijing. His description of the culture clash between American and Chinese culture, and the growing understanding, is done with great understanding and respect.
It was with great nostalgia I read the book, partly because the Beijing described had more og less disappeared before I left in 2009, and partly because of the many good years I spent in Beijing.
The insight into the motives behind the actions of the characters, both villains and heroes.
As always an excellent performance, only marked down by a slight mispronunciation of the Chinese words, which isn't fair to mark him down by. :D
A great listen, especially if you miss Beijing as it used to be.
"fascinating and intriguing."
an exciting combination of crime detective novels and interesting informative, fascinating description of Chinese culture.
"gripping plot great characters"
great story it has a very real feel. Love the discriptive nature of the writing. very enjoyable.
Peter May writes terrific stories which make you care about the characters. The China Series is unqualified in its settings which adds to the interest. Peter Forbes' reading is wonderful - I love his voice.
"Insight into China"
An enjoyable story line, likeable characters and a wonderful insight into China. Another of Peter May's books that I really looked forward to listening to. So different from Scottish island stories and really enjoyable.
"Peter May is simply brilliant"
I loved this book. The story is gripping and beautifully written. Peter Forbes is a superb narrator. The descriptions of the city of Beijing draw you in and you are there, even though I have never been to China. The research which has gone into this book has clearly been meticulous, as with all May's novels, and leaves you wanting to find out more about the subject matter ( which I won't give away). Truly excellent.
Had to keep listening. Keeps you on the edge of your seat or bed depending on where you are listening.
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