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Publisher's Summary

It's the 1960s and the world of advertising is coming alive - and it's an exciting world to be part of. Simon Wong, a Chinese-Australian and a promising young advertising executive, is sent to Singapore to establish an office. He finds himself thrust into an environment that is at once strangely familiar and profoundly different, one where the rules that govern behaviour - both in business and in personal life - differ wildly from what he is used to. And where all is not what it appears to be.
Under the veneer of the commercial world lie some shocking truths - of people smuggling, drug trafficking, and murder. And Mercy B. Lord, the woman Simon falls for, is caught up in it. From wartime Asian comfort houses to CIA spy rings, Bryce Courtenay takes us on a thrilling journey with a great love story at its heart.
©2010 Bryce Courtenay; 2013 Christine Courtenay (P)2011 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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By Anne on 09-03-11

Brilliant!!

Another wonderful book by Bryce Courtenay and what can I say about Humphrey Bower - the man is a master at bringing the characters to life. My husband and I lived in Singapore for 2 years and it was great that the story was set there. Thanks for another very enjoyable listen!!

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By Jacki Farrar on 08-12-11

Brillant

My first Bryce Coutenay book and if it is anything to go by I want to read more. Great story and held me all the way through. Well read by Humphrey Bower.

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By Paula on 07-24-11

Fascinating and well read

As usual at the end of one of Courtenay's books I've finished learning something about a culture and history I had little knowledge of previously but I've been so engrossed in the story during the telling that I didn't realise it was happening at the time. The narrator's accent sometimes seemed a little off but that's understandable given the storyline. On the other hand it was very acceptable and the characterisation in the reading was superb!

Having the usual problem now remembering which ones I've read and which ones I've only read the synopsis of as I really want to make sure I read/hear them all!

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By Ronan on 06-06-14

Too Long

Would you try another book written by Bryce Courtenay or narrated by Humphrey Bower?

Yes, as both have an abundance of book credits

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I wish we got to it faster but at least it was a bit of action

If this book were a film would you go see it?

Possibly, as it would be abridged

Any additional comments?

I have listened to 6 of Bryce's books so far but this one just was too long. The early part based in Australia was ok but the Singapore section is in slow motion and therefore I found it a frustrating listen. There was also repetition of comments where it felt as if Bryce had forgotten that he already used certain phrases.

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By Michael on 07-10-17

Good story and brilliantly performed.

One of Courtenay's great stories which Humphrey Bower performed with great distinction. Great characters. The historical references are very interesting albeit with a couple of minor errors.

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