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These are exciting books, well written and fleshed out. Despite revisiting a plot by Tess Gerritsen (Harvest), involving a weird genetic syndrome worthy of Jeffery Deaver, and sounding like many special ops tales, Hong Kong Black holds its own. We seem to love the theme of an ex-ranger, ex-seal, ex-black operator who keeps getting sucked back into the world he tries to leave. We love Langford, the bitchy, craggy CIA chief who causes Nick so much trouble. We also love Zhang, the Chinese SF guy, and Dash, the epidemiologist doctor who is really smart and tough. We love to hate the bad guy because he is just, oh, so bad. And I guess we love the world conspiracies because we keep reading them!
I would like to taste a little more Chinese flavor in the Hong Kong and Beijing scenes. I thought that setting his stories here meant that Alex Ryan really knows these places, but I'm not feeling it. It's too superficial, too like someone else filled in the locales and names. I want to see the laundry flapping, hear the hawkers, smell the street cart food, see the many faces. (I felt it more when Harry Bosch went there.) However, the Beijing underground city is awesome, although it's hard to tell how realistic it is since the official version is bound to differ from the criminal version. I look forward to more of Nick Foley (Is he Pat Foley's ((Tom Clancy)) son or nephew?) and anything from Alex Ryan.
MA's narrations are always good. His separation of voices is superb, and the voices he chooses match the characters' personalities. Here he does great Chinese accents without succumbing to cliche or stereotype. He did forget that one of the girls had studied in Ireland and had more Irish than Chinese pronunciation, but we can live with that. And his pronunciation of Chinese people's place names is near enough to perfect that it doesn't hurt the ears of those who know!
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This is the second book in this series. The first book Beijing Red was on of the best books I listened to last summer. This one is as good.
What I like about this book is it is not only a good suspense read, but the author has put together a cast of 5 recurring characters that he plays very well against each other. I'm looking forward to the next novel in this series.
I listen to 2-3 books a week from most of the best selling authors and after a while their plot lines get old. I think at this point Alex Ryan's two books are better than most of the best selling authors.
I would recommend reading Beijing Red first as the author builds on the relationships between the characters
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