In this classic thriller, two American tourists find more adventure than they bargained for when they get involved with Chinese gun smugglers and Muslim revolutionaries, learning first-hand about the intrigue of the post-colonial world.
Greg and Dorothy Nilsen had wanted to go on an adventurous trip to see some of the more out-of-the-way places. But the cruise they were on was turning out to be a bore. So when the gracious Mr. Tan requests that Greg take a side trip to Singapore to resolve a bureaucratic detail involving a consignment of small arms, Greg is surprisingly receptive. All he has to do is sign some papers, he’s told, and he’ll be paid a handsome fee. And everything does go smoothly, until it comes to getting a check co-signed by the rebel leader....
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One of the Very Best
This story, as several of Eric Ambler's, features a protagonist who is an unsuspecting innocent, stumbling into intrigue. The plot is clearly laid out, with ample details for the reader to understand the motivations and constraints on the characters.
The plot kept my full attention, sometimes to the detriment of driving, The beauty of this plot is that it is straightforward, with enough illumination of the situation and characters for the listener to understand why things happen.
My favorite character was the originator of the action, Girja Krishnan
The tag line of a film should be "Tourist Beware"
Foolish decisions while on holiday