The Chinaman : Mike Cramer

  • by Stephen Leather
  • Narrated by Russell Boulter
  • Series: Mike Cramer
  • 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The "Chinaman" understood death. Jungle-skilled, silent, and lethal, he had killed for the Viet Cong and then for the Americans. He had watched helpless as his two eldest daughters were raped and killed by Thai pirates. Now, all that was behind him. Quiet, hard-working, and unassuming, he was building up his South London take-away business - until the day his wife and youngest daughter were murdered by an IRA bomb. Then he began to ask the authorities who were the men responsible, what was being done - and was turned away, fobbed off, treated as a nuisance. That was when the Chinaman, denied justice, decided on revenge...and went back to war.

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What the Critics Say

"The Chinaman is a gem of a thriller, perfectly constructed and full of the unexpected." (Library Journal)

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Great plot idea, but...

Turning loose a trained Vietnamese assassin among a bunch of IRA bombers is an idea loaded with possibilities. It's a great little book, but the author falls into the trap of Orientalism in his characterization of the Viet Cong hero: he makes him into a single-minded cutthroat with the tracking skills of Natty Bumppo. He could have been a Joyce fan, or a horse racing bettor, or a baseball or lacrosse fan. But no. He does know how to make nitroglycerin out of antifreeze and fertilizer and set it off with a flash bulb. Not too deep. The Irish terrorists get full three dimensional portraits, on the other hand, including cottages, favorite drinks, Land Rovers and girl friends. Still, the plot moves right along and it's a fun read, with plenty of surprises -- all of them for the deliciously astonished white folks, and many of them fatal.
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- Robert

Great book and reader

However, his performance of Nguyen was very distracting and sounded similar to how someone would make fun of a Asian accent. Im sure not intentional, but it made it difficult to take the character seriously. His performance of the other characters was very well done; each character was distinct and he held their respective accents well.
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- Thai Kim Do

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-18-2007
  • Publisher: ISIS Audio Books