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I liked the Schumann Frequency a lot (which is previous to this one and should be read first) and was excited to find this second book by Ride. It was not found under the same author name though because Schumann was under "Christopher" and this book is under "Chris", but it is the same author and a continuation of the same characters. What makes this book better than Schumann is that the characters are already established and unlike the first book, the entire plot is entwined within actual historical events. It makes the book so much better when you can read a dozen Wikipedia pages and have a richer understanding of the story! My only con would be the change of pronunciations of some key names from the first book by the narrator and that wasn't too bad. To me, the quality of research and accuracy is on par with Dan Brown. I can't wait for Chris Ride's next book!
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A very interesting look at the opeum wars, the Boxer Rebellion and the last imperial rulers of China especially Empress Cixi. Several inconsiquential love stories are also included for those who need them. My primary interest was in 19th century Chinese history and the effect it has had on subsiquent events.
A very exciting listen, it held my attention the whole way through. I think this is quite a 'male' book, surprisingly explicit in places with some real power trip violence. If you're after a listen that is just for enjoyment I give this five stars. It would make a great action film.
The narrator for this audio book killed it. I just cannot listen to him. No personality. No emotion. Makes for hard listening. A good story but ruined by bad narration ;(
I am so disappointed with this book having read 2 of his other books that were fantastic reads. Unless your into Chinese history big time give this a miss. A very "boy" book.