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by Charles Cumming


Typhoon (Thorndike Thrillers). ISBN 9781410423863 (978-1-4104-2386-3) Hardcover, Thorndike Press, 2010.

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In the tradition of old-school espionage fiction, Cumming lets character rather than plot carry this compelling thriller. William Lasker, a second-string agent of the British Secret Intelligence Service, takes on the job of writing a book about a rogue CIA plot against the People's Republic of China.

St. Martin’s Press New York. This is a work of fiction. All of the characters, organizations, and events portrayed in this novel are either products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Printed in the United States of America.

Perfect for fans of John le Carré, a gripping and suspenseful spy thriller from ‘the master of the modern spy thriller’ (Mail on Sunday).

Read unlimited books and audiobooks on the web, iPad, iPhone and Android. Perfect for fans of John le Carré, a gripping and suspenseful spy thriller from ‘the master of the modern spy thriller’ (Mail on Sunday). Only a few short months of British rule remain before the territory returns to Chinese control.

They say that every journalist wants to write a book. Joe is smiling for the first time in days.

Washington has gone crazy. They say that every journalist wants to write a book. I can’t tell whether this remark is a statement or a question.

A Divided Spy (Thomas Kell Spy Thriller, Book 3). Charles Cumming.

Hong Kong 1997 - only a few short months of British rule remain before the territory returns to Chinese rule. It's a febrile place. He risked it all to become a spy. Now he must pay the price. A gripping new standalone spy thriller from the winner of the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for Best Thriller of the Year and 'the master of the modern spy thriller' (Mail on Sunday). One simple task for British Intelligence takes him into a world of danger. Successful novelist Kit Carradine has grown restless. A Divided Spy (Thomas Kell Spy Thriller, Book 3).

Authors: Charles Cumming. 10. For information, address St. Martin’s Press, 175 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10010. ed. p. c. SBN 978-0-312-55852-9I., 10. Read Also.

Find sources: "Charles Cumming" – news · newspapers · books · scholar · JSTOR (October 2010) (Learn how . Typhoon, published in the UK in 2008, is a political thriller about a CIA plot to destabilise China on the eve of the Beijing Olympics

Find sources: "Charles Cumming" – news · newspapers · books · scholar · JSTOR (October 2010) (Learn how and when to remove this template message). Charles Cumming (born 5 April 1971) is a British writer of spy fiction. Typhoon, published in the UK in 2008, is a political thriller about a CIA plot to destabilise China on the eve of the Beijing Olympics. The story spans the decade from the transfer of the sovereignty of Hong Kong in 1997 to present-day Shanghai. In particular, the author highlights the plight of the Uyghur Muslim population in Xinjiang, a semi-autonomous region of China.

Charles Cumming is sometimes billed as John Le Carre's successor, though any posters in the latter’s Cold War thrillers no doubt toe the party line and are torn by the wind funnelled down streets next to the Berlin Wall.

In 1997‚ as the British are returning Hong Kong to Chinese rule‚ Joe Lennox‚ a young operative for the SIS (MI6)‚ loses both his girlfriend and his first high-profile asset — a prominent doctor who disappears from a sa

Galubel
Playful, nostalgia for my youth. Mournful, restless, moral and reprehensible. So very, very real. Amid a compelling tale of high grade espionage, in the venue of the Far East so infrequently crafted into the hills and valleys of prose in a modern novel, the affairs of the heart in this book really moved me. I chalk it up to great writing. And while there could have so many endings, Cumming delivered the only real choice.
Mananara
Sophisticated, Well-written SpyFi for Old China Hands.
Charles Cumming. 'Typhoon'.
Spies lie, cheat, steal, and occasionally kill. Yet we ascribe considerable moral stature to them, particularly (but not exclusively) in wartime.
Joe Lennox is recruited by SIS, which used to be MI6 when I was in short pants and reading Buchan. He covers a lot of ground between Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing uncovering and then trying to disable a CIA 'loose cannon' team's plot to exploit western China's Muslim unrest. His friend and nemesis is Miles Coolidge, amoral but realistic as his CIA counterpart. There's lots of midnight meetings, coded messages, and quite believable fieldcraft. Not to mention bangs, blood and guts along the way. And cynicism and stiff upper lips.
Widely tipped as 'The New LeCarre', Cumming's undeniable appeal is perhaps a little different. His main focus seems to be what it means to be living a lie, what kind of person do you have to be to be 'an honest man sent abroad to lie for his country', to mildly distort Henry Wotton's phrase.
It's perhaps a sign of Cunningham's success in doing this that he ultimately fails to convince. It's hard for us to understand just how spies do live with themselves? Joe worries about this (well, a little bit); Miles doesn't. But Coolidge is ultimately the more interesting character: and just possibly the more noble.
Cumming has written six books; I've already read four. He's good; don't miss him!
Mautaxe
I have read lots of books about espionage and this is one of the best. A few reasons - superb character development, excellent suspense, and prescient ethical relevance.
Invissibale
The author Charles Cumming, obviously has spent time in China.
His knowledge of landmarks in Shanghai and Beijing demonstrate this fact.
I felt that the characters were superficial and one-dimensional types commonly found in the spy novel genre.
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Another thoroughly absorbing read by Charles Cumming. This time the action is centred on Hong Kong and China. The hero's love interest proves too good to be true and takes off with his rival in the espionage world. His rival loses the plot and our hero mostly saves the day. I liked the fact that the book gave some great background to living in China and the rivalry but supposed togetherness of the intelligence agencies.
WUNDERKIND
I always enjoy reading a Cummings book, but on this occasion I felt that it fell short on plot. I found that I didn't care what happened.

It had an almost mundane approach, capturing I'm sure, the day-to-day existence of people responsible for gathering information and manipulating events in the real world.

Joe's character flaws almost overwhelmed the book, as did Miles'.

Still well written, technically, but lacking the interest that his other books have had.
Connorise
This is an exceptionally well-crafted novel with, as we see frequently with Cumming, complex characters. The author has become adept in his use of the subtle shades of gray that surround the various people he brings to life. While the plot may stretch credulity at times, you can forgive him that because he is a marvelous storyteller who actually makes you think. A worthy heir to LeCarre.

In Typhoon he does a pretty good job of capturing the Asian expat culture, with a reasonably accurate sense of the locale. Personally, I would have liked to have seen him develop the Chinese characters a bit more. I found them to be a bit two-dimensional and predictable. But in fairness, this is noticeable primarily because he does such a thorough job with the Westerners that you expect it of all the characters.

As with his other books, the plot starts slowly, but gathers momentum throughout. I made the mistake of starting to read one evening a little later than normal, and I literally had to continue until 2:30 in the morning to finish the book.
Typhoon (Thorndike Thrillers) ebook
Author:
Charles Cumming
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Thrillers & Suspense
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Thorndike Press; Large Print edition (February 17, 2010)
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695 pages
Rating:
4.9
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