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The Flying Dragon

by Georges Ugeux

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Georges Ugeux's The Flying Dragon is fast-paced, but obscure.

I felt at a disadvantage reading this, since I am not familiar with either Hong Kong culture or investment banking practices. Unfortunately, neither of these was explained clearly enough to make me able to understand many of the plot details; while skimming with the gist was adequate to the plot, it was not especially satisfying.

A glossary would have helped, particularly with the banking jargon.

Apart from that, the writing could have been better. The usual wisdom for authors is "Show, don't tell"; Ugeux always tells and doesn't show. This makes the book more tedious than it could have been, had we been shown rather than told -- especially in dialogue.

The characters, too, were reactive in ways that only addressed the plot. They behaved rather at random in general. To wit: people who were clever manipulators of the system ended up really crude when called on their violations ... but how did they GET to that point?

If you are familiar with Hong Kong and/or Chinese banking, or investment banking internationally, or Asian culture -- you will probably appreciate this more than I did. I spent much of the time reading this confused. Recommended only for those who have the necessary background.

I received this book in exchange for writing an honest review. ( )
  cissa | Jun 6, 2016 |
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"No one can resist Victoria Leung. She's beautiful, brilliant, and fearless. Since leaving the fraud department of the Hong Kong Police, she has enjoyed her new status as senior detective at Pegasus, an international security firm based in London. She climbed the ladder by taking down Sun Hung Kai Properties' Kwok Brothers, a real estate empire, and earned the nickname “The Flying Dragon” in the process. On an otherwise typical morning, Victoria receives a panicked message from her close friend Diana Yu asking for help: Diana's ex-lover, Henry Chang, is in grave danger. Bertrand Wilmington, head of the derivative trading desk of a global bank, has fallen from a window of the twenty-second floor trading room, and Henry Chang is somehow involved. Perhaps with Victoria's help they can clear his name and reveal the secret behind Wilmington's death. While Hong Kong and Mainland authorities attempt to crack the case with little success, Victoria puts her experience as a banking auditor to use. Her expertise is critical in discovering key clues, and she won't back down until she gets answers. As she searches for the truth, The Flying Dragon quickly becomes enmeshed in a web of arrogance, power, money and sexuality. Will she expose the corruption and bring down a financial giant?"--Back cover.… (more)

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