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FLOATING CITY (original 1994; edition 1995)

by Eric Lustbader

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Title:FLOATING CITY
Authors:Eric Lustbader
Info:Pocket (1995), Mass Market Paperback, 512 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
Rating:****
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Floating City by Eric Lustbader (1994)

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From Publishers Weekly Lustbader fans will herald the coming of this latest adventure in the astonishingly turbulent life of half-Asian, half-Caucasian, all-hero fighting machine Nicholas Linnear. Newcomers to the author's idiosyncratic work, however, may have trouble getting with this sequel to The Kaisho , which not only features the usual heaping doses of violence, sex and Japanese mysticism but requires pages of difficult exposition to recap the story thus far, which hooks on high-tech shenanigans. The novel opens with a trademark example of Lustbader's eroticized violence, as a Vietnam vet in 1983 Burma struggles to maintain his foothold among the nation's drug lords and exacts a deliciously nasty vengeance against a bitter enemy. Leap to the present and Linnear, soon trapped in Saigon's famed underground tunnels with only his " tanjian eye "--some sort of sensory enhancement that is mentioned all too often--to guide and protect him. Meanwhile, back in the U.S., Linnear's old friend, ex-NYPD detective Lew Croaker, is also on the case, unleashing his prosthetic hand, complete with retractable claws and powered by lithium batteries, whenever the occasion arises. And so the wildly improbable but amazingly energetic action goes, from Washington to Tokyo and back to Vietnam, with periodic flashbacks thrown in, as well as a mobster nicknamed "Bad Clams" and a drug-lord named "Rock," until it reaches not a conclusion but a setup for the next Linnear thriller (" So it's not over , Vesper thought. It's just beginning "). This is the kind of novel that fans of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles read when they grow up--and no one does it with more punch than Lustbader.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. From Library Journal Nicholas Linnear is back on a manhunt for the killer of Vincent Tinh, a director in his company, Sate International. At the same time, he is looking for his friend Okami, head of a Japanese underworld clan, who has asked for Linnear's help. Assisted by pal Lew Croaker, Linnear probes the underbelly of Southeast Asia, focusing on the Floating City, a secret empire where Tinh's murderer is hiding and where the key to Okami's trouble lies. In an action-packed finale, Linnear avenges Tinh's death and narrowly escapes a nuclear blast. Full of passages describing Japanese culture and history, this work continues the saga of Linnear, a man as comfortable in the East as he is in the West. The numerous Japanese terms will confound neophyte Lustbader readers, but veteran fans will appreciate this richly detailed, if slow-moving, novel. Public libraries of all sizes will want this best-selling author's latest offering.
-- Grant A. Fredericksen, Illinois Prairie Dist. P.L., Metamora
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. ( )
  Hans.Michel | Sep 13, 2013 |
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Deep within the Vietnamese jungle lies Floating City, a secret empire run on riches and murder. At its heart is Rock, an American Vietnam vet-- a killing machine raised on war and rock-and-roll. Ruthless and bloodthirsty, he rules like a god supreme over his legendary dominion. And at his command is the Torch-- the tool of ultimate evil that only one man can destroy: Nicholas Linnear.

But to penetrate Floating City, Nicholas must first confront his own inner demons: the Yakuza, the Japanese criminal underworld he despises, and his own past. Only when he faces the harrowing truth about himself and about Koei, the woman he loved as no other, will Nicholas find the inner strength to carry out the two missions that have now become one: destroy Floating City, and honor his family's debt to the head of the Yakuza, the Kaisho.

While Linnear heads into the heart of a vast web of terror, half a world away his longtime friend, ex-NYPD Detective Lew Croaker, is hunting the Kaisho's would-be assassins. From the foul back alleys of Saigon to the forbidding jungles of Southeast Asia to the corridors of power in Tokyo and Washington, D.C., Linnear and Croaker cross the blood-red line that divides good from evil, sexuality from death, love from betrayal-- rushing inexorably toward an explosive climax that you will never forget.

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Deep within the Vietnamese jungle lies Floating City, a secret empire run on riches and murder, spreading chaos and destruction to every corner of the globe. At its heart is Rock, an American killing machine raised on war and rock-and-roll. Ruthless and bloodthirsty, a law unto himself, he is like a god supreme over his legendary dominion. And at his command is the Torch - the tool of ultimate evil that only one man can destroy: Nicholas Linnear. But in order to penetrate Floating City and destroy the demon within, Nicholas must first confront his own inner demons: the Yakuza, the Japanese criminal underworld he despises, and his own past. Until he faces the harrowing truth about himself, about his father, and about the woman he loved as no other - the beautiful and enigmatic Koei - he will be powerless against his enemies. Daughter of a Yakuza chief, or oyabun, and once the source of his deepest happiness, Koei had left him with pain and anguished memories. Only when he encounters her again will Nicholas find the inner strength to carry out the two missions which have now become one: destroy Floating City, and honor his family's debt to the head of the Yakuza, the Kaisho. While Linnear heads into the heart of a vast web of terror, half a world away his long-time friend, ex-NYPD Detective Lew Croaker, is hunting the Kaisho's would-be assassins. His trail leads to Washington and to Vesper Arkham, a woman as fascinating as a train wreck. Beautiful and dangerous, Vesper is part chameleon and all viper. She alone can lead Croaker to a hidden nexus of blood and money...and to the revelation of the nightmare waiting for Nicholas Linnear in Rock's Floating City.… (more)

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