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Typhoon: A Novel

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Joe Lennox seems to be the perfect spy. Having graduated from Oxford with a first class degree in Mandarin in the mid 1990s he is, almost as a matter of course, recruited into MI6. Equally predictably, he finds himself posted to Hong Kong in the run up to the handover of the colony back to Chinese rule in 1997. All in all, his career seems to be developing entirely as he and MI6 might have planned.

Shortly before the handover an aging Chinese man swims across the straits to land in Hong Kong. He is found by a British soldier from the Black Watch regiment who takes him into custody. This is no ordinary refugee, however. He speaks exceptionally good, idiomatic English and recognises the Black Watch insignia.

He is removed to a safe house for questioning, which is undertaken by Lennox, who establishes a rapport him. We learn that he is Professor Wang, and he gradually spins a story about potential insurrection in Western China where the Uighur Muslim community is showing signs of rising up against decades, or even centuries, of suppression by the Han Chinese. Wang seems able to offer a wealth of detail, and Lennox thinks that he may be on to a major espionage coup.

Lennox never gets to find out. While he is taking a break for sleep, Wang is spirited away by some of Lennox's MI6 colleagues, working in association with Miles Coolidge, senior CIA operative for that area. No explanation is forthcoming, and Lennox finds himself out in the cold.

Seven years later and the world, post-911 is completely different. Lennox is back in the Far East, now based in Shanghai, as is Coolidge.
Cumming spins a complicated tale but never lets the reader's attention flag. The plot is certainly on a par with le Carre at his finest. Cumming can't quite match le Carre's unique prose style, of course, but then who can? Lennox is an engaging and likeable character, and his relations with colleagues, counterparts from other agencies and also the 'civilian' bystanders whom he deals with are all plausible.

This was a very entertaining novel, and a worthy heir to le Carre's 'The Honourable Schoolboy'. ( )
  Eyejaybee | Jun 4, 2014 |
Really good thriller that gives a look into contemporary life in Hong Kong & Shanghai. Also presents a scenario for unrest in the westernmost province of China. ( )
  EctopicBrain | Dec 4, 2012 |
Typhoon is another excellent spy story from Cumming, rated 5.0 and completed 7/4. In 20 pages, Isabella is intro'd and book is a sure winner! Deals with handover of Hong Kong, 6/30/97, 2 spies but 1 woman, Brit vs USA in China, Shanghai. ( )
  maneekuhi | Jul 28, 2011 |
I have to admit that Charles Cumming is getting better and better with each book. His first book was a bit shaky and so was the second. But as each book went on, his writing became stronger and you could see his confidence becoming stronger too. He is now being compared to John Le Carre and Len Deighton which is the highest compliment that an author in his genre can receive. Now we have "Typhoon" and a new "good guy" - MI6 officer Joe Lennox.

The story begins in Hong Kong in 1997 just as the British are about to hand over the island back to the Chinese. A Chinese man comes out of the water and is arrested by a British soldier. The Chinese man tells everyone that he has information about China that is vitally important. Lennox is sent to interview him but before Lennox can find out properly what the man wants to tell him, the mystery man is spirited away by MI6 and a CIA colleague of Lennox's, Miles Coolidge.

Fast forward to the present. A rogue CIA operation, led by Coolidge, and codenamed TYPHOON threatens to destabilise China. MI6 sends Lennox to find out what's going on and stop it if possible. It's a highly dangerous mission and the players are playing for keeps. Coolidge is planning something so large and unthinkable that in the end, can Joe really put a stop to it?

Highly enjoyable and I can't wait for the next book. ( )
  obsessedwithbooks | Jan 26, 2009 |
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Hong Kong 1997 - only a few short months of British rule remain before the territory returns to Chinese rule. It's a febrile place. And in that claustrophobic environment of uncertainty and fear the spooks are hard at work, jostling for position and influence.… (more)

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