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Typhoon: A Novel by Charles Cumming

Typhoon: A Novel

by Charles Cumming

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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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