The Chinaman (Mike Cramer #1)
Jungle-skilled, silent and lethal, he had killed for the Viet Cong and then for the Americans. He had watched helpless when his two eldest daughters had been raped and killed by Thai pirates.
Now all that was behind him. Quiet, hard-working and unassuming, he was building up his South London take-away business.
Until the day his wife and younges ...more
It certainly has an explosive (literally) start with the brutal death of the wife and daughter of a quietly spoken man called Nguyen Ngoc Minh. We quickly learn that this seemingly mild-mannered owner of a Chinese restaurant is in fact a trained and lethal killer from a long forgotten war in the killing fields of Vietnam. He wants revenge ...more
switched sides and went with the US and he became a ruthless
hunter of his former comrades. At the end of the war the North
was overtaking the South and Nguyen had to get out with his
family. He made it to the American Embassy with passes to go
but the last copter was leaving and they could not get there in
time.He spent three years in a prison camp before he
escsped andfound his family. They made arrangements to get out
but one of his daughte ...more
I was loaned this by a friend and I'll be honest, if I'd seen the book in a shop I'd have taken a quick look and moved on as at first glance it's nothing special.
It's actually quite an enjoyable if somewhat violent story but well written for what it is.
The Chinamen (actually Vietnamese) is not someone you would want to annoy!
They say it's the quiet ones you need to watch out for and boy are they right!
The book starts with the IRA bombing campaign in London, which rather dates it a bit. Amongst the casualties are a Chinese mother and daughter. The husband, Nguyen Ngoc Minh, a Chinese restaurant owner wants justice, and starting with the police, approaches various organisations looking for someone who will bring the bombers ...more
The plot is pretty well described here already. His action scenes are excellent, but the book is slow to start, largely because he fills out a host of characters perhaps a bit too fully, although most figure in well at the end. I also disliked the formatting, which has no chapters a ...more
This book was excellently narrated (although it could be a bit too fast for non mother tongue listeners) by Russell Boulter who, as well as a good narration, was able to offer great emotions and anger in the characters throughout the story. The plot seemed quite bizarre but I have to give Stephen credit for his thorough research: this reads like a guide to bombmaking and tracking!
I was disappointed that Wood's character was killed off (although necessary to make the story even m ...more
Four out of ten.
An ex-Viet Cong veteran, was living the quiet life in South London until the day his wife and youngest daughter were destroyed by an IRA bomb in a Knightsbridge department store.
Then, simply but persistently, he began to ask the authorities who were the men responsible, what was being done. And was turned away, fobbed off, treated as a nuisance.
Which was when the Chinaman, denied justice, decided on revenge. And went back to war.
But a review. Looks like Charlie Chan,fights like Jackie Chan seeks out and gets revenge for murdered family. Enough said,read it !
A story about a rogue IRA unit being tracked by the SAS, the police, the IRA and a lone Vietnamese who had his family killed in a bombing.