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China Star

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  70 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Bull's new erotic swashbuckler revisits Count Alexander Karlov, the dashing and sensual young Russian hero from Shanghai Station. Picking up the action four years later in the Paris of 1922, we find Alexander, now 22, searching for his twin sister, Katia, who at age 17 was raped and kidnapped from the Trans-Siberian train by the Karlovs' bitter enemy, Soviet Commissar Vikt ...more
Paperback, 442 pages
Published April 20th 2007 by Da Capo Press (first published April 18th 2006)
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Stejně jako u Nádraží jde o příjemnou zábavu a minimum "umění". Většina věcí zůstává. Koumouši zabíjejí, znásilňují a kují pikle. Alexovu sestru nakonec zbaví rudých bludů švarný Japonec a on sám se zakouká do exotické MILFky. Sem tam je to proloženo pasážemi o práci bolševické tajné policie, pěstování čaje, o dražbách a životě na Rusi před rudým morem. Dozvíme se, jak zabít člověka pomocí slona a spoustu dalších užitečných věcí. Arcibolševikovi je nakonec osudná jak jeho nenasytnost, tak ještě ...more
This is the follow-up book to Shanghai Surprise, a book I liked a lot. This book started off good, but I became disillusioned with it by the middle and only finished it to find out what happened to the charactors I grew to love and hate from the first book. This book was a repeating cycle of: lots of drinking, hero has sex with exotic lady, drinking, villian murders someone, hero has more sex, villian murders or rapes someone, drinking... and on and on.
A sequel to Shanghai Station, and not nearly as good, because the whole thing takes place elsewhere as Alexander rides a boat around. The plot Draaagggsss. Which is too bad since the characters were already established, and they were interesting.
E.R. Yatscoff
1920's intrigue and adventure around the globe from Paris to Shanghai with Communist assassins tracking down their renegades. I found it an interesting escape with no cellphones anywhere.
Somewhere I heard this book described as a 'swashbuckler' which is actually pretty apt. It's all outrageous action-adventure taking place in exotic historical settings.

Very entertaining.
I've enjoyed these books by Mr Bull. I hope that he's working on more. He left just enough loose ends to make wonder what happens next.
Lots of killings but liked the characters and the atmosphere.
Far too graphically brutal and cruel, I didn't finish it.
Dan Piette
second in a series about Russians in China and France
John McKenna
It is exciting, relentless, and throughly entertaining.
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