China Star

China Star

Book - 2006
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Bartle Bull, former publisher of the Village Voice and master of the exotic adventure novel, returns with a tale of romance, vengeance, and intrigue. China Star begins in 1920s Paris, where Shanghai Station the 's Russian count, Alexander Karlov, and Viktor Polyak, the Soviet agent who killed Karlov's parents and abducted his twin sister Katerina, hunt each other through grand hotels, sewers, fashion houses, and embassy parties. Soon after, Katerina sets sail with Alexander for China on the China Star.
Publisher: New York : Carroll & Graf ; [Berkeley, Calif.] : Distributed by Publishers Group West, 2006.
Edition: 1st Carroll & Graf ed.
ISBN: 9780786716777
0786716770
Characteristics: 442 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.

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DeltaQueen50
Sep 12, 2011

This exotic adventure story is the sequel to Shanghai Station and takes place around the world starting in Paris, with stops in Egypt, Ceylon and Shanghai. In China Star all the familiar characters are in place, a few new ones are added and we are off on the epic adventure of the White Russian Count, Alexander Karlov.

Count Alexander reunites with his sister in Paris, and although her last four years have changed her a lot, he wishes to take her back to Shanghai and protect her. They embark on the China Star but, of coursed, they are followed and harried on their trip. While on board, Alexander meets and falls in love with the lovely Laila Hammond, a tea planters’ wife from Ceylon, which causes more complications in his life. Eventually they all arrive in Shanghai for a final confrontation with the evil Viktor Polyak.

As in all Bartle Bull stories, there is adventure, greed, romance and lots of sex. His bad guys here have no real finesse, they are violent, brutal murderers. His men are manly, his women sexy, his stories are bigger than life. Pretty much what I look for in a swashbuckling historical adventure. I found China Star to be a real page turner.

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