There are normally two kinds, the invade Taiwan type or the world domination type. The question is: Who will build it first, the United States or China? The author was a little heavy with the descriptive words at first, but then found his flow. With a colourful cast of characters and unforgettable adventures this classic, classy read is a magnificent example of an exceptional work that stands-out upon the bookshelf. Night Heron by Adam Brookes 391pp, Sphere, £18. Granted, there were some paragraphs that sounded like a cohesive book, but for the most part it was just flat. The plot moves quickly with various twists and turns and with just the right amount of tension.
Mostly, this is a story of strategy and maneuvering, with what I would guess is the usual mix of plausible and implausible. A nuanced, mature spy novel that finally brings China focused Spy fiction the quality and stature it deserves, Adam Brookes has found himself a once untapped niche, and exploited it impressively. Set in the most important country on earth, the understanding of which still distressingly lacks nuance, the story focuses on the issues surrounding the rising power that will determine the global order which is now up for grabs. In China, we see the closed internet system, in crowds, people are being followed all over the place and strict rules governing journalistic behaviour. I still have no idea who Goddess 2 is or why C has only one letter for a name. His codename, the Night Heron, and he has just taken flight. Elieen Poon in particular is a highlight, a grizzled old pro who has gone up against the Chinese intelligence community and remained standing.
I love spy thrillers, and my not having been to China I was intrigued that this one was set there. A British journalist just doing his job and trying to get a story. A Chinese spy, away for 20yrs, now loose in a country he no longer know how to operate in. Night Heron is a slow-burner up until its extended and surprisingly violent denouement, but it is absolutely gripping throughout. Overall, while not pefect but how many books are? Well, a few, but I have one.
I'll definitely look for more by Brookes. Adam Brookes made his debut as a novelist in 2014 with the novel Night Heron, beginning his Philip Mangan series. Night Heron strikes a careful balance between drawing out personality and keeping the action sweeping along, so don't expect highly detailed character studies but do expect to complain when someone interrupts your reading. I hope that this is just a clever fictional device! There are normally two kinds, the invade Taiwan type or the world domination type. The novel revolves around two main characters, 'Peanut' an escaped convict and Phillip Mangum a freelance British journalist based in Beijing, and is narrated in three parts.
Okay, a little Qu Yuan Truly, this generation are cunning artificers! Despite the lack of gunplay neither of our protagonists kills anyone in this story , Brookes masterfully develops and utilizes his backdrops with aplomb. Brookes excels at creating an atmosphere, and uses descriptive language effectively without trying the reader's patience. Night Heron is the first book in a trilogy by Adam Brookes, featuring journalist Philip Mangan. The protagonists are drawn into increasingly hazardous enterprises which lead inevitably to a gripping denouement, but without any sort of moral resolution. In fact, whenever C showed up I kinda just shook my head and pulled a blank on who he was. I get the whole espionage idea and I like it but it was on a rather advanced level of my understanding meaning I was pretty dumb throughout the whole book.
Regarding Night Heron's strengths, Brookes clearly makes modern day China come alive for the reader by creating a strong cinematic sense of what life in China, and particularly, Beijing is like. Maybe, this was just a trap for him. Equally vivid are his protagonists - Peanut and Mangan in particular. This may not be everyone's thriller because of the references to what has ha Sometimes -- like after reading three serious non fiction books in a row -- you want to read something that is a complete change of pace. Like the greatest novels of John le Carré, it brings listeners deep into a world of treachery and betrayal, where the lines bleed between the personal and the professional, and one man's hatred of communism had the power to change the future of nations. Why should I cleave to the city of my birth? I found myself face palming several times and groaning at how cheesy and just poorly written certain sections were. There is also an interesting parallel between the agencies and the main character, a journalist.
Based on these strengths I enjoyed Night Heron. The story kept my attention the whole way through, and I'm looking forward to the other books in the planned trilogy. This starts the story of espionage and ultimately leads to an exciting search for secret Chinese weapons systems that the West is unaware of! Two decades earlier, he was a spy for the British. We regularly check this is a fully automatic process the availability of servers, the links to which we offer you. He was able to study Chinese language in London at the school of Oriental and African Studies. From square and compass they turn their eyes and change the true measurement, They disregard the ruled line to follow their crooked fancies: To emulate in flattery is their only rule.
The dialogue itself was just plain awkward. They had all taken turns to dig. I won Night Heron through a Goodreads giveaway and was impressed by how thought-provoking it was, especially in terms of how it depicts China and the pressures that drive intelligence-gathering. He is in a high security prison for supposedly killing someone. Recently however, one thriller writer has written three spy novels that can only be described as the finest spy novels focusing on modern China. Where the governments of the world are at fault is in trusting these corporate entities to inveigle themselves too deeply in our affairs and cause all sorts of trouble--the dangerous op in this book, the vigilante activism of Snowden, and so on--but the government on its own, seeing to the real security needs of its people, has protocols in place, and codes, and ways of minimizing negative consequences. If you are the publisher or author of this book and feel that the reviews shown do not properly reflect the range of media opinion now available, please with the mainstream media reviews that you would like to see added.
Set in China, and ripped from todays headlines, comes a pulse-pounding debut that reinvents the spy thriller for the 21st century. Detective Max Wolfe follows the bloody trail from the backstreets and bright lights of the city, to the darkest corners of the corridors of power. Philip Mangan is a reporter who finds himself in a relationship with a spy, Peanut, who has been incarcerated for 20 years and doesn't realize that the media outlet he used to spy for no longer does so. This is espionage as it is, not what we want it to be. I won't take your time by providing a description of the plot, as you can get this from the Goodreads Book Description and from other reader reviews. There's a classic espionage story arc or two that trace back to Eric Ambler in this fine novel: how journalists get suborned by the intelligence establishment and how that establishment uses up its human assets to advance the careers of the symasters.