House of Eight Orchids by James Thayer

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James Thayer’s novel is more than the story of one man’s struggle against a greater power. It’s a retelling of a part of world history not many people now living may be aware: the conflict in China during the Japanese invasion and the US’s part in that war.
-NY Journal of Books

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In 1912, John Wade and his brother, William—children of the American consul—were kidnapped off the street in Chungking, China, and raised in the house of Eunuch Chang, the city’s master criminal. Twenty-five years later, John is the eunuch’s most valuable ward, a trained assassin and swindler, and William has become a talented forger. On the brink of World War II, China is in chaos. When William betrays Eunuch Chang and escapes to central China, a place of ferocious warlords and bandits, John begins a desperate search to save his brother, while Eunuch Chang hunts them both.

 

About James Thayer

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Called a master storyteller by Clive Cussler, James Thayer has written thirteen critically acclaimed novels, many of which have been optioned for films and translated into many languages. Born in Eugene, Oregon, and raised in the state of Washington, he is a graduate of Washington State University and the University of Chicago Law School. He is also the author of The Essential Guide to Writing a Novel. Thayer is a member of the Washington State Bar Association and International Thriller Writers, and he teaches fiction writing at the University of Washington extension school. He lives with his family in Seattle.
 
Published January 5, 2016 by Thomas & Mercer. 290 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime. Fiction
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Publishers Weekly

Below average
on Jan 18 2016

The overly lengthy and convoluted plot, however, makes following John’s journey tedious. Readers will wish that Thayer (Ringer) had cut down on the story’s many often-superfluous twists and turns.

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NY Journal of Books

Above average
Reviewed by Toni V. Sweeney on Jan 28 2016

James Thayer’s novel is more than the story of one man’s struggle against a greater power. It’s a retelling of a part of world history not many people now living may be aware: the conflict in China during the Japanese invasion and the US’s part in that war.

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