Thursday, June 2, 2016

The Journal of Rabbi Levy Long (Late but awesome) w review

Three Friends, Two Countries, One Priceless jewel

1937 China; the Japanese Imperial Army is chewing up China. Three middle-aged friends, Westerners, who have lived in China for decades, are about to lose everything to the onslaught. Leave China or die. As their world collapses around them, a fur trader from New York, a Russian, and a Rabbi from Germany, learn that a race of Chinese Jews is about to become victims of a German and Japanese alliance to acquire a valuable ruby, supposedly hidden in their village of Kaifeng.
The three friends embark on one last adventure before leaving China, to save the Jews of Kaifeng and the jewel. Can they reach Kaifeng before the alliance bent on the destruction of the village gets to them? It’s a deadly pursuit across 1937 China, through Japanese controlled territory, Chinese bandits, and countless dangers and obstacles. The only clues to its location are written in a cryptic, twenty-year-old diary of a disillusioned Chinese Rabbi; the Journal of Rabbi Levy Wang. The three friends are tested to the extreme in a desperate attempt to warn their friends and find the jewel.

David Harris Lang, a current resident of Hong Kong, has lived and worked in Asia much of his life. Besides being a prolific author of Asian-based thrillers, he is an international architect who brings an indelible sense of place’ to his writing as well as a deep understanding of Asian cultures, locales, and customs. His vivid fight scenes come from a life-long practice of the martial arts. 

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by Karen McKown
First, I really want this to be a 4 1/2 star. I received a copy of this book for an honest review.

If I had not read his other book "Devil in Hong Kong" first, I would not have realized that he could write even better than this. This book is fast paced and exciting, with lots of twists and turns. As always his Asia springs to life in his writing and you find yourself picturing, feeling, smelling and tasting China and its different regions and people as he takes you on a blood-racing romp through the dangers of China in 1933. If you like writers who can transport you to exotic places without bogging you down in paragraphs of description, you need to read David Harris Lang's books. His protagonists are interesting and have some meat to them. If his books were movies they would definitely be advention/action movies, but set in spectacular scenery. If you like mellow, fall asleep, elevator music type books these are not for you. Otherwise, hang on and enjoy the ride.

My only complaint about this book is that there are just too many dangers. Without details I will just say that having the Germans, the Japanese, Chinese brigands, crazy "Empresses", psychotic priests and officers, drug-crazed loonies of both sexes, and the Chicago/San Francisco mob may have been one or two more dangers than I found believable in the short time line in this book. Still a great read!

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