Item description for Awaken The Dragon by David Aikman...
Overview Richard Ireton, a Hong Kong-based correspondent for America?s top news magazine, is about to discover dangerous new political currents flowing through South China. Assigned to investigate the disappearance of an American businessman, he uncovers the growing influence of Qigong, a Taoist meditation and martial arts movement, among Chinese organized crime gangs and plotting army troops.
This subversively spiritual, anti-foreigner cult rallies around an enigmatic leader, Great Master Wu, posing an imminent threat to peace in Asia and the continent?s relations with the United States. As Ireton?s reporting takes him closer into the story, he stumbles across both a political conspiracy complete with strange spiritual dimensions and secret hideouts of China?s underground Christian church.
Publishers Description Richard Ireton is a Hong Kong-based foreign correspondent for an American weekly news magazine. When he is sent to Guangdong, the Chinese province adjacent to Hong Kong, to investigate the disappearance of Chuck McHale, a missing American, he discovers there are dangerous new political currents flowing through South China. In the middle of these developments are practitioners of Qigong, a Taoist meditation and martial arts movement, who are rallying around their Great Master Wu. These fiercely anti-foreign Qigong adherents have allied with renegade forces of the Chinese army, and Ireton learns that together they pose a dangerous new threat to peace in Asia and relations with the United States. Ireton's hunt for McHale, who has run afoul of these Qigong army elements, brings him into the heart of China's underground "house church" movement, where McHale has sought refuge.
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Studio: Broadman & Holman Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.09" Width: 5.63" Height: 1.07" Weight: 0.97 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 2008
Publisher Broadman And Holman
Series Richard Ireton
ISBN 0805445315 ISBN13 9780805445312
Availability 0 units.
More About David Aikman
David Aikman is an award-winning print and broadcast journalist with wide knowledge and deep experience of the politics and religion of China. He served more than two decades as a foreign correspondent with TIME Magazine, reporting from five continents on many dramatic world events. Most recently, he authored "Jesus in Beijing, How Christianity Is Transforming China and Changing the World Balance of Power "and the best-seller "A Man of Faith: The Spiritual Journey of George W. Bush.""
David Aikman currently resides in Burke Lovettsville, in the state of Virginia. David Aikman was born in 1944.
Reviews - What do customers think about Awaken The Dragon?
gripping! May 27, 2008
This was an impulse buy at a bookstore - the cover grabbed me, and the book did the rest of the work. I couldn't put it down. Not knowing much about Chinese culture, I was completely absorbed in Aikman's obvious grasp of the atmosphere and details of China, reflected through the eyes of his protagonist, Richard Ireton. After reading hundreds of mysteries and thrillers, I've figured out it isn't really that tough to tell a decent story: I've flipped through enough books to see the same plot come back over and over, but this one had both a really interesting story, and the research and details to set it apart. I also just read Adam Gittlin's The Deal, which had the same level of attention to the small stuff, combined with relentless forward momentum. Gittlin's book is brand-new, but it's available - check them both out!