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Conspiracy of Nations by Eleanor Morris Wu

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Pages   460
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 1.02"
Weight:   1.28 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Publisher   Washington House
ISBN  1932581510  
ISBN13  9781932581515  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Eleanor Morris Wu started writing fiction at the age of six. Born in Lancaster, PA, in 1941 she was blessed with a highly literate mother who was born and educated in Ireland and greatly encouraged her in all her literary and academic interests. Graduating first in her class in McCaskey Public High School in Lancaster she won a scholarship to Harvard where she enjoyed a broad education in science, math, social science and literary studies, and graduated in English CUM LAUDE in 1963. After graduation, she traveled and worked in Europe, Canada, Australia and most of Asia.In Canada she worked in broadcasting and book publishing and in 1966 she entered the University of Toronto graduate school in the department of Social Anthropology from which she would receive an MA in 1992. In 1969 she married artist, diplomat and writer from Hong Kong, Jyan Sheng (Steven) Wu. They had one son, Jonathan, who graduated from Harvard in 1995 and who now works in the corporate sector in Washington, DC in the US. After Jyan Sheng died in Canada in 1989, she moved to Taiwan where she was a Professor of English and a High School AP teacher in the Dominican International School and where she wrote more than 12 books, fiction and non fiction, all now available on She is the author of fiction books LOSING PLUM BLOSSOM to which THE BLACK KING/THE REVELLERS and A CONSPIRACY OF NATIONS, FROM EAST TO NORTHEAST are sequels. Her many non fiction books include BEYOND THE OEDIPUS COMPLEX: SUPER SYMMETRIES OF THE PSYCHE, HUMAN EFFLORESCENCE: A STUDY IN THE EVOLUTIONARY AND HISTORICAL DEVELOPMENT OF MAN, FROM CHINA TO TAIWAN: THE MAKING OF AN ASIAN TIGER, SHAME AND GUILT: ORIGINS OF WORLD CULTURES, and poetry book ORIENTAL KALEIDOSCOPE. Recently she completed a systematic decoding and analysis of the ancient Chinese holy book, The I Ching: THE GEOPOLITICAL ALGEBRA OF THE CHINESE I CHING. She continues to reside in Taiwan where there are several more books on the slate on the I Ching as well as possibly more fiction.The email address of Eleanor B. Morris Wu (also Eleanor Morris Wu) is She welcomes all feedback and comments.

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Sexual Tension and Geopolitical Intrigue  Aug 15, 2005
Third in a trilogy of novels by Eleanor Morris Wu
that began with Losing Plum Blossom (2003)and The Black King (2004), A Conspiracy of nations (2005) continues the dramatic tale of an American war widow and her Japanese-Taiwanese lover as they are enmeshed in a web of sexual tension and geopolitical intrigue over the fate of the island nation of Taiwan. China's burgeoning international ambitions, Japanese dreams of resurgent empire, and covert American scheming to maintain a favorable landscape in a changing world pursue the main characters from Taiwan to Thailand, Romania, and Hungary, where converging forces propel the lovers to an unexpected, tragic climax (and set the stage for the novel's sequel).
Ms. Wu, like Louis L'Amour, never writes about a place she hasn't personally visited and experienced in depth, lending A Conspiracy of Nations a texture of reality that immeasurably enhances the dramatic action of the novel. The reader should not expect a fast-paced action-adventure fantasy like those produced by Eric Van Lustbader for teenagers and airport readers. Rather, A Conspiracy of nations presents a fascinating tapestry of psychosexual and political interaction across a vast and colorful global landscape - a novel more to the tastes of a mature, sophisticated audience.
A Conspiracy of Nations - a tale of travel, romance and danger.  Aug 1, 2005
"A Conspiracy of Nations" Eleanor B. Morris Wu's third and last in her trilogy on romance, power and politics in the Far East and Pacific.

Centred around Clarissa, an American who stayed on after her countrymen pulled out of Taiwan, this is a story of her romance and marriage to a brilliant surgeon which quickly evaporates as her new husband is ordered away and drawn into the games of the regions major power players.

In consolation, Clarissa takes refuge in her second love, poetry and readily agrees to read some of her works for an international poetry conference in Hungary, thereby setting off a chain of events that she could never have foreseen. Unbeknown to her, the circles in which her ex-husband now operates, are generating some very powerful forces and some of them will use anybody or any methods to further their aims. Clarissa has become just the sort of person they are looking for.

Follow her adventures and scrapes with disaster as she attempts to make the conference and stay one step ahead of her abductors in Professor's Wu's best to date. A great read with substance for both action and travel aficionados alike.
International Suspense and Romance  Jul 22, 2005
In this fast paced drama, Eleanor B. Morris Wu has designed a tale that marries the fates of nations to the lives and loves of two individuals, the Japanese-Taiwanese Ahmed Wang Matsui and the American Clarissa Carleton. The future alignment of power in Asia depends on the relationship between Ahmed and Clarissa. Across an international landscape that spans from Taiwan to Hungary, spies, assassins, government agents and a host of other characters make their influence felt in determining the outcome of this suspenseful thriller.

Underlying the romantic adventures of Clarissa Carleton is an intriguing historical and political perspective on the past, present and future relations between China, Taiwan, Japan and the USA. At stake is power and influence in the East Asia sphere, as well as the continued existence of Taiwan as an autonomous country.

Eleanor B. Morris Wu gives us a story that works well both as a romantic thriller in the tradition of Helen MacInnes, and as a thought provoking historical/political commentary.

"A Conspiracy of Nations" is an enjoyable read with substance to it. A most rewarding experience.
This book delivers the goods!  May 24, 2005
Eleanor B. Morris Wu is not your average American expat in Taiwan. A popular university professor at Chinese Culture University in Taipei, an anthropologist and a practicing poet, Morris Wu embarked on a trilogy of novels about expat life in Taiwan a few years ago, and she has just published the final installment, titled "A Conspiracy of Nations".

Like the two earlier books "Losing Plum Blossom" and "The Black King," the third book delivers the goods, with graceful writing, a gripping plot and a cast of characters that readers will care about.

"A Conspiracy of Nations" is 452 pages long, and it's a real page-turner from the get-go. The cover art sets the stage for what is a very accomplished novel by a local writer who is now a veteran novelist.

Morris Wu's earlier novels in the series were described by local reviewers as Taiwanese versions of "Sex and the City" or "Gone With the Wind," and this last installment continues the sexual politics on a global scale.

There's Clarissa, an American widow who, following the death of her husband in Vietnam, married a Taiwanese orthopedic surgeon. But that marriage was never a sexual match because her then-husband, Ahmed, was gay and had a lover who worked alongside him in a local Taipei hospital he practiced in.

Now, in the third novel in the trilogy, Clarissa and Ahmed are divorced, and this woman of the world -- a poet to boot -- has new dreams and new loves.

With a literary dash of Dame Barbara Cartland, the queen of British romantic fiction, and some James Bond-like international adventures thrown in for good measure, Morris Wu has written a fabulous finale to her 1500-page trilogy, and readers will be duly rewarded.

There are local settings inTaiwan, of course, romantic overseas adventures in Hungary, where Clarissa attends a global poetry conference to read her own work to a gathering of world poets.

Many of the characters from the first two novels of the series reappear here, so it's easy to dig right in and back get into the swing of things.

After a series of thrilling adventures in Bangkok and eastern Europe, Clarissa resumes her love affair with Ahmed in the picturesque lake district of rural Hungary, while all around them, political intrigue swirls and boils over into a plot structure that never loses its tension and romance.

So is it over, the Morris Wu trilogy?

"No, it's not over," her lovingly-created character Clarissa tells ex-husband Ahmed in a heart-breaking conclusion on the final page. "You have a world to make right, dear. I will be rooting for you ... for signs that you have been victorious, that you have succeeded in mending the international relationships of Japan and the UnitedStates, saving Taiwan and giving it a destiny that it can call its own."

Morris Wu is working now on a new novel, with some of the characters from her trilogy in the cast, and whether it will be part of a new series or a fourth part of what will become her ''Asian quartet'' remains to be seen.

At the moment, "A Conspiracy of Nations" -- a wonderful title, by the way -- puts the final touches on a hard-working Taiwan-based novelist's song of life! Well done, Professor Wu!


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