Item description for The Pacific Between by Raymond K. Wong...
Betrayal makes us do strange things. When Greg Lockland returns to California for his parents' funeral, he discovers letters that suggest an affair between his ex-lover, Lian, and his late father. Suspicions, anger and jealousy take Greg on a transpacific journey to find the truth. One by one, people from the past return to his life, including elusive and perfect Lian. Uncovering deep-rooted deceptions creates more twists and turns to the past than an old Chinese alleyway. The Pacific Between evinces the power of unconditional love and deals with personal subjects such as death, estrangement, and betrayal. It is a man's journey to discover himself and the world around him. Told with wit and humor, this nostalgic tale speaks true to the heart about relationships, families, and sacrifices.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.43" Width: 5.51" Height: 0.63" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Release Date Jan 15, 2006
Publisher Behler Publications
ISBN 1933016329 ISBN13 9781933016320
Availability 0 units.
More About Raymond K. Wong
Raymond K Wong studied creative writing at UCLA and, after graduation, worked for Scholastic in New York as writer. His work has been published in The Asian-American Anthology, the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, and Writers Post Journal. He also writes a movie column for Actors Ink. When Ray isn?t writing, he is a film and television actor.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Pacific Between?
Engaging and thoughtful Sep 25, 2007
I usually don't read this type of novel and having read the Publisher's Weekly review, I was prepared for a drawn-out melodrama, but I found myself utterly sucked in to The Pacific Between. I could not put this book down!
Raymond Wong's debut novel is not only filled with insight about the nature of love, maturity, and forgiveness, it's told in a thoroughly engaging and honest manner. All the characters were well-developed, believable and interesting. Greg's whiplash journey to uncover his past and ultimately understand his future was touching and vivid. I can't wait to read Raymond's next novel!
Intimate, Personal, and Powerful Page-Turner Sep 6, 2006
A friend of mine recommended this novel to me, said it was one of the best books she'd read this year. At first, I wasn't sure what to think of it, since I wasn't familiar with the author and it was a debut novel. Soon, I was enthralled and enchanted by the twists and turns, and was surprised by its emotional depth and power.
I thought the protagonist was very interesting, and I was amazed by all the wrong choices he made. I couldn't put this book down, simply to see where he was going. What happened next surprised me. Just when I figured out what was going on, the story took a different, unexpected turn, and turns after turns they led to a satisfying ending. I didn't want to let these characters go, and in the process, have learned a few things myself.
The story is a mix of mystery, suspense, romance and coming of age, and it's done extremely well. The minor characters are wonderful, and the author's descriptions are top-notch, giving me an experience that feels very real. An intimate, personal, and powerful page-turner.
A beautiful book I couldn't put down Mar 21, 2006
Raymond K. Wong's debut novel was wonderful. Beautiful. It made me laugh, it made me cry. It made me see life in a whole new way. This novel moved me in a way no other novel I have ever read has, and I have read a lot! It took me right along the same journey Greg Lockland travelled. It made me look into my heart, into my soul, just as Greg had, and feel that same inner peace he finally obtains in the end. Through his struggles of facing betrayals of the past, the search for truth in the present and embracing what road lays ahead in the future, Wong's character takes readers along on the journey of the lifetime, through worlds, through cultures, through the mechanics of the human heart. I absolutely loved this book and could not put it down.
A new voice has arrived Mar 5, 2006
Raymond K. Wong's first novel is a journey between two cultures, as well as within the heart and soul of the protagonist, Greg Lockland.
Some reviews have called this book a "romance novel." Well, I wouldn't call The Pacific Between a genre romance novel. However, it most definitely is a romantic novel. Two very different things, though they might share a common thematic underpinning, that of finding love and happiness.
As for the setting, I found myself transported to a place as unfamiliar to me as any spot on Earth, yet when I reached the end of this compelling story, felt as though I could go to Hong Kong and not feel completely lost.
I've put down a few books unfinished in the last couple of years, but this is one I couldn't put down, especially toward the end, and that to me is the truest way to determine whether or not it's a good read.
The Pacific Between is a fine first novel, and I'm looking forward to Raymond K. Wong's next effort.
Beautifully written debut novel Jan 27, 2006
In The Pacific Between we are introduced to Greg Lockland who has recently lost both of his parents. He is in his thirties, unmarried and coping with this loss without the support of an extended family. He has come back to California for the funeral and re-connected with Kate, the daughter of his parents' close friends, after ten years of growing steadily apart.
Greg's longtime friendship with Kate seems to be on the verge of becoming something more, but before Greg can truly understand that for himself, he discovers letters and pictures that bring up more questions than answers about his past, his father's relationships, and ultimately, whether the woman Greg really loves is Kate or Lian. Without explaining why he must go, or what he is feeling, to Kate, Greg leaves for Hong Kong to confront Lian with what he thinks he's learned.
The Pacific Between artfully moves between scenes from Greg's past and the present. Greg's search for Lian is also his search for understanding about himself and his relationship with his father. Woven throughout the book are scenes with other friends and acquaintances of Greg's that expose for us the boy he was, the man he has been and the man he is becoming.
The secondary characters are full of life and personality; each scene with them is just as important to the book as the scenes with Kate and Lian. Equally compelling are Raymond Wong's descriptions of Hong Kong that fully envelop one in the sights, sounds, and smells of the island. He truly has a fantastic way with words. I was transported to Hong Kong - it was colored by my memory of Tien Mou, Taiwan, and my more recent trip to Singapore, I'm sure, but I really felt like I was seeing it thru Greg's eyes. I want even more to go to Hong Kong after reading this book.
The Pacific Between is so tightly woven I'm hard pressed to uncover one extraneous bit of dialogue or description. The shift from chapter to chapter is effortless; the ending lives up to the rest of the novel in that it is the honest outcome of the journey Greg has made.