The Firemaker Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
A grotesquely burned corpse found in a city park is a troubling mystery for Beijing detective Li Yan. Yan, devoted to his career as a means of restoring the respect his family lost during the Cultural Revolution, needs outside help if he is to break the case.
The unidentified cadaver in turn provides a welcome distraction for forensic pathologist Margaret Campbell. Campbell, married to her work and having left America and her broken past behind, throws herself into the investigation and before long uncovers a bizarre anomaly.
An unlikely partnership develops between Li and Campbell as they follow the resulting lead. A fiery and volatile chemistry ignites, exposing not only their individual demons, but an even greater evil - a conspiracy that threatens their lives, as well as those of millions of others.
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|Listening Length||13 hours and 54 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||April 05, 2018|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #39,563 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#85 in Medical Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#253 in Medical Thrillers (Books)
#287 in International Mystery & Crime (Audible Books & Originals)
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In the PB edition the last two pages and the epilogue have obviously been written with a movie sequel in sight.
If the author's description of the Chinese (or Beijing only?) police methods and ambiance is accurate, he is to be commended for revealing a little-known aspect of that country's culture, but outside of that and of some geographical details, you can get the same info reading any serious travel guide or even newspaper. In fact, it seemed incredible to me that the US pathologist could be so ignorant of Chinese mores and customs. So one star for both atmosphere and the cliché-ridden romantic touches, and four/three stars for plot development (the beginning is rather fast-paced, but then it slows down and is diluted as the book gets burdened with the details of the pathologist's sentimental background, and of her ongoing affair).
I was uncertain between two and three stars for the whole book, but really, I don't think countries decide vital matters in the way depicted there (although of course for each country one can cite a Lysenko, a Great Leap Forward and a Cultural Revolution, an invasion of Irak, ... , and so maybe another star might have been in order).
The whole complicated story ends too abruptly for me, after the description of all administrative complications and set-ups for Chinese inspector. All in all, I didn't care very much about the main characters. Will try to read some more of the China series, but am afraid it will also show to be a dissapointment.
However Margaret's character was depicted as 'typical American' - arrogant, superficial, always sorry for herself. I found her sexual exploits to be embarrassing and there was more than a touch of Mills & Boon in the storyline. Of course Dr Campbell's success in solving the Chinese police's little mystery was to be expected.
Top reviews from other countries
Naturally, their investigation brought them up against business and government plots embroiled them in an international conspiracy with world altering consequences.
The Chinese cultural and historical elements were interesting and I enjoyed them (but I took much of it with a pinch of salt given the many other cliches in the novel).
Some elegant and telling detail.
A good light read. I shall probably read at least one more in the series.
Written at a different pace to the aforementioned works, The Fire Maker was slower in the crime narrative but gave much more insight into the social and cultural backgrounds of our characters and their surroundings. At times I forgot about the actual crime whilst I learnt a lot about China and their ways. However the crime itself was gripping enough to keep me hooked. Twists, turns and grisly horror arrived in a way that was so unexpected and left you feeling as wrung out as the protagonists.
When I first started the novel I wasn't sure if I would continue the China series but Book 2 has just landed on my Kindle as I type this review...
So disappointing. I cannot believe that such drivel has been written by the same author. This book has all the cliches of a cheap Mills and Boon paperback , tall dark man meets extremely beautiful blonde and hate one another at first sight.
You immediately l know that it will be happy ever after by the end.
Blonde is not only an extremely intelligent forensic pathologist, but also has a photographic memory and can beat at first attempt a Chinese master chess player at his own game. The detective is no less super. It was cringe worthy!
So predictable. So boring.
I gave the story line 3 stars for originality.
Peter May why did you write this rubbish. You can do 100 times better.