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Into the Sea of Qi [Kindle Edition]

Mark Popplewell , Kate Foster
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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BEN WAKEFIELD is the most bullied boy at Scarr Hill High; MR LI is the most accident prone person in Hong Kong. When their paths cross it is the beginning of Ben’s journey into another world - a parallel universe of Taoist martial arts, Chinese philosophy and terrifying demons.

While Mr Li trains Ben in the Chinese arts of Tai Chi, Kung Fu and meditation Ben is unaware of the journey which lies ahead - a journey which he must complete or die.
But, before the journey to a strange world has even begun, shadowy figures from the spheres of business and politics, and the demonic creatures they command, are already trying to stop Ben.

Barren rocky desert, snowstorms, soaring mountains, bamboo thickets and ancient temples provide the backdrop to the journey. Taoist and Buddhist scholars provide Ben with encouragement and some of China’s rarest teas. A succession of supernatural adversaries stalks and confronts him at every opportunity. But, although this strange land has many dangers, the most threatening of all may be the beautiful but cold killer who has followed him from police state Britain.

The action shifts between modern Hong Kong and ancient Chinese landscapes but Ben is in both places at the same time.

About the Author

Mark Popplewell was born in the UK in 1957. He began his career in the martial arts while still at school, (it was quite a school) beginning with Karate before moving onto all things Chinese: kung fu, tai chi, Taoist meditation, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. He is a member of the British Acupuncture Council and of the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine. Between treating patients, teaching tai chi and growing his own vegetables he drinks copious amounts of green tea and has visited China on several occasions. Into the Sea of Qi is his first novel. A sequel and other books are planned.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 308 KB
  • Print Length: 202 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009ZW8DZI
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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Into the Sea of Qi is Mark's first novel.
Beginning his practice of martial arts while still at school (it was some school) he became interested in all things eastern, especially Taoism.
He is a member of the British Acupuncture Council and the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine, and teaches tai chi and kung fu classes in West Yorkshire.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but wasn't exactly what I was looking for 6 May 2014
By David
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This is an enjoyable novel that is fairly well written. It is clearly written by someone who knows a lot about Chinese medicine, martial arts and religion. However I was looking for a story based more in the real world with only a few mystical elements, like 'Chronicles of Tao'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Uplifting 6 Nov 2013
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An absolutely wonderful story and has been a pleasure to read. Very easy to imagine the scenes and put yourself in the action.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read.... 15 Nov 2012
By Nic B
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I believe that this is Mark's first attempt at writing a Book. At least I think it's his first time published. So he can now call himself an author, as well as an Instructor in Lee / Li style T'ai Chi Ch'uan and Feng Shou / Fung Sau Kung Fu.

At present it's only on Kindle & I was going to wait for the "promised" Paperback version, but I've never been very good at waiting !!!
(Ask my Girlfriend as it gets closer to Christmas).

Thankfully, my partner took pity on me & downloaded it on to her "bright pink" Kindle, which she then lent me for a couple of days.

I really enjoyed the (sometimes wild) ride.....along the way (LOL) learning a lot about Chinese eating and driking habits. As well as a fair bit about Taoist / Daoist philosophy and Chinese beliefs. I like Marks writing style, his great use of imagery and characters. It's informative without trying too hard to be understood. Plus lots of humour throughout.

However, there was one point, three quarters of the way through. When I thought that Mark was going to describe all 140 movements of the Li T'ai Chi form, but thankfully he stopped with 130+ moves left. Phew, close one !

At times the story reminded me a little of films like the Karate Kid, the Matrix or The Lord of the Rings (but in a good way).

I really enjoyed it and once immersed in Marks story of differing realities, I found it hard to put down.

I'm just not sure who the Book is aimed at, or perhaps it's one for everybody.

Thanks for the entertaining story Mark and yes, I will be buying the paperback version when it appears.

Nic
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! 29 Jun 2014
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I enjoyed this fast paced and engaging book. It is clear that the author knows a great deal about Taoist philosophy, Tai Chi and Chinese culture, and this added depth to the story. The characters are likeable and you really feel like you're involved with the action- which itself has some interesting twists.

A great mix of action, Chinese philosophy and supernatural element- which all worked well together!! The ending of the book alludes to a sequel by the way it ends, so I will look forward to reading the next instalment!!

In conclusion, a great book- and a well deserved 5 stars!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Into the Sea of Qi 20 Nov 2012
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Found this book a fun read and got through it really quickly. I enjoyed all the twists and turns along the way. The smattering of philosophy made me pause for thought often adding to its appeal.

The only slight criticism for me was the ending seemed a little abrupt and not a natural ending. But maybe that's just me overall a great adventure story. If a sequel was forth coming I would certainly read it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By JohnCW
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I found this one of those books that you time speeds up and before you realise it, you're on the last page, it just flows along. An interesting mix of action, philosophy and a very sneaky way of making you evaluate life from other different view points. I'm quite stubborn when it comes to looking at other things, situations and points of view, but the clever writing style circumnavigated my usual blocking technique, so well done to the author.
I liked all the characters involved and the dialogue flowed nicely along, linked with the obviously well researched content and experienced author, I'd rate it as a very enjoyable read.

I'll wait for the sequel (or prequel) for what I thought was a long awaited modern jonathan livingston seagull.
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