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Mandarin-Gold (Dr. Robert Gunn)

Mandarin-Gold (Dr. Robert Gunn) [Kindle Edition]

James Leasor
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‘Highly absorbing account of the corruption of an individual during a particularly sordid era of British imperial history,’ The Sunday Times

‘James Leasor switches to the China Sea more than a century ago, and with pace and ingenuity tells, in novel form, how the China coast was forced to open up its riches to Englishmen, in face of the Emperor's justified hostility’ Evening Standard

‘In the nasty story of opium - European and American traders made fortunes taking the forbidden dope into nineteenth century China, and this novel tells the story of their deadly arrangements and of the Emperor's vain attempts to stop them. Mr. Leasor has researched the background carefully and the detail of the Emperor's lavish court but weak administration is fascinating. The white traders are equally interesting characters, especially those two real-life merchants, Jardine and Matheson.’ Manchester Evening News

It was the year of 1833 when Robert Gunn arrived on the China coast. Only the feeblest of defences now protected the vast and proud Chinese Empire from the ravenous greed of Western traders, and their opening wedge for conquest was the sale of forbidden opium to the native masses.
This was the path that Robert Gunn chose to follow... a path that led him through a maze of violence and intrigue, lust and treachery, to a height of power beyond most men's dreams —
and to the ultimate depths of personal corruption.
Here is a magnificent novel of an age of plunder—and of a fearless freebooter who raped an empire.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 567 KB
  • Print Length: 286 pages
  • Publisher: James Leasor Limited (1 Nov 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0062F5MRS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #150,075 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.3 out of 5 stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars An old favourite 18 May 2013
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Please see my review for Jade Gate, another book in this series. My review is the same, I loved this, the first in the series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Adventure at the time of the first opium war 10 Mar 2013
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Well written adventure that stands the test of time. Fortunes made Hong Kong received. An enjoyable yarn if not quite james clavell.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not properly proofread 28 May 2013
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I am reviewing the new Kindle ebooks. I have seen a number of books recently by James Easor reissued as ebooks by his family under the imprint James Leasor Ltd. Unfortunately the ebooks are full of typos and spurious marks indicating to me that the ebooks have been produced using OCR technology and not properly proof read and corrected. This is shame as James Leasor deserves better. He deserves his books to be properly produced.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Palmerston's other folly 21 Sep 2012
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This fiction, built around the history of the British Empire's long Far Eastern flirtation with drug running, is a terrific and informative read.
Jardine and Mathieson, the now respectable Hong Kong banking house, got its start in the banking business: shipping boatloads of opium from British India, to the Chinese, against the wishes of their emperor, but with the support of the British government.
Pablo Escobar, eat your heart out.Poor old Pablo had to fight a bloody war with the Columbian government and its ally the US DEA, to stay in business and eventually bit the dust in a bloody shoot-out with Columbian and US government agents.
A hundred years earlier, all J & M had to do was have a quiet word with the British Foreign Minister, Palmerston and the Royal Navy did J and M's dirty work to ensure that the product got through to their Chinese customers, blasting ancient Chinese junks out of the way in the process.
This is Leasor at his best, combining fact and fiction to give the reader a good page turning read and some historical insight into the bargain.
The fictional and historical characters are interwoven seamlessly as are social structures, making an excellent plot ring true.
The stultifying power structure of Chinese society at the time is excellently represented.
Buy and enjoy it. Its an absolute steal at the price.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Holiday Reading 17 Aug 2013
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Easy to read fiction of colonial times in the Far East - China and the opium trade in the 1800s. This is a work of fiction (book 1 of 3 in this saga by James Leasor) but gives a good account of how the UK, among other colonial powers, wanted to further the opium trade as well as exploitation of other resources in the Far East. My main issue is with faulty formatting when transferred to kindle - incorrect spelling, punctuation etc. which is very annoying.
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