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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: AmazonCrossing (19 Mar 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611097940
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611097948
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,718,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With over a million subscribers to his microblog and five million books sold, Xu Lei is one of China’s most popular and highest grossing novelists. Born in 1982, he was inspired by his parents’ travel stories to write fanciful tales about tomb raiders, which he then posted online. The series became Secrets of a Grave Robber, which now boasts eight volumes in print, three of which have been published in English. Search for the Buried Bomber, the first book in the Dark Prospects series, was hailed as China’s most spectacular suspense novel of 2010. Xu Lei currently lives in Hangzhou, China.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mark Shackelford TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 1 Mar 2013
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A great idea - the discovery of a huge bomber buried in a mountain, and the expedition to discover why it is there.
I was really keen to read this - as I enjoy mystery stories - and I could not imagine why (or how) the bomber found its way so far underground.

But the story struggled - there was no real explanation of what or why - we followed the expedition (mostly of poor conscripted Chinese soldiers), who had to find their way through a maze of tunnels that might (or might not) have been built by the Japanese during the war.

And they get to the end... and things happen... but I have no idea what, and the story ends without explaining what is going on. Perhaps I got only half the book, and the remaining chapters were just missing?

very frustrating read, and the translation is a bit clunky.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jonah on 22 April 2013
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Well paced but very Chinese in outlook and attitudes. The ending is very disappointing, as it doesn't have one. It feeds straight to the second book, which you have to buy to make any sense of the story so far. Great marketing but a pain for the reader.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By F. M. Muse VINE VOICE on 7 Jan 2013
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The opening paragraphs of the book put me in mind of a combination of H.P.Lovecraft's style and Jules Verne's "Journey to the Centre of the Earth", so that there was a great sense of anticipation in starting the book. The author writes in a detailed way more reminiscent of an earlier age, without actually being Dickensian, yet the pace is almost painstakingly slow.

Since the previous reviewer has covered the main highlights of the book, it would be redundant to revisit them here. Basically I found the reasons developed for a large Japanese bomber being underground somewhat implausible, so that much of the detail regarding the underground Japanese base is also questionable. Given what follows from the somewhat laboured rationale for the presence of the bomber, it would have made more sense, both from the Japanese military and logistical perspective and therefore that of the novel, if a powered dirigible had been used for exploratory purposes, rather than the bomber.The search party not only find the bomber, but also a great deal of infrastructure, involving a dam, massive power generation facilities and amongst other things, what can only be descibed as a cyclopean refrigeration plant, none of whose purpose is ever adequately explained. Taken together with the fact that there is no final denouement, I can only conclude that all will be revealed in a follow-up volume. I found this a somewhat turgid and unconvincing read, despite the underlying idea showing great promise; for me that promise was not realised.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazoniac TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Mar 2014
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The plus points of the book are a clever puzzle and some interesting insights into the system of political control at the time the book was set.
The plot is interesting and gripping (though a bit heavy going sometimes, which I attribute to the fact that it has been translated from Chinese - not an easy task, especially where subtleties are concerned).
The problem is the ending - or lack of it.
I am guessing that it is the first book in a series, and that questions will be answered later - as was the case with the Dust, Wool, Shift trilogy.
The difference, for me, is that the Wool trilogy had enough story/character/ending in each book to make it work as a stand-alone. This one doesn't. It feels like a great disappointment at the end, to the point where you actually ask yourself if some pages are missing.
Interesting to read, but ultimately fatally flawed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By peter on 23 Sep 2013
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I picked this up as a kindle daily deal as I was intrigued by the sample. It is a very long and repetitive shaggy dog story which from about mid-way through was telegraphing a cliff hanger at the end. Sure enough when I finished the book there was no more info about the mystery than at the start, but a plug for the second book. To be fair it is hard to tell how much the issue is with the original story and how much the translation. I was a mug to buy it and read it, let me save you the effort!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fjb on 24 Sep 2013
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5 million Chinese can't be,wrong fascinating reading what is popular in other cultures. Boris Akunin is a Russian author also worth reading to get a cultural perspective
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bob Lucas on 18 Sep 2013
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If it were a translation into English, its not a bad effort and an unusual story. Keeps you occupied and guessing..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Richard Bond on 30 Jun 2013
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To be honest I struggled with very poorly translated book. The language swung between American English and an odd formality (like reading a party manifesto) and also started out mixing metric and imperial measurements so thst one sentence we were 3600 feet down and next several metres! The use of long named ranks and titles drove me crazy and there were so many "Old" characters I gave up trying to remember who was who. The translator explained to me via Facebook that this was his first attempt, this being the cases, he really needs to sort it out! The dialogue between characters is stilted and tedious and the whole plot unrealistic. I also felt that the rather strange description and depiction of the Japanese was, by todays standards, somewhat racist. I confess, I had to speed read inthe end just to get to the end!
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