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Curse of the Dragon God Paperback – 5 Jul 2011
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High-Octane Adventure and Hot Hunks
The Eye of Fucanglong is China's most precious treasure. Know as the Dragon God of lost jewels, this diamond is flawless, priceless, cursed...and about to be stolen in the heist of the century. Can Professor Fathom's team of gay adventure-seekers find the diamond before this perfectly executed crime leads to mass destruction? From the towers of Hong Kong to the diamond mines of Shandong, from the streets of San Francisco to the deserts of Dubai and the male strip clubs of Beijing, from China's mystical past to the boardrooms of a modern industrial giant--join in the sizzling action and page-turning adventure of "The Curse of the Dragon God."
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I notice some of the criticisms leveled against the story are about the nature of an action/adventure tale. They're supposed to be high action, and it requires a certain amount of suspension of belief. These are real men who do manly things and push themselves to the limit, enduring great pain. By definition, the incredible is unbelievable. And so it goes for all action/adventure stories.
Rather than blame the genre, I would suggest that the author is just not up to the task. It's the writing that is over-the-top, contrived, and too reliant on deus ex machina solutions.
Still, if you like the genre, and want to read about heroes who get the *guy* in the end, this is the series to read.
I suppose the book is still a stand-alone story if you haven't read the first two books, but there is a lot of backstory the new reader will miss. We do get some clues into the Professor's history and the accident that left him blind, and more about Luca's attempt to find the parent(s) who left him in a nunnery as an infant.
Sam returns, but is still as useless as ever. (And he forgets to deliver a letter.) Quite out of the blue, we find that one of the lead characters has fallen in love with each another lead character. (The only explanation is that one saved the other's life. But that happens all the time among these guys. I think this is a really bad development.)
And, like the previous two books, there is a setup to the next installment.