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Eating Smoke: One Man's Descent into Drug Psychosis in Hong Kong's Triad Heartland Paperback – 20 Oct 2011
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Thrall uses such verve, enthusiasm and faultless comic timing that it is hard not to be swept along. --South China Morning Post
. . . fascinating . . . disturbing . . . memorable . . . Chris Thrall tells an enthralling and delusional story. --Cairns Media Magazine
. . . exemplary pacing, completely engaging tone, wealth of winning detail. Thrall uses such verve, enthusiasm and faultless comic timing that it is hard not to be swept along. --South China Morning Post
What else would you expect from a former Royal Marine Commando? Chris Thrall has a hell of a story to tell, and he does so with humour, candour and page-turning prose. --Tom Carter. CHINA: Portrait of a People
Chris Thrall left the Royal Marines to find fortune in Hong Kong, but following a bizarre series of jobs ended up homeless and addicted to crystal methamphetamine.He began working for the 14K, one of Hong Kong’s notorious crime syndicates, as a nightclub doorman in the Wan Chai red-light district. Dealing with psychosis, conspiracy and the ‘foreign triad’ — a secretive expat clique that works hand-in-hand with the Chinese mafia — he had to survive in the world’s most unforgiving city, addicted to the world’s most dangerous drug . . .See all Product description
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Although this is the third book I have read by Chris Thrall it is the first he wrote, however this does not detract from the quality of the writing and is equally as good as his Hans Larrsson books. The author describes, in detail, Hong Kong, from the upmarket "Clean" areas to the dark seedier, underworld run areas that most tourists, with any luck, will not encounter. The psychosis, psychedelia, paranoia and general hallucinations experienced and described by the author, make the second half of "Apocalypse Now" seem like a Julie Andrews musical. The humour, is again, a big part of the book and in various places had me giggling to myself like a small child. The only problem is that yet again the book finishes with so many questions left unanswered, unless of course Mr Thrall is planning on writing a follow up book explaining "What happened next?" All in all an absolute cracking read and I cant wait for whatever comes from the imagination or real life experiences of this up and coming writer.
Brutally honest, sad, gritty and with a humorous accent all the way through. Chris is a very clever wordsmith who had me giggling many times, even the last line of the book had me in stitches.
Well done Chris, not sure if there will be a sequel or you are busy with the Hans Larsson series, but either way, eagerly standing by....
One for the boot sale...but nobody wanted it.
Recycling is the only fitting end..
Save your hard-earned pennies.
Sorry, but be warned
When you read books by new authors there are often inevitably a few typos and "eating smoke" is no exception, however the lack of proof reading is very often compensated for by a passion and colour that is sadly missing in more seasoned, road weary authors and Thrall has definitely got plenty of flame in this offering.
It's a true life account of himself going off the rails in Hong Kong and having spent a reasonable amount of time in Asia myself I know this is a very definite possibilty.
I enjoyed reading it and wish Quiss the very best for the future. Another book of a similar ilk is Last Seen in Bangkok, I hope you enjoy that as well.
If you have ever been slightly tipsy drunk or on a bender your mind tells you things it doesn't when you are sober. however take it a stage further fueled by hard drugs and Chris takes you on a journey that little bit further most of us will never know or go.
Its typically a bootneck's mind at work fighting demons in the streets of HK and his own head.
I really enjoyed it and recommend it to anyone else.
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