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"Heroism is having to do something drastic to keep from getting killed."

That's what security consultant Pete Avakian tells his dinner date, Dr. Judy Rose, on a night out in Beijing. Little does he know that his words are about to be illustrated in graphic detail.

Just as they are getting to know each other, chaos erupts in the street. China has launched missiles at Taiwan; a long history of tension has given way to war. Suddenly Pete and Judy are confronted by hostile youths, ...

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Overview

"Heroism is having to do something drastic to keep from getting killed."

That's what security consultant Pete Avakian tells his dinner date, Dr. Judy Rose, on a night out in Beijing. Little does he know that his words are about to be illustrated in graphic detail.

Just as they are getting to know each other, chaos erupts in the street. China has launched missiles at Taiwan; a long history of tension has given way to war. Suddenly Pete and Judy are confronted by hostile youths, and an act of self-defense puts them on the run from the authorities in a country crazed by war.

Pursued by the Chinese police, the Americans race toward the Mongolian border. Their only chance of survival is to work together to escape a country gone mad…even if that means taking drastic action.

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Chase's suspenseful debut simmers with a gripping view of present-day China and the terrors it can hold for foreigners. The Chinese government hires U.S. security consultant Peter Avakian to provide security for an upcoming conference for international advisers. The U.S. government has also hired Avakian and Dr. Judy Rose, physician turned spy, to aid in the release of a U.S. gymnast arrested in Beijing for shoplifting. When the Taiwanese president is gunned down, chaos erupts, and Avakian is forced to kill three Chinese soldiers who attack him. Dr. Rose proves to be a stalwart character, immersing herself in the game of espionage as she and Avakian attempt to flee Beijing undetected. Chase's clear, succinct style is well suited to the swift pace, and quirky, brilliant Avakian will easily entice fans to follow his future adventures. (May)

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  • ISBN-13: 9780778326946
  • Publisher: Mira
  • Publication date: 5/1/2009
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.60 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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  • Posted March 29, 2009

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    An exciting action-packed thriller

    Concerned for the safety of foreign VIP visitors attending a conference in China, the government hires American security expert Peter Avakian to provide personal security to the international attendees. At the same time, the U.S. government hires Avakian and physician Dr. Judy Rose, who has become an espionage agent, to help obtain the release of an American gymnast incarnated in Beijing on the charge of shoplifting.

    However, the worst case scenario occurs when someone assassinates the Taiwanese president. Three Chinese soldiers attack Avakian, who kills them. Judy and Peter are in trouble as they know the Chinese government plans to arrest them if they are not killed. Forced to flee Beijing, their chances of getting out of the city let alone the country alive is slim to none.

    The key to this exciting action-packed thriller is China as seen through foreigners on the run. Avakian is a terrific hero who keeps the story line focused while he and Dr. Rose are called terrorists by the Communist government, which will have readers pondering over who defines a terrorist and what the parameters are. Fans will enjoy Avakian's tour of Beijing and beyond as escape seems almost impossible.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted June 30, 2009

    Chase has an eye for modern China

    Chase's book gives us an exciting plot and a thrilling ride. But what I enjoyed the most was Chase's use of local detail. I read in his book jacket bio that he is a former officer. His writing makes it obvious he has spent plenty of time on China's streets, picking up both large and small details. Unlike a lot of international fiction out there now, this book gives you a sense of actual foreign-ness, where reading it teaches you something about the Chinese. Regardless of anything else this book offers, you will come away from it with a feeling of really having BEEN there. I enjoyed every bit. Let's hope the sequel is as good!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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