The Dragon's Eyeby Scott C.S. Stone
"Why me? I was no hero. Just a war-wise, war-weary combat reporter who'd pushed his luck too far and too long. Still alive and tired of all the dying. Now all I wanted was a long blonde in a short bikini and a star to steer her by.
Winner of the 1969 Edgar Award, "The Dragon's Eye" takes us behind the Bamboo Curtain into a world of espionage and intrigue in China.
"Why me? I was no hero. Just a war-wise, war-weary combat reporter who'd pushed his luck too far and too long. Still alive and tired of all the dying. Now all I wanted was a long blonde in a short bikini and a star to steer her by. I cabled my resignation and got the hell out of Asia. I got as far as Honolulu. That's where an old buddy brainwashed me into a mission that would rattle the guts of the most hardened agents. A rescue job behind the Bamboo Curtain. A former British correspondent, now top man in the Chinese news service. A man with lethal secrets . . . and a Chinese mistress. A man who would deal with no one but me. Why me? I couldn't figure it out. And there was only one way to find out."
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The book is pretty engaging to read. One might figure out who's who before it is explained, but I still enjoyed the story. I am sure the details may not necessarily be very believable... Enjoyed the book and can recommend it to the fans of the spy novels.
The conventional wisdom is that only the British can write good espionage fiction. Of course, anyone familiar with Donald Hamilton, David Hagberg, or Ross Thomas knows that's just silly. Case in point: THE DRAGON'S EYE by Scott C.S. Stone, which is not only one of the best spy novels ever written by an American, not only THE best spy novel to emerge from the US's tragic involvement in Viet Nam, but the first novel to win the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America in the category of Best Original Paperback Novel. Unfortunately, it was because THE DRAGON'S EYE was published as a paperback by Gold Medal in 1969 that led to its comparative obscurity today. Paperback originals have notoriously short shelf lives, and, despite its quality, THE DRAGON'S EYE was no different. But now it's back in a handsome trade edition, and its return is most welcome.