Yang Shen

Yang Shen

by James Lande

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Only one man dared fight to defend Shanghai from rebel hordes - the American adventurer who called up a ragtag band of deserters to defeat armies of thousands.

"...puts the reader directly into the chaos of mid-19th century Shanghai."

"Historically convincing and very, very lively!" Pamela K. Crossley, author of The Orphan Warriors

"A fascinating, eminently readable and vivid evocation of the time, place and personalities of a truly remarkable moment in modern Chinese history." Richard J. Smith, author of Mercenaries and Mandarins

Yang Shen makes the reader see, feel, and understand the tumult of 1860s China - "the ships and weapons, the countryside with its intricate network of canals, the arcane maneuverings of Chinese politicians and merchants and the equally complex rivalries among the foreign powers, the squalid bars and brothels whose denizens simply struggled to survive each day, and the equally squalid conditions of the Chinese people in their villages."

"A master in hell before a minion in Heaven. I'll be a prince in China, and lord over these heathen beggars, or I'll make a great many of them wish they'd better joss - better luck - than to cross my bow."

Arriving in the midst of the bloodiest civil war in human history, Fletcher Thorson Wood takes up the imperial cause against the "Christian" rebels, trains and fights beside native Chinese troops, mandarins, and "Manilamen," builds the most powerful Army in China, and as reward for his achievements grateful Chinese appoint Fletcher a mandarin of high rank, a general, and even honor him with a temple near Shanghai.

Yang Shen is also about the encounter, sometimes the clash, of Americans and Chinese. More than a historical adventure, this novel recreates times long past, places long lost in China, and long-silent voices of people in America, China, England and the Philippines who lived through cataclysmic events that echo still.

See a preview video, and read excerpts, at the Yang Shen website www.yang-shen.info.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940016536187
Publisher: Old China Books
Publication date: 10/11/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 556
File size: 11 MB
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About the Author

James Lande was born in Los Angeles in 1945 and grew up in Southern California. He served four years in the U. S. Army, graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in Chinese Language and Literature, and lived in China (Taiwan) for three years. James was seasoned by a variety of jobs (ambulance attendant, marine biology technician, hospital orderly, taxicab driver, policeman, swimming pool manager, ESL teacher, bartender, Chinese driving instructor, casualty insurance investigator...) before settling into a 30-year career as a commercial applications software developer and project manager. Over the years, James has attempted several novels - Yang Shen is his first novel to reach publication.

See a preview video, and read excerpts, at the Yang Shen website www.yang-shen.info.

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