October 8, 2014
NOSTALGIC for the old days? Well, maybe not, after reading David Baird’s latest novel. The author vividly captures the atmosphere of the so-called Pearl of the Orient thanks to his years working in Hong Kong as a journalist — both when it was a British colony and later when it returned to Chinese rule.
From the first lines of Typhoon Season, you’ll find yourself on a roller-coaster ride, encountering a body floating in the South China Sea, a missing heroin stash, a doomed love affair, corruption in high places…
After years away Clive Spillman is returning to Hong Kong. Memories flood back as not-so-heroic hero Clive Spillman reflects : “A crazy time to visit. The air would be as thick as soup, the humidity overpowering.”
Even as the Cathay Paciﬁc Jumbo banked over the South China Sea for the approach, he wasn’t sure why he was returning…. Read the rest of this entry »
July 18, 2012
A body floating in the South China Sea, a missing heroin stash, a doomed love affair, corruption in high places…David Baird’s latest novel has all the ingredients to make it a best-seller.
Published by Maroma Press, Typhoon Season, a fast-paced thriller set in Hong Kong, is now available as an ebook, ready to be downloaded to your Kindle, computer or other device.
Whichever way you choose to read Typhoon Season, you’ll find yourself on a roller-coaster ride. Baird vividly captures the atmosphere of the so-called Pearl of the Orient thanks to his years working in Hong Kong as a journalist — both when it was a British colony and later when it returned to Chinese rule.
Triad gangsters, crooked policemen, sophisticated socialites with secrets to hide, a kung-fu film star with lethal fists are some of the characters you meet, all based on Baird’s own experiences. Read the rest of this entry »
December 20, 2011
SOMETIMES, says David Baird, he dreams about garbanzos.
“Yes, chick-peas, those little bullet-like beans which have to be soaked for days and boiled for hours so that finally you can add some flavouring and create a fine stew — fine that is if you like bullet-like beans.”
He claims that’s what he lived on most of the time when he and his wife first settled in a Spanish village. He describes his efforts to live “the simple life” in Sunny Side Up — The 21st century hits a Spanish village.
Hilarious, nostalgic and moving, his book inspired the Sunday Times of London to comment: “Recommended reading for anybody who ever wondered what happened to the ‘real Spain’.”
Anther angle on that ‘real Spain’ is contained in Between Two Fires, Baird’s book about the guerrilla war that raged in the 1940s. Read the rest of this entry »
June 16, 2011
Maroma Press’s latest book, Typhoon Season, has received a glowing review from — appropriately enough — Hong Kong’s top daily, the South China Morning Post. Respected writer and academic Douglas Kerr notes: “The plot is well crafted and is exceptionally well paced.”
This is Kerr’s review:
There is a distinctly retro feeling to this novel, and not just because most of the action takes place in Hong Kong in 1980, a distant time when we all got by without mobile phones, reality TV, party politics and Lady Gaga.
What did we do all day? If this book is to be believed, life in Hong Kong in 1980 was lived at breakneck speed. This is a tightly constructed thriller that moves along at a cracking pace, one of those stories in which the hero gets threatened by the bad guys, arrested by the cops, consoled by the girlfriend, bamboozled by the mystery of the missing corpse, knocked unconscious, shot at and almost drowned, with barely time in between to change his shirt. Read the rest of this entry »