TYPHOON HITS HONG KONG

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… Typhoon Season cover

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 »

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MAYHEM IN HONG KONG — Drama in the Harlot City

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 »


TYPHOON HITS HONG KONG

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 »