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Hong Kong

By: Stephen Coonts
Narrated by: Michael Prichard
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Summary

Admiral Jake Grafton takes his wife, Callie, along when the U.S. government sends him to Hong Kong to find out how deeply the American consul-general is embedded in political money raising scandal. And why not? Jake and Callie met and fell in love in Hong Kong during the Vietnam War, and the consul-general is a friend from those days.

The Graftons quickly discover, however, that Hong Kong is a powder keg ready to explode. A political muder and the closure of a foreign bank by the communist government are the sparks that light the fuse.

When Callie is kidnapped by a rebel faction, Jake finds himself drawn into the vortex of a high-tech civil war. To save his wife, he must figure out whom he can trust - both among the Western factionsvying for control of the volatile situation, and amoung the Chinese patriots fighting for their nation's future - and make sure the right side wins.

©2000 Stephen Coonts (P)2000, 2003 HarperCollins Publishers

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didnt bother listening.

why change the narrator? thats why i enjoyed the whole series so much i only listened to a few mins.terrible narrator with no personaliry.

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  • Bob
  • 13-07-09

Really liked it, worth the read.

I put off downloading this one based on the description. Once I got into it I thought it was very imaginative. This is the kind of story that is truly fiction, but based on a possible reality. I thouroughly enjoyed and recommend it. If you like Coonts, you'll like this one.

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  • George
  • 19-04-14

Overthrow!!!

Americans, including our hero Jake Grafton, in Hong Kong at the time of China's revolution. This book is full of twisty turns that keep one's interest. I've never been to Hong Kong and never wanted to go, but the book is a good read/listen because the interaction of really, really bad dudes who eventually get their due. Show me the next Grafton novel.

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  • KTinPA
  • 02-08-10

Great Book... bad narration

I have always believed that a well written book is the most important factor in making a good audible book. I did not think a narrator could spoil a good story. This book proves me wrong. I did enjoy the plot, but the narrator made it very difficult to get through the entire book. The fact that this book is a "no go" is a reflection of the narrator... not the author. I have enjoyed several other Coont's stories.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-08-08

Unrealistic

Stephen Coonts probably tried to cash in on the subject soon after HK's handover. Unfortunately, I don't think much research went into what HK is really like. I appreciate this is a work of fiction but I still found the story/events rather unrealistic.

Also, the narration was irritatingly slow - I had to switch my iPod speed to fast.

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  • Jeff Hallum
  • 28-11-19

I’m a huge fan but ...

I love the Grafton series - but this particular story, when combined with a narrator who sounds like he just learned to read, was difficult to get through -

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  • Robert H.
  • 24-11-18

The return of Cole Virgil Cole.

Not a bad novel. Jake's old B.N. from Flight of the Intruder makes his return in this novel. I was hoping he would show up again. If you liked the other novels in the series, you'll like Hong Kong.

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  • Bob S.
  • 18-11-17

good story

I enjoyed the story and the action but the narration could have been much better.

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  • David
  • 06-08-17

Great Jake Grafton read.

As always, Stephen Coonts held my attention from start to finish. Another great Jake Grafton novel.

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  • Michael
  • 20-07-17

Doesn't anyone screen these narrators?

Good story, but having Walter Cronkite read it really tested my patience! Almost returned it!

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  • Stephane Rossan
  • 10-09-16

Another Jake Grafton story

What did you like best about Hong Kong? What did you like least?

Love the characters, I've read the entire collection, the audio version makes it even better.

What other book might you compare Hong Kong to and why?

Cuba, because of the characters, and the story. I couldn't stop listening to it.

Would you be willing to try another one of Michael Prichard’s performances?

Not sure, I tried to listen to a Tom Clancy's read by him, and I had to stop. Too bad, it was one of my favorite book :(

Was Hong Kong worth the listening time?

The story is worth it, but the performance by the narrator is so bad, it is not worth listening to it. I switched to kindle version to finish the book.
It may be worth to suggest Brilliance audio or Audible to re-record a new version by Benjamin L. Darcie. It will be totally worth it!