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Book Title: China Run|
The author of the book: David Ball
ISBN 13: 9780743227438
Format files: PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
The size of the: 540 KB
Edition: Simon & Schuster
Date of issue: July 30th 2002
Reader ratings: 7.9
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I paid $1 for China Run from a bargain counter at a Target, not my usual source of reading material. But I was in the process of adopting a little girl from China and this book seemed to be begging to be read. I started it but was soon distracted by the process of the adoption and the rest of life. The adoption completed going on four years ago, I recently pulled the book from its pile and thought I would try again. I am glad I did. There is a good deal of mystery, suspense, travelogue, history, culture, violent death and adventure here.
Whatever you have heard negative about China this novel will confirm! From bribery and other corrupt processes to selling children into the Asian sex trade and selling babies into black market adoptions, it is all here. China PR does not fair well here although as you might suspect there are some good Chinese people who make the story happen. In fact, maybe they are a little too good, several risking and some loosing their lives for the main characters. The kind of characters that you often find in mystery and spy and adventure stories and usually seem unlikely to me but essential to the story.
China Run was probably researched in the late 1990s. And there was a good deal of research done, that is certain. But research about 20th century China has a half-life of about 5 years. Things are changing so rapidly that a book published in 2002 is probably out of date in many ways by 2010. I don't know at what point you refer to a book as historical fiction. It probably isn't ten years but maybe we should use cat years for China and call it 55 years instead of 10.
China Run is nearly nonstop international intrigue with a nine year old playing an unlikely central role, people taking big risks for people they don't know, characters managing to hold onto their luggage throughout their fugitive experience including escaping from a sinking boat. The airlines should only be so good at hanging onto suitcases! But how would the baby have had enough formula powder for the entire book otherwise? I guess this books counts on you willingly suspending disbelief for a lot of its effectiveness. But I would say that it is worth the effort. Anyway, I got my dollar's worth.
Read information about the authorDavid Ball has been to 60 countries on six continents. He has lived and worked in various parts of Africa. In the course of researching his novel Empires of Sand, he crossed the Sahara desert four times, and got lost there only once. Research trips for other novels have taken him to China, Istanbul, Algeria, and Malta - a little island where so far he hasn't gotten lost at all.
A former pilot, sarcophagus maker, and businessman, David has driven a taxi in New York City and built a road in West Africa. He installed telecommunications equipment in Cameroun and explored the Andes in a Volkswagen bus. He has renovated old Victorian houses in Denver and pumped gasoline in the Grand Tetons.
He has a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University and enjoys skiing, fishing, running (some have described it as more like hobbling), baseball, and opera.
His novels include Empires of Sand, China Run, and Ironfire. A short story, The Scroll, appears in the anthology Warriors, another, Provenance in the anthology Rogues.
David lives with his wife, Melinda, and their children, Ben and Li, in a house they built in the Rocky Mountains.
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