Hong Kong 1997. Only a few short months of British sovereignty left before the territory returns to Chinese rule. It's a feverish city. And the spooks are hard at work, jostling for position and influence. So when an elderly man emerges from the sea, claiming to know secrets he will share only with the Governor, a young MI6 agent, Joe Lennox, sees the chance to make his reputation. But when the old man, a high-profile Chinese professor, is spirited away in the middle of the night by Joe's superiors and the CIA, it's clear that there's a great deal more at stake than a young spy's career. The professor holds the key to a sinister and ambitious plan that could have catastrophic repercussions for the world in the next century...
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Charles Cumming was born in Scotland in 1971. Author of the critically acclaimed, bestselling thrillers A Spy by Nature, The Hidden Man and The Spanish Game, he also wrote the groundbreaking short story The 21 Steps at wetellstories.co.uk. Typhoon is his fourth novel. He lives in London.Review:
“Typhoon is easy to like. The plot is tight and complex, and the local details are accurate about the three main cities where it is set: Shanghai, Hong Kong and Beijing.” ―James Fallows, The New York Times Book Review
“In the tradition of old-school espionage fiction, Cumming lets character rather than plot carry this compelling thriller. William Lasker, a second-string agent of the British Secret Intelligence Service, takes on the job of writing a book about a rogue CIA plot against the People's Republic of China. The action, which takes place mainly in Hong Kong and Shanghai, focuses on Joe Lennox, an SIS undercover agent in China, and an older CIA veteran, Miles Coolidge. Several months before the turnover of Hong Kong to Chinese rule in 1997, a defector, Professor Wang Kaixuan, climbs out of the South China Sea and announces he has important secret information. After the professor disappears, Joe slowly learns the defector has become part of Typhoon, a secret CIA plan being run by Miles whose aim is to destabilize China. The conflict between Joe and Miles, both personal and professional, fuels this complex and satisfying novel.” ―Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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