Manchukuo Gold is an exciting treaure hunt in remote China that surges out of control. Murder. Intrigue. Suspense. Romance. Randy Rawlins and Vince Volcano, ex-Navy SEALs meet beautiful Nikki Moore, a N.Y. fashion designer in Shanghai. Their quest: scuba dive for $500 million in gold bars hidden in a secret underwater cave, and smuggle it out of Communist China under the ever-watchful eyes of the Chinese secret police. Major Nazaka, a reformed Japanese war criminal, and granddaughter Zarako shadow the Americans to reclaim the gold. Diabolical plot unfolds as they unleash a sinister gang of spies, ninjas and Yakuzas, who murder, kidnap and torture to steal the gold. Add the Russian Mafia and all mayhem breaks loose. From Shanghai's glamorous fashion world to perilous scuba diving at Dragon's Head to party time at a Chinese disco to gun battles on Port Dalian waterfront to climax at Smuggler's Cove. Then a surprise ending at the family farm, which will leave you smiling. Gripping love story as East and West cultures collide.
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Author Bob Haller's military background as a retired Colonel in Special Ops is coupled to extensive research conducted on an eleven-city personal tour of China. He visited remote areas in Liaoning Province, formerly called Manchuria. During World War II, the Japanese army occupied the region and renamed it Manchukuo, installing the Last Emperor Pu Yi as their puppet king. Thus the title, Manchukuo Gold.
The genesis of the story is based on an actual family story told to Bob Haller by his Chinese-American client in New York. All names, settings and characters in the story are fictitious and not intended to resemble real people, living or dead. Any resemblance is purely coincidental. However, like all authors, Haller was struck by the "what if?" gem of an idea. Then, he extended it into a fictional treasure hunt -- an adventure and mystery yarn. To add an extra dimension, Haller focused on cave diving -- the most perilous form of scuba diving. To assure plausibility, Haller relied on a technical consultant and cave diving instructor in Florida. And so a treasure hunt in Communist China was born. It has all the elements of a fast-paced cross-genre novel: mystery, adventure, intrigue, suspense and romance.
Originally structured to be a movie screenplay, Haller became so intrigued by the dynamics of cave diving that he wanted to descibe the actions and background of cave diving more fully in a novel format. It will leave you breathless!From the Author:
At book signings, the greatest compliment that I've received is that I write like Tom Clancy. I don't know if Tom will agree, but I do try to write a fast-paced action story, based on my military experience and good on-the-spot research. I spend a lot of time in character development, making sure the people in my novels are three-dimensional living, breathing characters. To get inside their minds, I even create astrology horoscopes for each of the key players. During the writing period, my wife and I discuss these characters and what they're doing and saying at the dinner table -- as if they were real people. That's what makes wrting so stimulating.
I've been told that Manchukuo Gold is my best-written novel. Writing is somewhat like sports -- the more you write, the better you get. Just like a baseball hitter, getting his swing timed right and grooved perfectly. Never taking his eye off the ball. And swinging for the fences. This is my third mystery novel. If I were a betting man, I'd say Manchukuo Gold is truly a winner! I'm sure you'll enjoy reading it.
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Book Description Leister Pub Co, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0961823445
Book Description Leister Pub Co, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0961823445