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Beth's Review: House of Eight Orchids by James Thayer

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Publisher: Thomas & Mercer

Released: January 5, 2016

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense

Length: 290 pages

Format: ebook , paperback, CD

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In 1912, John Wade and his brother, William—children of the American consul—were kidnapped off the street in Chungking, China, and raised in the house of Eunuch Chang, the city’s master criminal. Twenty-five years later, John is the eunuch’s most valuable ward, a trained assassin and swindler, and William has become a talented forger. On the brink of World War II, China is in chaos. When William betrays Eunuch Chang and escapes to central China, a place of ferocious warlords and bandits, John begins a desperate search to save his brother, while Eunuch Chang hunts them both.

Four Boundless Stars

I found House of 8 Orchids to be a quick and smooth read. I enjoyed the back story and introductions of the characters. Thayer has an easy to read writing style and an exception talent for providing imagery. The story describes some vividly disgusting scenes’ and should not be read as a bedtime story to your child, but I highly recommend it to adult readers. Without giving too much away, I loved the way this story ended with completion and satisfaction for the characters, no cliffhanger. I give this book 4 boundless stars, because “I really enjoyed it.”

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