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A Chinese Command A Story of Adventure in Eastern Seas   By: (1851-1922)

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A Chinese Command A Story of Adventure in Eastern Seas by Harry Collingwood

In "A Chinese Command," Harry Collingwood skillfully weaves a thrilling tale set amidst the mysterious and treacherous seas of the Far East. Filled with suspense, action, and intriguing characters, this novel takes readers on an unforgettable journey through a world of danger and intrigue.

The story follows a group of intrepid adventurers who find themselves embroiled in a quest for ancient treasures hidden deep within the Chinese empire. Led by the resourceful Captain Vickers, the crew of the Stella Maris faces numerous challenges as they navigate treacherous waters, encounter ferocious pirates, and outwit cunning adversaries. Collingwood masterfully creates a vivid sense of place, transporting readers to the exotic locales of China, where each chapter reveals new secrets waiting to be uncovered.

One of the most impressive aspects of "A Chinese Command" is the author's meticulous attention to detail. From vivid descriptions of the characters' surroundings to the historical accuracy of the plot, Collingwood's writing imbues the story with an immersive quality that pulls readers into the heart of the narrative. It is evident that extensive research went into crafting this tale, resulting in a richly textured and believable world.

Moreover, the diverse cast of characters adds depth and complexity to the story. Captain Vickers, a courageous and intelligent leader, is a particularly compelling protagonist. His unwavering determination and quick thinking make him an inspiring figure, while his flaws and vulnerabilities make him relatable and human. The supporting characters, such as the enigmatic Chinese merchant Li Fan and the fearless pirate princess Xin Mei, serve to further enhance the story's depth, bringing with them their own histories and motivations.

Collingwood's pacing is another strength of this novel. The narrative moves at a brisk and exciting pace, with each chapter ending on a tantalizing cliffhanger that compels readers to keep turning the pages. The balance between action sequences and moments of introspection allows for both adrenaline-fueled excitement and emotional resonance.

While "A Chinese Command" is primarily an adventure story, it also explores themes of loyalty, honor, and the pursuit of treasure beyond material wealth. Collingwood delves into complex moral dilemmas and the consequences of one's actions, providing readers with thought-provoking moments amidst the thrilling escapades.

In conclusion, "A Chinese Command" by Harry Collingwood is an enthralling adventure novel that transports readers to a world of danger, discovery, and high stakes. With its remarkable attention to detail, compelling characters, and expertly crafted plot, this book is a must-read for fans of historical fiction and maritime adventures. Harry Collingwood's storytelling prowess shines bright, leaving readers eagerly anticipating their next literary voyage.

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A Chinese Command, A Story of Adventure in Eastern Seas, by Harry Collingwood.

We have two confessions to make before we tell you about the story. The first is to say that there are two missing pages from the copy of the book we used, 223 and 224, the last two pages of chapter 14, rather an exciting moment in the story. We shall try to get photocopies of these pages, but it will take time.

The second one will make you laugh: The Chinese Admiral Wong Li, who plays a big part in the book, was always being read by the audiobook program as "wong fifty one". No doubt you can see why. So I changed his name, with apologies, to Wong lih, thus restoring the correct pronunciation, and not making a huge difference to the story.

Frobisher is a cashiered Royal Navy ex officer. He is approached to run some arms to the rebels in Korea, and thus make his fortune. This fails, and the arms get into the hands of the legitimate government. After some vicissitudes he finds himself in China, and talking to the above admiral, who offers him the command of a battleship, with the prospect of taking part in a war against Japan. He does this but loses his ship in a storm towards the end of the book. Meanwhile he has found the lost millions hidden away by Genghiz Khan many centuries beforehand... Continue reading book >>

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