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Time of the Dragons/Venables, Bruc/Paper/1740512960/S051-A1
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Between the World Wars was a time of great social change. It was a time of brutal violence and widespread turmoil. It wasà The Time of the Dragons.
1925: China is a seething cauldron of vice and corruption. For the first time in 3,000 years no emperor sits on the Dragon ThroneàSoon the Japanese will invade, and China will bleed like never before. In the eye of the storm sits the British Crown Colony of Hong Kong.
Like Hong Kong itself, Inspector Richard Brewster, an idealistic young Englishman who has come to love the exotic colony and its people more than his own homeland, struggles to survive in the maelstrom of war and political upheaval.
Pirates and triad societies risk the wrath of the Kuomintang army in a murderous hunt for a fabled treasure that would give its possessor wealth and power beyond imagination. Within the very ranks of the Hong Kong Police Force, desperate young men form a triad for their own protection. Over the ensuing turbulent decades, the illegal secret society becomes a malevolent dragon, spreading its wings to cast a shadow of evil across half the world.
From the pirate enclaves of the South China Sea to the opulent mansions of Victoria Peak, from the Japanese invasion of Shanghai to the vicious aerial combat of the Battle of Britain, Richard Brewster's life spins out of control in a dark world of treachery, passion and intrigue.