Fortune Cookie (Unabridged)
A love story set against the wretched trade in drugs and human misery operating during the Vietnam War.
It's the 1960s and the world of advertising is coming alive - and it's an exciting world to be part of. Simon Wong, a Chinese-Australian and promising young advertising executive, is sent to Singapore to establish an office.
He finds himself thrust into an environment that is at once strangely familiar and profoundly different; one where the rules that govern behaviour - both in business and in personal life - differ wildly from what he is used to. And where all is not what it appears to be.
Under the veneer of the commercial world lie some shocking truths - of people smuggling, drug trafficking and murder. And Mercy B. Lord, the woman Simon falls for, is caught up in it. From wartime Asian comfort houses to CIA spy rings, Bryce Courtenay takes us on a thrilling journey with a great love story at its heart.
Fortune Cookie a touch of irony.
Not the biggest Bryce Courtney Fan the title and description seemed worth a read/listen so I purchased this and was enveloped and encapsulated from the very first stanza to the last sentence.
A great story line that captured the imagination and took me to places of mystery and intrigue.
Well researched despite being a work of fiction had me believing that the story could well have been factual and assimilated historical truths with a feeling of the times and the generations that transpired during the telling of this tale.
What I am trying to say is that this is one not just for the Bryce Courtney faithful but for all lovers of modern literature of mystery,espionage,intrigue and romance.
Worth taking the time to read/listen as it was worth taking the time to give this a 5 star review!
Pretty good- but annoyingly repetitive towards the end
We had a few long car rides and really loved the beginning 2 thirds of this book.
The characters, insight and history were all very interesting. We looked forward to each listening session.
Sadly it got towards the end and it was so repetitive; constantly recapping the story we already knew - and reminding us of information that we had just heard. This took away from the overall story because we got so annoyed!
If it had been edited we would have loved it.