What does Oliver Wind, the book’s main character, value more than life itself? When his daughter disappears during a modeling assignment in China, he battles his own demons, a faithless wife, and a profession which accused him of inappropriate conduct with a patient, to rescue the one thing worth saving. An ordinary man battles extraordinary enemies-- a general, a software baron, and a beautiful but lethal Wudan warrior--to honor the call for help.
Almost daily we are reminded in the news about our economic woes and troubles—unemployment, default, real estate distress. Just as often is mentioned China’s remarkable economic growth and boom. These stories usually do not call attention that China is a police state with enormous social problems and tension.
This book, a harbinger of future threats, is not afraid to face a fuller picture of China and its social problems. I started writing this book before Dolly was cloned, before Pakistan exploded a nuclear bomb, and before the Chinese downed our surveillance plane and held our crew captive. The cover story on the Asian Newsweek, April 2, 2001, edition describes the crime wave of the kidnapping of women as a result of the gender imbalance in China. Much of what was fiction when I started this book has become fact.