Hong Kong. The British administration is preparing to hand the capitalist colony back to Communist China with the minimum of fuss.
Colonel Joel Tyler, however, has other plans for the British colony - plans that involve four Vietnam War veterans and a spectacular mission making use of their unique skills.
But while the vets are preparing to take the country by storm, their paymaster, Anthony Chung, puts the final touches to an audacious betrayal. The future of Hong Kong is at stake . . .
PRAISE FOR STEPHEN LEATHER
'A master of the thriller genre'
'A writer at the top of his game'
'In the top rank of thriller writers'
Five Vietnam War vets--pilots, mechanics and seasoned soldiers--are brought together in Vietnam for what they think is a reconciliation program. What they don't know is that they are about to be involved in a bank heist on a grand scale. But in this intricately plotted novel by the author of The Chinaman , politics--from Tiananmen Square to China's reacquisition of Hong Kong in 1997--are the true motivating factors. The instigator of the crime is an expatriate Chinese named Anthony Chung who enlists the ruthless soldier-of-fortune Col. Joel Tyler to recruit and train the veterans. The vets, for various reasons (only one of them money), agree to participate in what they believe will be the robbery of the Hong Kong racetrack, though the real caper is to be an audacious helicopter attack on the Kowloon and Canton bank. Convincing descriptions of Hong Kong's criminal and sexual underworld, a fine and humane dialogue between war veterans from both sides and graphic descriptions of the victims of