Title: Three Gorges Dam
Author: Thomas V Harris
My Rating: 2/5 stars
CHINA’S WESTERN FRONTIER IS A POWDER KEG.
ITS BUDDHIST AND MUSLIM MINORITIES ARE ABOUT TO LIGHT THE FUSE.
Michael Brannigan and the People’s Republic of China are concluding a triumphant week. The PRC’s top energy consultant has fallen in love with Australian geophysicist Kylie Ryan while traveling in Xinjiang Province. President Lao Ming is in Beijing hosting a game-changing summit with the United States. CNN is broadcasting the new reality: the Communist juggernaut has surpassed the US.
Brannigan’s train is retracing Marco Polo’s historic journey. When the Silk Road Express reaches the Far East’s Far West, his team of engineers will assist the Chinese in developing the world’s richest oil fields. Brannigan is heading deeper into the Taklamakan Desert as President Lao’s motorcade approaches the end of its parade route. In a few hours, Lao will celebrate his victory in the Hall of Purple Light.
All that changes in two blinks of an eye. China’s Young Turks and Fighting Monks rock the country. Caught up in the violence, Brannigan’s love affair meets a tragic end. The Reds and rebels engage in an escalating cycle of provocations and reprisals. In the midst of the turmoil, Brannigan returns to China for a hush-hush assignment at Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest hydroelectric facility. There he overcomes his demons and finds lasting happiness. Everything is coming up aces.
UNTIL THE UNTHINKABLE HAPPENS.
First of all, my deepest thanks to both the author and Smith Publicity for sending me a copy to review!
Sadly, this didn’t end up being my cup of tea. While I do enjoy political intrigue and stories with interesting settings, this book was too technical for me to enjoy fully. It didn’t feel like a story so much as a news report.
The author wrote well enough until it came to the dialogue, which is where things got dicey. That’s not to say the dialogue was bad, but the way it was formatted was incredibly confusing, making it difficult to know who exactly was speaking at any given moment. We could have an entire page full of dialogue with absolutely no indicators like, Brannigan said, etc.
That’s not to say others who enjoy politically-charged books with cultural infusion won’t find much to love about Three Gorges Dam. You can tell Harris did plenty of research for his story and it shines through. Sadly, it just wasn’t something I could get into.