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The Emperor's Bones [PDF / EPUB] The Emperor's Bones Beautiful, headstrong and unconventional, Catherine Cabot is twenty years old when she arrives in ChinaAgainst an uneasy political background a bittersweet, triangular love affair develops between Cat Beautiful, headstrong and unconventional, Catherine Cabot is twenty years old when she arrives in ChinaAgainst an uneasy political background a bittersweet, triangular love affair develops between Catherine and Edmund and George Airton And all the while, she is trying to uncover the truth of her past, unaware of the danger this might pose to her Who is Henry Manners, the mysterious man who once wrote to her The Emperor's PDF \ mother, and who she knows now lives in China Running in parallel is the extraordinary story of Yu Fu kuei, a Chinese revolutionary working as a Communist spy She and Catherine met when they were at Oxford immediately after the Great War, and the friendship is deep and permanentAs the Japanese mass themselves on the borders, waiting for an excuse to invade, Catherine, ignorant of a history steeped in hatred, unwittingly becomes the perfect tool to settle the scores of two men who will stop at nothing to wreak their revenge And Yu Fu kuei discovers that love might be the strongest weapon that any warrior has.

    EPUB is an ebook file format borders, waiting for an excuse to invade, Catherine, ignorant of a history steeped in hatred, unwittingly becomes the perfect tool to settle the scores of two men who will stop at nothing to wreak their revenge And Yu Fu kuei discovers that love might be the strongest weapon that any warrior has."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 688 pages
  • The Emperor's Bones
  • Adam Williams
  • English
  • 23 September 2017
  • 0340828161

About the Author: Adam Williams

The son of a Hong Kong Taipan, Adam Williams was born and raised in Asia, though educated in the United Kingdom His family has been in China since the s and he has fulfilled his destiny by joining Jardine Matheson and rising to head its operations in China as well as those of Jardine Fleming He has undertaken an expedition by camel into the heart of the The Emperor's PDF \ Taklamaken Desert to seek the lost cities of the Silk Road, and having survived this, competed in the Rhino Charge He is also an OBE.



10 thoughts on “The Emperor's Bones

  1. says:

    It s taken me 9 months 10 days to finish reading this book and it s nothing compared to the historical background and description Mr Williams offers in this book When you have a story that s 736 pages long and is told over a decade set in a country on the verge of a revolution, then reading it one sitting must count for something right I m glad I took my time, cast the book aside and then returned to it, taking in as much as I could before doing something else.About the book Beautiful, heads It s taken me 9 months 10 days to finish reading this book and it s nothing compared to the historical background and description Mr Williams offers in this book When you have a story that s 736 pages long and is told over a decade set in a country on the verge of a revolution, then reading it one sitting must count for something right I m glad I took my time, cast the book aside and then returned to it, taking in as much as I could before doing something else.About the book Beautiful, headstrong and unconventional, Catherine Cabot is 20 years old when she arrives in China Against an uneasy political background, a bittersweet triangular love affair develops between Catherine, Edmund and George Airton and, all the while, she tries to uncover the truth behind her past.I loved the writing style, the long paragraphs the description of the characters and essentially though set in a period of war, opium trade, and espionage, this feltlike The heroine of the tale is Catherine Cabot, but she s got one friend Yu Fu Kuei too who I felt did help bring out Catherine s quick thinking and make hercalculative in trying to survive the war.On love, everyone desires Catherine The Russian, Lin, George Edmund Airton, William and the list is endless, but the one who gets her and cares less about her is George Their marriage is nothing but a business deal for him and she s the trophy wife who jumps when he commands and that pissed me off Her love for Edmund was the kind where he gave and she took and I kept wondering how much of it he d take this is the part where I admit that I am a hopeless romantic.Well, this book was like the Moby Dick whaleto me, because I kept meaning to finish reading it but somehow never did so and to admit that I ve read almost a hundred books since I started reading this goes to show something about the pace and the historical details within it

  2. says:

    The sequel to The Palace of Heavenly Pleasure, which was set in 1899 China Read the first novel while on sabbatical in Beijing, where I had a chance to hear an entertaining talk by the author, an Englishman whose family had lived and worked in China from the 1890 Though not a great fan on historical fiction, I rather enjoyed The Palace of Heavenly Pleasure, a guilty pleasure a bit like watching Korean historical drama The sequel is set in the battle between warlords in the 1920s It has a lar The sequel to The Palace of Heavenly Pleasure, which was set in 1899 China Read the first novel while on sabbatical in Beijing, where I had a chance to hear an entertaining talk by the author, an Englishman whose family had lived and worked in China from the 1890 Though not a great fan on historical fiction, I rather enjoyed The Palace of Heavenly Pleasure, a guilty pleasure a bit like watching Korean historical drama The sequel is set in the battle between warlords in the 1920s It has a large cast of British, Chinese, and Japanese characters, ranging from villainous to venial, foolish to heroic I was within 130 pages of finishing but got put off by the rape and torture Decided to give it onetry, easier once past the Nanking Outrage and Shanghai massacre of 1927 The final episodes were melodramatic, but brought the saga to a satisfying ending There is a useful afterword by Adam Williams about his sources historical and personal

  3. says:

    The Emperors Bonesby Adam WilliamsPublished in 2006 by Hodder Paperbacks, Hodder and Stoughton LondonISBN 9 780340 8281521Adam Williams author of The Palace of Heavenly Pleasure, The Dragon s Tail and The Book of the Alchemist is the fourth generation in his family living and working in China.The Emperors Bones, is a well researched, historical epic novel written by an author who has first hand knowledge of the psyche and customs of this intriguing land He has interwoven fact and fiction, taken The Emperors Bonesby Adam WilliamsPublished in 2006 by Hodder Paperbacks, Hodder and Stoughton LondonISBN 9 780340 8281521Adam Williams author of The Palace of Heavenly Pleasure, The Dragon s Tail and The Book of the Alchemist is the fourth generation in his family living and working in China.The Emperors Bones, is a well researched, historical epic novel written by an author who has first hand knowledge of the psyche and customs of this intriguing land He has interwoven fact and fiction, taken someone s ordinary life and thrown it into a tumble washer dryer then added a laundry list of political treachery, barbaric responses by arrogant, egocentric, power hungry warlords and revolutionaries to discover the emperors bones The story takes place in Northern China in places like Shanghai, Harbin, Tientsin, Peitiho, Mukden and Dairen If you ve not heard of these places you ll love the maps at the front of the book to help you navigate your way around this huge country.There is a prologue, epilogue and afterword All are essential to the enjoyment of this complex story I love the way chapter one opens with the heading Written from the Journal of William Lampsett, a Reuters correspondent 1922 Tientsin It begins with, The beauty of the countryside as nurse Cabot takes a minute s break only to contrast sharply with the dying, wounded inside the makeshift hospital She was an Englishwoman but the soldiers treated her like their own They called her the little ginger angel angelock.I often referred to the list of 80 characters set out in categories This included Marshal Chang Tso lin a warlord of Manchuria, General Chiang Kai shek leader of the Northern Expedition and would be president of China if it had not fallen to the Communists led by Mao Zedong Also, Major Yang counter intelligence, Yu Fu keui his mistress and revolutionary friend of Catherine Cabot Foreigners included Mikhail Borodin a Stalinist emissary and advisor to Dr Sun Yat sen who was the leader of the Nationalists, Henry Manners ex British intelligence now working for the Japanese, the Airtons a British family working for the Railways and their beautiful, headstrong Goddaughter Catherine Cabot, a nurse and veteran of the Great War As China teeters on the verge of civil war, Catherine Cabot is drawn into the struggle between warlords and Nationalists who are literally tearing each other apart Japan invades Catherine becomes a pawn of men who will stop at nothing to get revenge How Catherine found herself caught up in this war and went on to experience horrific events that she miraculously managed to survive is beyond normal understanding Meanwhile her ex pat British friends continued their lives like spectators looking but not seeing the horror across the road from their British or other foreign Concessions Lets not forget that the introduction and perpetuation of opium trade by Britain was the catalyst for this upheaval and tremendous loss of life Highly recommended all 717 pages, essential reading to make sense of China and the world Some wonderful love scenes and horrible recollections of man s inhumanity to prisoners of war

  4. says:

    English review below Ik vond dit boek minder leuk dan de vorige Hoewel er zeker nog spannende dingen gebeuren, vond ik het langzamer lezen en vond ik het moeilijk om er doorheen te komen De politieke bewegingen spelen een grotere rol in dit boek dan in de vorige, en de auteur probeert dingen uit te leggen, maar het was nog steeds te ingewikkeld voor mij plus, ik vond de Chinese Japanse namen moeilijk om te onthouden, hoe stom dat ook klinkt Sommige personages vond ik leuk, maar andere voe English review below Ik vond dit boek minder leuk dan de vorige Hoewel er zeker nog spannende dingen gebeuren, vond ik het langzamer lezen en vond ik het moeilijk om er doorheen te komen De politieke bewegingen spelen een grotere rol in dit boek dan in de vorige, en de auteur probeert dingen uit te leggen, maar het was nog steeds te ingewikkeld voor mij plus, ik vond de Chinese Japanse namen moeilijk om te onthouden, hoe stom dat ook klinkt Sommige personages vond ik leuk, maar andere voelde ik niets voor, en andere personages uit het vorige boek die ik daar wel leuk vond, vond ik hier minder leuk Er is minder overdreven seksueel geweld dan in het vorige boek als ik me goed herinner, maar het is nog steeds een donker boek Alles bij elkaar is het geen slecht boek, maar te gecompliceerd voor mij, en met te weinig personages die me wat deden I enjoyed this book less than the previous one While definitely some exciting things still happen, I had the feeling the pacing was slower and I had difficulty getting through it The political movements played a bigger role in this book than in the previous one, and while the author attempted to explain things, it was still too complicated for me plus, I couldn t keep track of the Chinese Japanese names, as stupid as that sounds I enjoyed some characters, but others just felt flat, and some characters I enjoyed in the previous book I came to dislike here There is less graphic sexual violence if I remember correctly, but this book is no less dark than the previous one The ending disappointed me somewhat All in all, it was not a bad book, but too complicated for me, and with too few characters that appealed to me

  5. says:

    Epic read Epilogue is fascinating Found structure tricky as multiple story lines running concurrently and each chapter takes about 90 minutes to read Just felt like too much story for a single book Reminds me of Wild Swans in terms of being an epic.

  6. says:

    A good story, but too long.

  7. says:

    I should probably start off by saying this is way outside of my usual genre I do enjoy historical fiction from time to time, but this was verging on literary in its style and I didn t get on with it at all in fact I DNF d it at roughly halfway 326 pages.I found it a very densely written book, with long sentences, long paragrahs, long passages of description without break Unfortuantely, though there were clearly some interesting things happening around the characters, they were described wi I should probably start off by saying this is way outside of my usual genre I do enjoy historical fiction from time to time, but this was verging on literary in its style and I didn t get on with it at all in fact I DNF d it at roughly halfway 326 pages.I found it a very densely written book, with long sentences, long paragrahs, long passages of description without break Unfortuantely, though there were clearly some interesting things happening around the characters, they were described with the same detachment as the settings or the history interludes To be fair, much of the description was very lyrically and beautifully written, but there was so much of it became unbeliveably wearing I couldn t engage with any of the characters because we were so often told what they thought, felt and did by the authorly voice of authority rather than really experiencing how they were affected by the events surrounding them When actual dialogue was involved, they had distinct, vivid voices but it was such a small portion of their time on page, it wasn t enough to shift the tone of the overall book.And despite this, it was clear the characters and their entanglements are suppose to be the focus of the book The politics, the civil war and espionage all serve a a backdrop to two sets of entangled lives a set of rather unpleasant ex pat socialites and their various often tawdry affairs, and a set of young Chinese men and women with varying degrees of association to the revolutionary cause The connections between the two groups are set up early on and their lives bounce off each other from time to time, but by the stage I gave up there was no clear sense of the stories coming together.I also found it very irritating the way extra points of view sould sometimes be dropped into the story People who aren t major players in either storyline would have one or two brief snatches of narrative attention which as far as I could see served the author s convenience rather than the story.So in summary Ugh If you re a fan of this style of historical fiction, don t let my experience put you off But if you re used to aimmediate, engaged style of writing, or if you re looking for something a bit different, or even if you ve been sucked in by a pretty cover and clever blurb guilty you have been warned Oh, also, the writing is tiny in this edition Those you could easily add another hundred or so pages to these 710 if they were printed like most books And I read big books with small print all the time

  8. says:

    I found the historical background of the novel quite magical set in the 19th Century and the storyline kept me interested throughout the whole novel The characters were well developed and you could easily be drawn into the storyline, becoming one of the characters easily.You can easily get the sense that the author has a deep knowledge and understanding of the country and also as we read this novel, we get educated in the politics of China in the 1920s You see that the author has done thorough I found the historical background of the novel quite magical set in the 19th Century and the storyline kept me interested throughout the whole novel The characters were well developed and you could easily be drawn into the storyline, becoming one of the characters easily.You can easily get the sense that the author has a deep knowledge and understanding of the country and also as we read this novel, we get educated in the politics of China in the 1920s You see that the author has done thorough research to write this novel and I can always appreciate the work of an author who goes through such length to produce quality novels for us to read I have read this over 700 page novel about two times.For my full review

  9. says:

    Normalmente me gustan los libros de ese estilo, al principio me enganch es decir, que os voy a decir era un tema que me gustaba Pero no pude encajar con los protagonistas, se que es una tonter a ya que las protagonistas son distintas a esas damas en apuros que se ven en muchos libros, pero esta vez no, esta vez he podido conseguir pasar de la p gina 200 me parece que llegue a la 200 o 198 y lo dej de lado Las protagonistas me parec an demasiado f ciles o que lo ten an todo por la bellez Normalmente me gustan los libros de ese estilo, al principio me enganch es decir, que os voy a decir era un tema que me gustaba Pero no pude encajar con los protagonistas, se que es una tonter a ya que las protagonistas son distintas a esas damas en apuros que se ven en muchos libros, pero esta vez no, esta vez he podido conseguir pasar de la p gina 200 me parece que llegue a la 200 o 198 y lo dej de lado Las protagonistas me parec an demasiado f ciles o que lo ten an todo por la belleza, y a veces la nica que me gustaba de las protagonistas, ten a tan poco protagonismo que nada m s parec a una secundaria

  10. says:

    This is a big book but do not let that put you off The story revolves around Catherine and her journey in China It takes in the brits in China and the unrest surrounding China in the 19th century It is very well written, the characters are so well drawn that you become immersed in the story His understanding of the country and its politics is excellent I have read this book at least three times and pick up something new each time, which is the best kind of book in my opinion.

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