so did you really get an advanced copy? I have liked the stories I have read by him. For the first time in my life the other night, I clicked a facebook ad because it said there was an excerpt from the novel. But I think they lied. I never found the excerpt, anyway. Which makes me even less likely to buy the book. But I am interested in reading it. Wish he didn’t use performance enhancing drugs while writing tho.
However, I think the reviews could just as well apply to Tao’s novel.
“A fabulous epic of the Far East that will disturb and excite you…a thrilling and enticing tale of adventure and human relationships…dramatic episodes, exotic vignettes and heady descriptive passages.” –Baltimore Sun
“Clavell is, as always, a matchless tale-spinner.”—Cosmopolitan
“Every five or six years there appears on the horizon a book so vast in scope, so peopled with bold, colorful characters, it eclipses other efforts…. Such a book is Tai-Pan.”—Pittsburgh Press
“Grand entertainment…packed with action…gaudy and flamboyant with blood and sin, treachery and conspiracy, sex and murder…fresh and vigorous.” —New York Times