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Snakehead

China Thriller, 4
Written by: Peter May
Narrated by: Peter Forbes
Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
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Publisher's Summary

The fourth China Thriller, from the million-selling Peter May - author of the Richard and Judy best seller The Blackhouse

Suffocated

A vehicle crammed with dozens of dead Chinese immigrants is found in Southern Texas. Pathologist Margaret Campbell must put aside her horror and find out why. 

Summoned

Detective Li Yan - an even more unwelcome memory for Campbell - has arrived stateside to investigate a link in the case to a lucrative trade in illegal labourers. 

Snakehead

Yan and Campbell will soon find that the crime scene hides another secret: a biological time bomb linking traffickers, politicians and migrants in Beijing, Washington and Texas - posing multiple countries one very singular threat. 

©2012 Peter May (P)2017 Quercus Editions Limited

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  • Pamela H.
  • 30-08-19

Margaret is the “ugly American” in print.

I keep reading this series because of the interesting plot lines. With each book I come to like Margaret less and less. So selfish and entitled to be mean and rude, disrespectful and argumentative. She has hints of a drinking problem so hopefully she’ll soften during her alcohol-free pregnancy.

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  • D. Archer
  • 18-11-17

Highly enjoyable

Really enjoyable book and series. The twists and turns, though in places predictable, are fast paced and give the reader new philosophical and scientific avenues to explore and question within themselves. The love story lines are certainly not May's strongest areas of writing and characters are often squarely fixed into their stereotypes, but he provides a great piece of escapism for all to enjoy.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-10-19

Not very good at all

Had been pushing on with this series but did not like this one at all. Although I feel like the romance aspect has been played out a bit too long, I started to notice that some of the language used to describe the lead female had become a bit gratuitous and salacious. Also, while none of the stories have been exactly realistic, this just felt like a total parody- predictable to the last. So that’s it.

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  • Ms
  • 25-05-18

okay, just confirmed my view of the China series

A very boring and predictable story. The character of Margaret has become rather pathetic and unbelievable, an insult to professional women working in male-dominated work environments. The relationship between Margaret and Lee is unrealistic and the sexual encounter using the horse analogy was cringeworthy.
I've listened to the early China stories and as they have progressed I've become more and more irritated by the characters and their unbelievable behavioural characteristics and stupidity.

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  • Mrs S K de Verenne
  • 07-04-20

Good series

Have really enjoyed the whole series and the delivery is very good.
Though a strange tale to read during the coronavirus epidemic it’s still a very good tale.

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  • E. Umbers
  • 02-03-20

Great Listen

Thoroughly enjoyed all of the China Series. This is another great listen from author Peter May and brilliant narration from Peter Forbes.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-03-20

Disappointed

I've 'read' the preceding books in The China series and enjoy the pacy narrative and the performance but, even though this book is very apposite, I immediately guessed the 'baddie' and the trigger. I thought they were really obvious from very early on. It won't stop me listening to more Peter May books though.

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  • Andrea Edan
  • 08-02-20

A story with 2020 relevance

This book was first published nearly 20 years ago in 2002 and yet it seems to be particularly relevant in the light of the current Coronavirus scare. This possibly makes it a more scary read than if it was read when originally published. Makes you admire the predictive imagination of the author more than ever. The story is fast paced almost to the extent that the time span that the events take place and the distances between the different locations that the characters find themselves in, don't quite make sense. Seems that Texas and Washington are round the corner from each other rather than 1,500 miles away. Nevertheless it is a good story. Not sure why Peter Forbes with his Scottish accent was the chosen narrator since the characters were American, South American and Chinese respectively. Perhaps because he is the narrator of choice for most of Peter May's books?

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  • Marion
  • 01-10-19

Snakehead chills

In light of recent events this book sends chills to the spine. Germ warfare makes scary reading. Slightly disappointed how the romance limps along and parts of the story very predictable at times but nevertheless a good read.

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  • L M Brown
  • 24-08-19

Excellent

Very enjoyable and gripping. Good story we listened to it in only a few days! Can't wait to listen to the next one!

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  • stephen thompson
  • 15-05-19

Another excellent book

loved it. my favourite author. brilliant series of books. narration also brilliant. A scary thought the spread of a virus!