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THE CHINESE SPYMASTER 
by Hock G. Tjoa

Writing a spy story is always much harder than any other type of “who-done-it” thriller or mystery novel. In order for a spy story to be believable, the characters and the plot have to be built on a background that is based on accurate geo-political, social, and historical references. It takes much research in the world of the “real spy masters” in order to create authentic characters and a plot that is exciting and that makes sense at the same time. It is probably not a coincidence that most of the famous authors in this genre had, at some point in their lives, professional experiences in the intelligence field.

When I was in my early twenties, I was a real “spy fiction fan” and I probably read most of the classics in this genre. Reading “The Chinese Spymaster” by Hock G. Tjoa brought back the joy that I felt in my youth. This book has all the earmarks of the true spy thriller. It is a page-turner destined to become a bestseller, and I would be really surprised if it doesn’t.

The writing style, the flow of the story, introduction and development of the complex characters, intense and multilayered plot with exciting twists and turns, original setting of the story - everything about this novel is a compliment to a wordsmith’s craft.

Because of the nature and the volume of the Indie publishing, it is not very often to come across a book that is perfect by all publishing standards and written by an independent author. “The Chinese Spymaster” by Hock G. Tjoa is one of those books and it is with real pleasure that I recommend it to the readers.

Review by Stevan V. Nikolic

Paperback, 220 pages
Published October 1st 2013
by Createspace 
ISBN13: 9781492791522
Edition language: English

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