Description - Two Tigers, One Mountain by Bruce Venables
There can only be one winner in a battle. A truce, the Chinese say, merely delays the inevitable. In Korea, two brothers fight on opposing sides in a war where black-market profiteering is rife, and patriotism and honour have lost their meanings. When they depart the battlefield, one is a hero, the other a traitor. One brother, General Lee Kwan Man-hop, returns to the volatile political climate of Beijing and an uncertain future in the communist Peoples Republic of China. The other, Wing Commander James Merchant RAF, goes home to Hong Kong to restore a family business. Through China's turbulent years of the 1950s and '60s, Lee Kwan fights to protect his family from brutal oppression, while in Hong Kong, James Merchant's family empire is in danger of disintegrating. Strong women, the lovers of powerful men, join in the fight for its preservation, and indeed their own, as the Noble House of Merchant becomes a house divided. A house plagued with treachery and haunted by tales of a long-lost fortune in gold, supposedly the bequest of an illegal, secret, triad society.
From the Korean War to the Cultural Revolution, Two Tigers, One Mountain is the long-awaited sequel to The Time of the Dragons and a dramatic story of a family dynasty on a violent course to destruction. From Hong Kong to London; from the foreign embassies of war-torn Seoul to the far-east elegance of Singapore; from the narrow lanes of Bejing slums, to the famous banking houses of Geneva, Two Tigers, One Mountain, like an opiate dream, is a fabulous tale of the Orient.
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(182mm x 88mm x 41mm)
Publisher: Random House Australia
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Author Biography - Bruce Venables
Bruce Venables was born in Hobart and was a member of the Tasmanian Police Force. In 1976 he joined the Royal Hong Kong police as an Inspector. He served in the Hong Kong Marine Police as a launch commander and in the Tactical Unit as a platoon commander. In 1984 Bruce took up residence in Sydney and began his career as a writer of film and television scripts. He is also well known to Australian audiences as an actor. His first novel, A Necessary Evil, was published in 1995; his collection of poetry, The Spirit of The Bush, was published in 2003; and his two-part saga of Hong Kong, Two Tigers One Mountain and The Time of the Dragons was recently published. Bruce lives at the Central Coast, NSW, and is married to best- selling novelist and actress, Judy Nunn. They have two dogs, Lucy and Baxter.