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Qi (Richard Ireton Series, Book 1) Hardcover – October 1, 2005

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"I couldn't put it down and was utterly fascinated by its descriptions of Chinese culture. This book is Recommended." -- ChristianFictionReview.com

About the Author

David Aikman is an award-winning print and broadcast journalist with wide knowledge and deep experience of the politics and religion of China.  He served more than two decades as a foreign correspondent with TIME Magazine, reporting from five continents on many dramatic world events.  Most recently, he authored Jesus in Beijing, How Christianity Is Transforming China and Changing the World Balance of Power and the best-seller A Man of Faith: The Spiritual Journey of George W. Bush.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: B&H Books (October 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805432930
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805432930
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,500,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"David Aikman's QI (which apparently is pronounced "chee") is a

suspenseful tour through the violent secret society underworld of

contemporary south China as a fictional coup is about to break in

Guangzhou out that will bring war with Taiwan. The hero fills a

rather unlikely professional role -- he's a journalist -- but as he

gets drawn inexorably into the coils of a complicated political plot,

he's every bit as interesting as your average thriller protagonist.

Of course, there IS a CIA character in the book, who's not the

derring-do type and more of a frustrated bureaucrat. There's also a

luscious Filipina girlfriend, who annoyingly for our hero Richard

Ireton, is infected with a dose of religion by a nosy African-American

missionary in Hong Kong and won't share her favors with him. That

produces some sparks, of course.

I read this book in two nights and couldn't put it down. In

addition to the fascinating story, I found author Aikman had packed in

a lot of really interesting stuff about China. On the whole, though,

the thought kept coming to me: Hollywood has gotta turn this into a

movie."
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The author of QI builds up the plot slowly and then proceeds to unravel the mystery through a maze of intrigue, triads, corruption in high places and a misguided plot to redress all China's ills and past humiliations in one coup. Aikman draws from his rich repertoire as Time Magazine correspondent and his knowledge of the area. To me the book was like a symphony with its various movements. The first movement was allegro when the hero, Richard Ireton, an American correspondent based in Hong Kong was sent to China by his Bureau Chief to search for a missing American friend of his. Packaged in between we have a couple of other movements, andante and moderato, unfolding more intrigue, danger, murder and treachery. Each movement however is inter-connected until the grand finale, when it builds up to quite an amazing crescendo. The pace picks up and we end on a high vivace. Lively and fast. It's the sort of book which is hard to put down. One cannot read it in a rush as it is full of insightful information and little nuggets of interesting background fillers on China's history, culture, people and customs.

I can't wait for the movie and hopefully the sequel.

N. Sanders
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Qi. If you're a Scrabble player, then you've just found a new word to use with your "Q" tile that doesn't require the accompanying "U." That little nugget just might come in handy during your next late night round of the classic board game with friends. But even if you're more suited for Trivial Pursuit or Scattegories or oh-so-random conversations with friends, "qi" might be a term to keep in your back pocket.

The word "qi" is actually pronounced "chee" and is used to describe the inner energy or life force that accompanies a person as well as the universe as a whole. Qigong, a derivative of qi, is an ancient Chinese spiritual and mystical practice. This is the unusual title that David Aikman chose to kick off his new fiction series based on the adventures of Richard Ireton, an American journalist whose profession reflects Aikman's real life work.

In this slow-starting but eventually fast-moving book, Richard Ireton is the bureau chief in Hong Kong for a successful news magazine known as Epoch (which rings a bit too true to Aikman's work with Time). Ireton is suddenly sent to Guangzhou, a Chinese province near Hong Kong, to look for a missing American named Chuck McHale. During his investigation, he encounters a wave of anti-Americanism and talk of a coup that traces back to the Grand Master of Qigong. Corrupt military leaders, the mafia and an underground criminal group known as the Triad are involved. But if that weren't enough, Ireton must also navigate a rather bumpy start to the relationship with his new girlfriend, Trish, as well as brief encounters with a sharp but kind Christian missionary and a few individuals involved in the underground church.
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Mr. Aikman displays deep and intimate knowledge of China, having lived and reported there for quite a few years. His works, especially this one and "Jesus in Beijing," should be more widely known. He writes very well, and with an interesting economy of words (holding the reader's interest well), no doubt at least partly due to his experience as a journalist. The book was delivered very quickly and was in new condition.
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