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The plot is easily summarized. An "old China hand" -- Professor Rowden -- takes a group of characters to contemporary China, attempting to return a rather annoying piece of Jade (the Jade Owl of the title) to it's proper place. That the Jade Owl doesn't really belong to the "hero" -- Nick Battle -- adds some excitement and lots of spice to the story.
This book is not for those who are easily shocked, or anyone who holds academia as sacred. In this book, "surprises flew like pigeon crap from a gargoyle." and a "high fashioned chanteuse" is almost normal, even though the chanteuse is very gay. When I reached the end of The Jade Owl I was very surprised to realize how much I cared about the characters. I was also surprised to discover I had been following the plot from the very first page! (Actually, I was surprised to realize it had a plot...) The Jade Owl challenged my prejudices and enhanced my vocabulary while providing me with many hours of small giggles. I will be inflicting The Jade Owl on several of my stodgy friends this Christmas!
Patterson's masterful story deals with an amazing 'work of art' The Jade Owl, commissioned by Empress Wu, and with its charmer/creator, became the stuff legends are made of from the Middle Kingdom on in China's impressive legends. It is not only a magnificent piece of art, but a metaphysical power that can enchant and destroy.
A group of Sinologists from San Francisco become part of The Jade Owl's destiny, including Dr. Rowden Gray, and Nick Battle, son of Grey's former mentor. Nick takes Dr. Gray to Chinatown - the ancient relic The Jade Owl still exists! Battle takes Gray to a club and Gray meets Nick's love, Simone DeLefleurry, or Simon as some may call him. So starts the beginnings of great friendships that encompass continents. The China Hands that were born to find the stuff of legends and must right the laws of ch'i before the Jade Owl and its destructive power literally change life as we know it.
Patterson is a well known sinologist who has taken the legends of China and breathed life into them in a non-stop Indiana Jones meets the Great Wall of China type of adventure. It is an amazing trek into the world of China and its people and history, and a series of love stories.
As a fledgling writer, I am always amazed the brilliance of someone's writing where a complex story is not only told with beauty, but each sentence seems touched by a poetic gleam.
The Jade Owl, like Gary Val Tenuta's The Ezekiel Code, is riveting and unforgettable.
Mr. Patterson is a prolific writer, and those works I have been honored to read so far have been told with grace and power.
May The Jade Owl hoot in your ear and have you ordering your copy.
The book, the Chinese mythology, the friendships are all truly magical. You will be recommending Edward C. Patterson's books to anyone asking if you happen to know any good books to read -
Patterson is a literary force to be reckoned with - much like his metaphysical forces - ethereal as the wind, yet as powerful.
He passionately guides through the country and his history. The arrival at Gui-lin, the snow at Bei-jing, the crowded Shang-hai during the Lantern Festival, his love for China and the Chinese culture pours from every sentence and you can't help but fall in love too.
I truly enjoyed being in the company of Rowden, Nick Battle, and the wonderful and unique Simone.
Brilliantly written and highly recommended !
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