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The Shadow (In the Shadow of the Dragon) (Volume 1) Paperback – December 29, 2012
About the Author
I was born July 23, 1950 in Namur, Belgium. I spent my childhood in Florenville, a charming village in the south of Belgium. After a diverse educational background (others would call erratic!) I began studying civil engineering and then realized that it did not suit me at all, I studied Political Science and International Relations at the University of Brussels. I love to travel which has led me to visit a significant part of our planet, favoring the discovery of other people and respect for local cultures. I had the opportunity to discover the United States, China, in most European countries, but also North Africa, a trip that remains almost as a nightmare for me. I worked in many sectors including rural development and education. Since 1996 I work in the social sector, mainly focusing on literacy for low level skilled people. For over ten years I develop European projects in this field. I came late to writing, I should say to the publication of my writings because I feel I have always written. In the Shadow of the Dragon is my first novel. Others are in preparation, in particular a thriller that will feature some of the characters from "In the Shadow of the Dragon." After ten years in Brittany, I currently live with my partner in Bordeaux, a region very interesting in many ways
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So says Xiao Yu, a young Chinese girl, in the wake of the Tiananmen Square massacre.
Written by an author who has clearly spent some time in the country, `The Shadow 1 ( In The Shadow Of The Dragon )' allows us a disturbing look behind the bamboo curtain, at the stark reality of life in a totalitarian state. The ordinary Chinese people are described as being naturally friendly, but are nervous, suspicious, afraid of the government. Here the mere association with a suspected `enemy of the state' can result in removal to a `correctional facility'. At times the story reads like something from Alexander Solzhenitsyn, and has the same power to shock and horrify. But `The Shadow' is all the more frightening because this is the political system which is in the process of establishing itself as the foremost economy on the planet.
I found Francis Laveaux's novel illuminating, fascinating and ultimately quite disturbing. This is a rough diamond of a book which carries a few pesky typos, but could make quite an impact if it were professionally edited and formatted.
I give Francis Laveaux’s novel FOUR STARS for educating his readers on the difficult subject of life in China.
It is about its people, good and bad, and the terror so like other dictatorships throughout history. It is also about relationships and the choices they face.
I don't give spoilers but will say that this is well written and worth reading for those who enjoy this kind of book.