Beatrix needs cash to pay for the search for Isabella. When she rescues a local man from a brutal beating in a Kowloon karaoke bar, she ends up finding moneymaking opportunities in the local underworld. The triads have a need for a woman with her particular skills, but when the boss goes too far, he has to pay the price. In a breakneck-paced roller coaster of action, Beatrix discovers that danger lurks in the unlikeliest of places, and nothing is as it seems.
Mark Dawson has worked as a lawyer and currently works in the London film industry. His first books, The Art of Falling Apart and Subpoena Colada, have been published in multiple languages. He is currently writing three series. The John Milton series features a disgruntled assassin who aims to help people to make amends for the things that he has done. The Beatrix Rose series features the headlong fight for justice of a wronged mother - who happens to be an assassin - against the six names on her kill list.
Soho Noir is set in the West End of London between 1940 and 1970. The first book in the series, The Black Mile, deals with the (real-life but little known) serial killer who operated in the area during the Blitz. The Imposter traces the journey of a criminal family through the period; it has been compared to The Sopranos in austerity London.
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By Sylv Sheehan on 21-01-16
What made the experience of listening to The Hong Kong Stories the most enjoyable?
I loved the hero being female, and a mercenary. The story was fast paced. It was also interesting to imagine the setting of Hong Kong.
What other book might you compare The Hong Kong Stories to, and why?
Lee Child's Jack Reacher series
Which scene did you most enjoy?
When she infiltrates and deals with the baddies!
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
Thrilling, suspense with some sensitivity
Any additional comments?
This is the first book I have read/listened to from this author, and I really enjoyed it. I will be reading others.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By Wayne on 17-12-15
People who cross Beatrix Rose die!
This audiobook is a compilation of three novellas previously available only in Kindle ebook format: White Devil, Nine Dragons , and Dragon Head. Mark Dawson's John Milton series and Beatrix Rose series are somewhat intertwined. Both Milton and Rose worked for a British government assassin agency before Milton quit and the agency decided to kill Beatrix Rose and her husband. The agency also kidnapped their four year old daughter Isabella. Rose's husband was killed and their daughter kidnapped, but Beatrix escaped to Hong Kong where she went underground while searching for years for her daughter.
The 3 novel Beatrix Rose series starts after she has found Isabella and sets out to get revenge with the agency employees who betrayed her. The novels in the series are In Cold Blood, Blood Moon Rising, and Blood and Roses. The three novellas in this audiobook cover Rose's early years in Hong Kong after her husband is killed and her daughter is kidnapped.
The best place to start with the overlapping Milton and Rose series is definitely the first two Milton novellas followed by the next few Milton novels in order. Then listen to In Cold Blood, Blood Moon Rising, and Blood and Roses in strict order. The Hong Kong Stories will not make sense if listened to first. Finally, Dawson released the first novel in the Isabella Rose series recently. It is best listened to after Blood and Roses.
British author Mark Dawson writes great espionage/suspense thrillers. This audiobook is superb.
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By JC on 15-08-18
Great series, great groundwork
This was a really great story. I thoroughly enjoyed it. This is the Beatrix Rose that I have come to enjoy. Later in the series, she becomes rather stubborn. Slavin and Dawson do a wonderful job teaming up on this series. I would recommend this book for sure.