Businesswomen in China get even less respect than they do in the US. Katarina Minola doesn’t like it. When Kate discovers someone stealing power from her firm’s Xinjiang Province NAP site in China’s and disrupting China’s military communications, Kate’s father Bennie and his old Army buddy Luca, who started the Shanghai company together with Kate’s ‘Uncle Mike’, decide to bring in Luca’s son, Pete, to help solve the problem. Kate doesn’t like that either. Kate and Pete are two halves of a critical mass. As Kate wrestles Pete’s Bull-In-A-Chinatown personality through Chinese social and business customs, Pete wrestles with Kate’s problem. Kate’s two new clients are even stranger than her NAP site problems. Set in Shanghai and Xinjiang Province, the novel weaves the very real possibilities of a plot to control China’s future based on the knotty relationships of duty and business that bind China’s social and business worlds.
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I was transported to Shanghai!
Yes, one of my favorite authors, and yes, sometimes, they are not all perfect. But this one ... I can't help but fall in love with Dinlocker's storytelling all over again. Each time I sit to read his words, his stories, I find myself engrossed so deeply, and this time, I was transported to Shanghai. A mystery of secret coded messages, with the Chinese government trying to take over. God even steps in to create the connection between Kate and Pete, but he doesn't need to intervene, since it's already there. I love this story from beginning to end. Not just the story but the words that flow across the page, the intrigue, the humor, and the great characters. Highly recommended.