Sunday, February 9, 2014

China Jewel Book Review

I have a really great Mystery/Drama book to share with you called China Jewel written by Thomas Hollyday.
Media around the world cover an inspiring and beautiful ocean race as international tall ships once again sail the ancient tea trade route to China. Yet, beneath the bright sails hide evil and treachery as the competitors sabotage and even murder each other to win the billion dollar prize.  
An American entry, the Peregrine, a replica of a famous Nineteenth Century clipper built in the same small Maryland shipyard, is tarnished by rumors. Claims are made that the original Peregrine was involved in criminal activities as well as the violent theft of a famous Chinese jewel and the brutal death of a young girl.  
Jim Cutter, Peregrine race director and his friend professor Katy Marbury research the true story of the ship's past. They constantly risk their lives as they uncover a tale which may affect the future of modern China, all the time knowing they are targeted by an unseen enemy.  
Then far at sea, the Peregrine mysteriously disappears. Cutter must find and rescue the ship against impossible odds. Tough former soldier that he is, he must still conquer his recurring personal demon. His only son is aboard. He deserted his son once before and he fears he will fail him again.
I wasn't sure if I was going to like this book because it's about sailing boats and I don't really know a whole lot about them, but I decided to give it a shot, if nothing more to change up the type of book I have been reading.

Once I got into the plot of this book, it became fascinating and then the mysteries started happening and it grabbed ahold of me! I love a good mystery and trying to figure out which other competitor it was that was trying to bring down Bill Johnson and his team brought me back to my first love of books, Mystery/Thrillers.

It's one thing after another with a little bit of romance on the side for the main character, Cutter. His first wife left him and took their son while on assignment in Africa. She returned home to South America and his son didn't see him again until he joined the sailing crew that was going to compete in the race across the ocean to China.

And then there is the mystery about the boat itself and where it's namesake came from and what happened to it in 1840. What a story! It will drag you in bit by bit until you want to know who the culprits are and what happened back in 1840. Will the mystery surrounding a murder finally come to light? Will Cutter lose his only child in this race? Does Cutter finally find someone who understands him and accepts him for who he is?

Happy Reading!

About the Author:
Thomas Hollyday (1942-present) was born in Easton, Maryland. His father was an acclaimed photographer and his mother a brilliant teacher.His father's family were active in the history of Maryland since its settlement while his mother's family were prominent in Democratic Party politics. His grandmother's family descended from a well known German industrial family of Baltimore.

He grew up in the southern atmosphere of the Eastern Shore with its maritime and military heritage. He studied writing with Elliott Coleman at the prestigious Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars and with C.Michael Curtis of the Atlantic Monthly. He served with distinction in Vietnam and became a successful international businessman.He also drew illustrations for national magazines and published maritime and Civil War history. He currently edits the Wet Their Whistles newsletter for animal water rights (

He draws the popular humorous Animal Viewpoint Cartoons for newspapers. He continues to please his fans with new novels in his River Sunday Romance Mysteries collection. In his fiction he describes his recurring theme that human settlers since prehistoric times in the Chesapeake region have left a mist of legend and history that permeates its modern stories with a certain compelling truth. At the same time he incorporates the stories of machines with those of their human owners.

Each novel, located in the small town of River Sunday, Maryland, also records the continuing beautiful nature of the area. His writing portrays today's problems, conflicts, and memorable local characters with their loves and their combat with evil.
Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.


angel d said...

yes i find them intersting

Liza Vladyka said...

yes <3 to read

Anita Yancey said...

I do like reading books that share some history with the story. This book sounds like a great read. Thanks for having the giveaway.


LynneF1985 said...

Love the history when the details are (mostly) accurate. Gets annoying when the information is obviously fake or inaccurate.