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The Emperor's Prey by [Han, Jeremy]
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China, 1420: The Emperor Yongle never forgot that eighteen years ago, he failed to kill the man whose throne he usurped: his own nephew. Fearful of revenge, he sends his dreaded secret service, the Eastern Depot, to conclude the bloody episode. The problem is, the fugitive has disappeared into the vastness of the Ming Empire.

Ji Gang, the ruthless, cunning head of the Eastern Depot has never failed before. Can he find a man lost in the mist of time and kill him? With time against him, a secret, powerful network protecting the lost emperor, and an escape plan way beyond his imagination, this mission could be his downfall.

Déjà vu. Zhao Qi is summoned to rescue Jianwen again after delivering the fugitive emperor to safety eighteen years ago. The chief bodyguard seeks those loyal to Jianwen for one last mission. Except this time, he realises that besides loyalty, his teammates have a different agenda. Can he trust them with his life and the emperor’s as they play a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with the empire’s deadliest assassins?

A tale based on the mystery surrounding the fate of the Jianwen Emperor after the civil war of 1402, The Emperor’s Prey is a story of loyalty between friends, courage to love and freedom from injustice.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9d69827c) out of 5 stars 13 reviews
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bf3ae64) out of 5 stars Too many Kung Fu movies and not enough research March 8 2013
By Mr J K Purcell - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The book reads more like a draft than a finished work. In addition to the lack of editing, the confusingly mixed metaphors and misquotes it is riddled with anachronisms. Corn in China during this period? Tea from Ceylon in this period? Chillies in China in the 1400s? The list goes on and on. It is astonishing that this rough draft was published as it is.

If you enjoy literature or (like me) have only a basic knowledge of history this book may dissapoint. This could have been a great book if it was edited (no I don't mean spell check!) and contained suppoting argument for its more controversial elements. The author is clearly talented and driven but lacks the resource to produce a finished work.

The price is too high.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ba450cc) out of 5 stars Entertainingly educational Nov. 16 2012
By mustard seed - Published on
Format: Paperback
An interesting story to explore on what could have been for the ousted emperor Jian wen. I was curious how a fictional story could be written around true historical events. I was pleasantly surprised by the well thought plots, circling the central key historical figures, with additional fictional chacracters to bring depth and excitement to the story. He maintained the important elements of history and still able to reconcile the fiction with history in the end.

My favourite part has to be weaving in explorer, Admiral Zheng He (like Colombus, Marco Polo), into the story, somewhat exploring the rumour of the purpose of his voyages- spoiler alert. I shall not reveal too much, but you should go read it up yourself. All I can say is, I like the development of the characters, both fictional and historical. It sets good ground to appreciate the emotions, fear and understanding of them, which adds on to the reading pleasure of the book.

Be it you are a kung fu, historical, chinese, fictional or non-fictional reader, this book pretty much offers them all. The bonus is that I learnt more about the Chinese history, and actually started to google these historical figures after I have read the book. You can say it is educational in a way, but unlike educational stuff, this is definitely entertaining. I like to see it as learning the fun way.

This book will make good Christmas presents for some of my friends. I wish it had a Chinese translation for my Chinese-speaking friends though, I am sure they will enjoy it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ba4530c) out of 5 stars A worthy adventure Feb. 17 2013
By Ionia Froment - Published on
Format: Paperback
I haven't seen many books written that focus on this subject matter and this period of history, and the ones I have seen don't even come close to this one. If you are the kind of reader that wants excitement and adventure in your book, then you will be immediately fascinated with Emperor's Prey. Jeremy Han has written a martial-arts fantasy filled with realistic fight scenes, thrilling descriptions and a full cast of interesting characters.

While this is not my usual reading material, this book was well written and kept my attention. This is the kind of book that you need to clear some quiet time in your day for. Once you begin reading, you won't want to do anything else.

The only minor issue I had with this book was that some of the character names are similar and I found it hard to keep them separate.

Otherwise, I thought this was a fast paced, intelligently written historical read and would recommend it to anyone that loves action packed adventures.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ba45588) out of 5 stars I've really enjoyed this book Aug. 18 2014
By Steven A. McKay - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I've really enjoyed this book. It's different to any other historical fiction I've read, being based in China and often it reads like an 80's martial arts movie (which is no bad thing, they knew how to make a good movie in the 80's!).
The characters are interesting, the plot exciting and wonderfully researched and overall it's just a great read.
I don't have much time to read these days so long books like this are hard for me to get through. In my opinion the author should split this into two books and sell them for half the price.
Overall though, if you're looking for something that isn't Roman or medieval then you should check this out.
HASH(0x9ba4587c) out of 5 stars Swashbuckler with great attention to historical detail Nov. 28 2012
By siangrila - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is a great historical fiction with loads of swashbuckling Chinese kungfu action especially towards the end! It hooked my attention and wouldn't let me go, right from the start, and even the notes were captivating.

I am an art historian familiar with the Ming dynasty period, and what I really enjoyed about Jeremy's book were the small details about the material culture of the period, with his descriptions of the sights and sounds not just in imperial and royal surroundings, but even in the day to day life. Things such as Pu'er tea, the difference in the cuisines of the north and the south as our hero(ine)s travelled, etc etc. I was even impressed with the small nugget of geographical fact that yes, as Chinese ships sailed southwards, they would have sensed the change in climates very gradually (which is a fact lost to us who travel long distances by airplane today: arriving in the tropics from a temperate country, we would be slapped in the face with the change in temperatures as soon as we stepped out onto the tarmac or out of the airport!)

Great imagination and great use of historical and geographical facts make for a fantastic page turner. In fact, i kept thinking as I was reading it: I really hope there would be a TV series or a movie made out of this, this reads as well as screenplay! (So if there's any potential movie producers out ther reading this, my vote is YES PLEASE!!!)

So why not the full 4 stars then? I would have like to seen the editing tightened a bit: there are occasional typo and grammatical errors that distracted me from my enjoyment of the book. I also wondered about the tip in balance towards becoming a martial-arts story towards the end: I understand that action picks up towards the end, so there is more opportunity for kungfu fighting than in the earlier part of the book, but for me this gave the book two identities that were not quite consistent: is it historical fiction? or is it a martial arts book? under the hand of an experienced editor the two parts might have been blended a little more seamlessly.

still this is not to take anything away from an otherwise excellent first attempt :)one shot-one kill, as we say :D I would look forward to any of Jeremy's future books :)