Three Friends, Two Countries, One Priceless jewel
1937 China; the Japanese Imperial Army is chewing up China. Three middle-aged friends, Westerners, who have lived in China for decades, are about to lose everything to the onslaught. Leave China or die. As their world collapses around them, a fur trader from New York, a Russian, and a Rabbi from Germany, learn that a race of Chinese Jews is about to become victims of a German and Japanese alliance to acquire a valuable ruby, supposedly hidden in their village of Kaifeng.
The three friends embark on one last adventure before leaving China, to save the Jews of Kaifeng and the jewel. Can they reach Kaifeng before the alliance bent on the destruction of the village gets to them? It’s a deadly pursuit across 1937 China, through Japanese controlled territory, Chinese bandits, and countless dangers and obstacles. The only clues to its location are written in a cryptic, twenty-year-old diary of a disillusioned Chinese Rabbi; the Journal of Rabbi Levy Wang. The three friends are tested to the extreme in a desperate attempt to warn their friends and find the jewel.
David Harris Lang, a current resident of Hong Kong, has lived and worked in Asia much of his life. Besides being a prolific author of Asian-based thrillers, he is an international architect who brings an indelible sense of place’ to his writing as well as a deep understanding of Asian cultures, locales, and customs. His vivid fight scenes come from a life-long practice of the martial arts.
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What is one piece of advice you could give to a new author that you wish someone had passed to you?
Just sit down and write, every day. Don’t listen to critics or people telling you it’s too difficult. Write for you.
Are you currently working on a project, and if so, can you tell us anything about it?
The book that I am working on now begins with a body found in the Museum of Medical Sciences in Hong Kong. The man is a Westerner, Clovis O’Sullivan. He is an Irish Traveler and a prominent bareknuckle fighter in Hong Kong for a fight. He is also in a Celtic headbanger band called Blue Dye.
If you weren’t an author, what other profession would you be in?
I am an architect as well as an author. I had always wanted to be a veterinarian growing up, but then decided that I did not want to see hurt animals every day of my life. Besides, I sucked at science.
What do you want your readers to get out of the book?
My goal is to entertain my readers. I want to transport them to 1937 China and to feel that they are running for their lives.
Now that we've gotten to know each other, tell me a story. It can be long or short. From your childhood or last week. Funny, sad, or somewhere in between. Just make sure it's yours. What's your story?
I used to live in Brooklyn, New York. I was a student at Pratt Institute, and to save money I moved in with my parents. We lived on the third floor of a brick apartment house near Flatbush. In the apartment below us a group of very loud, over-the- top, hair- dyed-purple transsexuals lived. My mother thought that they were female prostitutes, referring to them in her heavy New York accent as The Whores Downstairs.
One day she was doing the laundry with Mrs. Phillips, who was a tad more astute than my mom. Mrs. Phillips enlightened Mom on the gender of our downstairs neighbors, and when my mother returned to the apartment, she announced, “You know The Whores Downstairs?”
“They’re not whores! They’re…they’re… they’re ambidextrous!” she exclaimed.
“Mom, that means they use both hands.”
“They probably do!” she answered.
Bahahahaha! Thank you for sharing! It's a pleasure to get to know you David and to have you on our blog here today. Best of luck with your fantastic book!
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