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Author(s): James Clavell

Location(s): China, Hong Kong

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): 1850s



It is the early 19th century, when European traders and adventurers first began to penetrate the forbidding Chinese mainland. And it is in this exciting time and exotic place that a giant of an Englishman, Dirk Straun, sets out to turn the desolate island of Hong Kong into an impregnable fortress of British power, and to make himself supreme ruler…Tai-Pan!

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“Grand entertainment…packed with action…gaudy and flanboyant with blood and sin, treachery and conspiracy, sex and murder…fresh and vigorous.” -New York Times

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