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. Volume XXI Number . . . .June 19, 2015
Nicki Haddon, adopted Chinese daughter of a pair of American millionaires, kung fu expert, and recently recruited CSIS/CIA/MI5 agent, is back for her second adventure. The Secret of the Golden Flower, a sequel to The Scratch on the Ming Vase, gets off to a somewhat slow start as the author attempts to fill the reader in on her first encounter with international crime within the context of the plot of the present book, but the pace soon picks up. No sooner had Nicki and her parents' butler (also a secret agent) landed at Heathrow than she notices that she seems to have attracted the attention of a flower seller in the airport -- a flower seller who appears to be wearing $600 Gucci loafers! (Having a rich mother gives one insights into such things!) From there on, the story unfolds at breakneck speed with Nicki in the middle of all the action going, much of which has her using her martial-arts skills as well as her instincts and intelligence.
There are some aspects of the story that require a high level of suspension of disbelief. The way that Nicki is immediately thrust into the middle of the criminal activities that relate to the very gangs that the spy-school instructors are lecturing on is necessary for the plot, but it is not obvious why it should happen. Her kung fu expertise is also quite extraordinary, an ability not made more credible by the inclusion of the names of the moves with which she manages to disarm and, in some cases, disable, her opponents. (This also reduces the impact of the tension of the fights.) However, the point of the story is its action-filled plot which keeps the pages practically flipping over of their own accord, making it a cracking good read. On to number three!
Mary Thomas lives in Winnipeg, MB, but she has passed through Heathrow many times without ever seeing a flower-seller's cart, though she wouldn't recognize Gucci loafers if she saw them with their labels still on them!
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