Official Review: The China Connection by AjJ Basinski

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Official Review: The China Connection by AjJ Basinski

Post by Mouricia25 » 15 May 2018, 23:46

[Following is an official review of "The China Connection" by AjJ Basinski.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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The China Connection by AJ Basinski is a political suspense novel about Lieutenant Mario Morales on a quest to solve a life or death case. His new wife, Sun Li, is brutally attacked while they are on a cruise and Morales will go to any length to find and punish her attacker. His search takes him to her hometown of Shanghai, China, where he discovers a shocking aspect of her past. It is also here that he stumbles into a political and criminal situation, way bigger than he would have imagined.

I was pleasantly surprised with the format of the book. The story was told from different character's perspective and that made it quite an interesting read. What I loved, even more, was how organized it was, and this prevented me from any confusion. Each new chapter was the viewpoint of a different character; and if the character was from the previous chapter, the current one would contain a different issue or plotline.

The story had many twists and turns which made it even more intriguing. I quite enjoyed that the minute I think I have figured out something, it changed, and not in a, it happened because it can way. Everything was done in a very realistically and without any visible plot holes. There was much information provided in the books that helped to give some background on both the main and secondary characters.

I was always on the edge of my seat wondering what would happen next. I loved all the suspense and the little twists, and they made this book an absolute page turner for me. I was able to finish the book in one sitting because of just how hungry I was for more.

I was however very disappointed by the ending. It was clean and to the point, making it was very abrupt. I would have liked more details regarding the outcome of the various situations that arose. Instead, it ended in a way similar to writing a report, versus how you would end such an amazing novel.

I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars, because other than the abrupt ending, I had no issues with it. I thought it was a great read and there were no obvious errors. I would recommend this book to readers of political or suspense novels or a combination of both. It also makes for a good weekend read, especially since it is such a short book.

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Post by Dahmy 10 » 04 Jul 2018, 05:34

Whaow, I would love to know how many pages this book is, I am so moved by the fact that you finished it in one sitting.. It must be an awesome read from what you have spelt out here..

Nice one, thanks for the Exposition...

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Post by ParadoxicalWoman » 04 Jul 2018, 06:52

I like it when the plot prove me wrong when I think I have figured out something. Your review made this book appealing to me. I don't mind the risk of abrupt ending though. Great review!
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Post by DorcasToo » 04 Jul 2018, 08:15

I love a book full of twists and turns throw in suspense you got me glued. Thanks for the review its great.
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Post by Cecilia_L » 04 Jul 2018, 12:01

With the exception of the abrupt ending, I love everything you described in your review. Some of the best books I've read are those with twists and turns, just when I thought I had it figured out. I also really like that the book includes narratives from the different characters' perspectives. I recently reviewed a book with that type of format, and it really added depth to the characters, as well as the overall story. Great review!

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Post by kandscreeley » 05 Jul 2018, 08:39

It's too bad the ending was so abrupt. It definitely sounds intriguing with the new wife being attacked on a cruise. Thanks for the review, but I have too many books on my list right now. I might return to this one later.
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Post by StarkidStarling » 05 Jul 2018, 10:48

You had me really excited to read the entire book until the ending. Endings really do make or break a book; I recently read another novel that I would have listed as one of my top 10 favorites...but the ending was awful.

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Post by Faithmwangi » 08 Jul 2018, 09:56

Pretty exciting that you finished it in one sitting. Sounds like a book that really draws you in with all the mystery and the suspense. Thanks for the review, can't wait to get to this read.

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Post by crediblereading2 » 08 Jul 2018, 22:34

This sounds like another very intriguing story on murder and secrets. Thank you for a great review.

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Post by jeremino » 11 Jul 2018, 01:50

I love this book full of twists and turns throw in suspense you got me glued thanks for the review its so nice and wonderful

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Post by aribear » 09 Sep 2018, 19:24

I would be mad too if the book I was reading and enjoying ended too quickly. But I like your review. Made me want to read the book.

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