The Bangkok Asset

The Bangkok Asset

Book - 2015
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Sonchai Jitpleecheep--the brash and beguiling Royal Thai Police Force detective who has been our guide through John Burdett's five previous acclaimed Bangkok novels--is back. The former monk and devout Buddhist, forever battling to protect his karma from the assaults of morally compromising cases, is now faced with the most horrifying technological innovation to make its way to the streets of Bangkok, and a conspiracy of almost unfathomable reach. With Sonchai on this case is the young female inspector Krom. Like Sonchai, she's an outsider on the police force, but unlike him, she is socially savvy and a technological prodigy. When they're called to a demonstration--in the midst of a typhoon--of the deadly, superhuman strength of an American man who is seemingly controlled by a CIA operative, they have no idea what they're actually witnessing or why. Their reliably obtuse and unequivocally crooked boss, Colonel Vikorn, explains some of it, but the most telling questions remain unanswered: Could the Americans have figured out a way to create a physically and psychologically enhanced supersoldier? Are they testing him--or it--on Thai soil? And why is everyone, from the Bangkok police to the international community, so eager to turn a blind eye? Searching for the answers to these questions, Sonchai and Krom find themselves in a remote Cambodian jungle compound for aging American ex-soldiers, where they will discover just how far a government will go to protect its worst secrets--both past and present. But the case will also have much more personal repercussions for Sonchai, shaking his world to its very foundation and perhaps finally forcing him to confront his long-lost American father
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780307272683
Characteristics: 307 pages ; 25 cm


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In this 6th novel in Burdett’s Bangkok series, Thai homicide detective, Sonchai Jitpleecheep, is faced with a series of bizarre crimes and a possible connection to his long-lost American father.

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Aug 17, 2017

the weakest of the Burdett Thai Detective series. this book was pretty awful. Burdett is apparently tired of writing this series and wanting to move into a more sci-fi near-future spy fiction like the bourne series or something. This was a big let down. But I recommend the earlier novels Bangkok 8, Bangkok Haunts, Godfather of Kathmandu, etc. Until now this was a very enjoyable series.

May 27, 2017

Disliked this entry in the Sonchai Jitpleecheep mysteries - it devolved into a morass of philosophical & religious gobbledygook about transhumans and what makes each of us human. I found it boring and awful. I could not finish it quickly enough.

Jan 30, 2017

Reading a Detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep novel by Burdett is akin to savoring the finest brewed coffee, with the aroma filling the air long after the reading. Burdett's grasp of both Thai politics, and global politics and finance makes for a larger than life story, which rolls logically along. [In other words, the joss is extra special!]

Aug 21, 2016

I have read this Bangkok series because of my own personal history. In 1967-68 I was fortunate to travel throughout Southeast Asia and study at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. This was at the height of the Vietnam war, just before the Tet Offensive. I fell in love with the culture and the city, but had to witness first hand the growth of the sex trade / exploitation due to 10,000 R&R troops in and out of Bangkok every week. Many of the beggars on the street were young girls with mixed race infants. Most of the American airbases were in Thailand. There were entire multi-story hotels just for American officers. We were the only undergraduate study group in Southeast Asia at the time outside of Japan. We traveled to Japan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, and throughout Thailand. I remember standing at the current bridge over the River Kwai after visiting cemeteries with thousands of British, Australian, and other soldiers that died building the death railroad toward China in WWII As we stood contemplating the tremendous losses of that war three American phantom jets flew over heading for Vietnam. I remember thinking that we never learn.... I know I can never return to my Bangkok, but with this series I was able to travel down familiar streets and remember customs and food. Loved the roti!!! That said, until this book I have enjoyed the series. Songchai Jitpleecheep is a great detective. This entire story line of the CIA involvement of perfecting superhumans or trans-humans was disgusting to me, although they are a difficult group to trust and we saw the planes of Air America ( CIA ) everywhere we traveled. Although I recommend the series until this book, I absolutely hated this edition. Kristi & Abby Tabby

Mar 28, 2016

I like Sonchai best when he is actually solving murders in Thailand and dealing with the East vs West realities. This is rather far out si-fi and follows in tired footsteps starting with Kiplings' Kim-intensive training to heighten observational skills; Ludlums' Bourne training brainwashing and enhancing to kill; and now the Asset(s) training and enhancing and something else never explained to rule the universe incidentally killing just for the fun of it. Poor Thailand-not the place where I spent so many happy years, if the traffic doesn't kill you a CIA/Ruskie, Chinese monster will. No ending to this book so another will surely follow.

Aug 30, 2015

Couldn't put it down! (Not strictly a police procedural but crosses genre into s-f. )


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