Flying too close to the sun

2010-01-13 00:00

BOOK REVIEW

Icarus Over Hong Kong

Gustav Preller

Vanguard Press

DURBAN-BASED author Gustav ­Preller has produced a pacy thriller in Icarus Over Hong Kong. The book was published in England but is available here.

Rorke Summers was once a Durban beach boy, but is now a rookie trader in Hong Kong, ruthlessly aiming to make lots of money so that he can ­settle down with Vicky, his Durban girlfriend. But while he’s busy wheeling and dealing, fidelity doesn’t seem to enter the equation, at least as far as he is concerned. What Vicky does is another matter in his eyes.

So, besides flying a little too close to the sun on the trading floor and risking his money on drugs and gambling, Rorke gets mixed up with the German Kristin and the Chinese Ling, and with some very nasty people indeed. ­Characterisation or profound meditation on the evil of a capitalist society overreaching itself is not the point here: it is action all the way, fast and furious.

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