The Beijing Blunder

A Historical Political Saga (ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF WAR Book 4)

Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
476 Pages
Reviewed on 09/06/2022
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Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite

The Beijing Blunder by Jay Perin is the fourth book in the One Hundred Years of War series. The Cold War is coming to an end and the 90s are just around the corner. But freedom must still be paid for in blood. Temple’s time at the White House is over but his oil empire has fallen into the wrong hands. Once again his allies are at each other’s throats and the woman Temple wanted as his heir has gone on the run; Steven Kingsley has taken her place and he’ll do anything to maintain the power he stole. He might even go so far as to admit to arranging a former President’s assassination. Some people will stop at nothing – will Temple survive and can he find the woman he thinks of as his daughter in time? Only the right person can take over his empire, no matter what it takes.

The Beijing Blunder by Jay Perin is another fantastic installment in the series, a political and historical saga. Once again, Jay takes us back in time to another important point in history, taking us on an action-packed journey of political intrigue with plenty of twists and turns and suspense. Because it surrounds events that actually took place, it makes the story feel more realistic and the characters continue to evolve into thoroughly exciting people with real flaws. With plenty of tension built in, this is an engaging story with familiar characters (if you’ve read the other books in the series, which I urge you to do) and is one of the best political thrillers I have ever had the pleasure of reading.

Vincent Dublado

Political and corporate intrigue continues in Jay Perin’s fourth book, The Beijing Blunder: A Historical Political Saga. In this latest offering in the One Hundred Years of War Series, the Cold War is coming to a close, and while Temple concludes his stint at the White House, he finds that the oil empire he built is falling into the wrong hands. The network of energy companies envisioned by the three men - Temple, Noah, and Godwin - was built on the backs of Lilah, her husband, and his brothers. Whatever is happening right now appears to be Temple’s fault, and his misplaced faith in Godwin has triggered it all, but he is willing to give Godwin one last chance to set things right. As the Kingsleys, the Sheppards, and the Barrons are once again at war, Steven Kingsley takes the high position in the oil empire that Temple had reserved for Lilah, who is now considered a traitor to the nation.

Jay Perin continues to capture the arc of Temple as a man caught up in something bigger than himself but somehow rises to the occasion to rectify errors of gargantuan proportions. In Perin’s vision of the world, this is fundamental to the image of people in power as a redeeming quality for all the flaws they developed while wielding their influence. As far as his characters go, Perin finds the perfect balance between their greatness and imperfections. After all, they are also human beings that need to be relatable. Perin has always inclined to the examination of wealth, greed, and power with a fascinating overreach. Through its realism, The Beijing Blunder is a genuine channel for his literary vision. Perin excels at weaving an intriguing tale in the cross-genre of history and politics, as he continues to meet, if not exceed, expectations of this new must-read in his series.