The China Paradox

Fiction - Thriller - General
251 Pages
Reviewed on 07/19/2022
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Reviewed by Maria Victoria Beltran for Readers' Favorite

The China Paradox is a timely, relevant, and must-read thriller by Gerard Shirar. The story starts in Kuala Lumpur International Airport, with Walter J. Lummis, a freelance reporter covering Asian news for most of his life, witnessing the assassination of Kim Jong-Nam, the half-brother of the present dictator of North Korea. They were supposed to meet to talk about a clandestine plot in which North Korea plays a part. Masterminded by China, the two countries want to change the world order by ending the economic and political dominance of the US. Hunted by the MSS, the Ministry of State Security of North Korea, the news reporter is risking his life in trying to expose this story by having it published in a major newspaper. Time is running out and the MSS assassins are closing in.

Gerald Shirar’s The China Paradox is a fast-paced suspense novel that should keep readers mesmerized by the narrative. From the first page until the conclusion of the story, there is a heightening tension that is all too credible. As Walter tries to uncover the plot and meets with his informants, danger looms and it seems to be getting closer and closer. Reading this book generates a variety of emotions ranging from excitement, suspense, interest, and exhilaration to fear. Walter is tough and resourceful but he is also an ordinary human being pitted against formidable enemies that are determined to destroy him. Time is running out and the MSS assassins are approaching. Can Lummis stop North Korea and China from drastically changing the world order?

K.C. Finn

The China Paradox is a work of fiction in the political and cultural thriller subgenres. It is intended for the general adult reading audience and was penned by author Gerard Shirar. As the title suggests, the work primarily focuses on China, and it presents a haunting conspiracy to take over and govern the whole world, led by China but also involving other nations such as North Korea, Russia, and Iran. When expatriate Walter J Lummis discovers the plot, he finds himself in pursuit of more information with the MSS hot on his trail and determined to end his life before he can reveal it all to the United States.

Author Gerard Shirar certainly knows how to pack a lot of information into a concise and fast-paced read, and fans of straight-talking thriller novels are certain to love the speed at which this novel moves through the action. The work plays with the psychological concepts of many contemporary international fears well to deliver a storyline that feels credible and eerily realistic. Walter is an excellent protagonist to follow in his exploits as he is highly capable, but not without his flaws. Another feature of the work that I found particularly gripping was the use of dialogue and conversational narrative structures, which made the whole story feel more naturalistic and engaged the reader personally in the plot. Overall, The China Paradox is sure to please fans of deeply involved political thrillers who are also seeking a pacey and exciting reading experience.

Manik Chaturmutha

The China Paradox is a novel by an army veteran, Gerard Shirar. The story explores an alternate reality where China and North Korea, supported by Russia and Iran, are engaged in a massive plot to overthrow the United States as a world leader and establish a new one-nation world order under China. The book begins at Kuala Lumpur airport, where Kim Jong-Nam, the brother of North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un suspiciously collapses and dies just before revealing potentially sensitive information. The protagonist, Walter J. Lummis, a seasoned journalist, suspects the MSS is behind this killing. Racing against time, he gets a tape recorder and starts narrating the story he has uncovered, hoping his work will get published in the Washington Post or New York Times. The story follows his adventures, dodging seasoned assassins vying to kill him, and simultaneously striving to get the details published.

The China Paradox is a work of fiction, but it examines contemporary issues which represent our reality and even our possible future. For example, the probability of Russian President Putin attacking Ukraine stirs something special in readers' hearts, especially when today's world has witnessed the horrors of the actual Russian invasion. The writing style is concise yet descriptive, and readers will feel immersed in the various scenes as if these were happening right before their eyes. There is almost no character development, but the thrilling plot of the novel more than makes up for it. The pacing is quick and consistent, and readers will not feel like putting the book down. This book should prove to be an absolute delight for those interested in world politics or political science. I recommend Gerard Shirar's book for its riveting storyline and how it mirrors our reality. It will leave readers pondering.