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BOOK REVIEW: THE TYPHOON LOVER
Hugh had something very special planned for Rei's thirtieth birthday. She told him she did not want any surprise birthday party. He pointed out that this would not be a surprise party. Hugh informed her that he had two tickets to "paradise". Rei reminded Hugh that she had a job interview in the morning. He responded by saying that job interviews will come and go but thirtieth birthdays come only once.
The next morning, after a night of celebrating, Rei woke up with a terrible headache. She knew she had to keep her appointment no matter what. Rei had to be at the Smithsonian within 75 minutes from the time she got up. She wasn't even sure why she was called for the interview. She applied for an internship at one time but it never happened. She did keep sending out resumes. When the call came regarding this consulting job, she accepted because it would be nice to have full time employment.
When Rei arrived for her interview, it turned out to be quite a surprise. Her goal would be to search for an ancient Middle Eastern pitcher that mysteriously disappeared from Iraq's national museum. It is believed that the pitcher is now in the hands of a wealthy Japanese collector. Rei was quite happy about one thing. She would be given a visa that will let her re-enter Japan. She was not allowed back due an incident in the past.
During Rei's search for the pitcher, she comes in contact with an ex-boyfriend, is trapped by a typhoon and starts to realize how much risk is involved in this assignment.
Is Rei successful at completing this assignment?
This is an exciting book to read. What makes it interesting is the Asian culture as part of the storyline. The plot will keep you turning the pages to see what Rei is up to next. The author does an excellent job of describing the experience that Rei is going through to complete her assignment. Readers will feel like they are part of the action. If you enjoyed the author's previous book, The Pearl Diver, you will surely want to read this very entertaining novel.
REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON
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