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The Jade Owl (The Jade Owl Legacy Book 1) (English Edition) par [Patterson, Edward C.]
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In China they whisper about the Jade Owl and its awful power. This ancient stone, commissioned by the Empress Wu and crafted by a mineral charmer, long haunted the folk of the Middle Kingdom until it vanished into an enigma of legend and lore. Now the Jade Owl is found. It wakes to steal the day from day. Its power to enchant and distort rises again. Its horror is revealed to a band of five, who must return it to the Valley of the Dead before the laws of ch’i are set aside in favor of destruction’s dance. Five China Hands, each drawn through time’s thin fabric by the bird, discover enchantment on the secret garland. Five China Hands, and one holds the key to the world’s fate. Five China Hands. Only one Jade Owl - but it’s awake and in China, they whisper again.

Professor Rowden Gray has come to San Francisco following a new opportunity at the East Asian Arts and Culture Museum, only to find that the opportunity has evaporated. Desperate, he means to end his career in a muddle of pity and Scotch, but then things happen. He latches on to a fascinating young man who is pursuing a lost relic that Professor Gray has in fact been seeking. Be careful for what you seek - you may just find it. Thus begins a journey that takes the professor and his companions on a spirited adventure across three-thousand miles of Chinese culture and mystery - a quest to fulfill a warrant long set out to ignite the world in myth and legend. The Jade Owl is the beginning of a series - a legacy that fulfills a terrible truth; and in China, they whisper again.

A Finalist in the 2009 RAINBOW AWARDS

Review from Rainbow Reviews

Sinologist Professor Rowden Gray receives the opportunity of his professional lifetime, a curator position at the fabled San Francisco East Asian Museum of East Asian Arts and Culture, which houses the collection of his late mentor, "Old China Hand" John Battle. Battle's great work had been discredited due to his insistence on the Jade Owl, a mysterious missing artifact commissioned by China's only Empress. When RG arrives, he immediately discovers the position has been rescinded, he encounters a strange young man who proves to be Battle's prodigal son, and learns the Jade Owl really exists. Plunging into a drama worthy of an Errol Flynn swashbuckler, the soon-boon companions and several others are off on a life-and-death chase through San Francisco and then on to Hong Kong as the portal into China.

The Jade Owl is a nonstop, don't miss page turner and only the first in a quintology, The Jade Owl Legacy series. Readers, run, do not walk to your nearest book outlet and grab this intriguing gay mystery with its fully realized characters, gay and straight and bi, roller-coaster plotting, and paranormal fantasy elements. The Jade Owl is a true winner.

Review from Aricia Gavrial's Book Reviews:

In this novel, the artifact is an ancient Chinese object, a six inch piece of Jade carved in the likeness of an owl -- and it's actually a key that opens a box known as the Joy of Finches. What's in the box? That would be telling! But everybody wants the key.

The first thing that impressed me about Jade Owl was how knowledgeable about Chinese antiquities the writer is, and about China itself. Shanghai and Beijing are described with the same amount of detail and enthusiasm as San Francisco -- and never having been to either China or the USA myself, I really appreciated the "local color." Many writers, when setting their plots in London, New York, what have you, seem to think that everyone's been there and knows intimately every secret of the city. Not true. So, the first level where Jade Owl succeeds is in "selling me" San Francisco, which is the setting for the first long segment of the book.

Jade Owl is a real treat, on a par with the top-notch writers who sell in the gajillions. The Jade Owl is an extremely good read.

Biographie de l'auteur

Edward C. Patterson has been writing novels, short fiction, poetry and drama his entire life, always seeking the emotional core of any story he tells. With his eighth novel, The Jade Owl, he combines an imaginative touch with his life long devotion to China and its history. He has earned an MA in Chinese History from Brooklyn College with further postgraduate work at Columbia University. A native of Brooklyn, NY, he has spent four decades as a soldier in the corporate world gaining insight into the human condition. He won the 2000 New Jersey Minority Achievement Award for his work in corporate diversity. Blending world travel experiences with a passion for story telling, his adventures continue as he works to permeate his reader's souls from an indelible wellspring. Published Novels by Edward C. Patterson include No Irish Need Apply, Bobby's Trace, Cutting the Cheese, Surviving an American Gulag, Turning Idolater and The Jade Owl (Jade Owl Legacy Series Book I). Coming soon: The Third Peregrination (Jade Owl Legacy Series Book II), The Dragon's Pool (Jade Owl Legacy Series Book III), Southern Swallow (Nan Ya), Look Away, Silence, Belmundus, The Road to Grafenwoehr, and Green Folly. Look also for The People's Treasure (Jade Owl Legacy Series Book IV) and In the Shadow of Her Hem (Jade Owl Legacy Series Book V). Poetry books available are The Closet Clandestine: a queer steps out and Come, Wewoka - and - Diary of Medicine Flower.

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 600 pages
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 In one word: DELIGHTFUL 18 octobre 2014
Par Meg - Publié sur
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If PG Wodehouse decided to write a French farce that took place in contemporary San Francisco and contemporary China, it would remind me of this book. The Jade Owl is a lively romp with words and characters that barely miss being caricatures There is absolutely nothing compelling about this book; pick it up for ten minutes and giggle quietly to ones' self, pick it up for an hour and you still won't be overly involved, but you will enjoy it.

The plot is easily summarized. An "old China hand" -- Professor Rowden -- takes a group of characters to contemporary China, attempting to return a rather annoying piece of Jade (the Jade Owl of the title) to it's proper place. That the Jade Owl doesn't really belong to the "hero" -- Nick Battle -- adds some excitement and lots of spice to the story.

This book is not for those who are easily shocked, or anyone who holds academia as sacred. In this book, "surprises flew like pigeon crap from a gargoyle." and a "high fashioned chanteuse" is almost normal, even though the chanteuse is very gay. When I reached the end of The Jade Owl I was very surprised to realize how much I cared about the characters. I was also surprised to discover I had been following the plot from the very first page! (Actually, I was surprised to realize it had a plot...) The Jade Owl challenged my prejudices and enhanced my vocabulary while providing me with many hours of small giggles. I will be inflicting The Jade Owl on several of my stodgy friends this Christmas!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Richly Textured Adventure 6 avril 2009
Par L.C. Evans - Publié sur
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Edward C. Patterson's beautiful style of writing brought life to both his characters and his setting. His knowledge of Chinese culture, history, and present day China, showed through in every scene. The characters (go, Simone!) were wonderful and well-drawn and the descriptions put me right in the picture. I feel that after having read The Jade Owl I could travel to China and not be overly surprised by cultural differences because I've already experienced them in this book. The story itself is a thrilling adventure, with touches of the supernatural. Professor Rowden Gray, along with his group of China Hands, has to overcome pursuit by greedy treasure hunters out to stop them from fulfilling their mission. After a series of misadventures, including big trouble from a customs inspector and an overzealous tour guide, the group faces the greatest danger of all when an ancient mission is fulfilled.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A story worth reading 9 décembre 2013
Par Cathy - Publié sur
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The author weaves a tale of old China and new into a wonderful story. He takes five people and draws them together in a adventure of a lifetime. The friends become as close as a real family. In China their adventure draws them closer as the Jade Owl brings them into more and more mystery. I can't wait to start the next adventure of the Jade Owl series.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Five Stars 29 avril 2016
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Thrilling roller coaster ride 26 octobre 2008
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I've read and enjoyed several books by Mr. Patterson, Turning Idolator, No Irish need Apply, Surviving an American Gulag to name but a few. With The Jade Owl Mr Patterson takes you on a roller coaster ride all the way to China !
He passionately guides through the country and his history. The arrival at Gui-lin, the snow at Bei-jing, the crowded Shang-hai during the Lantern Festival, his love for China and the Chinese culture pours from every sentence and you can't help but fall in love too.
I truly enjoyed being in the company of Rowden, Nick Battle, and the wonderful and unique Simone.
Brilliantly written and highly recommended !
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