Soul of the Fire

Soul of the Fire

Book - 2014
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"When Shan Tao Yun and his old friend Lokesh are abruptly dragged away by Public Security, he is convinced that their secret, often illegal, support of struggling Tibetans has brought their final ruin. But his fear turns to confusion as he discovers he has been chosen to fill a vacancy on a special international commission investigating Tibetan suicides. Soon he finds that his predecessor was murdered, and when a monk sets himself on fire in front of the commissioners he realizes that the Commission is being used as a tool to whitewash Tibet's self-immolation protests as acts of crime and terrorism. Shan faces an impossible dilemma when the Public Security officer who runs the Commission, Major Ren, orders the imprisoned Lokesh beaten to coerce Shan into following Beijing's script for the Commission. He has no choice but to become part of the hated machine that is devouring Tibet, but when he discovers that the most recent immolation was actually another murder, he realizes the Commission itself is riddled with crime and intrigue. Everywhere he turns, Shan finds new secrets that seem to lead to the last agonizing chapter of his life. Shan must make a final desperate effort to uncover the Commission's terrible secrets whose painful truth could change Shan's life - and possibly that of many Tibetans - forever"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2014
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9780312656034
0312656033
Branch Call Number: F PATTI-E
Characteristics: 292 pages ; 25 cm

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Jun 10, 2015

In the early books culture, settings, and characters were
fresh and compelling, but Shan "despairs" too often here and the saintly lama's "hoarse (sic) laugh" grates. The Tibetan Myth of purity of priestly culture wears. The portrayal of Chinese occupation ignores the education and health care it brings to impoverished Tibetans oppressed by the lama theocracy.

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