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Post by datan » Tue October 19th, 2010, 12:28 am

Hi,

I'm trying to recall the author of some historical novels I read many years ago. These books would have been published before the mid 1990s. He wrote quite a few historical novels, mainly 19th century and early 20th century.

Some of the novels he wrote that I can remember include:
1. Hong Kong before it became a British colony
2. story of a Western missionaries trying to escape during the Boxer Rebellion
3. some pirate novel
4. story of Westerners caught up in the Chinese Civil War and eventually fleeing to Taiwan
5. WWII spy novel set in Europe
6. WWII novel set in Japan

I've searched through Amazon and my local library but can't seem to find this author. If anyone could help me out I would be very grateful!

thanks

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Post by annis » Fri October 22nd, 2010, 3:43 am

Possibly Antony Grey?

See list of novels here at Fantastic Fiction:
http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/g/anthony-grey

James Clavell?
http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/c/james-clavell/
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Post by datan » Mon October 25th, 2010, 5:38 am

thanks very much for the suggestions, but it's neither of these :(

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Post by annis » Mon October 25th, 2010, 7:01 am

Just how many years ago would you have read these books, Datan?

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Post by datan » Wed October 27th, 2010, 5:41 am

[quote=""annis""]Just how many years ago would you have read these books, Datan?[/quote]

in the early to mid 1990s.

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Post by annis » Wed October 27th, 2010, 6:20 am

What I should have said was, were they recent publications when you read then in the '90s?

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Post by datan » Thu October 28th, 2010, 7:41 am

[quote=""annis""]What I should have said was, were they recent publications when you read then in the '90s?[/quote]

Based on the condition of the books, they were probably published 5 - 10 years before I read them.

I would be surprised if any were published before 1980.

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Post by Shield-of-Dardania » Thu October 28th, 2010, 4:01 pm

Just speculating now. Could it have been Eric von Lustbader? I believe he had a certain liking for the orient, considering that it seemed like a common theme in his books.

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Post by Kveto from Prague » Thu October 28th, 2010, 4:52 pm

could it have been the Casca Longinius series, Casca the eternal mercenary? I havent read any of the books but I know they covered the boxer rebellion, pirates, hong kong and a lot of other eras. Author was Barry Sadler. he wrote from the late 70s till the 90s and has had a few authors continue with his character.

http://www.cascalonginus.com/

http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/ea.cgi?Barry_Sadler
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Post by Amanda » Thu October 28th, 2010, 8:45 pm

Christopher Nicole?

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