The War Lord Author:Malcolm Bosse China, 1927, is a world of Malcom Bosse's The Warlord, a saga as awesome in scale as the land with which it deals, as rich, as varied, as deep, and as brilliant. China in 1927 is emerging turbulently into the modern world, its ancient foundations buckling upward, its surface crossed and crisscrossed by international adventurers and provocateurs ... more »and opportunists. China in 1927 is a dazzling promise of wealth and empire awaiting only the boldest hand.
Since the expulsion of the Manchu, there has been no real central power in China. Now there are generals-warlords-commanding private armies and seizing what territory they can, each with the arm of becoming the Middle Kingdom's new master.
General Tang understands the challenges and dangers of change better perhaps than any of the other warlords. He is a man of strict honor and uncompromising principles, as much a scholar as he is a soldier. he sees China raped by European greed, Japanese expansionism, Bolshevik zeal, and the ambitions of his fellow warlords. In the south, wily Chiang Kia-shek is making alliances and consolidating his power, and now threatens to destroy the warlords of the north, while in the hills a young rabble-rouser named Mao Tse-tung is beginning to spread new ideas.
Tang begins to fear that he can save his country only by countering evil with evil. and at this crucial moment a group o foreigners enter his life:
- Vera Rogacheva, czarist emigree, whose experiences during the Russian Revolution have taught her to use every means of survival, including her own great beauty.
- Erich Luckner, Vera's German lover and protector, who will use her or anyone else to help him sell weapons to Tang.
- Phillips Embree, a young American who finds in this strife-ridden and alien land a chance to exchange hi staid inheritance for a life of danger and adventure.
But it is Vera who presents the ultimate danger to Tang. For it is the passion that flares up between them that challenges his dedicated, even ascetic and mystical, way of life-a way of life he feels he must follow if he is to realize his destiny.
The Warlord is a novel of stunning proportions that propels us across the vastness of China at one of the most dramatic moments in her history-that sweeps us from out-of-the-way villages to the fiery drama of great battlefields, that takes us from Shanghai bordellos to settings of Mandarin splendor, all in a truly epic work of passion and betrayal, of heroism and defeat.
Above all, The Warlord is that rarest of literary events-storytelling in the grand manner« less
From the BACK COVER: "From humble peasant villages to the fiery drama of great battlefields, from Shanghai bordellos to awesome settings of Mandarin splendor, here is a breathtaking epic saga of the majesty, the terror, the vastness of China...Of passionate men and women caught up in a turbulent destiny...And of a magnificent general and lover - the Warlord - whose power and vision forever changed the face of an ancient world."