The War Lord Author:Malcolm Bosse 1927 — Post-Imperial China — The Great War has left scars behind, marking the world even a decade after its conclusion. — In China, men of British, American, German, Italian, French, and Japanese origin flood into a land recently freed from centuries of Imperial rule, seeing a chance to make a profit and escape the darkness that recently shrouded t... more »he world.
Unlike many of his American countrymen, Philip Embree has not come to China for money, but to spread Christianity and the word of God.
But when the train on which the young missionary is travelling is hijacked by bandits, he finds himself thrust into a world that he could never have imagined.
Caught up in the country’s surging of power, passion, and betrayal, Embree’s future becomes inextricably involved in that of General Tang — a great warlord who protects the family of the Kong patriarch in the city of Qufu.
Tang’s military needs put him in contact with gunrunner Erich Luckner, a handsome blond German whose time in Russia — first as a prisoner of war, and later as a soldier for Czarist forces — has damaged him in ways that most can never imagine.
The lives of these three men, and their love for Vera, tangle together as unrest ripples across China, power shifting from the hands of one warlord to the next.
And in the wings, a young Mao Tse-tung, dismissed by his countrymen as an insignificant figure, is gathering an army.« less
Novel about a Chinese warlord in 1920's. Includes multiple interesting characters, including a Russian aristocrat who escaped the Bolsheviks; an American missionary; arms traders; and other warlords and bandits. Fast-paced and well-written.
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."