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The Second Opium War has begun . . .

An Anglo-French armada sails towards the coast of China to enforce the Treaty of Tientsin. The Allied forces will be hopelessly outnumbered, yet Lord Elgin’s army will inflict one of the most decisive victories in history. Their incredible military success will be due to the guidance of just one man – a Chinese with blue eyes – who knows every aspect of the future.

Randall Chen has been sent back in time to chart the destiny of the
Middle Kingdom, ensuring that the greatest treasure in Asia is protected. But even with his exceptional foresight he will underestimate Empress Ci Xi, a calculating Manchurian beauty with an insatiable lust for power. She will attempt to use her considerable intellect and charm to draw in the mysterious blue-eye and turn his powers to her advantage.

The Boxer Rebellion will be the result – the horrifying and bloody consequences of which will echo throughout the ages.

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  • Trade Paperback


    October 1, 2009

    Bantam Australia

    514 pages

    RRP $32.99

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