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Book details
  • Genre:FICTION
  • SubGenre:Thrillers
  • Language:English
  • Pages:200
  • eBook ISBN:9781483596563

The Chinese Proverb

by Tina Clough View author's profile page

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Hunter Grant, a veteran from the Afghan war finds an unconscious girl in a New Zealand forest and decides to find the man who had enslaved her for years. It starts as a search, but soon Hunter is on a deadly mission of danger and retribution.


Army veteran Hunter Grant thought he had left war behind in Afghanistan – a conflict that left him with physical and psychological scars. But finding an unconscious girl in the Northland bush and gradually untangling her story involves him in a war of a different kind in his own country.

Hunter sets out to find and punish the man Dao calls Master, but he soon discovers there is much more to this than enslavement. Before long he himself is being hunted by the boss of a drug empire whose sole objective is to kill Dao – she knows too much.

Protecting Dao and waging war, while trying to keep the police from stifling his enterprise, takes all Hunter’s ingenuity and determination and exposes him and Dao to deadly jeopardy. He enlists his old army buddy Charlie and her helicopter to help him, but things become complicated when Dao disappears.

About the author

Tina Clough grew up in Sweden and now lives in New Zealand and divides her time between writing crime fiction and translating and editing science research papers. She also looks after an acre of fruit trees, vegetable gardens and roaming hens. Apart from reading Tina enjoys photography, wine, growing organic vegetables, making jam and kayaking.

Tina Clough has also published The Girl who lived Twice (2013) Running towards Danger (2015).

What readers/reviewers said

The Girl who lived Twice:

Amy Phillips (reader): I didn't want to put the book down and was holding my Kindle just inches away from my face the whole time.

Running towards Danger:

 Graeme Beattie of Beattie’s Book Blog: An impressive debut.

Trish McCormack (thriller author): Pacy page-turning read with good twists & a satisfying ending.

Quentin Bennett (reader): I read Running Towards Danger in two sessions because I couldn't put it down.

The Chinese Proverb:

Karen McMillan, author of The Paris of the East, and The Paris of the West, said:

The strength of this pacy novel is not just the tense plot line, where every moment there is palpable danger, but also the nuanced and growing relationship between Dao and Hunter. They are two individuals who are thrown together in the most extreme circumstances, and who develop a deep bond with each other, based on mutual respect and admiration. The Chinese Proverb is a top-notch thriller, with a powerful emotional element.’

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