Wednesday Reviews!: Chinese Walls

Title: Chinese Walls
Author: David Price
Publisher: Olive Press, London
Release Date: July 20, 2014


David Clive Price has had a passion for Asia’s peoples and cultures ever since he went to Japan in the 1980s and wrote a book about his travels throughout the country. This passion developed further in Hong Kong, where he struggled to make ends meet as a writer in the 1990s, wrote economic reports about Asian countries, and travelled all over the region researching features for international magazines. Finding himself on his pin ends with his Chinese spouse in a walk-up one-room apartment above a nightclub in Hong Kong, he resolved to join the corporate world and became Chief Speechwriter for Asia for one of the world’s leading banks. It was 1995. Hong Kong was preparing to return to China. David spent the next few years writing speeches to be given all over Asia and the world. He also began publishing a series of books on South Korea, Hong Kong, China, India, and Buddhism in the daily life of Asia.

Freeing himself from corporate life, he set up his own consultancy advising Asian multinationals and Western companies with Asian operations on their strategic and intercultural communications. This experience, and the challenges he faced launching his own business, form the basis of his new book The Master Key to Asia: A 6-Step Guide to Unlocking New Markets and his innovative Master Key Series on the business cultures, etiquettes and customs of Asia’s high-growth markets. Check out his blog posts at and his daily posts on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

It seems funny to me that when I started working on this review I was also starting a course on international politics during the end of the last century.  While that class focused on the Cold War I cannot help but attached in some way to the effects of China on the grand scale of things.  Needless to say I was very excited to start reading this book and I wasn’t disappointed.

Price starts the narrative in the middle of an action.  The story had already started to take place and we are invited to go along with it almost eagerly.  The story follows Nicholas who is a man who is been taken out of his English life to be sitting in Hong Kong on the eve of the hand over back to China which in of itself is an in interesting story itself and one that continues to be played out almost twenty years later.

What Price also offers is a deeper tale that is mixed in with the narrative of this gripping tale of corruption and corporate espionage.  Price delves into the notion of what a double life can do to destroy one’s own world.  He provides his hero with a story of being put into a new world a new position and given a chance to explore a long hidden secrets that his own person.  He falls into an affair that leads him into a world of almost darkness which not only shows a feeling about one repressive regime’s views on homosexuality but also what can lead to the notion of hiding a part of your person from yourself.

Given with a passion and love for a society and culture as well as a gripping narrative about what could be a potentially boring subject Matter Chinese Walls is the first book in a series that has great potential.

This Review was done as apart of Elite Book Promotions Blog Tour.


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