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THE CHARLIE DOIG STORIES

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LENIN MAY have just seized power for the Bolsheviks but Charlie Doig has just seized twenty-eight tons of Lenin’s gold.  For two days he’s the richest man in all Russia.  However, on hearing that the Reds have cut off his escape to the west, he decides to hide the gold for a later day and with Kobi, his Mongolian henchman, to make his way east along the Trans-Siberian railway to the Pacific and freedom.

Russia’s in a state of chaos.  People are fleeing the Reds in their millions. Charlie has to fight off refugees, bandits, murderers and shamans.  On reaching Siberia, he discovers the Japanese have invaded it.  He falls in with an old flame, a New Yorker now calling herself Countess von Zipf, who is the mistress of the top Japanese general.  Charlie saves General Sato from a certain death and in return is offered the position of Prince of Siberia - provided he goes first to Nagasaki and eliminates a rival.  Charlie accepts. With him travels a Japanese doctor, Dr Hijo, who is experimenting with a vaccine against typhus.

Hijo tricks him into being a guinea pig for a last, gruesome experiment. When he survives this, Charlie is offered marriage to Mimosa, the beautiful daughter of the man he’s been sent to kill.  As the story draws to an unforgettable climax, Charlie, clothed in a samurai’s robes, goes to the pavilion where Mimosa awaits him.  Does she want to be his princess?  Or are she and her father plotting to get his gold?  And what of General Sato and Cynthia von Zipf, where do they fit in?

Charlie Doig is one of fiction’s truly great adventurers.”

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“One detects the hand of a master” The Sunday Telegraph

AUTHOR

AUTHOR

JAMES FLEMING

JAMES FLEMING