Xanadu

Xanadu How far would you go in the pursuit of beauty Nicolas Keszthelyi aesthete philanderer and semi legitimate Moscow antiques dealer is on his way to Afghanistan on the trail of Buried Treasure A friend

  • Title: Xanadu
  • Author: Zichao Deng
  • ISBN: 9781310340499
  • Page: 407
  • Format: ebook
  • How far would you go in the pursuit of beauty Nicolas Keszthelyi aesthete, philanderer and semi legitimate Moscow antiques dealer is on his way to Afghanistan, on the trail of Buried Treasure A friend of a shady friend has discovered a hoard of priceless ivory carvings hidden beneath a Chinese copper mine in Paktia, and Keszthelyi intends to ensure that finders remaiHow far would you go in the pursuit of beauty Nicolas Keszthelyi aesthete, philanderer and semi legitimate Moscow antiques dealer is on his way to Afghanistan, on the trail of Buried Treasure A friend of a shady friend has discovered a hoard of priceless ivory carvings hidden beneath a Chinese copper mine in Paktia, and Keszthelyi intends to ensure that finders remain keepers Unfortunately for him, UNESCO, the Afghan national police force, and the mine s mobbed up owners seem inexplicably to have other plans.In no time at all, Keszthelyi is sucked into a great game of crime and chaos playing high stakes mahjong, impersonating the Russian mafia, wresting with giant teddy bears and just maybe getting filthy rich.Tags crime, literary fiction
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    • Tom Conyers says:

      'Xanadu' continues the adventures of cheerfully corrupt Nicolas Keszthelyi, antiques dealer, and his dangerous partner in dubiousness, Estrade. It forms the second instalment of the Kesthelyi Chronicles, but can easily be read as a stand-alone novel. Keszthelyi, a kind of low-rent Indiana Jones, has his eyes on some non-PC Kushan ivories that Estrade (recently released from an Iranian jail) has informed him may be found in a mine in Afghanistan. Instead of Indiana Jones' cry of 'These belong in [...]

    • Zoe Saadia says:

      Wow, what can I say?Having read the first book in the Keszthelyi Chronicles, I expected nothing but wild and hilarious adventures that would attack the protagonists and the readers from all unexpected directions, with all sorts of strange challenges. And yes, I got all of this and more!This time instead of the sleepy rural Brittany, both Keszthelyi and Estrado are busy trying to make "a killing" in bubbling, exotic, unpredictable Kabul, following a hunch that Estrado sniffed out and Keszthelyi a [...]

    • Russell Bittner says:

      As this is my third review of D.Z.C.’s stuff (Bright, Still and People Like Us being the first two) — or fourth review (if one can count “Connie,” in theory written by Sarah Pliton, wink, wink!) — I feel as if D.Z.C.’s oeuvres are becoming a fixture in the home library. And well they should, even if I’m still left mulling over the precise gender of D.Z.C. (alias Zichao Deng, alias Jennifer Dodgson)!In my current reading and reviewing, D.Z.C. keeps close company with the likes of P. [...]

    • Suzanne Synborski says:

      Xanadu, by the mysterious D.Z.C is not a book for casual readers looking for the instant gratification offered by a simple plot punctuated with bursts of gunfire that lead the way to a quick and insipid conclusion. Instead, Xanadu is a complicated, lengthy, and humorous tale of adventure that must be read slowly and enjoyed at one's leisure. Any reader who rushes through the text will miss the witty ironies that enhance many of the protagonist's statements, a fact anticipated by the title. Xanad [...]

    • J.G. Gatewood says:

      This was a fabulous story that quickly brought me in and kept my interest throughout. This is the second book in The Keszthelyi Chronicles and was written by Zichao Deng.In all honesty I had no idea this was a series until I finished reading the book. Never was it an issue that I had not read the first book, so i tip my hat to the author for writing a book in a series that is able to standalone.I really enjoyed the main characters Nicolas Keszthelyi and his counterpart Estrade. I think Estrade w [...]

    • Maggie says:

      In this fast-breaking story, Nicolas Kesztheli is not exactly searching out pleasure domes in war-torn Afghanistan. The sophisticated anti-hero is digging up ancient ivory artifacts for the purpose of smuggling them out of the country and making himself and his international conspirators filthy rich. He is in and out of the hands of the law, and makes an escape that is terrifying, exhilarating and head spinning. The ending has a weird but absorbing psychological impact—the reader hangs in a mo [...]

    • Scott Peters says:

      Felt like I was hanging with the cool crowd. . .Xanadu is an adventure that takes you veering off into a serious romp with some stand-out characters. The writing style is gritty, fun, humorous, edgy. Although it's not science fiction in any way, for me Zichao Deng's work is reminiscent of cyberpunk authors like William Gibson/Bruce Sterling/Neal Stephenson. Lots of witty observations on the state of everything that make you say, yeah, I know exactly what you're talking about.Xanadu takes it time [...]

    • Dustin Martin says:

      Xanadu follows Nicolas, a scoundrel of sorts, on his adventure to Afghanistan to acquire ivory carvings to swipe and sell. Along the way, he encounters hostile police, tense Mahjong games, and endless trouble. The book does somewhat remind me almost of a Clive Cussler book interlaced with a little of Casino Royale, which the book itself draws comparisons to. Yet I wouldn’t say it quite reaches either, or even aspires to, instead eking out its own path in the adventure genre.However, one of my [...]

    • L.K. Evans says:

      So, this moved quicker. I finished it in one sitting. While I loved the pace of this story, I found myself begging for more Estrade and Nicolas time. Estrade seemed less prevalent in this book. It was the relationship between Nicolas and Estrade that had me so loving People Like Us. Maybe it’s just me, but I didn’t get enough banter between them. Maybe it was because there were other characters that took up more page timeI’m not really sure I could explain it appropriately. I just miss Est [...]

    • Winifred Morris says:

      This is a fascinating picaresque novel. Everything else I’ve read or seen about Afghanistan has been from the point of view of our (the US’s) military. I really enjoyed traveling through the streets of Kabul as a civilian, visiting the five star hotels as well as the seedier ones and going into the back rooms for high stakes mahjong with Chinese businessmen and grandmothers. What all those Chinese grandmothers were doing in Afghanistan, I didn’t ask. I enjoyed the trips into the mountains [...]

    • Garrett Alley says:

      Who doesn't like a story with a good rogue? Or two Those characters are always such fun to read and Xanadu has some great ones.I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It's an adventure/heist story set in modern Afghanistan, filled with colorful characters and vibrant writing. I've never been to Afghanistan. I've never played high-stakes Mahjongg, and I've certainly never attempted to smuggle ancient artifacts, but the story had just enough to it to make it both believable and entertaining. The c [...]

    • Michael Andrews says:

      I was a little unsure about the story and characters to begin with but as I had challenged myself to read outside of my comfort zone, I knuckled down to go on the journey that the author took us upon.Taking us into modern day Kabul, chasing the potential of ancient ivory treasures, we are introduced to a mix of characters, mostly shady as the plot unfolds around us. Mix in the Russian Mafia and Chinese Mahjong (a game that I now want to learn!), and you have varied interesting sideplots keeping [...]

    • Pam says:

      Xanadu is by D.Z.C. (Zichao Deng). It is an adventure/ crime novel. Nicholas Keszthelyi sells antique and unusual objects and is not totally legal in all of his actions. He gets a call from Estradt, a criminal, telling him that he has been in a prison in Iran along with a Chinese businessman, Chen Qingqing. Chen shows him some photos which Estradt has sent to Nicholas. Nicholas identifies these at Kushan Indian Ivory carvings. They are priceless. Chen tells them they are in a cave at a copper mi [...]

    • Norm Hamilton says:

      Bribery, blackmail, murder, gambling. All the ingredients for a thrilling novel.Zichao Deng has created a rambling story told in the first person. A memoir, if you will. The protagonist often speaks directly to the reader, sometimes with a sense of humour, other times to clarify.This style of writing is popular with some and can be both exciting and fun. Xanadu has its moments of both. Some of the descriptions caused shivers up my spine (as I imagined what was coming). The author manages to crea [...]

    • Candace says:

      This is book two in the series that began with "People Like Us," and follows the further adventures of Nicholas Keszthelyi, and his mysterious partner in crime, Estrade. This time they are scheming to abscond with pre-Islamic antiquities in Afghanistan. I very much enjoyed the first book, but I found myself LMAO-ing all the way through this one, and interrupting whatever my hubs was reading with, "Listen, listen to this!" so many times that he would have been extremely put out, except that usual [...]

    • Sterling Gate Books says:

      D.Z.C. grabbed this reviewer’s attention with PEOPLE LIKE US and held it with this tale (XANADU), a clever and entertaining contemporary yarn set in historical surroundings. This time round I found the heavy use of dialogue (bordering on over-use) throughout a little disconcerting and found myself looking forward to the next passage of straight narrative/storytelling. But that’s probably just a matter of personal taste. That aside, this is a top read. The first person approach pulls the read [...]

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