Jon Henderson takes the reader on a journey with a young Tibetan named Ganden who, along with the help of some American photographer friends and a Russian soldier work to help free Tibet, or at least leave it better than they found it. They face many perils together.and overcome them providing a nice conclusion.
I couldn’t put this book down. It only took me a few days to read. This book is an interesting work of fiction surrounding real life events which Tibet was going through during the early 1990s after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Times were tense over there with Tibet being occupied by China and not enjoying any part in that. Life was hard for the average person in Tibet…let alone if you were a Christian (as Ganden was) you’d be forced to live your faith in secret amongst a few trusted friends. The Chinese Government was not supportive of Christians in Tibet or anywhere else where their authority reigned supreme. Naturally after being oppressed for so long, rebellion would occur. The name of said rebellion was Tigers and Dragons. Henderson does not shy away from the awful details about what Christian persecution in Tibet was like. Before I spoil the entire plot for you, I should get to my comments about this book.
The plot of this novel unfolds at just the right pace, Henderson does a great job waiving four seemingly separate story lines into one by the end of the book. There’s plenty of action and romance to keep anyone hooked. (and not nearly as much blood and gore as the last book I wrote about).
I would give this book an 8/10. The plot is extremely interesting, and character development throughout the novel (amongst the main characters) is excellent.