Yankee Mandarin tells the tale of Fletcher Thorson Wood, a 19th century American soldier-of-fortune who returns to China in the midst of the bloodiest civil war in human history. Into the midst of China’s maelstrom, Fletcher leads a ragtag army in defense of empire, takes up the imperial cause against “Christian” rebels, trains and fights beside “Manilamen” and native Chinese troops, and builds the most powerful Army in China. As a reward for his achievements, grateful Chinese appoint Fletcher a mandarin of high rank, a general, and even honor him with a temple near Shanghai.
Yankee Mandarin is about the encounter, sometimes the clash, of Americans
and Chinese. More than a historical adventure, Yankee Mandarin recreates
times long past, places long lost in China, and long-silent voices of people in
America, China, England and the Philippines who lived through cataclysmic
events that echo still.
Praise for Yankee Mandarin –
“Historically convincing, and very, very lively!” Pamela K. Crossley, author of
The Orphan Warriors.
“A fascinating, eminently readable and vivid evocation of the time, place and
personalities of a truly remarkable moment in modern Chinese history.”
Richard J. Smith, author of Mercenaries and Mandarins.
About the author –
James Lande was born in Los Angeles in 1945 and grew up in Southern California. He served four years in the U. S. Army, graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in Chinese Language and Literature, and lived in China (Taiwan) for three years. James was seasoned by a variety of jobs (ambulance attendant, marine biology technician, hospital orderly, taxicab driver, policeman, swimming pool manager, ESL teacher, bartender, Chinese driving instructor, casualty insurance investigator…) before settling into a 30-year career as a commercial applications software developer and project manager. Over the years, James has attempted several novels – Yankee Mandarin is his first novel to reach publication.
Yankee Mandarin is offered in the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library and may be
borrowed for free by Amazon Prime members.
The Yankee Mandarin website is at www.oldchinabooks.com/yankeemandarin.