In "The Thieves of Legend: A Thriller," Richard Doetsch provides a well written story dealing with greed, master thieves, and family relationships,set in the exotic worlds of Beijing and Macau.
Michael St. Pierre is a professional thief. Promising each other to have a better life, he and his girlfriend, KC, vow to give up the life. However, he's persuaded by his friend, Simon, to go on one more caper.
KC's faith in Michael is shattered when she learns of his deceit. She decides to leave him but is waylaid at the airport when a woman asks if she would like to accompany her on an adventure. What KC thought would be fun, is her own kidnapping and she's informed that she has to steal a part of an ancient puzzle or Michael would be killed.
Michael is also set up. The leader of a rogue U.S. military unit orders him to steal another part of the puzzle or he will order KC's murder.
In a fast paced action thriller, the author makes the action believable as we also learn of Chinese history, particularly after the Japanese defeat in WWII and the ransacking of the country by Japan in which they stole many treasures.
We are also given the conspiracy of two avaricious brothers who are competing for the treasure. The fast moving plot leaves room for the author to describe the historical elements of the story and this, along with his skillful storytelling, creates a very entertaining read.
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