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Jackie Pullinger had grown up believing that if she put her trust in God, He would lead her. And as she spoke of Jesus Christ, brutal hoods were converted, prostitutes retired from their trade, and heroin junkies found new power that freed them from the bondage of drug addiction. Read "Chasing the Dragon One Woman's Struggle Against the Darkness of Hong Kong's Drug Dens" by Jackie Pullinger available from Rakuten Kobo. Sign up. resourceone.info: Chasing The Dragon eBook: Jesse Clemente: Kindle Store.
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Chasing the Dragon tells the whole amazing story exactly as it happened. Equally amazing has been the reach of this ministry, now detailed in. Inside Hong Kong was the infamous Walled City. Strangers were not welcome there. Police hesitated to enter. It was a haven of filth, crime, and sin. Prostitution . cover image of Chasing the Dragon Struggle Against the Darkness of Hong Kong's Drug Dens. by Jackie Pullinger Author · Andrew Quicke Author. ebook.
She obeyed. And as she spoke of Jesus Christ, brutal hoods were converted, prostitutes retired from their trade and heroin junkies found new power that freed them from the bondage of drug addiction.
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Chasing the Dragon tells the whole amazing story exactly as it happened. Equally amazing has been the reach of this ministry, now detailed in this updated and revised edition.
From Hong Kong to the Philippines, Thailand and beyond, the ministry that started with Jackie and her friends taking people in to live and care for them has continued and developed to form the present St.
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Heroin addiction that adds a brilliant and gutsy wrinkle to the story and pushes an otherwise smart, well-written tale into the realm of the truly awesome. Oh, and did I mention that you get all of this in a page novella that does better character development and world-building than many multi-volume fantasy sagas. As the story unfolds, I was awed by how perfectly toned the prose was and how quickly the author was able to create a fully fleshed picture of the main character in my head and imbue the narrative with such a sense of epicness in the span of a few well written paragraphs.
But the Dragon appears in a new incarnation in every age of history. Reborn over and over. No one knows why or how the Dragon comes back, only that the cycle keeps repeating itself. Dragon and dragonslayer. Over and over, throughout time… …She saw golden-haired Siegfried, millennia ago, spearing the dragon Fafnir before the mouth of a misty Teutonic cave. Further back in time she saw Thor, his muscles straining through his skin as he thrashed the Midgard Serpent Jormungandr against the rugged, rocky fjords of Norway; and further still to Indra, in his colourful Hindu headdress, wresting with the three-headed serpent Vritra the Enveloper in the jungles of India; and the Hittite storm god Tarhun, bolts of lightning glinting off the edges of his double-bladed axe as he slew the dragon Illuyankas amid the olive groves of Turkey; all the way back to Marduk of Sumer, a titanic shadow against the black emptiness of space, cutting the dragon Tiamet to pieces and creating the world from her bones.
Simply amazing. No wasted words but plenty of information and a wonderful balance between intimate, small scale story and its part in a larger context.
She has experienced more pain and trauma that anyone should have to, but she carries on displaying oodles of inner fortitude and reserves of strength. The battle is titanic and timeless, the writing is descriptive yet concise and the story is brilliant and deftly rendered. Only 44 ratings for this gem View all 21 comments.
Simply brilliant. Chasing the -metaphorical and actual- Dragon is a creepy, action-packed and guts-and-blood-on-the-floor story worth reading. View 2 comments. Nov 05, Nikki rated it really liked it Shelves: I read a couple of friends' reviews of this, and downloaded a sample chapter, and it just sort of got under my skin -- the whole idea of it. It does something pretty original with the mythology it uses, with dragons and with zombies -- something I've certainly never seen before, anyway.
It's a novella, but it got me as involved as if it were a full-length novel: I held my breath for much of the last two chapters. It's full of guts 'n' gore, so descriptions of that kind of thing gross you out, the I read a couple of friends' reviews of this, and downloaded a sample chapter, and it just sort of got under my skin -- the whole idea of it. It's full of guts 'n' gore, so descriptions of that kind of thing gross you out, then you probably won't enjoy this, and there's also descriptions of drug-taking, which might make you uncomfortable.
Normally, both the gore and the drugs would make me uncomfortable, but the story made it make sense. The main antagonist and protagonist are both strong female characters, too, which might be a draw for some! View 1 comment.
Nov 10, Eric rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Fans of mythology, urban fantasy. Recommended to Eric by: Due to this book's length, it is hard to properly review it without revealing any spoilers. It's either a novelette or a novella it's hard to tell which, as I can't hold my Kindle copy sideways and analyze the thickness properly , but I don't say this as a detraction, rather as an accolade.
Also, Due to this book's length, it is hard to properly review it without revealing any spoilers. Also, for Nicholas Kaufmann to be able to create this intricate world and story without it dragging or stalling is a testament to his skill as a writer. As for the specific plot mild spoilers follow , it is an urban fantasy that incorporates Christian mythology through a female protagonist that is the lone descendant of St.
George, who while hunting the legendary dragon is also at the same time suffering from a heroin addiction. While I figured out a key element of the story very early on view spoiler [ I realized heroin would be the dragon's weakness at the first mention of the legend where St. George had "a lance coated with an oil milked from the seedpods of an indigenous wildflower.
Jun 10, Daniel rated it it was amazing Shelves: Nicholas Kaufmann brings dragons and the modern world together with superb plotting and surprising brevity, answering all of the questions that arise from his premise--such as: What connects the slayer to the dragon? How can the slayer hope to fulfill her quest? He conflates the traditional phrase "chasing the dragon" with modern metaphor, and steers this linguistic feat p "Chasing the Dragon" is a fabulous and fantastic novella.
He conflates the traditional phrase "chasing the dragon" with modern metaphor, and steers this linguistic feat past simple word-play into use as a genuine literary accomplishment.
In fact, "accomplished" is the best word I can think of to describe this novella. It is beautifully written, brimming with emotion, entertaining throughout, and fully satisfying. It is the kind of book that I wish came along more often. Read this, and then tell your friends to read it and to further spread the word.
Kaufmann deserves wide recognition for this wonderful book. Oct 06, Mike rated it it was amazing. Chasing the Dragon is yet another fine bit of fiction released by the folks at Chizine Publications. This short novella features a modern twist on the heroic legend of St. George and the Dragon. As I mentioned Chasing the Dragon is a short novella, a pocket-sized book clocking in at pages.
It reads fast but its brevity and machine gun pacing belie the surprising depth of the world that Kaufmann manages to evoke.
By tying his tale into a network of history and legend Kaufmann manages to lend an added layer of depth to his world without any lengthy exposition. For those more in the know than myself and who pay attention to cover art! Particularly early in the novel I found myself wondering just how much of what Georgia was experiencing was real and how much was warped perception from her drug use.
Chasing the Dragon is a taught, superbly written tale falling somewhere in the middle of urban fantasy and horror that manages to defy most if not all of the convention familiar to those genres. My only complaint being that I want more. My struggle with short fiction is well documented so pardon me for hoping that Kaufmann tries his hand some more novel-length works.
For those looking for something new, different and exciting I highly recommend giving Chasing the Dragon a try. Feb 20, MB Taylor rated it liked it. Finished reading Chasing the Dragon by Nicholas Kaufmann a couple of nights ago. It seems a thousand years ago St. Georgia, the current George and the first female dragonslayer, has some serious problems. Not only is the dragon destroying road side diners and Finished reading Chasing the Dragon by Nicholas Kaufmann a couple of nights ago.
Not only is the dragon destroying road side diners and creating zombies from the victims, but it seems she the dragon has a bigger plan.
Tight and lean, this book is a good quick read. Because I was so invested in the main character, Georgia, I would have liked to have seen a couple of the themes involving her expanded upon the dual meaning of the title and how dragon-chasing impacts Georgia, for example , but it works wonderfully as a novella. There's no filler or bogging down in ponderous garden paths here. This book is as direct and fast as a crash-test. Nov 06, David rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Recommended to David by: This was a high-octane thriller well worth the quick read.
A kick-ass heroine in the urban fantasy mold is the Chosen One destined to hunt dragons, or more precisely, one dragon, as she is the latest in a long line of dragonslayers.
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But our heroine has a few problems. Heroin addiction. Basically, she's a mess. This novella works fine at the length it is at; a full-length novel would have dragged on too long though I was a little disappointed at the full-length-novel price for This was a high-octane thriller well worth the quick read. This novella works fine at the length it is at; a full-length novel would have dragged on too long though I was a little disappointed at the full-length-novel price for a very short ebook, but I won't hold that against the author.
It's lots of fun, full of violent action and blood and mayhem, and a real page-turner with a few twists at the end. Chasing the Dragon wasn't able to earn 5 stars from me because the action scenes began to take on an unrealistic video-game quality, and there were a couple of great big plot holes at the end, but the story was entertaining enough for me to give it a solid 4 stars.
Aug 17, Benjamin Ethridge rated it really liked it.
Interesting take on a medieval tale that manages to include zombies, heroin and a dragon, which comes in many wicked forms. Not to put down the story or concept, because I really liked both, but Kaufmann seems too good of a writer for this action-driven material. I like the fantasy and action he incorporates in his work General Slocum's Gold , although it would be interesting to see his handling of deeper emotional complications in the story, something he only touches here.
It is a shorter writ Interesting take on a medieval tale that manages to include zombies, heroin and a dragon, which comes in many wicked forms. It is a shorter writing form though and this story is what it needs to be. Also, I admire Chizine publications for printing this novella with the dragon cover art. Marketing-wise, it is pretty bold of them to exclude the possibility of including zombies in some way, just to cash in on them.
This cover shows that the publisher cares more for the story than just the easy impulse buy. Nov 27, Lynda rated it really liked it Shelves: Normally I groan at the trend to characterize books as "a cross between X and Y" but Chasing the Dragon is dragging this comparison out of me: With a dash of the Walking Dead. I liked the take on zombies as the "meat puppets" of the Dragon. And the mythology. The interesting take on addiction works for me as metaphor. Pleased by the conclusion, especially how a very ordinary and unassuming minor character becomes important be Normally I groan at the trend to characterize books as "a cross between X and Y" but Chasing the Dragon is dragging this comparison out of me: Pleased by the conclusion, especially how a very ordinary and unassuming minor character becomes important because he was there and survived to be a friend.How can the slayer hope to fulfill her quest?
The truth is somewhat different. Perhaps this is because of my own personal saturation with zombies and the works of Barker. Oct 06, Mike rated it it was amazing. Georgia's life is tr Chasing the Dragon takes on double meanings, but the one you know at the start is Georgia Quincey, who is a female Dragon slayer. Police hesitated to enter. Open Preview See a Problem? It's lots of fun, full of violent action and blood and mayhem, and a real page-turner with a few twists at the end.
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