Synopses & Reviews
Anatole "Annie" Doultry is in his early fifties, with an imposing physical presence and a reputation to match. In 1927, he is serving six months in a hellish Hong Kong prison where, on a whim, he saves the life of a Chinese prisoner.
The prisoner's employer happens to be Madame Lai Choi San. Beautiful, ruthless, and shrewd, she is one of the most notorious gangsters in Asia. When Annie gets out of prison, Madame Lai thanks him with an offer of inconceivable wealth if he will join her in the biggest act of piracy the world has ever seen. Madame Lai is a seductive and powerful ally, but Annie is about to discover that she can be an even more powerful—and dangerous—enemy.
Marlon Brando worked on this story with his longtime collaborator—screenwriter and director Donald Cammell—for years. He's left us with a rollicking, swashbuckling, delectable romp of a novel—the last surprise from an ever-surprising legend.
..."will delight readers who love movies, Marlon Brando, sea stories, Chinese pirates or adventure tales.... Throw in a typhoon, a double-cross, a scorching sex scene, hand-to-hand combat and a mad break for freedom, and enthralled readers will be swinging from the rigging along with the rest of the pirates in this rollicking high-seas saga."
A wholly unexpected, hugely entertaining work from one of the greatest actors of our time: the story of an eccentric early-twentieth-century pirate on the high seas from the Philippines to Shanghai—a larger-than-life tale that Marlon Brando could have easily inhabited himself.
About the Author
Marlon Brando, widely considered the greatest movie actor of all time, appeared in more than forty films, including The Wild One, A Streetcar Named Desire, and Apocalypse Now. He won Academy Awards for his performances in On the Waterfront and The Godfather. His autobiography, Songs My Mother Taught Me, was published in 1994. Donald Cammell (1934–1996) was a writer, actor, producer, and director. He was best known for his films Performance, Demon Seed, and Wild Side. Simon Vance, a former BBC Radio presenter and newsreader, is a full-time actor who has appeared on both stage and television. He has recorded over four hundred audiobooks and has earned over twenty Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine, including one for his narration of Scaramouche by Rafael Sabatini. A twelve-time Audie finalist, Simon has won Audie Awards for The King's Speech by Mark Logue and Peter Conradi, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens, Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, Market Forces by Richard K. Morgan, and The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff. Winner of the 2008 Booklist Voice of Choice Award, Simon has also been named an AudioFile Golden Voice as well as an AudioFile Best Voice of 2009.