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Hock G. Tjoa was born in Singapore to Chinese parents. He studied history and taught at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur. He has published George Henry Lewes, a Victorian Mind, "The social and political ideas of Tan Cheng Lock" and various articles in the Newsletter of the China History Forum. He is married and lives with his family in the Sierra Nevada foothills of California.
In 2010, he published The Battle of Chibi, selections translated from "The Romance of the Three Kingdoms" (one of four traditional Chinese classics). In 2011, he adapted Lao She's "Tea House," Mandarin original first published in 1953, publishing it as Heaven is High and the Emperor Far Away, a Play. Both are part of his goal to contribute to a wider and greater understanding of China and Asia. In 2013, he published "The Chinese Spymaster" which he hopes will be the first of a series of three and "The Ingenious Judge Dee, a Play," an adaptation of The Celebrated Cases of Judge Dee by Robert van Gulik.

favourite books

The Life of Pi, by Yann Martel.
Kafka on the Shore, Haruki Murakami
Haroun and the Ocean of Songs, Salman Rushdie
The Ring Trilogy, J. R. R. Tolkein
Blood Money, David Ignatius
The Chinese Emperor, Jean Levi (French original won a Prix Goncourt)
A Walk in the Woods, Bill Bryson
The Year of the Flood, Margaret Attwood
Muriel Barbery, The Elegance of the Hedgehog
Red Sorghum, Mo Yan
Shantaram, Gregory David Roberts

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Hock G. Tjoa

To sail against Troy, Agamemnon sacrificed his virgin daughter Iphigenia. Ten years later, he returns victorious, hoping Clytemnestra has forgiven him. So wrong.

The royal family of Mycenae has a bloody, monstrous history. Agamemnon returns with his war trophy, the Trojan Princess Cassandra he unthinkingly flaunts before his queen. After an epic sword fight in his own banquet hall, Agamemnon is killed. Cassandra has her nightmares/visions of the gory and unspeakable deeds of the House of Atreus; she is led away to be executed. Clytemnestra and her lover Aegisthus have their respective reasons, but this regicide must be avenged. Or so say the voices in Orestes' head: he must avenge his father; he must kill the regicides; he must kill his own mother.

But killing one's own mother would break the greatest of ancient taboos and would result in even more more voices in his head. Are they just voices? Can they be placated? Aeschylus the playwright resolved this and won a prize from the Athenians. What did that mean?




Hock G. Tjoa

Chinese Intelligence uncover a North Korean trying to sell a nuclear device. Then they find FIVE other dealers trying to do the same.

This book has just been published as THE CHINESE SPYMASTER, the first volume in a projected series of three. It is available on Amazon (in paperback and as a Kindle version) and in all electronic formats on Smashwords. (October 4, 2013).

The buyer is the same in every case--the Pashtuns.
Is this "simply" nuclear proliferation?
A "Pashtun Spring"?
The realignment of geopolitical power in Central Asia?
A resurgence of Islamist terrorism?
How will the restless minorities in China, the Tibetans and the Uyghurs, react?
In order to anticipate and confront these threats, Spymaster Wang must negotiate through inter-agency and bureaucratic rivalries as well as personal ambitions, at home and abroad. He reaches for ancient insight into strategies and unorthodox alliances. But the struggle he must undertake cannot cease and the outcome always remains in doubt.
This is not the usual tale of "feel good vengeance" or the exploration of the Western id or libido in espionage. It appeals to readers with a curiosity about non-western traditions, cultures and expectations about the value of action--and non-action.

UPDATED June 29, 2012

PUBLISHED as The Chinese Spymaster, 2013


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MMaguire wrote 4 days ago

Will do!

DMRogers wrote 5 days ago

Hi Hock, Many thanks for your comment. The best compliments are oft....

Kenneth Edward Lim wrote 5 days ago

Hock, Just so you know, "The North Korean" is at Amazon/kindle http:....

MMaguire wrote 5 days ago

Hock, Thanks for the comment! It was a great surprise, and I'm gla....

Tom Ericson wrote 6 days ago

Hi Hock, Thanks for the positive comments - and the backing in May, ....

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I wrote 5 days ago

Well written and the situations with Lenia and Kiri smoothly executed to bring out differences that I suspect will play out in the story. Well done. Will back in May. view book

I wrote 6 days ago

This is a well written, fairly straightforward sci-fi thriller with a conspiracy angle. I like it and will back it in May. view book

I wrote 6 days ago

This is really good writing. O.K. there were a couple of things one could nit about, but not me. But I am really disappointed to have missed the part that told of how in 1969, a kid of ten, fell in love. view book

I wrote 7 days ago

This is good writing and I enjoyed how each scene is crafted. I have changed my mind--Will back in May. view book

I wrote 7 days ago

This is very well written and I enjoyed your characters and their ups and downs; but I wonder what is the "story." Sorry for being dense. Best wishes for your writing. view book

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