It is 1922 in this sequel to Shanghai Station, and Russian Count Alexander Karlov, determined to avenge his parents’ murder and find his abducted twin sister, pursues Viktor Polyak, the Bolshevik agent who destroyed his family four years ago. Finding himself in Paris, Alexander miraculously reunites with his sister, Katerina, and together they flee for Shanghai aboard the China Star. Polyak ruthlessly chases them across three continents, sending vicious thugs after the siblings in numerous attempts on their lives. Despite all this, Alexander still finds time for a passionate affair with the striking wife of an English tea planter, while Katerina reacquaints herself with upper-class pursuits.
Filled with stereotypical and ridiculously evil men, unnecessary violence and innumerable sex scenes, China Star is most definitely a potent book. While the story may lack believability, the vivid descriptions of the various exotic port cities, the interesting history lessons, and the colorful characters make for an intriguing read. However, despite its action packed plot, the raunchiness leaves a bitter taste, and much to be desired.