Pretty much an indecipherable story, but iit doesn't seem indicative of the author's other work.
Top notch book. It has everything a good historical fiction needs. Interesting characters, great conflict, a tragic love story and most important, minute details about the time period.
This is what Seinkiewicz should be known for. Not Quo Vadis. Ask any Pole and they will agree.
a quick predictable read. It'll only take a few minutes. Only interesting in that the hero is a quaker.
a difficult slog. really no different from Fu Manchu, other than the fact that the title character was much less competent.
the "nefarious" plot involves kidnapping important Europeans and taking them to China. The scorpion is constantly betrayed by his loyal followers. the only fun character is the French detective Gaston Max. Everyone else is boring and one dimentional