The Skull Mantra (Inspector Shan Tao Yun) [Eliot Pattison] on * FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. When a headless corpse turns up on a Tibetan. Reviews. Thomas Gaughan for Booklist; Kirkus Reviews; Publisher’s Weekly; Barbara Conaty for the Library Journal. Cover for Skull Mantra – US Edition. “The Skull Mantra does for Tibet what Martin Cruz Smith’s Gorky Park did for Russia. “I’ll never stop suggesting Eliot Pattison’s first thriller, The Skull Mantra, .

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The same goes for when Shan is visiting the different gompas and, well, everything really. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Shan, a political prisoner, in work group is brought before the Provincial Governor, Colonel Tan, and assigned the task of finding out who ekiot Prosecutor Jao on the road Group was building.

Write a review Rate this item: A little too much soap-boxing, by everyone but the monks, and skull then Yeshe In the late ‘s he decided to combine his deep concerns for the people of Tibet with his interest in venturing into fiction by writing The Skull Mantra.

They and their motives do strain credulity, but in the end, they are the least important aspect of the book; the most important is Tibet, its people, and the fidelity of those people to an ancient way of life. Don’t have an account?

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Perhaps I can come back and revisit this review because I’m not really doing this book justice. To ask other readers questions about The Skull Mantraplease sign up.


They failed because no one thought to ask the right question. I don’t think this kind of book is something for everyone, but then again, few books are. You may have already requested this item. Or even a Tibetan’s. He dliot the real culprits are Chinese patttison and American miners, but the truth may hurt the camp more than a lie.


My interest was in the ‘campaign’ part of that, the look at the situation in Tibet, but the ‘thriller’ part pattoson cliche-ridden and I was bored through most of the book. Mar 20, Emelia rated it it was amazing. It started out engaging and interesting, but then less than halfway through it became convoluted, diffuse and confusing. I’ve seen this described as a ‘campaign thriller’. In any totalitarian regime, anomie is common because individuals are required to report on others or be punished themselves, leading to a dearth of trust.

While the authorities want to blame a holy monk, many in the community believe a demon protector is responsible, based on mythologies that predate Buddhism. And all that being said, I should correct this and say that the main character is really the people of Tibet and multiple religious orders spoken about throughout this book.

And finally, each elaborate piece does have a very small bit to do with the overall mystery. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. A Chinese official is murdered in a slave camp in Tibet. He adopted their religion that helps him not only survive the horrors of prison-life, but has given him friends in unlikely places.

The bits of the puzzle were like drops of water; shapeless, without defined edges, and completely transparent. Siri Paibounbook 1 Colin Cotterill. Too many threads, too many characters, too much wandering and wondering–fine in eliiot place, but the resolution of the mystery was anticlimactic and didn’t seem to be connected to all that went before.


Each book involves one or more murders which set up a “who-done-it” mystery that the stoical Inspector Shan has to resolve. The tenth and final book of the series, Bones of the Manrrais set to be released on March 26, A deeply spiritua Shockingly engaging, a very telling mystery about life in post-invasion Tibet, and the reality of Communism, bureaucracy, pattion the life of the locals, both Chinese and Tibetan.

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Toward the end, however, I did correctly anticipate a few things. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you pattixon to read. While not an easy read, I highly recommend this book as both an excellent mystery and also an accurate reflection of present day Tibet. My Thoughts If anything, this book is incredibly detailed. Granted a temporary release, Shan is soon pulled into the Tibetan people’s desperate fight for its sacred mountain and the Chinese regime’s blood-soaked policies. He vividly depicts the landscape, the Buddhist subculture, beliefs, practices, and the unremitting genocidal practices of the Chinese.

Parts of the body are missing but there is not graphic detail.