Book: Dark Eye of the Jaguar by Robert Mitchellcategories: Book, China, Chinese Thriller, Action Adventure, Jesuit Treasure, Murder and Double-Cross, Lost Emerald, Boxer Rebellion, Chinese Mystery, Looted Church Treasures, Jesuit Holy Relics, Adventure Fiction
Robert Mitchellabout this book: We lived in China for two years, teaching conversational English to both middle school and college students. And during those two years we travelled whenever we had free time. Several of our excursions took us to Beijing and to the famed dirt market where second-hand goods of all types could be found. We had been there several years prior to taking up residence in China whilst on a guided tour. There were very few westerners there at that time and it was a much more interesting place, without the gaudiness of souvenirs which later took over the walled area. And it was later, after we had returned to Brisbane, and after I had received a large heavy writing box which I had purchased on eBay, that the thread of a story started moving around in the back areas of my brain, a story about an ancient emerald stolen from the Incas by Spanish conquistadors and becoming part of the religious regalia of the Jesuits, and then stolen again during the days of the Boxer rebellion in China. So this story has come from many different sources, from different interests of mine, from places we had experienced, and from those things which I treasure, and also from the balcony of our house across the road from the Brisbane River.
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