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"It's enough to make Ludlum seem humdrum." ATLANTA JOURNAL & CONSTITUTION Christian Hatcher, the licensed killer they call the Shadow Warrior, is out of jail and looking for the betrayer that got him there. With his body wasted and his spirit nearly crushed, Hatcher returns to Hong Kong and Bangkok--deadly stops on the heroine pipeline--and comes closer to a solution that he "It's enough to make Ludlum seem humdrum." ATLANTA JOURNAL & CONSTITUTION Christian Hatcher, the licensed killer they call the Shadow Warrior, is out of jail and looking for the betrayer that got him there. With his body wasted and his spirit nearly crushed, Hatcher returns to Hong Kong and Bangkok--deadly stops on the heroine pipeline--and comes closer to a solution that he fears to discover . . . . "Diehl knows how to tell a story, and his novel moves." THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW


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"It's enough to make Ludlum seem humdrum." ATLANTA JOURNAL & CONSTITUTION Christian Hatcher, the licensed killer they call the Shadow Warrior, is out of jail and looking for the betrayer that got him there. With his body wasted and his spirit nearly crushed, Hatcher returns to Hong Kong and Bangkok--deadly stops on the heroine pipeline--and comes closer to a solution that he "It's enough to make Ludlum seem humdrum." ATLANTA JOURNAL & CONSTITUTION Christian Hatcher, the licensed killer they call the Shadow Warrior, is out of jail and looking for the betrayer that got him there. With his body wasted and his spirit nearly crushed, Hatcher returns to Hong Kong and Bangkok--deadly stops on the heroine pipeline--and comes closer to a solution that he fears to discover . . . . "Diehl knows how to tell a story, and his novel moves." THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

30 review for Thai Horse

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tom Tischler

    I was wandering in the library again when I saw a book with a bright red cover. It was called Thai Horse and it was written by a William Diehl whom I had never heard of. I red the flap and this was my kind of book so I bought it and am I ever glad that I did. This was an action packed story throughout. William Diehl though I'm sorry to say passed away in 2006. He wrote 10 books and I'll probably try to find them all. I only read this one book so far but he seems to write the kind of books that I I was wandering in the library again when I saw a book with a bright red cover. It was called Thai Horse and it was written by a William Diehl whom I had never heard of. I red the flap and this was my kind of book so I bought it and am I ever glad that I did. This was an action packed story throughout. William Diehl though I'm sorry to say passed away in 2006. He wrote 10 books and I'll probably try to find them all. I only read this one book so far but he seems to write the kind of books that I like and I gave it a 4.5.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kyle

    So we can't ignore the obvious: this book is full of racism and sexism in both subtle and overt ways. And not just in the sense of "flawed characters who say nasty things but they're messed up so we get it"; I mean in the sense of "ooh boy, this author's dream women really are blondes who make dinner and don't ask questions and always want sex, and Asian women who are SO EXOTIC and also always want sex." It gets worse, but I won't catalog all the problems. I mean, we could talk about Diehl's nee So we can't ignore the obvious: this book is full of racism and sexism in both subtle and overt ways. And not just in the sense of "flawed characters who say nasty things but they're messed up so we get it"; I mean in the sense of "ooh boy, this author's dream women really are blondes who make dinner and don't ask questions and always want sex, and Asian women who are SO EXOTIC and also always want sex." It gets worse, but I won't catalog all the problems. I mean, we could talk about Diehl's need for an editor, and his obsession with describing men as HUGE WITH BIG MUSCLES. And SCARS. It's just silly. So why 2 stars instead of 1? Because I'm intrigued by the echoes of the Vietnam war in this book. As a kid in 1988, when this was published (according to one contemporary source, though some say 1987), I never had any knowledge of how Vietnam still was echoing through our national consciousness. But of course for so many--including people like the soldiers in this book--the conflict was still reverberating. So when the book showed some of the fallout in various characters' lives, I was actually interested for the first (and only? yes, only) time. The most interesting moment is probably during a scene when a number of scarred vets go on a tiger hunt toward the end of the book, and the scene is written in a way that makes that hunt clearly parallel to the fighting they had experienced not so very long before that moment. And that was actually a bit subtle and interesting, and it taught me something. But no, of course you shouldn't bother to read it or anything. (By the way, I'm reading and reviewing books published in 1988 throughout 2018 to get a sense of writing 30 years ago. This is 1 of many, hopefully. More 1988 stuff on Twitter at @1988is2018.)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Shweta Yadav

    What do you have to say about the book in which the climax starts and ends in 50 pages and then it is unnecessarily draged for another 50 pages? How about unnecessary description of places? Apart from this, the book was good. Story of ok.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Joan Fisher

    A little slow and confusing to start, but a good read.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Joseph R. McNeil

    Good read!! Reminds me of a book I read. Long time ago called Shibumi Hatcher was like main character in that book. Plot was good, loved the characters from the Longhorn!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kylee

    This book kept you one the edge of your seat. I typically do not read books like this, but I'm glad I did. Finished it in less than 3 days.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Trisha

    Inhoud: Tijdens de oorlog in Vietnam knapt superspion Christian Hatcher de klussen op die niemand anders aandurft. Hij opereert alleen, in het grootste geheim en staat bekend als de Schaduwvechter, de man met de ogen van steen. Hatcher maakt weinig vrienden; hij maakt vooral veel vijanden. De enige man voor wie hij respect kan opbrengen is zijn baas, mentor en alter ego Harry Sloan. Maar Sloan laat zijn beste geheim agent vallen als deze hem het hardst nodig heeft, en Hatcher belandt in Los Boxes, Inhoud: Tijdens de oorlog in Vietnam knapt superspion Christian Hatcher de klussen op die niemand anders aandurft. Hij opereert alleen, in het grootste geheim en staat bekend als de Schaduwvechter, de man met de ogen van steen. Hatcher maakt weinig vrienden; hij maakt vooral veel vijanden. De enige man voor wie hij respect kan opbrengen is zijn baas, mentor en alter ego Harry Sloan. Maar Sloan laat zijn beste geheim agent vallen als deze hem het hardst nodig heeft, en Hatcher belandt in Los Boxes, ee beruchte gevangenis in Zuid-Amerika. Als hij na drie helse jaren eindelijk vrijkomt wordt Hatcher een schilderijendief. Hij leidt een gevaarlijk, luxueus leven en houdt met heel zijn hart va Ginia, een mooie, rustige vrouw. Sloan, die Harchers vrijlating uit Los Boxes bewerkstelligde, zoekt zijn pupil weer op en dwingt hem een laatste opdracht te vervullen. De Schaduwvechter moet de generaalszoon Murphy Cody - ooit zijn beste vriend - opsporen, die vijftien jaar geleden als vermist werd opgegeven in Vietnam. Christian Hatcher keert terug naar de sinistere schaduwwereld van het Verre Oosten; naar Hongkong, Bangkok en de stomende jungle van Thailand - waar de papavervelden bleoeien en waar oude doodsvijanden dreigend op de loer liggen. Waardering: Omdat ik, toen ik het boek las, nog geen beoordelingen en mening gaf over boeken is het voor mij niet mogelijk om nu een juiste waardering aan het boek te geven. Ik hoop in de aankomende jaren tijd te vinden om de serie weer op te pakken om opnieuw te lezen, zodat ik ook dit boek een waardering kan geven. Boekinformatie: Uitgeverij: Phoenix Isbn: 90.6879.124.9 Totaal aantal pagina's: 348

  8. 4 out of 5

    Wayne

    This is another Diehl winner. I have now read 6 of his books. I am only sorry that Mr. Diehl started writing in his 50's and died before finishing his 10th book. The six I have read are all page-turners.The background of this novel is the aftermath of the Vietnam War and how it affected a group of service men. After a confusing (to me) beginning, Thai Horse settles into fast read with well-defined characters. With the exception of Diehl's Primal Fear, Show of Evil, and Reign in Hell (all involvi This is another Diehl winner. I have now read 6 of his books. I am only sorry that Mr. Diehl started writing in his 50's and died before finishing his 10th book. The six I have read are all page-turners.The background of this novel is the aftermath of the Vietnam War and how it affected a group of service men. After a confusing (to me) beginning, Thai Horse settles into fast read with well-defined characters. With the exception of Diehl's Primal Fear, Show of Evil, and Reign in Hell (all involving one evil character), his other novels are totally different from one another. Each, however, is a fine spy/adventure/mystery novel. I have added Diehl to my other favorite suspense/mystery authors, Demille, Baldacci,Silva, Berenson, Child, Martini, Rosenberg, Thor, Ludlum, Forsyth, Follett and Archer.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Attempted to read this last year, obviously couldn't get through it. I liked the beginning when the main character was in prison, I thought those chapters were interesting and well written. Just afterward, I realized that I wasn't really into spy/thriller/adventures with white guys as the main character. Especially if they go to Asia, because then it gets racist. I ended up donating this and two similar books I had in my to-read piles. I should have known better, I hated The Bourne Identity.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl Amazeen

    Diehl does it again !! Diehl does it again !! Another can't put it down adventure, mixing So much truth and history with intrigue! Wonderful characters, so real you'll feel you know them personally. If you think it's all fantasy.....think again! If you see this authors name on a book BUY IT! (no we're not related) !

  11. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    This book was interesting from the first page to the last. Sex, violence, milder and mayhem abound.main character was a shadow warrior during Vietnam . Betrayed by his handler in South America he makes a big change. Handler brings him back for the rest of the tale.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Cathie

    I really enjoyed this book. The historical content was good and the mystery was wonderful. It has been over 15 years since I read it but I still remember the story.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Saalanizam

    fascinating

  14. 5 out of 5

    Bert Carson

    I love every Diehl book. This was the first one I read which is probably why it is my favorite.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Diane Thiesen

    Similar to a Robert Ludlam spy type books

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Peña

    Male main character, lots of mystery and action. A bit steamy at times but not the focus. Nice long read for a trip to far away places and interesting characters and situations

  17. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    U.S. soldier mysteriously disappears during the Vietnam war, and, many years later, a man named Hatcher, a fellow soldier goes back to Vietnam to solve mystery. Okay.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Aimee G

    DKP was speaking about this book. The drug cartels are beyond intimidating.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Chaplain Stanley Chapin

    A good read Character development thru out story,intrigue, intensity, mystery what more can you. It was worth the suspense all the way to the end

  20. 4 out of 5

    Motherbeaver

    It was okay - a bit far fetched. Maybe that's why it took me a week to read it. I wasn't that invested or interested in it.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Hadji VanderVeer

    Made me realize there's a very short list of people in your life that are trustworthy.Cirillio is the father figure every male needs in their life to keep them on the right path.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Anka

    Fast and rhythmic thriller. I enjoy reading it.Diel knows how to stretch our patience to the limit and give us a fun and liberating experience reading the book. Warmly recommended.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Chuck

    Christian Hatcher, a Viet Nam intelligence veteran, returns to government service to determine whether another Viet Nam vet is dead or alive in the Far East. Action packed thriller.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Abikoye Olufemi

    Not really a great mystery to be honest, decent. high points was learning small Thai and Chinese phrases and also the concept of the Laos Boxes.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Roy

    I've had this one in my collection for many years and I still love reading it. My all time favourite by Diehl, who may be best known for Shark's Machine, but should be best known for Thai Horse.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jack Fahey

    My new favorite author! This has everything that needs to be in a book!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sheree Ross

    This is an older book,,,,,,copyright 1989. But it was a good suspence novel. The author wrote Sharkeys Machine and the Prima Fear books. This is a good read.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mark Polino

    I read Thai Horse for the first time back in the early 90's and it sill holds up pretty well. We've moved on from Vietnam, but the scars were surprisingly fresh back then.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Aimee

  30. 4 out of 5

    Shannon Gillissie Phoenix

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