John D Greenwood launches Chasing the Dragon, the second volume of his Singapore Saga series about the early development of Singapore

Greenwood recently participated in a book launch tour in Singapore for Chasing the Dragon (Singapore Saga, Vol. 2), published by Monsoon Books, during the Singapore bicentennial celebrationsHe gave talks and book readings at Littered with Books bookshop, The Black Box theatre on Fort Canning Hill (Forbidden Hill for readers of the first novel), the Training Vision Institute and the National Library. He also participated in a guided book tour for Jane’s Book Tours and discussed the book on Read with Michelle Martin, a local radio show. Pictures of the events and radio podcast can be found on Monsoon Books' Facebook page. ‚Äč

The book’s publisher provides the following synopsis:

Chasing the Dragon (Singapore Saga, Vol. 2) continues to vividly portray the lives of the early pioneers of the expanding port city, including Joseph Balestier, Seah Eu Chin, Captain Henry Keppel, Tan Tock Seng, Munshi Abdullah, Governor Butterworth and Whampoa as well as fictional characters who bring nineteenth-century Singapore to life.

Duncan Simpson comes to manhood when he joins James Brooke, the White Rajah of Sarawak, on his expeditions against the piratical Borneo Dayaks; an Indian cattleman turns to tiger hunting when his herd is decimated by disease; a Malay magician conjures up magic spells to capture the love of a woman and destroy her husband; a Chinese mother is haunted by the ghostly cries of her abandoned child; a mesmerist performs a dangerous surgery; and Chinese secret society gangs murder Christian farmers in the interior of the island.

As the troop ships of the British Expeditionary Force assemble in Singapore in preparation for the First Opium War, Hong Xiuquan has a dream that will launch the Taiping Rebellion in China, taking the lives of twenty million and powerfully impacting the fortunes of the new citizens of Singapore.


Singapore Saga, Vol 2: Chasing the Dragon, is now available in the US from Amazon Books.


Submitted on: SEP 9, 2019

Category: Philosophy