The publication of ”Journey to the West” Trilogy has attracted a number of wonderful reviews from Amazon, GoodReads, Smashwords, as well as on book review sites. Below are selected reviews of Land of Hope and Trials of Life, with relevant links to their original sites. Click The Same Moon to begin this modern tale of a woman’s heartwarming and heartbreaking journey, from the East to the West.
Land of Hope (Journey to the West #3)
Book Blurb: Every year, millions of illegal immigrants cross borders in search of wealth, happiness and a life of ease in the Land of Hope. Some succeed. Others suffer unimaginable hardships. When Jack Gordon, Inspector in the SCS (Serious Crime Squad) hires Pearl Zhang, a professional Chinese interpreter, they join forces to fight injustice in the corrupt underworld of international crime, human trafficking and sexual exploitation. Pearl is the voice of broken dreams, translating raw, deranged, and colorful tales of those who cannot speak for themselves. As Pearl gets more and more tangled in the lives of strangers, Jack becomes a welcome diversion, complicated by the fact that both are married. Their trans-continental roller-coaster ride derails when Pearl tumbles into the sinister world of her clients, a world full of secrets, lies, and unspeakable violence – only this time, it’s directed at her. Can she depend on Jack? Find out in this third and final book of Junying Kirk’s “Journey to the West” trilogy。
Reviews from Amazon UK & USA
Superb Book!! It draws you in and makes you part of it 5 Stars By Anouar I have just finished reading this book.The pace of Junying’s novel is so fast and captivating.Being an interpreter and an immigrant myself,I was amazed by the author’s insight into the human spirit.
Kirk uses Pearl’s job as a catalyst to explore the lives of different individuals who have moved from China to the UK for a plethora of different reasons. As each of these cross Pearl’s professional path we are given a preview into their own world in China where we find what prompted them to move to the UK, the conditions they moved in, their hopes and dreams, and the lives they now share here. The descriptive imagery is very vivid in this book. At times we are plunged into the restrictions of Chinese society, prostitution, and the harsh realities of human trafficking. Some of the stories are heartbreakingly painful, others cruel and sinister as we get to know the individual characters and follow their journey, however Pearl’s background and social conscience leads her to empathise and attempt to help them throughout. This coupled with her own professional and personal struggles, not mention love interests, makes for a very interesting read. I find it hard to box this book into a particular genre. It does run alongside police investigations but, although it is a fairly fast moving tale with a nice suspenseful twist at the end, it doesn’t feel like your archetypal thriller. It is more a tale of Chinese culture and society and the differences individuals faced between their thoughts of the west and their actual experiences living here. I’d certainly recommend this character driven novel. Kirk has a very easy writing style that manages to paint the picture in the reader’s mind without being overly descriptive. It’s absorbing, informative and heart wrenching in places. I have the first in the series on my reading list and look forward to see how Pearl’s character begins her story. Journey to the West Trilogy 5 Stars By 1756 I have thoroughly enjoyed the `Journey to the West’ trilogy and this finale has been a fantastic conclusion. My only sadness is that I have come to the end! With expert character development and intricate interweaving plot lines, Kirk’s description of a rollercoaster ride from humble beginnings in a closed China to the west, excitement and adventure has kept me enthralled at every turn. Although I have tried to ration myself, I have devoured this final instalment far too quickly and sincerely hope that Kirk delivers us another treat shortly. Dynamic 5 Stars By Sandra Lynne Padgett
This is the story of a Chinese woman pursuing her continuing education by emigrating to England and working for a PhD there. She eventually gets her degree and takes a job as a police interpreter. This job takes her to all kinds of places and situations, many of them quite stressful and heartbreaking at the same time. She is married and the stress of her job comes between her and her husband. Various other story lines involve body trafficking, sexual exploitation, money laundering. Many people emigrate from China hoping for a better life. China has been a poor country for so long, people go elsewhere such as England to make money to send back to help support their families still in China. The characters are well drawn with good dynamics between the main characters. The story is tightly plotted and keeps your attention throughout. Every piece of the story is there for a reason. I have thoroughly enjoyed this story and recommend it to any and all. A Close Dose of Reality 5 Stars By AndyPWood
More Reviews from GoodReads
Land of Hope is the third of a trilogy of thrilling books. I say “thrilling” even though I didn’t read the first two yet, but if they are of any resembling caliber as this; thrilling is the appropriate word. If traveling the world via literary works interests you, this will not disappoint you as it exposes you to east (China) meets west backdrops. There’s even a romance woven into the fast paced thriller. The most appealing facet of this book is how its fictional storyline depicts the dark reality of a very serious global problem today: human trafficking. The number of people, mostly young girls, being abducted and sexually exploited and/or forced into labor is unbelievable. Junying Kirk not only provides a well written and entertaining story, but she helps to increase the awareness of one of today’s darkest realities. When fiction can impact reality in positive ways, it needs to be shared with as many people possible. I hope this will be the case with this book.
Katy Sozaeva rated it 4 Stars
Mariam Kobras rated it 5 Stars
Eri Nelson rated it 5 Stars
JJ Collins rated it 5 Stars
Andy Wood rated it 5 Stars
Madeline Sloane rated it 4 Stars
Trials of Life (Journey to the West #2)
Tabitha Ormiston-Smith rated it 5 Stars
Bluejay44 rated it 4 Stars
Katy Sozaeva rated it 4 Stars
Eden Baylee rated it 5 Stars
Vered Ehsani rated it 3 Stars
Vince rated it 4 Stars
Ms. Kirk characters – Will stick with you for a long time
“Trials of Life” is the second book in the Journey to the West series. The series main character Pearl, married, content and living in the UK. Pearl’s happiness is quickly erased when she finds out about the death of Dr. Richard Appleton and this revelation brings back painful memories of her difficult journey. This when the book makes an imprint and were Ms.Kirk injects the vile Dr. Appleton into the reader’s conscious. The book is well written and subjectiveMs. Kirk is a character creative monster and that is something you can’t teach. Five stars The reason why my overall rating is four stars – I wanted more from Pearl. Enjoyed it very much.
Great Sequel to The Same Moon 4 Stars
*If you enjoy the first book you will be in for a treat with the second book (Trials of life). The second novel is brilliant on its own but is best appreciated after reading the first one (just like the Hobbit and Lord of the rings). Trials of life is beautifully written, I absolutely love the writing style (won’t spoil you on how it is written). At times my eyes well up at such intense emotions seeping through the page, I was gripped from the first page and cannot put the kindle down all weekend. Once again Junying has proved that one does not have to have a printed book to be considered a good writer, a very good one indeed. I can’t wait for the next novel to come out.