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Sand against the tide
Bishop, Paul.
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New York : Tor Books, 1990.
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Booklist Review

If Chuck Norris' agent doesn't option this one, he's asleep at the wheel. Calico Jack Walker, a retired middle-aged LAPD detective and kendo master, once again joins forces with diminutive, sexy Japanese beauty-queen cop, Tina Tamiko. They attempt to stop Lok Ni, a Vietnamese Fu Manchu clone, from pirating a police barge loaded with 50--count 'em, 50--tons of confiscated guns and dope before it's dumped in the Pacific. Lok Ni's kinky daughter, Rena, uses whips, chains, and lit cigarettes to seduce a high-level police official and gather information about the barge's sailing date. Bishop's follow-up to Citadel Run (Tor, 1988) continues the formula of minimal character development and maximum action. However, there's definitely a readership for this type of novel. --Elliott ~Swanson

Publisher's Weekly Review

Bishop, a 13-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department, places series heroes ( Citadel Run ), retired cop Calico Jack Walker and his ex-partner and lover, Tina Tamiko, in an improbable fantasy that centers around a barge loaded with cocaine and confiscated weapons that the LAPD plans to dump in the ocean and the bad guys plan to hijack. A hotshot police captain, whose obvious crimes and corruption escape everyone's attention, rises through the ranks; a terrible ordeal in Vietnam has left him under the control of his Asian wife and her evil father, a Cambodian drug lord. Another Vietnam vet takes ill-gotten wealth from criminals and distributes it to the needy. Walker gets involved after his son is shot by boat hijackers and another of his ex-partners is framed for the murder of a nightclub owner. The ex-cop sets up a confrontation at sea with the Cambodian's motorboat armada (manned by Salvadoran terrorists), armed with flamethrowers and a vintage, battle-ready P-51. There's more, but mindless action and wisecracking heroes do not a thriller make. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved