My Goodreads Review of Eating Smoke

Happy Friday everyone! I just finished reading the book Eating Smoke, a true story by Chris Thrall. Born in England, Chris enlists in the British Royal Marines at 18 and leaves after seven years to make his fortune as a businessman in Hong Kong. Detours into a world of drugs derails him and he finds himself living in fear and paranoia in the seedy red light district of Hong Kong.


Here’ my Goodreads review of EATING SMOKE:

Eating Smoke: One Man's Descent Into Drug Psychosis in Hong Kong's Triad HeartlandEating Smoke: One Man’s Descent Into Drug Psychosis in Hong Kong’s Triad Heartland by Chris Thrall
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Chris Thrall shares his life as a young man who joined the Royal Marines at the age of 18 and after serving seven years, moves to Hong Kong to seek his fame and fortune instead of returning to his native England to reunite with his family.

In Hong Kong when his business ideas fail and he becomes addicted to Crystal Methamphetamine, the author descends into the seedy and sordid world of drugs, crime and paranoia.

I read the book with a mixture of disbelief and an rooting for the “underdog” because of the drug addiction, dangerous affiliation with hardened syndicate, daunting language barrier and the thought that the man’s organs would surely cease to function after being put through such a damning drug scenario.

I could understand how Sarah would want to leave Hong Kong and wondered how Chris could want a girlfriend to live for love in such squalor. Drug addiction Paranoia is reinforced throughout the book and it made for great understanding and wonderment.

A serious read for sure, but, there are moments of humor as well. The take away for me ( a former nurse) was reinforcing the fact that drugs destroys a life and that’s if you’re one of the lucky ones… and how lucky the author is to have survived that life.

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Okay, the scoop.I received a free copy of Eating Smoke in exchange for an honest review. No financial transaction took place. As a top Amazon reviewer, let me assure you, this book is well worth the read! And you guys, I’m off the radar for a bit, will resurface in a few weeks with even more great reads:)

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