Heart of the Dragon: The Oracle by Peter ManHeart of the Dragon: The Oracle by Peter Man

Heart of the Dragon: The Oracle

byPeter Man

Paperback | September 14, 2018

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Victoria, a teenager adopted from China as a baby, lives a sheltered life in Toronto, until one day, in the blink of an eye, her whole world becomes dust in the wind. Her parents are killed in a fiery car crash. Victoria soon learns that powerful people have sent killers after her. She must evade these dangerous assassins while taking a perilous journey to China to look for her biological parents. In the course of her incredible odyssey, Victoria jumps out of a plane mid-flight without wearing a parachute, gets in a car chase on a sea-bridge in China, falling off the bridge into the sea below while trapped in the car; hangs outside the window at the top of the tallest building in China; wrestles with a hungry tiger, jumps off a high cliff, and kills three grown men with one arm.

Many of the secrets surrounding Victoria's mysterious background are encoded in China’s ancient writing known as Oracle Bone script. She wears a pendant of ancient jade pieces on which are carved oracles of the apocalypse described as 'stopping-of-the-sun.' Victoria’s amazing story is interwoven with China’s first historical queen from the Shang dynasty (circa 1200 BCE) who was also a seasoned warrior. The warrior queen's name is Fu Hao. Victoria's story describes one of Fu Hao's battles with a neighbouring tribe in Homeric detail. Fu Hao's undisturbed tomb was discovered in 1976, an eventful year for China, and a most important year for Victoria. .

Victoria is also linked to a barbarian tribe in northeastern China which came into being shortly before the Han dynasty (circa 200 BCE). Years later, these barbarians and their descendants would go south to rule large parts of China for hundreds of years. They are the Xianbei and the Khitan. While the barbarians changed China, they eventually became an integral part of China. To this day, many countries still mistakenly call China and Chinese Khitai and Khitan. The English Cathay is a derivative of Khitai. China in history suffered many foreign incursions, and large parts of the country or the entire country was for most of its history ruled by foreign tribes. But China's strength is its culture, and China always vanquishes the conquerors, not with its sword but with its word.

Victoria's story is also the story of China. The most important Chinese words that represent China, Shang, and Han are explained as never been explained before—directly from the Oracle bone script, and based on historical and archaeological facts. Victoria learns the origins of the Chinese and other ancient civilizations such as the Sumerians, ancient Egyptians, and the Indus Valley civilization. They are all related to a mythical paradise planet known as Shangala, which colonized the red giants Betelgeuse of Orion and Antares of Scorpius, the latter known in China as the Heart of the Dragon. 

Victoria's story is full of myths; mysteries, science, technology, culture, and art. While the dragon represents China, Victoria's adventures are connected to another Chinese mythical creature, the Chinese unicorn, more popularly known as Qilin or Kirin. Victoria will learn that the Chinese unicorn is real. One-eyed characters seem to be everywhere, and so are secret descendants of the Shang tribe, Confucius being one of them. When they're not getting involved in Victoria's life, they would be getting involved in world events, causing dynasties to rise and fall. Victoria learns that some of these Shang descendants are hiding in plain sight in major corporations. The most inexplicable mystery is the number eleven. Almost every time numbers are mentioned, eleven shows up.

Just when Victoria seems to have overcome every difficulty and has reunited with her parents, her biggest test comes at the very end, in the way that is described in the Revelation.  

Brought up in Hong Kong, at the Kowloon peninsula, the Land of Nine Dragons, and educated by a prestigious all-boys Catholic school (La Salle), the author muddled through university in Canada (McMaster), and inadvertently stumbled into the television business. He became a pioneer of Chinese language television in Canada, which means th...
Title:Heart of the Dragon: The OracleFormat:PaperbackDimensions:366 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.82 inPublished:September 14, 2018Publisher:Peter ManLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1999401905

ISBN - 13:9781999401900

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Table of Contents

Authors’s Note

Chapter 1    Everything is a Lie

Chapter 2    The Accident

Chapter 3    The Unbreakable China Doll

Chapter 4    Riddle me This

Chapter 5    Sub Rosa

Chapter 6    The Weird Sisters

Chapter 7    Room 929

Chapter 8    Sign of the Scorpion

Chapter 9    Dragon Heart

Chapter 10  Flight of Fancy

Chapter 11  Freefall

Chapter 12  Running on Empty

Chapter 13  The Warrior Queen

Chapter 14  The Dialectic

Chapter 15  Dante’s Gate

Chapter 16  Paradise of Shangala

Chapter 17  Golden Lies

Chapter 18  Tevye’s Conundrum

Chapter 19  The Watchers Cometh

Chapter 20  #1 Corn Gas

Chapter 21  The Unicorn Rings

Chapter 22  The Oracle

Chapter 23  The One-eyed Monster

Chapter 24  Apocrypha of Didymas

Chapter 25  The Odyssey

Chapter 26  Blessed are the Meek

Chapter 27  The Oblique Order

Chapter 28  Twilight of the Gotts

Chapter 29  Children of the Flower

Chapter 30  Book of Secrets

Chapter 31  Story of the Stone

Chapter 32  The One-eyed Slave

Chapter 33  Gathering Clouds

Chapter 34  Year of the Dragon

Chapter 35  Rare Treasures

Chapter 36  Stone Man with One Eye

Chapter 37  Blowback

Chapter 38  The Pledge

Chapter 39  Revelation

Chapter 40  The Quest

Chapter 41  War of the Twins

Chapter 42  Belly of the Dragon

Chapter 43  Genesis

Chapter 44  Rise of the Nephilim

Chapter 45  Brobdingnagian China

Chapter 46  Doing a Hudsucker

Chapter 47  Next Stop, Tianzifang

Chapter 48  Paradise Lost

Chapter 49  Dangal with Tiger

Chapter 50  The Pianist from Gamma Crucis

Chapter 51  The Awakening

Chapter 52  The One-Eyed Fable-Monger

Chapter 53  The Dragon’s Dream

Chapter 54  The Long March

Chapter 55  Invictus

Chapter 56  Quantum Leap

Chapter 57  The Name of the Flower

Chapter 58  Grand Unification

Chapter 59  Jack in the Box

Chapter 60  Apocalypse

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Editorial Reviews

booklife prize 2018critic’s report“The novel’s literary style is  creative, informative, and at times offbeat, with instances of breaking the fourth wall ... The breadth of knowledge and content Man integrates into the narrative (art history, world geography, mythology, and literature) is ambitious and often captivating. This genre-spanning novel is rich, profound, and--for some readers--potentially overwhelming … The author’s care in crafting the plot and character dynamics--and the juxtaposing of the ancient and the futuristic--are apparent throughout the work … Shifts and transitions between time periods can be blurred, but the meaningful connections Man draws between the various characters’ histories and global events are both enjoyable and educational.”(Booklife is a division of Publishers Weekly)