Minstrel’s Alley Sees Sales Boost as Chinese Trade War Raises Intertest on Gordon Basichis’ Novel, The Guys Who Spied for China

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“When I first wrote The Guys Who Spied for China, I thought it as an intimate spy novel, but one with plenty of its warnings, regarding Chinese intent” said author, Gordon Basichis. “In the past thirty years or so China has improved its espionage efforts to a much greater efficiency.”

Minstrel’s Alley has seen a sales boost in author, Gordon Basichis’ novel, The Guys Who Spied for China. The publisher believes the renewed interest is a result of the potential trade war between the United States and China and the governmental concerns that China will appropriate sensitive American technology through its continued investment in U.S. based technological startups. These concerns were outlined in an April 6th, 2018 article published in Defense One.

The Guys Who Spied for China is a roman a clef and was a Quarter Finalist in the 2009 Amazon Breakthrough Fiction Awards. It is partially Basichis’ true experiences, helping to expose Chinese Espionage Networks operating the United States during the eighties and nineties.

“When I first wrote The Guys Who Spied for China, I thought it as an intimate spy novel, but one with plenty of its warnings, regarding Chinese intent,” said author, Gordon Basichis. “In the past thirty years or so China has improved its espionage efforts that has enabled it to steal some of our more advanced technology in weaponry and in competitive industries, in general. It has cost the American corporate concerns billions of dollars and has closed the technological edge the United States may have established in the past decades.”

“Despite all the dire projections at the time, most didn’t take either the Chinese espionage efforts or its military buildup all that seriously,” said Basichis. “For some of the more astute China watchers, the writing was on the wall. For the majority there wasn’t even a wall let alone any writing. China was viewed as a big cash cow, and most were in it for the short money. Out of convenience, both the public and private sector neglected the larger picture. And now here we are, staring into a unique and formidable mix of both adversary and trading partner.”

The novel depicts Basichis’ offbeat experiences in working through fate and circumstance with a consummate Cold Warrior to uncover Chinese Espionage Networks in the United States. Basichis narrates how it all began and details a journey that took both him and a nation to uncharted waters for the better part of a decade. The author noted that reviewers have called it everything from darkly humorous to suspenseful and engaging.

“This is not your typical beach reading spy novel,” said Basichis. “It is quirky, for sure. But then the whole experience was quirky and sometimes dangerous. Some did not want believe the story even after certain events were depicted openly in the mainstream media.

“But while I wrote it as fiction many of the events have borne out. Warnings were issued and then promptly ignored. Most simply didn’t see China’s rise on the more complex and comprehensive levels with which it deserved. Now here we are, hoping we can maintain our edge.”

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