Former Royal Marine's memoir about his crystal meth psychosis while working for the Hong Kong triads
PR Log - Apr 25, 2012 - "Eating Smoke: One Man's Descent into Drug Psychosis in Hong Kong's Triad Heartland"
Chris Thrall left the Royal Marines to seek his fortune in Hong Kong, but following a bizarre series of jobs found himself homeless and addicted to crystal meth.
He began working for the 14K, a notorious Hong Kong’s crime family, as a nightclub doorman in the Wan Chai red-light district.
Dealing with violence, psychosis and the ‘foreign triad’ — a secretive expat clique that works hand-in-hand with the Chinese mafia — he had to survive in the world’s most unforgiving city, addicted to the world’s most dangerous drug . . .
What the press are saying:
"... exemplary pacing, completely engaging tone, wealth of winning detail. Thrall uses such verve, enthusiasm and faultless comic timing that it is hard not to be swept along." - South China Morning Post
"What else would you expect from a former Royal Marine Commando? Chris Thrall has a hell of a story to tell, and he does so with humour, candour and page-turning prose." - Tom Carter. CHINA: Portrait of a People
"Book of the Year." - Time Out Hong Kong
About the author:
Chris Thrall lives in the UK. At eighteen, he joined the Royal Marine Commandos. Following active service in the Northern Ireland Conflict and training in Arctic warfare and survival, he earned his parachutist’s ‘wings’ and went on to serve as part of a high-security detachment on board an aircraft carrier.
In 1995, he left the military and moved to Hong Kong to oversee the Asia-Pacific expansion of a successful network-marketing operation he’d built, part-time, while serving in the Armed Forces.
Eating Smoke, a humorous yet deeply moving first book, is his account of what happened.
Jointly released by Blacksmith Books of Asia and Maverick House of Ireland, "Eating Smoke" shot straight to number 2 on the Hong Kong best-seller list. With over 21,000 supporters, Eating Smoke has gained something of a cult following on Facebook.