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The book The Forbidden City is written by William Bell and contains 299 pages The theme in this serious fiction adventure novel is about a seventeen-year old boy named Alex Jackson his father a CBC news cameraman and their adventure in China and how they survived the worst of times during Chinas history The place is Beijing China and the time is 1989 a year that Chinas Government tries desperately to cover up and keep buried forever It starts with Alex Jackson the main character and his photographer father taking Alex away to Beijing on assignment to join his news partner Eddie Nowlan Alex isnt exactly a reporter but rather a tourist or assistant dragged along by his father for the experience in learning and looking at Chinas beauty and history This wasnt exactly what was about to occur Staying in the Beijing Hotel Alex was able to see the beginning of a civil revolt as the students began to protest The students continued to standoff as the government brought in troops As the troops inched forward they executed the students by the dozens even by the hundreds Alex decided to take a ground view of this situation and began to get involved Going down the street to check on the action in Tienamin Square Alex was injured However a group of Chinese University students rescued him They fixed his wound and tended to his needs Imagine seeing new found friends innocent people even bystanders slaughtered in the blink of an eye Incredible horrors are brought to your attention and you question how a country could do this to its own people The author brings out very good realism with every sentence as if you could just be there feeling the emotions and seeing the events The author also has an interesting writing form in that this story was written as a diary or log in association with moment by moment events As you
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