Dear readers,

I am happy to report that those of you who have been waiting to read my book A Time of Ghosts will, as of today, now be able to read it quite inexpensively, and in most any standard digital mode.

A Time of Ghosts was included in the “30 Best Books on China” reader recommendations in the Guardian (U.K.) newspaper, which had this summary:

The true story of a child who endured the earth-shaking transition of China to communism and found himself inundated in a sea of puzzling propaganda and prejudice. Then, growing to manhood and facing a tremendous internal struggle, he finally embarked on a risky, adventurous, and remarkably revealing odyssey to find a door out of the mental prison that China under communism had become.”



It was just made available on ebookit.com for $3.99 in the following formats:

PDF for reading on your PC or on a Mac;
EPUB for reading on iPad, Nook and most Ebook readers;
Mobi for reading on Amazon Kindle

Here is the link:


Here is a list of the major sites where it is available (in addition to other online retailers), with direct URLs to the book that you may cut and paste to your browser:

This is for people who want to go directly to it without searching. They can cut and paste the URL of their choice:

Ebookit.com (All major digital formats):

Amazon.com (for Kindle; click on the book and it will bring up a couple of very favorable reviews):

BarnesandNoble.com (for Nook):


For iPad, (etc.) use ebookit .com (see above) format dropdown box, or use your iBooks app.

Ebookstore (for Sony Ereader):

Google books:

Kobobooks.com (for Kobo):

As you may recall, I wrote this book over a long period of time through personal conversations with my (now deceased) physician and long-time friend Hok-Pang Tang.

Here is the “squiggle” on it:

Description: A Time of Ghosts is the exciting and absorbing account of Dr. Hok-Pang Tang, who was born into a wealthy and prominent Chinese family in the years before the Communist takeover, but whose family suffered a drastic fall with the coming of the the new regime.

It offers a vivid personal insight not only into a traumatic period in Chinese history, but also a rare and revealing glimpse at the “supernatural” subculture that survived even under Communism.

A Time of Ghosts follows Dr. Tang’s life from his overindulged childhood on through the bitter shocks of the transition to Communism, and finally to his repeated attempts to escape from a soul-destroying political and social system. It is a true personal history that reads like an adventure novel.

Because of its historical and human significance, I have long wanted to make this book easily and inexpensively available, and the digital format has enabled me to do that.  My personal preference is for printed books, but I know that many now use the digital format through one device or another to save both space and money.

If you happen to read the book, I would very much like to hear your reactions to it.  To make a comment (all comments here are private, unless requested otherwise), just click on the “comment” button on this page.

If you would like to see a “typed-text” sample chapter, you may go to my earlier posting here:



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