Minstrel’s Alley Reports Sales Increase for Gordon Basichis’ “The Guys Who Spied for China,” in the Wake of Recent China Espionage Controversies

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The Guys Who Spied for China enjoys renewed interest as the Americans become increasingly aware of China's espionage efforts and its escalated threat to the American economy.

The Guys Who Spied for China is personal adventure into the shadow world that is developed through the intimate relationship between two disparate characters.

Minstrel’s Alley has seen renewed interest in author Gordon Basichis’ novel, The Guys Who Spied for China. The roman a clef was first published in 2009 and was a Quarter Finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Fiction Awards. The publisher attributes the increased sales and renewed interest to the headline-making news stories involving Chinese Espionage Networks and China’s increased threat to American Security.

“China expansion and espionage tactics are making headlines right now,” said author Gordon Basichis. The Guys Who Spied for China, in fiction form, offers insight into the early discoveries concerning Chinese spy networks operating in the United States. My novel takes place in the eighties and nineties where Chinese espionage first became a major concern and started making headlines.

“That time and my novel, among a number of other books, served as early and often unheeded warnings to what the United States would be confronting in the future,” said Basichis. “Now here we are, and every resource is scrambling to combat what most recognize as a growing concern about China’s escalated assertion toward global preeminence.”

Basichis noted that according to a recent article in the National Review, entitled, From the Chartroom: The Cost of China’s Intellectual-Property Theft has offered that China’s theft of intellectual property costs the United State between 0.9 percent and 2.6 percent of its annual GDP. He pointed out that, until recently, many business sectors ignored warnings concerning stolen intellectual property. He added, it appears most companies have recognized the real and potential damage and loss.

The Guys Who Spied for China is not a treatise on Chinese espionage, said Basichis. “It is personal adventure into the shadow world that is developed through the relationship between two disparate characters. The novel is based on my own experiences and unlike most books in he genre it is quirky and sometimes darkly funny. It is based largely in California, with most of the book taking place in more familiar places, like Beverly Hills.

“I am grateful the book is enjoying renewed interest right now,” said Basichis. “It is less for me about the sales and more about the readership and people’s understanding of Chinese spy tactics and how their networks were formed, and how it all came about. That readers enjoy it for the thrill ride. But to understand the inception is to assist in understanding the present climate surrounding China’s espionage capabilities and what the future holds in store. Right now the future is not particularly pretty.”

Background: Minstrel’s Alley is a Los Angeles based independent publisher that seeks to bring adventure back into the publishing industry by publishing books that have popular appeal but with more complexity than the standard mainstream fare. The new publishing group distributes its books through Amazon, Kindle, and assorted Internet outlets as well as through bookstores around the country. You can view Minstrel’s Alley at http://www.minstrelsalley.com

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