Review & Giveaway: The Slightest Chance by Paul Letters

The Slightest Chance by Paul Letters

Publication Date: June 7, 2019
Blacksmith Books
Paperback; 296 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction/Military/WWII

In war, you can pretend to be someone you're not. Yet, in war, people find out who you really are.

Hong Kong, 1941. Anglo-Australian civil servant Dominic Sotherly's colonial sojourn in Hong Kong becomes complicated by his double life in both war and love. Enigmatic Englishwoman Gwen Harmison possesses secrets of her own – plus an unrelenting desire for liberty.

From gaiety at the Peninsula Hotel to persecution both inside and outside of internment, the story journeys from war-ravaged Hong Kong to war-weary China.

From real history, meet the Chinese admiral who led Hong Kong's daring ‘Great Escape' and the Japanese Christian soldier who risked his life for the enemy. And, uniquely during the occupation of Hong Kong, discover how one Englishwoman made history in her defiance of Imperial Japan.

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Woah, do I have a massive book hangover today! I stayed up late last night to finish up Paul Letters' The Slightest Chance and it was totally worth the loss of sleep!

Set in Hong Kong at the beginning of the war, Dominic is the Under-Secretary for Chinese Affairs and a weekend warrior volunteer in HK, traveling in disguise to try and gather information for the government. His work is important, yet extremely dangerous. On one of his missions, he meets Gwen, a British nurse living in HK, and they become close. When the war escalates and Japanese armies take over HK, the Europeans in the area are in danger as the Triads vow to kill them. Gwen gets taken by the Japanese but with her sharp mind and the help of a friend, she is able to get to safety.

Gwen is actually based on Gwen Priestwood, the only female to escape from Japanese captivity in Hong Kong. I would love to learn more about her and her story - it sounds incredible!

The Slightest Chance is a fast-paced, edge of your seat, historical thriller. It is a no-holds-barred account of the horrors of war and I was gripped the entire time!

I am definitely going to pick up his other novel, A Chance Kill, and I can't wait to see what Paul writes next!

About the Author

Paul Letters is a novelist, journalist, broadcaster and part-time teacher of history and politics. He moved from London to the jungled fringes of Hong Kong in 2001. His earlier World War II novel, A Chance Kill, topped the South China Morning Post book charts.

In addition to historical features, he writes opinion pieces and magazine articles. Paul also broadcasts on Radio Television Hong Kong. His ‘This Month in History' segment can be found as a podcast. Paul and his son James also present the chart-topping history podcast for kids and adults, ‘Dad and Me Love History'.

His website, and his daily on-this-day-in-World-War-Two twitter feed, can be found at

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, October 21
Review at Passages to the Past

Tuesday, October 22
Excerpt at The Book Junkie Reads
Review at Al-Alhambra Book Reviews

Wednesday, October 23
Feature at Maiden of the Pages

Saturday, October 26
Interview at Passages to the Past

Tuesday, October 29
Review at Locks, Hooks and Books

Thursday, October 31
Review at Coffee and Ink


During the Blog Tour, we are giving away a paperback copy of The Slightest Chance by Paul Letters! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.

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