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By Chris Thrall | Comments: ( 955 ) | Date: ( Dec 08, 2019 )

Chris Thrall left the Royal Marines to find fortune in Hong Kong, but following a bizarre series of jobs ended up homeless and in psychosis from crystal meth.He began working for the 14K, a notorious crime syndicate, as a nightclub doorman in the Wan Chai red light district, where he uncovered a vast global conspiracy and the Foreign Triad a secretive expat clique in cChris Thrall left the Royal Marines to find fortune in Hong Kong, but following a bizarre series of jobs ended up homeless and in psychosis from crystal meth.He began working for the 14K, a notorious crime syndicate, as a nightclub doorman in the Wan Chai red light district, where he uncovered a vast global conspiracy and the Foreign Triad a secretive expat clique in cahoots with the Chinese gangs.Alone and confused in the neon glare of Hong Kong s seedy backstreets, Chris was forced to survive in the world s most unforgiving city, hooked on the world s most dangerous drug.Engaging, honest and full of Chris s irrepressible humour, this remarkable memoir combines gripping storytelling with brooding menace as the Triads begin to cast their shadow over him The result is a truly psychotic urban nightmare.


  • Title: Eating Smoke: One Man's Descent IntoCrystal Meth Psychosis in Hong Kong's Triad Heartland
  • Author: Chris Thrall
  • ISBN: 9781905379835
  • Page: 426
  • Format: Paperback

About Author:

Chris Thrall

Chris Thrall is a former Royal Marines Commando and author of the bestselling memoir Eating Smoke, his experience of crystal meth addiction while working for the Hong Kong triads A qualified pilot and skydiver, Chris has backpacked throughout all seven continents, worked with street children in Mozambique, driven aid workers from Norway to India and back by coach, and scuba dived with leopard seals in Antarctica He lives in Plymouth, England, and plans to continue adventuring, charity work and writing.



Comments Eating Smoke: One Man's Descent IntoCrystal Meth Psychosis in Hong Kong's Triad Heartland

  • Ray

    Chris Thrall’s memoir Eating Smoke (sensationally subtitled One Man’s Descent Into Drug Psychosis In Hong Kong’s Triad Heartland) was published in 2011 but resparked buzz last year when the book was adapted into a radio dramatization for Hong Kong’s RTHK station. The memoir is about Thrall’s time in Hong Kong in the 90s when he found himself addicted to ice—that is, methamphetamine—and indeed written in the style one would expect while on speed. It is a dazzling ride, full of flowi [...]


  • Laura

    I rarely pre-order books due to an incident a while ago involving a dodgy publisherBUTI pre-ordered this book and I couldn't wait for it to be delivered to my Kindle.I've heard how Meth destroys peoples lives and I tend to enjoy reading about real life, gangs, the underworld and so forthSooooo, when I was browsing one day I stumbled onto this book and was highly intrigued about the title "Eating Smoke".Sometimes it's hard to believe what people do during their life and how they survived certain [...]


  • Collette Scott

    When Chris Thrall left England for Hong Kong in search of his fortune and fame, the outcome he received was most likely not the one that he had hoped for. Leaving a career in the military, he hurried out to Hong Kong to capitalize on a booming business, ready to entertain the wealthy and make a fortune. While he found a fun-loving group of friends, he also found the potent and dangerous drug, crystal meth. This blunt and entertaining read is the story of Mr.Thrall’s coming of age the hard way, [...]


  • Jonathan Chamberlain

    Chris Thrall is a young man with extraordinary gifts - gifts that I hope have survived the terrible psychotic breakdown that he experienced after living on little else but drugs, it would seem, for a year in Hong Kong. Other reviewers have mentioned the humour, but what, for me, was the most remarkable part of this tale was the way reality and paranoia merged. The slip from normality to madness was extremely well portrayed. I will throw books away after a few chapters if they don't grab me - thi [...]


  • Tom Carter

    What just might be the funniest if not first autobiography ever penned by a drug-addicted foreigner in China, Chris Thrall's “Eating Smoke” contains more spiritual pollution than all of the titles on the Communist Party's banned books list combined.In a country whose history was irrevocably altered for the worst by the scourge of foreign-imported opium throughout the 19th century, it is no wonder that today’s China has one of the world’s least-tolerant anti-drug laws - including executio [...]


  • Marti

    Chris Thrall’s “Eating Smoke” is a fascinating, beautifully written account of a British Royal Marine’s descent into methamphetamine addiction. Thrall is adept at description -- the hustle and bustle of the city of Hong Kong, and the dope fiends and hard-drinking expats he hung out with come alive as the story unfolds. Chris is so likeable and funny that readers will find themselves spinning out with him, but clinging desperately to the hope that he will get his head straight. The author [...]


  • Steve

    Chris Thrall. Should be Chris Thrill. A Brilliant book. Once I started it I couldn't put it down. It has exemplary pacing, is completely engaging and The tone he writes in is honest, sometimes sad, and sometimes humoursous, and it has a wealth of winning detail. Chris uses such verve, enthusiasm and faultless comic timing that it is hard not to be swept along. Sometimes when a person comes close to death, they find their soul. Chris Thrall shows us his in what is bound to be a best seller.An ins [...]


  • Kay

    Completely gripping read about the transition between reality and a drug induced psychosis. Told with humour and honesty you can't help feeling sympathy with Chris and the path he took in Hong Kong in Clubland. Its a brave thing to be so honest about making some bad choices and skill to allow you to experience that shift in reality to the mental breakdown caused by crystal meth. It was actually really informative too about the Hong Kong psyche and complex social rules that govern the triads.


  • Carla

    An hallucinating journey fantastically written! Congratulations Chris, on your talent, and your courage!


  • Tom Carter

    What just might be the funniest if not first autobiography ever penned by a drug-addicted foreigner in China, Chris Thrall's “Eating Smoke” contains more spiritual pollution than all of the titles on the Communist Party's banned books list combined.In a country whose history was irrevocably altered for the worst by the scourge of foreign-imported opium throughout the 19th century, it is no wonder that today’s China has one of the world’s least-tolerant anti-drug laws - including executio [...]


  • Andrew Carter

    Review from Andrew CarterI read Eating Smoke when I was living in Hong Kong so it had that added interest for me . At the time it was doing the rounds among my friends and colleagues and I'd only heard good things so picked up a copy.I finished it over a weekend. Chris Thrall writes with such clever pacing and wit that you are immediately drawn in.The start of the book is interesting in itself; a twenty something marine starting a new chapter in his life by moving to Hong Kong in the mid ninetie [...]


  • Jeremy Blum

    Decent story about an ex-military gweilo who comes to Hong Kong, falls into some rough times in Wanchai and gets hooked on crystal meth while working as a bar bouncer. If you've ever spent time as a foreigner in the Pearl of the Orient, you'll be able to relate to a lot of what Chris is describing here. The rough and tumble, gotta-make-money-or-die-trying nature of Hong Kong, the greasy expats that spend way too much time in dirty bars hitting on local girls and Filipinas, the way so many down-o [...]


  • Glenn

    I understand this is the author's first writing, so have to cut Chris some slack, but I didn't find this to be well written at all, and just couldn't get past some of the glaring deficiencies, so it fell flat for me. I felt Chris pretty much got what he deserved, as he self-destructed by making many poor choices in his life, so he wasn't a sympathetic protagonist either. Parts also rang untrue or as if they were embellished beyond reality, ala James Frey's A Million Little Pieces. I'm not saying [...]


  • Susan

    This book works on so many levels. For starters, Chris Thrall's character is very sympathetic throughout the book: on his first two trips to Hong Kong, at the end of his seven-year career in the Royal Marines, and during his roller-coaster ride through Hong Kong during the bulk of his story.Not since Richard Mason’s The World of Suzie Wong (Collins, 1957) and Han Bangqing’s The Sing-Song Girls of Shanghai (Columbia University Press, 2005 [first published in 1892]) has a writer taken such an [...]


  • Sunny

    What a fabulous read. This book definitely leads you into the descent into drug psychosis as you watch helplessly as Chris Thrall spirals out of control and is seemingly unaware of his ability to grasp reality. It all starts swimmingly for Chris Thrall who is forever optimistic when he heads to Hong Kong to become wealthy off a business venture only a young and naive individual would think would be successful. When this unsurprisingly fails, Chris (or Quiss as his Chinese or Filipino friends ref [...]


  • Constance Markarian

    EATING SMOKEI've read many books on drugs and drug addicts; some good, some not. This book happens to be great. This is the true story of a young man who moves to Hong Kong, hoping to make his fortune. Instead, he discovers crystal meth, and pretty much becomes immediately addicted. Anyone who has ever been addicted to meth knows that it pretty much gets a hold of you almost immediately. Chris Thrall, the author of this book, was no exception. He holds back nothing on his roller coaster ride of [...]


  • Patricia

    This book came to my attention via social media. After several days of seeing it show up on Twitter and Facebook I decided to purchase a copy.I was expecting a sad tale, as I have seen crystal meth addicts on television on their death bed and trying to warn others not to go down this road.The book was informative about the mindset of the author during his stay in Hong Kong, but more than that it was funny. I have never taken drugs or been to Hong Kong, nor have I served in the military. However, [...]


  • Trey

    A former Royal Marine trying to find his place in life. Running to Hong Kong using all of the resources on the table would've been my same thought if I were in the same position. Ultimately, circumstances didnt work out as planned and his experience slipped into the realm of paranoia from drug psychosis. What hooked me was I could relate to it as it seemed similar to my own life. I may not be a marine as they wouldnt accept a cancer survivor into their ranks, but I understand how hard it is to c [...]


  • Kathleen Kelly

    Eating Smoke is a gritty true story of a young man who leaves the Royal Army for a better life in Hong Kong, or so he thought. Chris Thrall finds that life in Hong Kong is full of drugs, prostitution and the Triads and is not a particularly great place to be. As his addiction to crystal meth leaps out of control, he finds himself homeless, doing more and more meth, not taking care of his body and becoming extremely paranoid. I found this story to be sad, emotional and happy at the same time. Sad [...]


  • Lucy Nichol

    I could NOT put this book down. A gripping read that takes you through some bizarre and terrifying events as psychosis takes hold and becomes more and more intense. I have read numerous books about personal experiences of addiction and mental illness, most of which I have found immensely brave and raw, but no other memoir has unnerved me quite as much as this. You were right in the middle of the madness in a far away land just willing him to get help. Combining addiction, mental illness and the [...]


  • Miriam

    This book had a very unexpected effect; while reading it I actually had the most bizarre sensation of speeding on some sort of substance stronger than my usual caffeine. This continued throughout the book, causing me to feel oddly at home in this frightening world where the author lived and very nearly died.This is more than a cautionary tale. This book is an amazing bird's eye view into a world that hopefully you will never go. You may find, like I, that you want to know more once you finish re [...]


  • Gabriel Azevedo

    this book was a fucking blast to read. the ending gets disjointed but it makes sense as thrall is completely psychotic at that point. thrall tries his best to avoid being orientalist but it really doesnt matter, hes still some british dude in a (former) british colony and sometimes he comes off as extremely patronizing, especially with the way he writes the dialogue of non native english speakersoblematic or not, this was a fun read.


  • Christopher Clifford

    As a former Hong Kong expat myself, I found this book to be a highly entertaining read and and a very accurate portrayal of the side of Hong Kong that most tourist never see One of my all time favorites !


  • Julia

    Absolutely fabulous book. More insight into a collectivist culture than any anthropological study. Similar to Shantaram but much much better.


  • Bob Finlay

    Absolutely loved this one.


  • Coral

    Read my review here - alchemyofscrawl.wordpress/


  • Heather Mackins

    Excellent insight into the real life drug world, excellent.


  • Gabriel Azevedo

    pretty entertaining and vivid but the annoying feeling of white adverturist in a weird wacky world never leaves. hes an ex british soldier who clearly writes from the perspective of a white man in hong kong and it gets really old the way he describes every single chinese person. we get it, youre white a sucker for a good drug memoir, though, and its not that relentlessly racist--some of the people in the book are even treated like people, sometimes. its worth a read if youve got nothing better t [...]


  • Alison

    Wrote this before somewhere else in and couldn’t find it. This is a n amazing tale written as if you’re hearing a story from a new acquaintance or old friend you haven’t seen in some time. The details, the environment descriptions, everything really made me feel I was right there with Chris. I really enjoyed this book and it was very detailed in the way he portrayed his spiraling out. So thankful this is no longer his life.


  • ai

    unsure how to rate thispositives: descriptions (of spiraling paranoia, scenes, personalities, drug effects)negatives: an anticlimactic account of events that didn't need to happen, the inclusion of "embarrassing" poetry, skittering writing style (intentional?)it's not rubbish, but it's not particularly uh enthralling either.


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