Into a Cauldron of Corruption!

A wide-eyed expat is detained by Beijing cops and told to sign a false confession. Will he make it out of China alive?

Dueling the Dragon is a great adventure story, but this one just happens to be true!

With a journalist’s eye and lively wit, LeRoy exposes the deep levels of corruption tearing at China’s social fabric. You will learn about university students sold into slavery, media suppression of pollution reports, and campaigns of persecution against a broadcaster just trying to do his job!

Yet there is delight amid the despair, reverie amid the revulsion, as LeRoy encounters China’s “raven-haired beauties”. You’ll laugh away the tears with this riveting memoir!

Reader Reviews

“A fascinating portrait of a time, a place, and a man for readers who want to know more about the ‘real’ China. Very well written and revealing.”

“Has a delightful style of delivery, painting for the reader a picture full of humour, emotion, satire, frustration, anger even, and one that certainly wouldn’t have escaped the country had he written and attempted to publish it in China!”

“At times poignant, at other times lyrical, the book is filled with witty and insightful observations. A great read, could not put it down.”

Hear the Author read from Dueling the Dragon


Author's Introduction

Abdiel introduces his memoir about 10 years in China. The cover’s two-headed dragon represents the extreme contrasts of benevolence and malevolence that he encountered in the country.


The Raven-Haired Beauties of Chengdu

Abdiel touches down in Chengdu, capital of China’s western province of Sichuan, for his first teaching job, and is immediately awed by the beauty of the student girls.


Facing Fake Charges in Beijing

Chinese police show up at Abdiel’s door suggesting he “cooperate”.


Chloe's Farewell Tears

A bitter-sweet conclusion to Abdiel’s year at China Central Television.