Shōgun by James Clavell Across the Nightingale Floor by Lian Hearn Musashi by Eiji Yoshikawa The Ninja by Eric Van Lustbader The Way of the Warrior by. Nicholas Linnear, hero of The Ninja and The Miko, is back in another epic Eric Van Lustbader, Author Fawcett Books $ (p) ISBN ORDER THE BOOK E-BOOK Kindle Apple Books Google Play NOOK Kobo The Ninja Nicholas Linnear #1 Description The New York Times–bestselling novel.

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I remember being completely engrossed in, and enthralled by the Eastern philosophy, mysticism and martial arts mystique contained therein, as well as the epic tale that jumps back and forth between post-war Japan and present day s present day America.

And as if that bag were nearly empty. Before turning to writing full time, he enjoyed highly successful careers in the New York City public school system, where he holds licenses in both elementary and early childhood education, and in the music business, where he worked for Elektra Records and CBS Records, among other companies.

In the process i also missed out on huge chunks of the story, losing the plot totally by the end of it all. I can’t even keep up the parody.

Nicholas Linnear is a complex character, the product of two completely different cultures but not really belonging to either.

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New York City cops? The flash backs are there to expand on the life of Nicholas Linnear as he grows up learning martial arts and becoming able to understand the oriental way of life and thought process. Reic Japanese-American erotic martial-arts thriller with a lust for fancy writing, a plot lifted from The Big Sleep and Fu Manchu, bloody pages strewn with haiku–all of it padded unmercifully with Japanese history and warrior lore.


Weird murders are happening in New York, you see: But we, the readers, know way more about him than she does, because we’ve been privy to his swirling-ash-coffee thoughts, and they’ve spoken about words to each other. He has a slightly down at heel, world-weary ninjaa and I warmed to him immediately. They are a great blend of action, adventure, philosophy and history. The present day half features a series of violent murders two of which are friends of Nicholas. It took me this long to read it because I would read passages over and over again trying to figure out what the author was trying to convey.

OK, ok, I can still enjoy this, if just as kitsch. And inspite of all that i still can’t help but like the east-west comparison. It’s the exploration of those differences that I think raise The Ninja above your standard by-the-numbers thriller.

Van Lustbader has a talent for seamlessly moving between layers of history, from A. This guy has great metaphors; I must have marked over 60 in the book and it’s only about pages long! Though the story was clearly fictional, it was extremely well researched and felt authentic. I’m not even going to talk about the “plot” of this mess.

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Mar 24, Tim Parker-Chambers rated it really liked it. BUT, despite my entire adult life having been spent in serious pursuits of martial skills, and being generally a stickler for the realistic portrayal of such things, I greatly enjoyed the story.

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Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: The story is about a half-English half-Asian whatever guy in a small community outside of New York City who is drawn into a murder case when one of his neighbors is murdered.

Decided to reread as it had been 20 years since the last time. Published May 12th by Fawcett first published As if the only similes left could be constructed with “as if”. Explore the Home Gift Guide. Lustgader avoids mentioning some of the most compelling elements of the novel. I also found the steamy sex scenes rather long and drawn out and, for me, they did erlc to drive the plot along.


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Fast forward to and, after reading it again many years later, I came away with a slightly different opinion. The only thing that happens in the first hundred pages is what I mentioned in the above paragraph. Sep 04, J. I started reading it at the behest of vn neighbor with normally impeccable taste in books- he’s previously turned me on to both Carson McCullers and Dow Mossman. The first book The Ninja is great, a very detailed romp through historic Japanese culture and modern-day-ish business dealings.

This is not only why I don’t read it, it’s why I’m afraid to write. Is it pulp action? Don’t have a Kindle?

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He slaps her, she submits to his violence because she has issues with her father and then they have sex again and talk existentialism. Or how the villain manages to be lugging around a body of his own approximate site for easy throwing out of lustbaded window later or perhaps he planted that body earlier for easy catapulting—it’s never explained.

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