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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This book was first published in ; Open Road Media is re-releasing some of the titles in the Nicholas Linnear series.

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I paid 50 cents for this in and I’ve just about gotten my money’s worth by ranting here. This initial murder is actually never explained in pages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Instead, I’ll leave with a quote from the book that brought home to me within the first 30 pages just how bad the experience of reading this would be. The author simply does not believe in “Staying in the Phone Booth with the Gorilla” as Robert Newton Peck Secrets of Successful Fiction once advised, probably believing that this creates suspense rather than irritation.

Balanced against this the detailed description of the history and background of many aspects of martial arts. The action scenes are absolutely rivetting, and still have me writhing in my seat trying to block as the blows fall. I llustbader even know how to begin a review of this “book. The characters constantly reference their eastern mindsets without any attempt to enlighten the reader.


Linnear grows up in post war Japan during a time of great upheaval, and this ever-changing environment leaves its mark on him. I still enjoyed the books, but whoever transferred the book into a digital version, missed a nijna parts. As a Kindle owner: In the preceding example – lengthy, as in the original meaning of lent: Refresh and try again. It was exciting and Nknja felt like I learned something Carpenter co-wrote a second draft with Tommy Lee Wallace inbut it turned out not filmable.

Every action or comment that he makes seems measured and entirely appropriate.

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Published May 12th by Fawcett first published Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. His father falls madly in love with Cheong, a young Japanese woman whose full ancestry is unknown. It has some of the goofy trashiness of an s ninja movie — njnja battles, wall climbing, hypnotism, throwing stars, all that good stuff.

There was a problem adding your email address. This is part detective fiction, part martial arts thriller and part life story of the central character.

See all reviews. I probably think that one of my guiltiest pleasures is the John Steakley innja scifi schlockfest Armor. The only action is in the bedroom with Nick and Justine.

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Inheriting his father’s occidental features, but being raised in the Japanese culture meant that he had a foot in both worlds, but never seemed to truly be accepted in either. The action is so poorly described that most of the details were not decipherable by me, and I could literally get up and try to act them out.

It just goes to show from small seedlings grow great cherry blossoms…. You are commenting using your Facebook account. While Lustbader’s knowledge of Japanese martial arts, philosophy and history is impressive, and the action sequences described are pretty gripping, I found some of the writing a tad pretentious – – especially his penchant for using words that would have even the brightest Mensa members scratching their heads and reaching for their dictionaries.


A Nicholas Linnear Novel Paperback. He was raised in Japan but has moved to New York where he struggles to enjoy a successful career in advertising. Early thi For years, love has been an art in the Orient.

While the current state of affairs with the murders is interesting and well written on its own, Nick’s background is equally as fascinating as we learn more and more about the Eastern mindset as opposed the the Westernized version of life as Nick it lives now. Wait, here’s a word guy on Twitter.

Nicholas Linnear notice the last name; straight as an arrow is at a crossroads in his life; he has just left his job and met a younger woman with some psychological problems.

Also the sensual descriptions of the love-making between the lady and the ninja is beautifully done, or so i felt then! Sort of like I’d apologize for using six different words that, in essence, encompass the idea of “ki” or “chi” or the concept of spiritual awareness, especially one that is from a 19th century European philosopher and really doesn’t fit, even when I didn’t use the one that would really fit, like “chi”.