Wer sich für Japan, japanische Mentalität und Kampfkünste interessiert, gleichzeitig aber auch eine schöne Liebesgeschichte und einen spannenden. Ein Ninja [ˈnɪndʒa] (jap. 忍者, deutsch: ‚Verborgener') oder Shinobi (忍, wörtlich: ‚Verbergen') ist ein besonders ausgebildeter Kämpfer des vorindustriellen. Febr. Sie gelten als Meister der Tarnung, Aufklärung und des Meuchelmords. Die Ninja des japanischen Mittelalters waren Kampfkünstler, die sich.
Some of them did. This is an older book, but started a series for Von Lustbader that were kind of Jack Reacher-ish, but on a more international scale.
Rather adult and the female characters a bit two-dimensional, more window dressing. Fans of John Wick would like this. This book was first published in ; Open Road Media is re-releasing some of the titles in the Nicholas Linnear series.
The Ninja is the first book in the series. There are two more books available for the Kindle. Before I was completely finished with The Ninja, I purchased both those titles.
It took a little longer than usual for me to get into this book, but once I did, there was no sto I received a free copy of The Ninja by Eric Van Lustbader from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
It took a little longer than usual for me to get into this book, but once I did, there was no stopping until I was finished.
I know very little about Ninjas insofar as what it takes to train oneself to become what is essentially a killing machine. After that I knew the difference between a dojo and a sensei, and I got the concept behind "wax-on; wax-off".
None of that helped me one bit in fully understanding what it is a Ninja does. When the book begins, Nicholas Linnear is about to quit his job and completely give up the life he had made for himself in this country.
Later he finds out that the dead man was someone he knew because the man lived a few doors down from him on the beach. He is aware of a continuing conflict inside himself in trying to combine two very different ways of not only living but also thinking.
Nick grew up combining the best of both cultures in his home. It was only when he became a young man that he was drawn into the complexities of two very different cultures.
I am not a huge fan of gratuitous sex scenes in books or anywhere else for that matter. I usually end up trying to figure out if the couple groping and slobbering all over each other could really perform all those acrobatic moves in real life.
Eric Van Lustbader indulges himself in some wordsmith creativity when it comes to bedrooms, living rooms, or wherever is handy to do some bodice ripping and sexual contortionist tricks.
It added absolutely nothing to the story and was distracting. Once I got past all that though, the book improved enormously. Van Lustbader had a very involved plot that was full of historical detail as well as explaining what the art of Kenjutsu entails.
There really was life before cell phone texting and Twitter. This was not a quick read. There is a lot of background content to cover in understanding how all the bodies do relate to one another.
For me, the more I read, the more deeply involved I became with the characters. I wanted to like this book. It has some of the goofy trashiness of an s ninja movie -- sword battles, wall climbing, hypnotism, throwing stars, all that good stuff.
Unfortunately for a book about ninjas it is overwritten and takes itself way too seriously. It takes the focus from the sweet ninja action I want from a book titled "The Ninja.
Sigh, that innocence is long gone. By turns tranquil and explosive, this is the pinnacle of martial-arts fiction writing.
I must have read it ten times and will doubtless return to it again. Linnear is the most compelling and believable of characters in a genre that is usually packed with exaggeration and circus acrobats.
The book is not entirely free of magic and mysticism, but in these proportions it fits perfectly. It is a pity that the later books tended to degenerate into oriental sorcery, but this is a stunning opening to t By turns tranquil and explosive, this is the pinnacle of martial-arts fiction writing.
It is a pity that the later books tended to degenerate into oriental sorcery, but this is a stunning opening to the series and stands perfectly well alone.
Linnear is a man who stands between East and West, the son of an American diplomat raised in Japan, Western on the outside and Japanese in his heart.
Nicholas Linnear takes up the burden of learning bujutsu as a child and becomes one of the greatest living masters of the Japanese fighting arts.
With the pain of a broken relationship with a sexually insatiable lover blighting his life, and a conflict with the "black" side of ninjutsu which he has tried to leave in his past, Linnear has come to live in the US and taken a Western lover.
As an expert on this art he is drawn into the police investigation. As the events spiral closer in towards Linnear and his difficult relationship with the police investigator mutates into friendship, he is forced reluctantly to the realisation that his conflict has come back to pursue him, and he must take up the sword again.
This is some of the most graceful and lyrical writing that I have ever encountered; reading "The Ninja" is like entering a dream. The action scenes are absolutely rivetting, and still have me writhing in my seat trying to block as the blows fall.
It is the masterpiece of its kind, entirely unique in my experience. I re-read this one. The first time i read it as an ebook during my office hours and i really had to skip a lot of pages fearing someone might mis-interpret the sensual descriptions: In the process i also missed out on huge chunks of the story, losing the plot totally by the end of it all.
My views this time around are totally confused, initially i liked the book, say for the first pages or so. I found the description of the first couple of murders were written very well.
Also the sensual descriptions of the love-making between the lady and the ninja is beautifully done, or so i felt then!
But when i started reading the next pages, i felt like am re-reading the same line and the same happened with the next pages and the next pages too: It was written when the ninja craze was just beginning in the U.
I first read this book in the early 80 when it came out and I loved it then. Got it reduced price on kindle I had wanted to re read it and have thoroughly enjoyed it again the second time round.
Always sketchy rating something that I really liked 25 years ago - would I like it as much now? I remember these books as being cracking thrillers with insights into Japanese culture - oh, and plenty of hot sex.
I loved this book when I read it back in the 80s, and had I reviewed it then I probably would have given it four, or even five stars.
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.
It stuck in my mind over the years as one of the best books I had ever read. Fast forward to and, after I loved this book when I read it back in the 80s, and had I reviewed it then I probably would have given it four, or even five stars.
Fast forward to and, after reading it again many years later, I came away with a slightly different opinion.
While it is still an entertaining story, I personally found it not to have withstood the test of time. I also found the steamy sex scenes rather long and drawn out and, for me, they did nothing to drive the plot along.
More important, they did nothing to help establish an emotional connection between myself and the characters. And there, perhaps, is where I was most disappointed.
With all the author brought to the story in terms of rich detail, he failed to really involve me emotionally with the characters. That said, I did enjoy the book enough to want to travel down memory lane again and read one or two more Lustbader novels that I recall enjoying in my youth.
I am currently reading "Shibumi" by Trevanian - - another book from my youth I recall reading just before reading "The Ninja" - - and, so far, it seems to be holding up despite the passage of time.
I may give "The Miko" a go next. If you do decide to read "The Ninja", please be aware that the sex scenes are quite graphic - - borderline pornographic, in my opinion.
Nicholas Linnear is a dick. An overly-intellectualizing, pretentious jackass, who, rather than having normal conversations with Yukio and Justine, just preaches and sermonizes to them.
If I had spoken to my now-wife, when we were dating, the way Nicholas does to Justine, we would definitely not be married now Or was he just trying to have Nicholas be a victim?
A chump who, thinking his cousin will help him, just gets a beatdown instead? I might put this question to Lustbader via social media, and see if he answers Nicholas Linnear is a master ninja, the son of a Chinese mother and British father.
He has come to the US where he succeeded as an add man for a big corporation, but one day he just quits his position. He lives in the area of West Bay Bridge, where he meets the beautiful daughter of a man worth over million dollars.
Of course she hates her father and all his money. Meanwhile, there is a ni The Ninja 1: Meanwhile, there is a ninja killing people. The writing is wordy, the action sparse.
The only thing that happens in the first hundred pages is what I mentioned in the above paragraph. The story jumps around too much, plus there is a big backstory right in the middle of the first pages, which interfered with the flow.
Heck, all the jumping from one scene to another interfered with the flow. The only action is in the bedroom with Nick and Justine.
The story just rambles, going nowhere fast. The book is pages, so figure the reader has a long way to go before it reaches a climax.
Good luck if you can last that long. Re-reading this, having previously read it over 20 years ago and was delighted to find that it has certainly stood the test of time.
This is part detective fiction, part martial arts thriller and part life story of the central character. The flash backs are there to expand on the life of Nicholas Linnear as he grows up learning martial arts and becoming abl Re-reading this, having previously read it over 20 years ago and was delighted to find that it has certainly stood the test of time.
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.
The present day half features a series of violent murders two of which are friends of Nicholas. Called in to help on the first murder owing to the tip of a Shaken found in the body he gets more and more heavily involved the case.
It is a fascinating novel with the action scenes full of detail of the martial arts technique and the damage caused.
Balanced against this the detailed description of the history and background of many aspects of martial arts.
Looking forward to Book 2 — Miko. I got this for a quid off of the charity book table in the supermarket. I wavered between liking this book and not liking it in the first few chapters.
Stick with it, it improves after the first few chapters. I would like to thank NetGalley and Open Road Media for the chance to read this e-book in exchange for an honest review.
Although I received it for free, that in no way impacts my opinions within this review. This book was first published in , so some of the references and language is a bit dated, yet in no way does that detract from the power of this tale.
I should be upfront and say that I did not have particularly high expectations for this book as I am not a big fan of martial arts.
I know just enough about martial arts to understand I really know nothing of them. Yet that is not important when reading this book, as you get an excellent education into the basic tenets, but without ever feeling a sense of information overload, for the explanations are shared throughout the course of this narrative.
This approach helps clarify the story for the reader, as well as neatly avoiding overuse of flashbacks. Van Lustbader has a talent for seamlessly moving between layers of history, from A.
He demonstrates a deep understanding in the differences between Eastern and Western cultures, and how those differences shape their people.
Given the vast history Eastern cultures have in comparison to the relatively recent history of Western cultures, it is understandable that the two often find each other incomprehensible.
But of course there are those who can see both sides, and find their soul called to the other culture. He was in the Pacific Theater after Pearl Harbor, and found that he was completely and utterly drawn to Eastern culture and history.
He was raised Jewish, a fact very few people were aware of, for he changed his surname once he realized that Jewish people could only advance so far within the English military structure.
His father falls madly in love with Cheong, a young Japanese woman whose full ancestry is unknown. She is raised in a traditional Japanese household, but her parents suspected that she may be half Chinese.
The Colonel and Cheong marry out of love love, and from this marriage comes young Nicholas. It is clear, with all the different bloodlines that make up Nicholas heritage, just how divided he felt over time.
He looked like a Westerner, but thought like an Easterner. The relationships, with their similarities and contrasts between Eastern and Western mind sets, was fascinating to see.
Though the story was clearly fictional, it was extremely well researched and felt authentic. The descriptions, the way things were defined, all helped set not just the tone, but also the pacing of the novel.
Even the generational differences in how Nicholas and his peers viewed things versus how their elders parents and grandparents viewed them was informative.
Of course the war was a polarizing event for all, but especially the Japanese, after the atrocities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in However even that was shown through multiple points of view, and Mr.
Van Lustbader once again handled a very charged topic with delicacy and respect. In the end the book comes back to the internal schism in a man with feet in two vastly different worlds, and his struggle to reconcile all the varying parts of his heritage.
He tackles the challenges laid before him, eventually determining the threat and part of the cause. This situation actually helps him find his center again.
Unfortunately he accepts a debt of honor which he feels obligated to pay, regardless of how difficult it may end up making his own life, thus leaving the story wide open for a sequel.
The arc of this story is well constructed, as are the characters. Van Lustbader handles the action scenes as deftly as he handles the emotional lives of the characters.
While Nicholas Linnear is the main protagonist, there are other, supporting protagonists and antagonists that all play their roles well. Many of them are a blend of protagonist and antagonist, which is parallel to real life.
Given the mature sex scenes I would not recommend this book for anyone under the age of Without a doubt this is a fascinating and entertaining read.
The story of half American and half Oriental The story starts and restarts in different times and as you go along the puzzle settles.
Old story of one adept being jealous of another and revenge because of many unsettled issues. Not a clear ending which makes one think there is a book two?
Towards the end the book is getting clouded and philosophical which makes for difficult reading. At time the book is very neatly paced with great suspense and action and the se The story of half American and half Oriental At time the book is very neatly paced with great suspense and action and the secret love lives of the different characters.
I liked reading it. Sep 04, J. I would highly recommend this novel to anyone wanting an outstanding treatment of the Shadow Warriors, the Shinobi, the Ninja Eric has done a masterful job of putting the visions to paper.
Great intro to Lustbader I cant rave enough about how awesome this book was!! Definetly cant wait to dive into the rest of the series!! The fight scenes were amazing, the overall story was amazing, learned tons and was entertained from cover to cover!
The first and best of the series, first published in He tries to strike a deal with Caifano, a mob boss, but Caifano and Braden cannot find common ground and eventually engage in a turf war.
The police are confused about the killings, and local police martial arts trainer and expert, Dave Hatcher, is assigned to find a consultant. Dave persuades his friend Cho to see his boss, and Cho attests that only a ninja could commit these crimes, but refuses to aid the police any further.
Cho happens to walk into the gallery while the thugs are loading the goods in a van, is attacked and responds with hand-to-hand combat.
The henchmen escape in the van with Cho in pursuit, but he fails to stop the thieves from getting away. Cho, badly mangled, returns to find his mother murdered and his son missing.
In order to finish the last witness, Braden hypnotizes Cathy, who is in love with Cho, to find and bring in Kane. Kane manages to free himself and Cathy, and the two inform the police.
Braden makes his final assault on Caifano and his organization, killing everyone he encounters. Cho rushes to help his faithful friend, but the latter dies in his arms.
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