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’d be offended by the cultural appropriation, but I’m not sure on whose behalf I should be offended. I know very little about Ninjas insofar as what it takes to train oneself to become what is essentially a killing machine. Retrieved from ” https: Great intro to Lustbader I cant rave enough about how awesome this book was!! The next scene they share together ends with this sentence: The first book The Ninja is great, a very detailed romp through historic Japanese culture and modern-day-ish business dealings.

View all 9 comments. Eric Van Lustbader was born and raised in Greenwich Village.

Nicholas Linnear Novels

However even that was shown through multiple points of view, and Mr. Oct 28, James Krauzlis rated it it was amazing.

Let’s also make it clear that I am not a prude and have no problems with sex in literature. It serves, literally, to kick off the action and makes no sense in terms of the primary focus of the murder, which is theoretically An Evil Tycoon, or in terms of our hero’s battle with The Ninja.


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. Refresh and try again. As long as I’m apologizing, I’d probably apologize for dropping in pseudo-literary references to Raymond Chandler whose name I would be profaning were I to drop it into such wasteful florid proseto Cain and Abel—whom my main characters have literally nothing in common with, beyond a super-shallow “one’s sorta good and one’s sorta evil” take, to Shakespeare, and to all the people I’m referencing like an 8th grader who only has a handful of references he’s aware of.

In fact, it’s really well established that The Hero’s Big Problem in fighting The Villain is going to be other people getting in his way. Richterwhich followed the novel very closely.

I started lustbafer read this book many years ago, but never finished it. The skills of a ninja border on the almost supernatural and there are some great moments that illustrate the trained killer going about his deadly business. He also is a very descriptive writer.

More important, they did nothing to help establish an emotional connection between myself and the characters.

Many years later, Linnear has moved to America and leads a peaceful academic existence. View all 4 comments. Views Read Edit View history. The arc of this story is well constructed, as are the characters.


Nicholas Linnear Novels | Eric Van Lustbader

Nicholas Linnear 6 books. This is a very dark and complex story. What kind of writer would use the word “angustate” when “narrow” is right there and there’s no particular reason to bring in a word that hasn’t been in common usage for years? There’s a plethora eirc information here about the History of Japan and even a bit about China in explaining the origins and continuation of the ninja. The Assassin’s Road ” ninjq, which doesn’t even try to explain it, but has the advantage of being authentically Japanese.

Be the first to discover new talent! Sep 27, Wessel van der Merwe rated it liked it Shelves: The kick in the ‘nads here is that it’s not even a complete book. Nicholas Linnear is a complex character, the product lustbaded two completely different cultures but not really belonging to either.

The ways of the secret societies of Japan are in direct conflict with the modern, Western way of life. Lustbader is clearly fascinated by the fundamental differences between East and West.