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The Way of the Traitor (Sano Ichiro Series #3)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2000

    Minimal hero sctick detracts

    The setting and action are fun. The portrayal of Japanese culture and history are compelling. The plot is satisfactory. What prevents this from being a first-rate piece of escapist fiction is the incessant self-doubt and self-depreciation of the supposed hero. It is not only outside of the agreed-upon-suspension of believability but it detracts from the plot to have the shogun's emmissary threatened by every minor official he encounters. It wouldn't be offensive to have him thwarted occasionally by circumstance or high court macinations, but please, let's not have him falsely accused by every character he meets, in a barely-won death battle against every swordsman he fights (he was an instructor -- can't he soundly beat anyone?), and put on trial for obviously stupid reasons. The most frustrating thing about this book is how close it comes to being great without even beinggood.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 31, 2009

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    Way of the Traitor (Sano Ichiro Series #3) Intrigue and mystery!

    This book is the third in the series that features Sano Ichiro, the great detective of post-feudal Japan. Sano works under the Emperor in Edo, solving crimes of the state, espionage and murder. In this book, Sano is sent to Nagaski by his wicked rival in the emperor's court. Of course, when he gets to the city, a most terrible murder has taken place. Unfortunately, for the Japanese in Nagasaki, it is the death of a Dutch trader. Sano must solve the case before war breaks out between the two countries. This book is a great read for the mystery, plot twists and always for the surprise "who done it" ending. Also Sano must try to get back into the favor of the Emperor and beat his rival and spies who are out to smear his good name.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2005

    Extrodinary

    I have to say, this was not her best book, but, being a fan, I read it and loved it anyways. It has a wonderful plot and shows a side of Japan that you may not have known of.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2014

    Do this

    Kiss ur hand three times repost this at 3 differnt books then look under ur pillo

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2007

    ┬┐A Suspenseful Murder Mystery┬┐

    A dead body washes up on the shore of Nagasaki Japan. It is Dutch Trade Director Jan Spaen. Sano Ichiro was only supposed to inspect Nagasaki, but he somehow manages to get caught up in this murder mystery. And what starts as a murder investigation, turns into a fight for Sano¿s life. I liked this book because its ¿level of suspense¿ was usually quite high. However, there were parts of the book that were somewhat dull. The book kicks off on the right foot with an execution in the prologue. Then it continues to appall me with a sword duel in the first chapters. Unfortunately the book couldn¿t keep the pace it started and my interest was soon lost. Then my interest returned for an exciting part, but soon dissipated as the dullness returned. It was like this the entire time. And, the book went into way too much detail of the people¿s sexual practices. I don¿t want to know that kind of stuff yet, or ever. The book was very long and drawn out, and it should have been shortened. A plus was the occasional use of Japanese words and phrases such as gomen nasai, sumimasen, and bakarashii (meaning I¿m sorry, excuse me, and ridiculous respectively). Another plus was the advanced English vocabulary. This book is for audiences mature enough for the intense death scenes and sexual content. If you have a weak stomach, don¿t read this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2005

    great book

    This book gave a good mystery and good action.If you are a fan of samurai or just like mystery GET THIS BOOK.

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