Deshi (Connor Burke Martial Arts Series #2)by John Donohue
Asian scholar and black-belt artist Connor Burke labors as a deshi, a student under the tutelage of a master warrior-a practice that draws him into the execution-style murder of a Japanese businessman, into the dangers of a lethal samurai heritage, and finally, into the unknown darkness of an elite mountain temple where Connor's deadliest challenge awaits.
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After reading John Donohue's first martial arts fiction novel, Sensei, I couldn't wait for Deshi to be published. The writing style was again very readable and the pace of the action realistic. Here again, it is hard to find decent and realistic portrayals of martial artists who lead believable lives. The last portion of the story stretches into what seems a little unrealistic, but still keeps your attention and appreciation for the story. Perhaps I strained against the addition of guns and more traditional fare for the conclusion. Nonetheless, if you liked "Sensei", you will enjoy Deshi. And, I hope that John Donohue comes out with another book to follow on Sensei and Deshi...are you listening John?