Cutting Season

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Finalist – 2007 Book of the Year Award by ForeWord Magazine
Finalist – 2007 USA Best Book Award
Dr. Xenon Pearl cuts brains for a living, and he’s as good as it gets. His direct, sometimes abrasive style is forgivable in light of his skill with a scalpel, and tempered by his compassion for his patients and his friends. He is a dutiful son to his widower father, a doting grandchild to a grandfather who was once a rabbi, and he has even met the ...
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Overview

Finalist – 2007 Book of the Year Award by ForeWord Magazine
Finalist – 2007 USA Best Book Award
Dr. Xenon Pearl cuts brains for a living, and he’s as good as it gets. His direct, sometimes abrasive style is forgivable in light of his skill with a scalpel, and tempered by his compassion for his patients and his friends. He is a dutiful son to his widower father, a doting grandchild to a grandfather who was once a rabbi, and he has even met the girl of his dreams. Everything is on-track for this medical golden boy.The other side of this motorcycle riding, brilliant doctor façade is a side that Xenon (aka Zee) hides even from his father. Secretly trained since childhood by his Chinese nanny, Wu, Tie Mei--herself a martial warrior of shadowy lineage--Dr. Xenon Pearl is also a martial arts expert who loves the sword as much as the scalpel.Now his past is showing up to literally haunt him. His dead teacher reappears, reminding him that he has lived many lives before…In this life, Dr. Xenon Pearl must use his skill – to defend the innocent, defeat the Russian mob, protect the woman who loves him, and stay one step ahead of a smart cop; he is set to lose everything unless he can cut just one more time.In the spirit of martial arts tradition, The Cutting Season brings the traditional Asian martial arts novel to our shores, exploring human conflict, desires, and the search for moral certainties.Do no harm... Honor your teacher... Cut without mercy...
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Editorial Reviews

Walter Anderson
"A gripping story.. The Cutting Season is far more a page-turning mystery than a martial-arts slam-bang, more James Bond than Bruce Lee. Rosenfeld's medical knowledge and martial-arts expertise reinforce an authority and clarity to the work. Away from the book, I [might] dismiss the living spirit...but as I read, I believed her, heard her: that's storytelling!"
Lawrence A. Kane
"Remarkable! Not since Eisler’s terrific John Rain series have I found such a spellbinding and intelligent thriller. Rosenfeld has developed a literary masterpiece with The Cutting Season, forging a complex plot, tempering it with gritty realism, and honing it with wry humor to create a book that’s exceptionally well-paced and incredibly hard to put down. This book has everything that smart readers will want: intense characters, extraordinary events, realistic action, and unique insight into the mysterious world of classical martial arts. I truly hope there will be a sequel. Soon! Very highly recommended!”
Kung Fu Tai Chi Magazine - Gene Ching
"A brain surgeon swordsman battles with Taoist Jews, Russian mobsters, and his own reincarnations beneath a Florida hurricane. Settle back with a cup of high mountain tea, a bite of gourmet chocolate and this smart martial arts thriller. Rosenfeld has set a refreshing new standard for martial arts fiction."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594390821
  • Publisher: Ymaa Publication Center
  • Publication date: 6/25/2007
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.34 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

Arthur Rosenfeld is a martial arts teacher, writer, speaker, and coach. His martial arts training spans more than thirty years, and includes instruction in Tang Soo Do, Kenpo, Kung Fu, and Tai Chi Ch'uan.
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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    This paranormal thriller is great

    In Florida, neurosurgeon Dr. Xenon ¿Zee¿ Pearl works to save the life of a severely beaten preadolescent boy when he sees the child¿s soul leave the body distracted he slips and cuts an artery. Still shocked while in the operating room, Zee next sees the his nanny, Wu Tie Mei, dead for ten years, who tells him he is strong and faces challenges that he can handle.------------------- Zee expects the late lad¿s father, Petrossov, and his Russian Mafia goons to come after him. Heeding his nanny¿s advice, he seeks master swordsmith Thaddeus Jones, but learns the man died, but his daughter Jordon creates the sword for him. As he and Jordon begin to fall in love, the Russians are coming and so is an abusive husband of a patient. Wu keeps visiting her Xenon encouraging him to be all he can be as in a previous life he was a warrior and will need that skill to help others. As Zee emotionally struggles between being a doctor healing people or a soldier fighting evil, he burns the candle on both sides leaves him question his sanity as his fighting efforts turn increasingly violent on his part.------------------- This paranormal thriller contains an intriguing premise as the hero rationalizes his vigilante justice through the belief that he is morally right and to do nothing would be amoral. The story line is fast-paced, but is owned by Xenon as he is an avenging warrior acting as judge, jury and executioner. Mindful of how the self-claimed neo-moral high road led to Iraq, readers will be divided on Xenon¿s exploits, but regardless will find him fascinating while enjoying the fast-paced story line.----------------- Harriet Klausner

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