Kage: The Shadow A Connor Burke Martial Arts Thriller

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Bronze Winner - 2012 eLit AwardsFinalist - 2012 USA Best Books Award
In the seemingly trackless waste of the desert outside Tucson, Arizona, a coyote cross border smuggler is found dead, another victim of the escalating violence on the southwest border.At the same time, a mysterious best-selling writer’s death deepens the controversy surrounding his works.Rumors surround the late Elliot Westmann, with dark hints of mystic vendettas and a confrontation with an assassin sent to ...
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Overview

Bronze Winner - 2012 eLit AwardsFinalist - 2012 USA Best Books Award
In the seemingly trackless waste of the desert outside Tucson, Arizona, a coyote cross border smuggler is found dead, another victim of the escalating violence on the southwest border.At the same time, a mysterious best-selling writer’s death deepens the controversy surrounding his works.Rumors surround the late Elliot Westmann, with dark hints of mystic vendettas and a confrontation with an assassin sent to punish Westmann for violating a code of secrecy in his books.Westmann’s daughter hires Connor Burke to assist in unraveling the mystery of her father’s death, which the police have labeled as accidental. He is led from the scholarly assessment of Westmann’s work to the investigation of Xochi, a magnetic young student of ancient Native cultures and secret trails across the desert.In the withered and unforgiving landscape of the Southwest, Connor Burke works to pierce the cloud of mystery surrounding Westmann, his work, and a cryptic manuscript that has captured the deadly interest of rival smuggling gangs. Borders are dangerous, and as he uncovers clues suggesting the real reasons why Westmann was killed, he places himself and those he loves in deadly peril. Burke’s only hope to solve this mystery is to appeal for the aid and guidance of his teacher, Yamashita. That won’t be easy this time.Kage builds on the characters and plots of the previous Burke novels Sensei, Deshi, and Tengu. It advances the ever-deepening relationship between student and teacher while weaving in time-honored themes of the martial arts— conduct, ordeal, and courage, with events as current as today’s headlines.
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"The plot is original and crafty…The characters are fresh and interesting…The dialogue is sharp…The story is entirely absorbing."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594392108
  • Publisher: Ymaa Publication Center
  • Publication date: 7/16/2011
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 630,371
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

John Donohue Ph.D. is a nationally known expert on the culture and practice of the martial arts, John Donohue has been banging around a dojo for more than 30 years.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2011

    A Gripping Page Turner

    Following Donohue's previous novels, "Sensei", "Deshi", and Tenu" -- "Kage - The Shadow" is the latest installment in the Connor Burke Martial Art Thriller series. I enjoyed reading "Kage" so much I `m inspired to obtain and read all of Donohue's previous novels.

    Donohue has constructed a riveting page turner that weaves a complex story line that unfolds in modern day New York, Arizona and the Mexican border. Because the story is cast in a modern setting, and revolves around modern day ills (cross border drug smuggling, Mexican drug cartels, New York policemen andunderworld/gang members, hit men, etc.), the story - and Donohue's characters - are very realistic and believable.

    Central to the story is the main character, Dr. Conner Burke's, very realistic and brutally honest assessment of a life devoted to serious martial arts training - and the physical, emotional and mental sacrifices such a life style will entail. Donohue - a martial arts practitioner himself - realistically portrays day to day life in the dojo for a master Sensi and his only protégé, and the complex relationship and interaction, between them.

    It won't take long before you'll be "hooked" reading John Donohue's "Kage - The Shadow". Although Japanese martial arts training is central to the story, "Kage" has a universal appeal and I highly recommend it to anyone who would enjoy a complex, gripping crime/mystery drama and martial art thriller. Highly recommended.

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  • Posted August 26, 2011

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    This series keeps getting better & better

    It has been too long since the last Burke novel and this one. John Donohue though has made it worth the wait with a novel full of mystery, suspense, humor and soul. "Kage" is more than just a "martial arts thriller." It delves into the relationship between a martial arts student and his teacher. This has been a running theme since the first book in the series, "Sensei." It is not an easy, one dimensional depiction. The characters are quite complex. Donohue doesn't fear exposing traits of these men that are not the most pleasant. It gives this book (and series) an edge and depth that takes it far beyond your typical paperback thriller. They are not perfect. As both characters mature, their relationship is impacted by the experiences they share as student/teacher. Donohue is also an accomplished martial artist himself which means the fights and training scenes are more realistic than you find in most fiction. Hopefully, YMAA doesn't make us wait too long for the next installment in this series. Dohohue has said he has several more adventures already outlined. It will be interesting to see how Burke further develops, especially after the hard lessons he learns in "Kage." Fans of many genres would be well served to pick up any book in the Burke series.

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