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Mineko: Book of Sisters
     

Mineko: Book of Sisters

4.4 14
by RG Dillon
 
Brutal Samurai invade your home, murdering family, servants and guards in front of you. Your sister and you, as the only survivor's, are whisked away to a desolate mountain castle. You later watch through tear-drenched eyes as she is ripped from your arms and taken away.

You are only six years old.

This is Mineko's life. This is how her childhood in 17th century

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Brutal Samurai invade your home, murdering family, servants and guards in front of you. Your sister and you, as the only survivor's, are whisked away to a desolate mountain castle. You later watch through tear-drenched eyes as she is ripped from your arms and taken away.

You are only six years old.

This is Mineko's life. This is how her childhood in 17th century Japan began. For the next decade, Mineko endures as she learns to survive in a world filled with hate, terrifying abuse, violence and hunger. All the while she dreams of two things; a sister that one day returns to save her - and of someone to love. Little girls grow up. And little girls learn. And little sisters never forget. The only difference between revenge and vengeance is the intensity of the punishment that is inflicted - and Mineko will settle for nothing less than extreme vengeance.

Set in 17th century Japan, "Mineko" is a rich, evocative, harsh and violent saga of a young girl's quest for vengeance.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781492729457
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
09/14/2013
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.49(d)

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Mineko: Book of Sisters 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
SamRyan More than 1 year ago
"Mineko: Book of Sisters” By RG Dillon was awesome! I finished it a few weeks ago and am still digesting it. I haven’t read anything like that in a long time, if ever. This was an emotional whirlwind rollercoaster that I was not expecting. I was totally into the scenes and feel like I learned something and have a new appreciation for the Japanese culture. Never read anything with samurais before. Love these characters, and reading about life in 1600’s Japan was a new experience for me. There are just so many elements to this book, it is truly on an epic scale. It is deep and darkly psychological at times and tackles some serious subject matters, but balances with love and a feeling of being inspired despite the tough circumstances. But impressively it doesn’t get too convoluted, and all came together to create a fresh-feeling book that was out of the ordinary and kept me completely invested throughout. Can’t wait to read the next books in this series! Recommend for a mature audience as there is quite a bit of violence.
LaylaM1 More than 1 year ago
I admit I’m of somewhat mixed feelings on this novel, “Mineko: Book of Sisters” by RG Dillon. On one hand it is well-written with some of the most interesting and compelling characters I’ve read in a long time, and I liked how each of them had their own unique set of circumstances that they brought to the story to really make an impact. But on the other, at times I felt almost like this book was too much at once, and seemed to lose focus of the arc and kept going off in different directions and lacked a cohesive tension to make me just have to keep reading. I guess to me at times it just really lacked a sense of urgency and I never felt like everything wasn’t going to be okay in the end. Felt predictable. I had a hard time caring about the outcome much and was never really surprised by anything that happened. But like I said the writing is quite lovely, literary and atmospheric with great action scenes, and Mineko is a fascinating character. The book wasn’t bad, just doesn’t stand out all that much to me.
NicolaF More than 1 year ago
this book was recommended by a friend and had some decent reviews, so I tried it out… I felt sucked in right away into the story, and here is such strong, vivid writing, and the characters are all fascinating, flawed, and going through their own transitions and drama. GREAT character development and dialogue, and everything just felt “authentic” for lack of a better word. Dialogue, interactions, scenes, descriptions of the time period and the events … The only thing that was that I actually wished there were more conversations/ dialogue instead of the narrator just ‘telling’ us everything as this tends to keep us more emotionally detached. But when there was dialogue it was all in italics which was very confusing and tiresome to read. That needs to be fixed, in my opinion, because it is like that through the whole book and it is quite irritating! But other than that it is a very enjoyable book that I’d recommend even to those who don’t normally read this sort of thing… There are some real dark moments in this book, but some wonderful ones as well. Try it, you’ll be pleasantly surprised!
essieh More than 1 year ago
At first I admit I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into in deciding to read this book. Because admittedly I do tend to lean towards the paranormal/fantasy romance genres of literature because I enjoy the make-believe parts. A book about a young girl in 17th century Japan who wants to avenge her murdered/kidnapped family? Probably not my first choice, but I was looking for something a little different and I was intrigued not only by the prologue, but also the way that I felt an almost immediate connection to Mineko, and I found myself just wanting to read more… and more… and more… and I couldn’t believe it when I realized I was totally hooked, and I felt transported to another world just by experiencing the lives of these incredible characters who are so true to life and authentic, yet unlike any I’ve met before. A whirlwind of dysfunction, struggles, violence, beauty, loss, love and personal triumph. Reads quite literary, with beautiful flowing narrative despite being so ‘dark’ at times. An intoxicating, different read. Really glad I took a chance on this one…
DarleneCupp More than 1 year ago
Okay I really loved this book. I thought it was excellently written and the editing was nearly flawless (rare for e-books these days) EXCEPT for the fact that all the dialogue was written in italics AND used quote marks… what was that?! Completely wrong on every level and annoying to read. But once I got used to (trained myself to ignore it), this book “Mineko: Book of Sisters” kept my attention from the heartbreaking opening to the satisfying ending. It is *not* a quick read by any stretch… nor should it be. There are too many important events and experiences here to gloss over so the author takes his time in carefully developing the various storylines so that we the readers are thoroughly invested the whole way through. I liked Mr. Dillon’s writing style very much, and found myself completely lost in this amazing world he recanted night after night and felt like I was genuinely in another time and place altogether (this is set in 17th Century Japan). Was almost disappointed when I was done, but the ending gave the emotional satisfaction I look for in a great book, yet leaves me wanting read more. Well done. Recommend to fans of dramatic historical fiction, or anyone who just enjoys an entertaining, well-written story with lots of action and emotional impact. Has some pretty intense action/fighting scenes but while it’s not gratuitous, it’s pretty graphic and there is a lot of it. Recommend for mature readers only.
ClaireBear74 More than 1 year ago
"Mineko: Book of Sisters” was a really good book that captured my attention from the beginning, pulled me in, and never once let go. Each scene was engaging, imaginative, and flowed smoothly from one to the next… never a “dull part” where you get bored or want to skip ahead… in fact almost the opposite with the various interweaving plotlines and going from one character and event in Mineko’s life to the next, from her brutal and tragic childhood to her ultimate showdown. The descriptions were very strong, and I mean with the author’s word choice… unique and powerful, and with the personal narrative and conversations with the characters I felt like I was genuinely inside her head experiencing the world through her eyes, for better or worse. Loved the historical Japanese angle, and thought that Mineko was such an inspiring, strong heroine. I would love to read more from RG Dillon in the future as this series continues as he has a natural gift for creating a well-thought out story and bringing memorable characters to life in an entertaining and moving way.
Lennette More than 1 year ago
Have you ever really thought about the difference between revenge and vengeance? Well, get ready, because when you read this book you are definitely going to find out. Mineko was only six years old when Blue Moon Samurai brutally butchered her entire household except for her and her older sister. Both were taken as hostages, but Maneko became a slave to these awful savages and her sister was taken away. For years she withstood the most horrible beatings and psychological l torture, but knowing that her sister would someday come back for her kept the hope and bravery burning within her young heart. Follow Mineko during her captivity in Japan during the 17th century. Constantly degraded, she did find friends in two dogs, which gave some relief to her plight. Just when she feels like she will never be strong enough to escape the madness, in walks Yasuo, a handsome and kind samurai. His kindness overwhelms her and amazingly he wins her trust. I expected him to just sweep her up and rescue her, but that is only part of the story. When given the chance, she still had to pull herself up and do what she had to do to exact vengeance upon those who made her life worse than that of an animal for close to 15 years. Yasuo does not do it for her, but he is her rock of support, making sure that she has everything she needs to wipe the slate clean. This is a great read with love, brutality, murder, and betrayal. The ending knocked me off my feet with a surprise that I did not see coming. I felt so badly for little Mineko, and I found myself praying for her and hoping that her strength, both physical and mental, would not fail. I also saw hope in the fact that Mineko still had a heart soft enough to love and care for others. There is graphic violence throughout the story that may make you cringe, but overall you will be amazed at the poise and determination of this young woman. I see the potential for a sequel since one of her descendants is now an assassin, so I am waiting anxiously for the book!
Ebienic More than 1 year ago
In 17th century Japan a little girl is ripped from her home and is forced to be a slave to a house of vicious Samurai. As she grows up she only wants one thing, vengeance for her slain family and to find her surviving sister. So begins the story of a female assassin, trained in the ways of the Samurai and ninja - unusual but not impossible. I really enjoyed Mineko; Dillon creates fantastic imagery and the story flows at a great pace. You can feel the emotions of tortured Mineko as she is betrayed and beaten, and struggles to survive in an impossible situation. Fight scenes are meticulously choreographed and delivered in a way so that you see it all and are rooting for the underdog Mineko, and the description of ancient Japan takes your breath away. She is a strong female protagonist without being unrealistically perfect. I look forward to reading about more of Mineko’s descendants, and hope they inherit some of her skill and honor.
JulieGB More than 1 year ago
At 6 years old, all of Mineko’s family is brutally slain by samurai warriors, except for Mineko and her older sister. For the next 12 years, she is mistreated and abused by the warriors while in their servitude.  The only thing that keeps her going is the hope that her sister will return and take her away.  But will she survive in the meantime? My heart went out to Mineko throughout the entire story.  She was so small and helpless that I can’t even imagine how she survived each of her attacks. She endured more than any soul ever should, especially that young. I caught myself willing her to find the strength that she needed to overcome each time. I was so glad when Yasuo found her and fell in love with her. I was hoping he would find a way to rescue her. And Uncle was the best character in the book. He and Mineko made a good match.
EDL85 More than 1 year ago
“Mineko: Book of Sisters” is a coming-of-age story set in seventeenth-century Japan, and it’s a violent and compelling tale of abuse and revenge against those who have wronged Mineko. The story opens with a shocking scene—members of the Blue Moon Samurai have invaded six-year-old Mineko’s home, and she cowers in her older sister’s arms as her family and their loyal servants are slaughtered. The samurai decide to kidnap Mineko and Ayameko, and they take the young girls to where they live and train; Mineko’s terror is palpable in these scenes. Ayameko is soon taken away and Mineko is left at the mercy of the hostile, abuse samurai, who starve her, beat her, and humiliate her for over a decade. However, what those brutal men don’t realize that Mineko is watching how they train and fight and has been practicing on her own—and when her sweet romance with a young samurai named Yasuo gives her a chance to escape, she will meet a master who will finish her education and leave her set to enact her revenge. I have mixed feelings about “Mineko.” On the one hand, it is well-written and it brought the samurai lifestyle in seventeenth century Japan to life for me in all its gritty, bloody glory. I also really liked the character of Mineko and how her spirit was not broken even after years of abuse—the hope in her heart that she will see her sister again and her willingness to love Yasuo and be loved by him were inspiring for a character who had been through so much. I also liked the idea of a strong, capable warrior using what she learned in her own captivity to avenge herself. However, “Mineko” is very gory and violent in some parts, with graphic descriptions of beatings and killings. I don’t find it pleasant to read such graphic depictions of female subjugation, even if the woman does go on to pay her captors back. (I found the part with her Mineko’s loyal Shiba Inu friends to be particularly upsetting.) If violence doesn’t bother you, I would wholeheartedly recommend “Mineko” as an engrossing and entertaining read with a strong female protagonist; if you shy away from violent subject matter, it probably won’t be for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is definitely a different type of book thanI usually read, but I am glad I did read this! It was a great read and I hope if you read the description aof the book and are curious or not sure that you give this book a try.
MichaelBeas More than 1 year ago
Mineko's difficult past and the butchering of her family take center set stage in this gripping thriller that is suspenseful and captivating.  As a little girl Mineko is taken away from the bounds of her beloved family and sister who she loves most in the world. She this then tossed into the world (17th Century Japan) and forced live a live of service to some of the most vial savage men in history, the Samurais. This is a well-written book that I felt was an astounding read that I simply could not put down. I am a huge fan of Samurais and books written in this era and can say that “Mineko: Book of Sisters” is on a level all on its own. Author RG Dillon does a fantastic job mixing in past struggles with current issues that we face today. This alone provides a multi-dimensional depth that, in my view, makes this an amazing book that will capture your heart and imagination.  Words that best describe this book are Compelling, Emotional, Thrilling, and Captivating that engulf the reader in a sweeping fashion. The book is also extremely descriptive and allows you to not only envision the landscapes and scenery but also gives feeling to the emotions being portrayed by the characters.  5 star rating and cannot wait to read more from DG Dillon. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book had it all. The research and knowledge of the setting is much appreciated,as no detail is speared. The ending was unexpected, which I enjoyed. I understand the author is working on a second book, I'll look out for it
Charles_Dungar More than 1 year ago
You will cry, get mad, fall in love and feel every emotion that Mineko faces on her quest in this story.  I loved it and was totally caught off guard by the ending.  Looking forward to reading more by this author.