The Ninja (Nicholas Linnear Series #1)

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"Totally absorbing...as gripping a tale of hatred and revenge as you will read...It is superb."
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This is the story of Nicholas Linnear, half-Caucasian, half-Oriental, a man caught between East and West, between the sexual passions of a woman he can't forget and the one he can't control and between a past he can't escape and a destiny he can't avoid.
A sprawling erotic thriller that swings from ...
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Overview

"Totally absorbing...as gripping a tale of hatred and revenge as you will read...It is superb."
NEWS RECORD
This is the story of Nicholas Linnear, half-Caucasian, half-Oriental, a man caught between East and West, between the sexual passions of a woman he can't forget and the one he can't control and between a past he can't escape and a destiny he can't avoid.
A sprawling erotic thriller that swings from postwar Japan to present-day New York in a relentless saga of violence and terror elaborately designed for the most savage vengeance of all...
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780708981498
  • Publisher: Ulverscroft Large Print Books, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 10/1/1983
  • Series: Nicholas Linnear Series , #1
  • Edition description: Large Print
  • Pages: 800

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  • Posted April 11, 2014

    Sweeping Saga Chock Full of History, Romance, and Human Frailtie

    Sweeping Saga Chock Full of History, Romance, and Human Frailties 
    I would like to thank NetGalley and Open Road Media for the chance to read this e-book in exchange for an honest review. Although I received it for free, that in no way impacts my opinions within this review.


    <blockquote>&quot;Totally absorbing...as gripping a tale of hatred and revenge as you will read...It is superb.&quot;
    NEWS RECORD
    This is the story of Nicholas Linnear, half-Caucasian, half-Oriental, a man caught between East and West, between the sexual passions of a woman he can't forget and the one he can't control and between a past he can't escape and a destiny he can't avoid. 
    A sprawling erotic thriller that swings from postwar Japan to present-day New York in a relentless saga of violence and terror elaborately designed for the most savage vengeance of all...</blockquote>



    This book was first published in 1980, so some of the references and language is a bit dated, yet in no way does that detract from the power of this tale. I should be upfront and say that I did not have particularly high expectations for this book as I am not a big fan of martial arts. I know just enough about martial arts to understand I really know nothing of them.Yet that is not important when reading this book, as you get an excellent education into the basic tenets, but without ever feeling a sense of information overload, for the explanations are shared throughout the course of this narrative.

    The story is split into five 'books,' each of which is then divided between the past and present. This approach helps clarify the story for the reader, as well as neatly avoiding overuse of flashbacks. Mr. Van Lustbader has a talent for seamlessly moving between layers of history, from A.D. 792 all the way to the present day (presumably 1980). He demonstrates a deep understanding in the differences between Eastern and Western cultures, and how those differences shape their people. Given the vast history Eastern cultures have in comparison to the relatively recent history of Western cultures, it is understandable that the two often find each other incomprehensible. But of course there are those who can see both sides, and find their soul called to the other culture. So it was with Nicholas Linnear's father, the Colonel. He was in the Pacific Theater after Pearl Harbor, and found that he was completely and utterly drawn to Eastern culture and history. He was raised Jewish, a fact very few people were aware of, for he changed his surname once he realized that Jewish people could only advance so far within the English military structure. His father falls madly in love with Cheong, a young Japanese woman whose full ancestry is unknown. She is raised in a traditional Japanese household, but her parents suspected that she may be half Chinese. 

    The Colonel and Cheong marry out of love love, and from this marriage comes young Nicholas. It is clear, with all the different bloodlines that make up Nicholas heritage, just how divided he felt over time. Inheriting his father's occidental features, but being raised in the Japanese culture meant that he had a foot in both worlds, but never seemed to truly be accepted in either. He looked like a Westerner, but thought like an Easterner.

    The relationships, with their similarities and contrasts between Eastern and Western mind sets, was fascinating to see. And many different experiences, both positive and negative, were used to educate the reader about the yin &amp; yang of East and West. Though the story was clearly fictional, it was extremely well researched and felt authentic. The descriptions, the way things were defined, all helped set not just the tone, but also the pacing of the novel. Seeing the contrast between different time periods in Japanese history was beautiful, and made quite clear the author's reverence for the Japanese culture, and to a smaller extent the Chinese as well. Even the generational differences in how Nicholas and his peers viewed things versus how their elders (parents and grandparents) viewed them was informative. Of course the war was a polarizing event for all, but especially the Japanese, after the atrocities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. However even that was shown through multiple points of view, and Mr. Van Lustbader once again handled a very charged topic with delicacy and respect.

    In the end the book comes back to the internal schism in a man with feet in two vastly different worlds, and his struggle to reconcile all the varying parts of his heritage. He tackles the challenges laid before him, eventually determining the threat and part of the cause. This situation actually helps him find his center again. Unfortunately he accepts a debt of honor which he feels obligated to pay, regardless of how difficult it may end up making his own life, thus leaving the story wide open for a sequel.

    The arc of this story is well constructed, as are the characters. Mr. Van Lustbader handles the action scenes as deftly as he handles the emotional lives of the characters. The characters gain depth and dimension as the story progresses, pulling you into their lives, even when you don't necessarily care for the character. While Nicholas Linnear is the main protagonist, there are other, supporting protagonists and antagonists that all play their roles well. Many of them are a blend of protagonist and antagonist, which is parallel to real life. Given the mature sex scenes I would not recommend this book for anyone under the age of 18. Without a doubt this is a fascinating and entertaining read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2014

    Great read

    This book is an old favorite. I had hard copies of the whole series at one time, but they were lost in a move and I'd despaired of being able to read them again. I was excited to be able to get the first 3 books in the series for my Nook. I hope the entire series will be available soon!

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  • Posted April 3, 2013

    I love this book! This book revolves around two cousins who are

    I love this book!
    This book revolves around two cousins who are also rivals. Obviously Nicolas Linnear is the good ninja. Plus, Nicolas falls in love with a beautiful but troubled young woman. This books goes to the past and back to the present. For those of you who don't mind the sex, this is a MUST READ! ! ! !

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2008

    WOW!

    Read, read, read this book! Lustbader is a master of pacing, excitement, describing nature, the mysteries of the East, and what people who are torn inside will do for love or hate. I was a little taken aback by the extremely graphic sex scenes, but other than that I'd say this is an almost perfect novel given the limitations of the genre.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2005

    A Striddle of an Erotic Troblin

    I began by reading this book aloud, and as person by person walked by and heard the engrossing tale they could not help but ask with much expression, 'What are you reading?!' This book is filled with passion, sex and violence. What more could you want? Certainly not poignant characters and thought provoking plot lines. Van Lusterbater has delivered women of strong sexuality, that even while dying cry out such suprising lines as 'Don't kill me! Take me!' I enjoyed the lesbians especially, banging each other in tub. The prostitute was not a slave to her occupation, they loved each other in spite of her sleeping with many other people. It was touching. Van Lustbader has a talent for the sensual, creating women who cry out for physical fulfillment and pain at the same time. All dedicated to his mother. How sweet.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2003

    totally mind blowing edge of your seat novel

    this book will keep your mind suspended in a world of intregue, mystery, and wonder. Eric Van Lustbadder has totaly astounded me with a great piece. 2 thumbs up and well done

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2002

    A mystery thriller worth checking out!

    This is a real page turner that will keep you guessing every minute. You will enjoy the adventure and feel total empathy for all of the characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2001

    The Ninja

    This is to answer the question of one of the reviewers who asked why this novel has not been made into a movie. I asked myself the same question and after some resarch, found out that Richard Zanuck (producer of 'JAWS') and his partner bought the rights to it and they have yet to make the movie version.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2001

    Wonderful

    This was an excellent book... I couldn't put it down until I was done... My compliments to the author, I will have a hard time finding a match for it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2001

    'Excellent Book'

    This is one of the best books that I've ever read.I had a hard time putting the book down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2000

    Nicholas Linnear, Modern man, Modern ninja

    The Ninja by Eric Van Lustbaden is a riveting account of the martial arts as prescribed by Miyamoto Musashi. The 500 pages are a bit long, but the reader 'enjoys the pace life sets' once the action begins. Plenty of fascinating character studies and an original ending scene that would make a great Hollywood blockbuster!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2000

    Great Book 'The Ninja'

    Excellent book A must read, Lots of action and excitment READ IT.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2000

    The Ninja

    This a tale of father's and son's of honour, betrayal, and revenge.Lustbader ingeniously weaves his tale between past and present through post war Japan to New York circa 1980. The action sequences are superb although you can see the ending coming a mile off the journey is nevertheless gripping and engaging setting up the scene for its subsequent sequels The Miko and White Ninja. WHY HAS NOBODY EVER MADE THIS INTO A MOVIE?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2000

    riveting

    this book is a steasel of a read ,up and down the troblin goes in this masterful rendition of the mysterious glen of japan,many ninjas intergrate with nature which makes for a powerful read,beautifully crafted and easy to get into ,pure striddle

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2000

    The Ninja is proven to be the best book that descibes ninjitsu.

    I really enjoyed the Ninja because it is a real adventure just like the karate movies you seen on t.v. I like thrillers that have to do with martial arts.

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