Tengu the Mountain Goblin (Connor Burke Martial Arts Series #3)

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Silver Finalist – 2009 Benjamin Franklin Award. Mystery/SuspenseFinalist - 2008 Book of the Year Award by ForeWord MagazineFinalist – 2008 USA Best Book Award
[Japan] An intelligence analyst is murdered on temple grounds.
[Manila] Two embassy guards go missing and a bizarre execution video is discovered by a special-forces team.
[New York] Martial arts expert Connor Burke is...
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Overview

Silver Finalist – 2009 Benjamin Franklin Award. Mystery/SuspenseFinalist - 2008 Book of the Year Award by ForeWord MagazineFinalist – 2008 USA Best Book Award
[Japan] An intelligence analyst is murdered on temple grounds.
[Manila] Two embassy guards go missing and a bizarre execution video is discovered by a special-forces team.
[New York] Martial arts expert Connor Burke is hired as a consultant for an elite US Army training program.
[Mindanao Philippines] A young Japanese ethnographer from Harvard University is kidnapped by a terrorist cell of Abu Sayeff.
A renegade martial arts Sensei known as the Tengu has been recruited to train a splinter group of Asian terrorists with links to Al Qaeda.
The Tengu mourns the vanished prestige and cultural heritage of Imperial
Japan. He, like the men he trains, believes the West is responsible for destroying the spiritual essence of a once-great culture.
In a series of violent clashes spawned by the bizarre intersection of contemporary fundamentalist terrorist ideology and the personal vendettas of the Tengu, Connor Burke and his martial arts teacher
Yamashita are pawns in a game that will ensnare them while they search for the most deadly of foes: the Tengu.
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Editorial Reviews

James Grady
"A gem amidst the gravel bed of thrillers that claim to feature martial arts..."
Lawrence A. Kane
"Donohue has truly raised the bar with Tengu, the third installment of his Connor Burke series. This action packed thriller depicts a gritty realism. Once you start reading, it’s hard to put down. Highly recommended!"
Sgt. Rory Miller
Donohue hits poignantly and true on something that most martial artists will never feel: the deep emotional shifts as a student’s relationship with a sensei changes to something deeper. A well crafted martial arts thriller, which is something of a rarity.
Library Journal

While Connor Burke, an Asian studies professor and black belt, is off critiquing the martial arts training of a U.S. special ops group, a Harvard anthropology student, the daughter of a wealthy Japanese family, is kidnapped in a remote area of the Philippines. Her ransom is paid, but the terrorists also take the man who delivers it. The man is Yamishita, Burke's sensei, or teacher. Burke, his brother Micky, and his police partner, Art, go on their most dangerous mission to a remote part of the world where they have little hope of success. In his third thriller (after Sensei and Deshi), Donohue kicks out prose that is as fluid as the martial arts moves he so eloquently describes. Of course, Barry Eisler's John Rain series comes to mind as a read-a-like.


—Jo Ann Vicarel
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594391231
  • Publisher: Ymaa Publication Center
  • Publication date: 10/25/2008
  • Series: Connor Burke Martial Arts Series , #3
  • Pages: 300
  • Sales rank: 819,878
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 8.15 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

John Donohue, Ph.D. Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Professor of Social Science, Albertus Magnus College, New Haven, CT, is author of the critically acclaimed thriller Sensei and its sequel Deshi, (St. Martin's Press). He's a nationally prominent writer and martial arts scholar, an associate editor for the Journal of Asian Martial Arts and a member of the advisory board for the National Association of Professional Martial Artists. He holds black belt ranks in both karate and kendo. John Donohue resides near New Haven Connecticut.
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  • Posted May 24, 2011

    A quick thought

    Tengu - I enjoyed reading this book although it did take me a while to be able to "get into" the story. I did not realize that this was the third book of a series when I received it. But I began to read and ended up enjoying the story, I enjoyed the descriptions of the fight sequences, although after a while they began to blend together and I began to rush through them.

    I felt that the story itself was nice and the character(s) were lifelike, it was easy to become in touch with them. I also felt that the ending was rushed but seemed to finish this book off and setup the possibly of another.

    Based upon my experiences with this book, I plan on reading the previous books within this series.

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