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
"A gem amidst the gravel bed of thrillers that claim to feature martial arts..."
"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!"
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.