The First Rule of Ten (Tenzing Norbu Series #1)

The First Rule of Ten (Tenzing Norbu Series #1)

by Gay Hendricks, Tinker Lindsay

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ISBN-13: 9781401937768
Publisher: Hay House Inc.
Publication date: 01/01/2012
Series: Tenzing Norbu Series , #1
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 263,607
Product dimensions: 5.52(w) x 8.52(h) x 0.84(d)

About the Author

Gay Hendricks, Ph.D., has served for more than 35 years as one of the major contributors to the fields of relationship transformation and body-mind therapies. Along with his wife, Dr. Kathlyn Hendricks, Gay is the co-author of many bestsellers, including Conscious Loving and Five Wishes. He is the author of 33 books, including The Corporate Mystic, Conscious Living, and The Big Leap. Dr. Hendricks received his Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Stanford. After a 21-year career as a professor of Counseling Psychology at the University of Colorado, he and Kathlyn founded The Hendricks Institute, which offers seminars worldwide.In recent years, Dr. Hendricks has been active in creating new forms of conscious entertainment. In 2003, along with movie producer Stephen Simon, he founded The Spiritual Cinema Circle, which distributes inspirational movies to subscribers in 70+ countries, www.spiritualcinemacircle.com. He has appeared on more than 500 radio and television shows, including The Oprah Winfrey Show and 48 Hours and is regularly featured on national stations like CNN and CNBC. Tinker Lindsay is an accomplished screenwriter, author, script consultant, and conceptual editor. A member of the Writer’s Guild of America, Independent Writers of Southern California, and Women in Film, she has worked in the Hollywood entertainment industry writing and developing feature films for over three decades. Her books include The Last Great Place and My Hollywood Ending. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in English and American Language and Literature and completed a post-graduate course at Radcliffe College in Publishing Procedures. A practitioner and teacher of meditation, she can usually be found writing in her home office situated directly under the Hollywood sign.

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The First Rule of Ten: Book One of the Dharma Detective Series 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 133 reviews.
literarymuseVC More than 1 year ago
We meet Tenzing Norbu on a very bad day! He has been grazed by a bullet and he knows if he keeps it up, he'll be dead and definitely off the road to enlightenment that he has been following for years since he was a Tibetan monk. His life is turned even more upside down when a woman shows up in front of his home. She's a former druggie and cult follower now looking for an old friend, Zimmy. Ten, as he's called, puts her off and she sadly leaves, followed the next day by a messenger who announces she's been murdered. Ten's overwhelmed, to say the least and wonders why he's so off-track in being attuned to the whole person in front of him that he missed something wrong or chose to ignore the faint glimmer that might have saved her life - or might not have! The rest of the novel is a complex journey and mystery in which Ten explores quite a few obnoxious and shady characters associated with the cult, some very prosperous businessmen who seem to have a rather unique interest in the land owned by the cult and that owned by its neighbors, some innocent neighbors who seem to be falling prey to some lethal diseases and medical problems, and of course those who are assisting Ten with his research and technological needs. Add to that a soulful cat, Tank, and a pretty new girlfriend who begins to care but is put off very quickly by Ten's brusque occasional responses - but still hangs around... Change happens and how does one flow with the ups and downs of those vicissitudes without losing one's cool or as Ten would put it, flowing with the connections, dealing with the paradoxes, caring without getting in the way? To say more would be unfair, but this is a grand read that is fun, wise, thrilling, and quite different from the stereotypical mystery novel. This reviewer absolutely loved it and can't wait to read the next book in the series!!! Great story!
nippersun More than 1 year ago
I have never written a review. This is a wonderful find for someone who is always looking for a new author, I hope there are more books to follow , this Ten fellow would make a series that could entertain for years. In fact it would be a great movie. Can't wait to read the next book. Thank you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cant wait until the next one!
lsmeadows More than 1 year ago
Tenzing Norbu, or Ten, is a dectective for the LAPD. Although he is commonly believed to be the rising star of the squad, Ten is tired of the LAPD. Then he is grazed by a bullet while answering a call. As he says, that is a wake up call. Ten quits and decided to become a PI and go out on his own. He quickly finds out that going it alone is no safer than being a detective for the LAPD. What follows is a classic mystery in the vein of those by such as Earl Stanley Gardner, Sue Grafton, or Micheal Connelly. Interestingly, Mr. Hendricks credits the same authors for inspiring him. If he was trying to emulate them, he was a success. As a pleasant surprise, Hendricks and Lindsay have given their main character a little twist to set him apart from the myriad of PIs out there in fiction land. Ten spent his formative years in a Tibetan monastery being raised by the monks, one of which is his father. This experience gives Ten a different way of looking at things, which he uses in his everyday life in various ways. In addition, though, Ten is not just a spiritual person, but very human and imperfect in addition. Following his thought patterns and actions was a thouroughly enjoyable experience as I read through this book. Add to Ten a cast of characters ranging from an ex-con techie sidekick to Tank the persian blue cat that shares Ten's life and you have a story that will draw you in and keep you turning the pages wanting to know how it all turns out. A wonderful first book by both Hendricks and Lindsay. I understand that it is the first in what is to be a series of books with Ten as the protagonist. I certainly hope so. I am looking forward to reading more about Ten and his cohorts.
TheReadingFerret More than 1 year ago
Well paced, well written, good mystery that really made it enjoyable to watch the pieces click. Ten is a unique protagonist who is easy to get wrapped up in. He is very self-aware, and very very human. Still prone to mistakes, and not sure how to fix them right away. The book had plenty of places that made me laugh, and I very much enjoyed that a lot of the humor was sly, a little sideways, and a little sneaky, too. Some of the humor could easily slip past, but if you're watching, and you get it - you won't be able to keep from actually laughing uy loud.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love mysteries but this was way above many that i have read, excellent.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was my first novel in the detective genre. I really enjoyed it! The characters were well developed. I especially like Ten. He is smart and delightfully unique. I read the book in one day! I eagerly await the Second Rule of Ten!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting plot and main character. Great read. Teaches you how to meditate.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and would have read it one sitting if I could have! Ten is my new favorite detective and I look forward to the next book in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very nice to find a good mystery novel with a main character who is a very self-aware, meditating, vegetarian, praying buddhist monk. Not that he doesn't make mistakes or have plenty to learn! Love this and can't wait to read the next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the first few pages of the sample and bought without hestation. I try not to read it quickly so it will last a while, I'm find this a challange. Well worth the very few dollars it cost! My only regret is that this appears to be the only book with Tenzing Norbu as our delightful hero.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait for the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book, well developed main characters. I'm looking forward to the next book in what i hope is a long series.
thedish45 More than 1 year ago
i am looking forward to the second one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is an amazing book
Yogjen More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! Loved the first chapter in the next book! Can't wait for it to be published! Ten is such a likable character and makes of his day what we all like to think we have the freedom to do: chase down new leads as they unfold!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Keeps you interested from beginning to end. Although not one that keeps you guessing, there are a few surprises.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written, good story !
Beamis12 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Hard to come up with a unique concept for a private detective but these authors have managed to do just that. Ten has been raised in a monastery and was a Buddhist monk, which gives this mystery a different spin. Meditation, an organic diet, in touch view of nature and quite a bit of humor is interspersed with the solving of the mystery. Loved reading his philosophies and his supporting characters are enjoyable as is the storyline. A new character to savor and enjoy.
BookAngel_a on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I ordered this book because the concept intrigued me: A former Buddhist monk, and police officer living in L.A. decides to quit the police force and become a private detective. Original idea, right? Plus, he has a really cool name - Tenzing Norbu, called Ten for short.This book describes his departure from the police force and his first cases as a private detective. As he investigates, he uses techniques he learned as a monk to help him clear his head, keep his cool, and be compassionate.His first rule of investigating is "Don't ignore intuitive tickles lest they reappear as sledgehammers." This mystery is pretty intense, with action, romance, and emotional angst. I would recommend this book if you enjoy mysteries and if the description intrigues you as it did me. (I received this book through Amazon's Vine Program.)
rhonda1111 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
4 STARSThis is a good detective mystery with a different type of P.I. Tenzing Norbu was a Tibetan monk turned L.A. Detective and now he is leaving the police to work for himself after being shot.Days later a women came to his home looking for the previous owner and he thought she was after the guys money. Next day finds out she was murdered and feels bad so he decides to look into her murder. Ten finds out she left a commune after 10 years to warn her exhusband. While observing the commune Ten meets John D. a Almond grower who's trees are all dying. They become friends and when he is mugged looks into that for him.The mystery winds around and around as Ten tries to piece it all together. He talks a little of what he learned from his life as a monk. How he tries not to lie but he does mislead with parts of truth. His expartner looks up stuff for him also someone he busted and helped get on the right path helps him look up stuff on the computer.Ten is a mixture of spirtual and worldly. He has a zen garden, sports car, fancy phone does not want to take money for nothing. Has a cat that can't climb down off a tree. believes in karma. He is not just one thing but has good points and faults. Look forward to reading more of his adventures.I was given this ebook to read in exchange of honest review from Netgalley.01/01/2012 PUB Hay House inc
lahochstetler on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Tenzing Norbu is not your average detective. Raised in a Buddhist monastery in India, son of a Tibetan father and American mother, hes escaped the monastery to fulfill his dream of becoming a police detective in Los Angeles. This book finds Ten having just retired from the force, ready to set up shop as an independent private detective.And Ten quickly finds himself embroiled in a mystery. A former member of a religious cult turns up dead, and the cult's next-door neighbor, an almond farmer, is receiving threats. What follows is a complex mystery involving life insurance scams, property development, and a religious cult's demands for devotion.There is truly never a dull moment in this book. A Buddhist monk detective is indeed a new twist to a well-worn genre. I got into this book quickly and was excited to see what happened. Ten's police connections make this much more police procedural than cozy mystery.
cyderry on LibraryThing 8 months ago
The first Rule of Ten is "If you're open to learning, you get your life lessons delivered as gently as the tickle of a feather." Sounds very philosophical, right? Something from the Dalai Lama? This is how we begin the story of Tenzing (Ten) Norbu, a former Tibetan monk turned LA Cop, now private investigator. He didn't accept the tickle, instead he got hit like a sledgehammer with a bullet grazing his head. Deciding that his life as a Police Homicide cop is over, he begins to put together his plans to be a PI. The very first day, however, he's presented with a mystery that seems to be "tickling" him. Barbara Mazey, a total stranger comes to his door searching for his landlord. Unsure about giving the information out, she leaves but comes back to haunt him when he is contacted by his old police partner to identify her body.The mystery continues to evolve, placing Ten in danger as well as some of the people that he meets during his investigation. Trying to decide how to proceed Ten meditates frequently remembering that "life demands that we face the consequences of our actions, and sometimes it boils down to a series of sweaty 10 minute conversations that you're willing to have or not."I loved this mystery. The writing was clean, the characters were well-developed yet left room for growth. The details/aspects of his life as a monk were so well incorporated that I wanted to say More! More! Quite frequently. Looking forward to the next installment.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting twist... A former Buddhist monk as a detective. Well drawn characters, good story. Made me want to know more about these people.