by Chris Campion

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For most, martial arts are just a hobby; a way to stay fit or boost ones ego. For others, they are more: a way of life that pulls people from the depths of their insecurities and teaches them the importance of facing their demons. And a very few dedicate their lives to the pursuit of the martial way . . . the pursuit of becoming a warrior.
Sometimes, that devotion can even save a life. . . .
Evan Connor's just been released from Lackawanna County Prison in Scranton, Pennsylvania. His wife, Cindy, refuses to let him come home, so he is forced to move back in with his mother. As if having no job, no close friends, a wife who is threatening divorce, and living back in his childhood home isnt challenging enough, he struggles with depression and drug addiction.
Evan finds menial temp jobs at Labor Ready, but soon falls back into his old ways of getting high with street bud Tyrone and a crack whore, Ginger. He steals and sells his family antiques and shakes down his youngest son, Tim, a struggling musician with demons of his own.
When it seems like there is no point in going on, he decides to commit suicide. First, though, he decides to return a wallet he stole. The man he stole it from, a local Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor, shows his appreciation by offering Evan a free Jiu-Jitsu lesson. To his surprise, he falls in love with it, and decides to devote himself to the martial artists way of life.
The more he trains, the less feels the need to use drugs. Evan tries desperately to get back with his wife and to set things right with Tim as well as with his eldest, Jack, who is serving in the 4th Infantry division in Iraq with problems of his own. But a prison beef with a dangerous convict, his debts, and his old habits and druggie friends will not make it easy.
Evan enters a martial arts tournament, offering a first prize of two grand, in hopes of winning respect from his family, and to take home the money to help replace stolen property. But in order to win, he must defeat Kendall, a dojo bully who has it in for him, along with an even more seasoned grappler, Murilo, from a rival Jiu-Jitsu school. Can Evan pull his family back together through his study of the martial way, or will he sink back into self-destruction?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940148652434
Publisher: Northampton House
Publication date: 08/10/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 201 KB

About the Author

Chris Campion began training in the martial arts at eleven, when an Okinawan karate studio opened near his home. After earning his bachelor’s from Temple University, he began training rigorously in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Around this time, he also began writing short stories, then earned his master’s in creative writing from Wilkes University. He’s published short fiction through and East Meets West: American Writers Journal. When not reading, writing, or in the dojo, he can be found playing drums with local bands, mountain biking, walking his Siberian husky, or watching UFC with his fiancée and stepdaughter.

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