ORDER THE BOOK E-BOOK Kindle Apple Books Google Play NOOK Kobo The Ninja Nicholas Linnear #1 Description The New York Times–bestselling novel. Nicholas Linnear, hero of The Ninja and The Miko, is back in another epic Eric Van Lustbader, Author Fawcett Books $ (p) ISBN Unfortunately, this is one of several such things that Eric Van Lustbader wants to show his readers in his De Sadean martial arts mega-seller.

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That’s a damn shame because, as far as thrillers go, it’s rather brilliant. Nick grew up combining the best of both cultures in his home. Mar 13, Eric rated it did not like it Shelves: I loved this book when I read it back in the 80s, and had I reviewed it then I probably would have given it four, or even five stars.

None of those films did well, and with each release 20th grew more and more reluctant to go ahead with the project.

We won’t even get into the whole “Eastern mindset” thing. The under-construction skyscraper infiltration is still the climactic set-piece, followed by the doppleganger dead body swerve and the limo scene — those being firmly established crutches of the horror genre anyway.

There was a brief flash of gold, stonework in flickering torchlight, then it was gone. Good luck if you can last that long. New York City and surrounding areas being notably low-density population small worlds, our hero meets, has sex with, and falls in love with a highly psychologically damaged girl who just happens to be daughter of Evil Tycoon. Heck, all the jumping from one scene to another interfered with the flow.

With all the author brought to the story in terms of rich detail, he failed to really involve me emotionally with the characters. Sumbitch used it again. I would highly recommend this novel to anyone wanting an outstanding treatment of the Shadow Warriors, the Shinobi, the Ninja I like to think delude myself into thinking that if I read someone’s guilty pleasure then I’ll get some sort of insight or understanding into their character. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Caught between East and West, a past he can’t escape and a destiny he can’t avoid, he is trapped in a web of old lust and present passions that will converge on a terrifying moment of revelation and revenge I could easily deride the writer for his endless stereotyping of Asia, in general, and Japan, in particular, I mean really how many times do I have to read that Japanese are “inscrutable” and “hard-eyed” or that tired old phrase “East meets West?


While Nicholas Linnear is the main protagonist, there are other, supporting protagonists and antagonists that all play their roles well. Brothels, blowguns, hypnosis tricks and poison shuriken abound.

Feb 11, Cynthia Nichols rated it really liked it.

The Ninja (Nicholas Linnear, book 1) by Eric Van Lustbader

The writing is wordy, the action sparse. It is suggested that by becoming ninja they strive to advance to an even higher plane, gaining skills lustbxder as harageior sensing the surrounding world in a different manner.

I’d be offended by the cultural appropriation, but I’m not sure on whose behalf I should be offended. The title should be at least 4 characters long. Though to use either term in describing this incredibly juvenile masturbatory fantasy is an offense to books and stories everywhere.

Jan-Michael Vincent around that same time period comes to mind, between action films like Defiance and Hooper but pre- Air Wolf. Email required Address never made public.


Chronologically the story covers around forty years, from the tail end of World War II right up until the early nineteen eighties. Day of the Caesars Eagles of the Empire View all 4 comments. It took a little longer than usual for me to get into this book, but once I did, there was no stopping until I was finished. Tom Cole was hired to write eeic draft, while Kershner himself also wrote a draft.

This book right here is not for anyone born after But wait, maybe this momentary flourish isn’t indicative of anything but a little “grab the reader with your ebullience” up front.


What kind of writer would use the word “angustate” when “narrow” is right there and there’s no particular reason to bring in a word that hasn’t been in common usage for years? Totally avoids mentioning some of the most compelling elements of the novel.

Well, you can’t lustbaedr everything. It was only when he became a young man that he was lustbaader into the complexities of two very different cultures. Some of them did.

Really good, with excellent research about white Ninjas and Black Ninjas Story moves along nicely. At times, this trammels the already flattened suspension-of-disbelief, as when our hero stops on his way to the Binja Conflict at a movie house to pump up with some Bruce Lee flicks. Mistress of the Pearl.

This was not a quick read. Other books in the series.

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