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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Ymaa Publication Center; 1St Edition edition (July 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594392102
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594392108
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #363,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The plot is original and crafty…The characters are fresh and interesting…The dialogue is sharp…The story is entirely absorbing." (Booklist)

"Peppered with musings of Eastern philosophy, gritty cop lingo, and occasional understated humor, this mystery [series]…will appeal to all kinds of readers, not just martial arts aficionados" (Publishers Weekly)

"Donohue kicks out prose that is as fluid as the martial arts moves he so eloquently describes." (Library Journal)

About the Author

John Donohue Ph.D. is a nationally known expert on the culture and practice of the martial arts, John Donohue has been banging around a dojo for more than 30 years.



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John Donohue is a novelist with a Ph.D in anthropology who has also been banging around martial arts dojo for more than 30 years. He's an expert on the study of the martial arts.

He's has worked in the hospitality, advertising, and publishing industries, but for the bulk of his non-writing career he has been a higher education professional, working as both a teacher and senior level manager at a number of colleges--strapped, as he says, to the wheel of administrative karma. He currently serves as Provost at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven CT.

John is the author of four novels in the Burke/Yamashita thriller series. Previous titles were Tengu, Deshi and Sensei. The fourth in the series, Kage, was released in July 2011. Among his other works are Herding the Ox, Complete Kendo, The Overlook Martial Arts Reader, Volume 2. He's currently at work on a new novel, The Qi Eaters.

Fusing the way of the pen and the way of the sword, while writing John has trained in the martial disciplines of aikido, iaido, judo, karatedo, kendo, and
taiji. He has dan (black belt) ranks in both karatedo and kendo.

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The harsh desert environment is depicted in vivid detail and the tension of the US-Mexico border comes across thick and real.
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I can't wait for the next book in this series to come out in July - Enzan.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rooney Fan on July 11, 2011
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These days many of the big names in suspense and mystery writing have co-writers and their stuff is sometimes a conglomeration of mismatched pieces. Their novels can read like they were written by committees. Not so with Kage. It's pure Donohue. The writing flows as smoothly as one of Connor Burke's (the protagonist) sword swipes. There's plenty of realistic action, interesting interplay between the characters and, best of all, a great story. Donohue knows what he's writing about. He has black belts in karatedo and kendo as well as a background in college teaching -- just like Burke. One thing Burke and his creator don't have in common is that Burke's no writer, while Donohue is. And he's a damn good one. And Kage is one of his best!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kashin on July 12, 2011
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Really enjoyed this one--so much so, I found myself reading it standing up in the line at the DMV! That's how not-put-downable "Kage" is. Unlike "Tengu" which I found a tad bit farfetched, this story is current, topical and plausible. Best of all, it provides a needed dose of realism between the worlds of dojo training and actual combat. Donahue's plotting is so tight, and his characters so well-drawn, that he doesn't even need (and therefore doesn't use) the gratuitously exploitative sex and violence one commonly finds in many thrillers. DeMille and Lustbader, look out! Donahue's slipped into your "dead angle" and made it look effortless.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Erin Brough on July 9, 2011
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While most series fizzle out, Donohue has done it again with this new installation to the Connor Burke series. Kage blends the current and realistic threats of the common world with the mysterious traditions of ancient culture. I guarantee if this is the first Burke book you have read, you will yearn to complete the series (Sensei, Deshi & Tengu). Sensei: A Thriller Deshi: A Martial Arts Thriller Tengu the Mountain Goblin: A Connor Burke Martial Arts Thriller
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Keith V. Caswell on August 9, 2011
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Kage: The Shadow

In as much as I love a great tome. I, also, very much enjoy a quick read story. One which is well written, with a decent story line and a loveable main character... Especially when that character is continued over a series. Case in point Tom Clancy's: Jack Ryan. Or, more applicable here, Jack Higgins: Sean Dillon

After reading "Tengu, The MonuntainGoblin" John Donohue was on my list of authors to read. His writing style is to the point with out leaving the reader in the dark. The author envelopes you with a quick pace and characters you want to be. His main character is Connor Burke is an Irish-American Samurai with a "bucket list" desire to sample every beer ever brewed. Through out the story Burke's Sensei; Yamashita, imparts his wisdom and guides Burke as to the way of the warrior class.

John Donohue's martial arts thrillers are just the kind of book I want with me on vacation or in the hammock, and "Kage: The Shadow" fit the bill!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Susan on July 31, 2011
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I don't read a lot of thrillers, but I've read all four of Donohue's novels. Donohue's characters don't just wade in with guns blazing; they live with the consequences of their actions. His main character, Burke, a scholar and advanced martial artist, can deal with a tough situation--Donohue writes a good fight scene. Burke has the sardonic humor characteristic of the genre. He's also a fully formed character with a family, a social life, a profession, and a fully developed range of opinions and quirks. But most importantly for me, he's reflective. He brings not just his martial skill to a fight, but his martial philosophy and mind-body training. In other words, Donohue's work has depth and texture.

In terms of depth and texture, "Kage" is probably Donohue's best work yet. I finished the book in two days, recommended to everyone at my dojo, and am thinking about reading it again. It's a really good read, and it's much more than a really good read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dolores L. Sparrow on July 9, 2011
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My copy of John Donohue's latest Conner Burke thriller, Kage: The Shadow, arrived yesterday. I immediately began reading it and could not put it down until I was finished. It is fast-paced and compelling. We readers are fortunate to have a martial arts expert and anthropologist as the author. His exciting books are always a wonderful blend of both subjects. This time he puts Conner Burke front and center in a hot topic in the US and Mexico, that is, smuggling illegals, drugs, drug gangs and cartels, and responses from local lawmen right up to Homeland Security--all happening at the Arizona border. Donohue also enmeshes the long-dead ancients, who hold the key to this thrilling mystery. Even when 'safely' at home in NY, Conner, erroneously believing he is no longer involved, he is not! Donohue carefully leads us through violent, deadly action--the cartels competing for the prize and the lawmen and Conner caught in the crossfire. Just when we think we know what's going to happen, we are shocked and surprised, right up to the bittersweet conclusion. There is only bad thing about this book--it ends!! Thus, we must be patient until John Donohue writes his next Conner Burke thriller, and I can hardly wait! I heartily urge all lovers of mysteries to get this book and enjoy the suspenseful read it provides.
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