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Product Details

  • Series: Matador
  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Ace (December 27, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441013619
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441013616
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 1 x 6.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #664,836 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Perry excels at hard-boiled writing, flashing dialogue, and stripped-down action. -- Oregonian

About the Author

STEVE PERRY is an American television writer and science fiction author. He has written books in the Star Wars, Alien, and Conan universes, as well as for Tom Clancy's 'Net Force' series. He is a practitioner of the Indonesian martial art of Pentjak Silat, which inspired him to create the fictional martial arts Sumito and Teras Kasi featured in the Matador series for which he is best known. He lives in the Pacific Northwest. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

Customer Reviews

This is the best science fiction book I have ever read.
S. Heffner
If I had any complaints about any of the books in the Matador series - it would be simple - I want more to read!
D. Kimball
He develops his characters well and keeps an exciting story line.
Jim H.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Scott Masterton VINE VOICE on January 5, 2006
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"Musashi Flex" by Steve Perry is another great offering for those who have enjoyed the Matadore series. This is a fast paced book, as all of Perry's Matodore books have been. Perry manages to insert his readers into a far distant future, but still make them feel at home.

Many of the technologies that were at first "cutting edge" when Perry began his series with "The Man Who Never Missed", are in production and common place today. To me, this points out the visionary quality that writers like Steve Perry and others in the SciFi genre have. They seem to be road maps for what is to come.

"The Musashi Flex" focuses primarily on the semi-illegal fight game going on among the many Confed planets. The Flex is kind of a cross between NHB martial arts with a taste of the old west gunfighters. The Flex players move from planet to planet essentially dueling each other for the title of Primero...the number one fighter. This little book has all the elements of the current state of sports, with illegal performance drug use and constantly imroving training technique and fighting technique. However, Perry manages to describe fairly accurately the movement of these competitors from fighter to Spiritual warrior.

For those that have enjoyed this series, this book is also the origin of the 97 Steps martial art featured in all the Matador novels as well as showing the origin of the rebellion against the Confed.

A good read from Steve Perry. Hopefully, he will delve further into this series and continue to flesh out his fascinating view of the future.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Mel Odom VINE VOICE on February 1, 2006
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Lazlo Mourn is ranked in the Top Twenty of the Musashi Flex, a martial arts gladiatoral game that spans dozens of worlds in the Comfederation. Ellis Shaw, one of the wealthiest men in the ComFed, has just came up with a new drug that enhances a person's metabolism making him -- for a short while at a time -- one of the fastest beings in several worlds. These two men are fated to meet in the top rung of the Flex. But Lazlo Mourn, once a semi-burned out fighter who had reached the peak of his game, has just received an enlightment and is on a self-fulfilling journey to perfect the craft he's given his entire life to. Meanwhile, Shaw's drug invention is the object of a ComFed spy plot and could ultimately be his downfall.

Steve Perry returns to his Matador universe with this entry. Author of THE 97th STEP, THE ALBINO KNIFE, novels in the ALIENS series as well as STAR WARS, Perry also writes novels in Tom Clancy's bestselling Net Force series.

Perry has written a lean, mean book filled with action and character. It's not really deep enough to stay with a reader long after the final page is turned, but there are nuggets of pure gold within it. The character of Lazlor Mourn is real and honest, and Ellis Shaw comes across as a complex and complicated antagonist. In between the takes on marital arts and the psychology of fighting lie intriguing bits of a future world Perry has been writing about for twenty years. The layers and textures of the novel delight and provide glimpses of how the future may turn out. The reader moves swiftly through the action, and through the lives of Mourn and Shaw as each in turn has to hustle and evade the things that would hamper them from finding out who is best.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 4, 2006
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This book is great for any and all fans of the Matadora series.

Taking place years before any of the existing books, this helps to flesh out the Confed and history that becomes important later on in the series.

Fast paced as these books generally are, this is a good addition with some good surprises.

I, for one, am hoping for more books to flesh out this universe even more or to link the story in this book to the rest of the books with more of Perry's creative storytelling.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. A. Kane TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 27, 2006
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The Musashi Flex is not only a well told tale, but a believable and interesting portrayal of combat; something that is rare in Sci-Fi. I can easily imagine UFC-type competitions evolving into what the author has entertainingly described in his book. His experience in martial arts makes it a fascinating read, at least for guys like me who have experience with the real thing and have a hard time wading through the unrealistic fluff that many authors crank out. This outstanding tome has realistic fight scenes, compelling characters (particularly Mourn), an interesting plot, great pacing, and a fun vision of the future. This is the first of Perry's books that I have read and most certainly not the last!

Highly recommended!

Lawrence Kane
Author of Blinded by the Night, among other titles
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mike Garrison on February 28, 2006
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Steve Perry will never be studied in high school literature classes, but he is fairly good at what he does -- the written equivalent of mass-market action films. This book is one of his better efforts.

It features four characters whose lives slowly come together into a final climax in the last few pages of the book. Two of them are men who have been interested in the "Musashi Flex" (a formal martial arts dueling society) for most of their lives, and two of them are women who (for various reasons) get involved with the men.

Behind the martial arts fighting scenes and the sexual scenes (both toned down a bit from some of Perry's other work) lies a basic question: "What happens when you achieve your life's goal? What do you do then?"

Mourn has lived his life existentially, from fight to fight, taking the traditional martial artist philosophy of striving only to improve yourself through training and practice and solitary contemplation. Shaw has been a wealthy industrialist who took a successful company and turned it into a huge corporation, but all the while has used his money and drive to create a drug that he hopes will make him an invincible fighter. Both men suddenly find their paths to be successful, and their drive to the top happens at the same moment. But who will triumph when the immovable object encounters the unstoppable cannonball?

In the background (and occasionally the foreground) lies the sinister and corrupt "Confederation" (the overthrow of which becomes the focus of the Matador series). This book is written about 20 years later than the original novels and also showcases Perry's own improvements in writing skill.
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I'm married, got kids, grandkids, dogs, all like that. Ex-hippie, long-time martial artist, duffer on the guitar.


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