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The Fifth Profession [Kindle Edition]

David Morrell
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)

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Book Description

From the bestselling author of First Blood comes a spectacular thriller, in which a former Navy SEAL and a Japanese samurai master are bound together in a terrifying past that never happened.

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From School Library Journal

Gripping adventure, suspense, and espionage are standard ingredients of Morrell's novels. Hired by wealthy and powerful clients as an executive protector, Savage is assigned to rescue Rachel Stone from her sadistic husband on the Greek island of Mykonos. Joined by Akira, his Japanese counterpart, Savage discovers this case extends far beyond merely protecting and safely delivering a client. Pursued by unknown outside forces, the threesome struggle to stay alive and solve a mystery that spans continents and brings horrifying memories to the surface. Bizarre circumstances involving psychosurgery, samurai, and CIA intrigue create an incredible, fast-paced thriller. The plot--if far-fetched--is strong, and the characters are wonderfully drawn. --Nancy Bard, Jefferson Sci-Tech, Alexandria, VA
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Product Details

  • File Size: 671 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (December 4, 2008)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001MYJ3TW
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Adventure to the extreme September 23, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
" The Fifth Profession " by David Morrell is a non stop page turner full of action and a twisting plot through out. The novel is about the adventure of two "Ronin" (bodygaurds) sworn to find the answer behind their nightmares. Savage is an ex American Navy Seal who is a professional bodyguard who takes high risk jobs. He specializes in security, hand to hand combat, and weaponrey. Akira who is also a Ronin is a brilliant Japaness who is a master of samuria and protection. Both men are subject to a shocking event when they meet for the first time on a job. Months later they suprisingly meet each other again and embark on a journey to find out what or who pulled them through hell and back. This book takes you from the streets of New York to Japan, this mystery is full of intrigue and great action. Thought you don't learn any morals from reading this book you learn alot about Japaness folklore and culture. A must read for any adventure/mystery reader.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Japanese background, large plot holes November 3, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"The Fifth Profession" by David Morrell is an intriguing tale of two bodyguards stuck with "false memories". They both believe they saw something traumatic, but find that item after item in their recollections did not actually happen. I've run a feudal Japan newsletter for over 10 years, so my main interest in this story was with the Japanese samurai tradition covered, as well as the bodyguard ethics.
The main teller of the story is American, but his counterpart is Japanese, and there are many interesting aspects to his personality and background. Part of the story takes place in Japan, in various areas of both city and country. The bodyguard was trained by a skilled ninja-type (of course) and the descriptions of their fighting style are also intriguing.
The narrative examines the background of Japan as the plot wends its way here and there. Readers learn various stories such as the 47 ronin, and backgrounds of the tea ceremony, zen gardening, bushido, and more.
While this book is not really meant to teach about Japan, the writer did a good job of researching his topic and slips much of the information in as casual background to the story.
If you can accept some of the plot holes at the end of the story, and don't worry very much about details that do not quite match up, this is a very enjoyable book!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Morrell's Best August 26, 2001
By Phil
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The first David Morrell books that I read years ago absolutely enthralled me. "The Fraternity of the Stone" and "The Brotherhood of the Rose" blended action with logic (the reader knows the logic that the protagonist is using to make each move) and threw in touches of Western and Eastern spirituality. What a combination! Expecting the same quality of books, I recently read some of Morrell's newer books. Wow...was I disappointed! It seemed that Morrell had gone the way of Sidney Sheldon and some other talented writers. Producing quality books had given way to cranking out manuscripts as quickly as possible. "The Fifth Profession" represents some of Morrell's best writing. Most readers who enjoyed "The Fraternity of the Stone" and "The Brotherhood of the Rose" will love this one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Probably Morrell's worst January 21, 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've read several of Morrell's books and have become quite a fan. While I've gradually given up the thriller novels, I still like to read Morrell for his clever plots and skilled writing. This book, however, was a severe disappointment. Sure, the plot was decent, if a bit more far-fetched than Morrell tends to be.

My biggest problem was the dialogue. Morrell is too talented of a writer to let him off the hook for this. None of the dialogue is natural. Rather than describe things in the narrative, he uses the dialogue. It was painful to read.

Check out Brotherhood of the Rose and Fraternity of the Stone, two of his best.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It August 12, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book was full of action and suspense. I just couldn't put it down. After reading it, I went back and reread my favorite parts. The author did an outstanding job of keeping my attention and wrote a great story. I recommend it to anyone who likes books with action and a strong plot.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very intricately plotted June 9, 2005
By Shikari
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Morrell delivers yet again with his knockout which plunges the reader into a gigantic labyrinth of switchbacks as we are introduced to the characters, their lives, their countries, and their cultures. Breathless!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars INCREDIBLE...!!! March 13, 2004
By A Customer
This story masterfully mixes the Secret Agent genre that we all know with the conventions and complexities of the Samurai. Make no mistake, the story is set in present day and is an action-thriller as well!
The characterization is so believable that as a reader, I began thinking ahead to figure out the puzzle and way out of the circumstances for the characters, as if I was an actual participant. The story is that immersive and Morrell's craft is that is that skilled. He pulls you in, and once in, you are in for a great ride; like an E-ticket at Disneyland!
If you have any interest in espionage, executive protection, Japanese culture, honor, action or on-the-edge-of-your-seat storytelling, this is the novel for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good thriller April 19, 2009
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I always enjoy reading David Morrell, and this novel is no exception. The novel involves the "fifth profession" of being a professional protector, and focuses on the exploits of two protectors all over the world--an American and a Japanese. Their paths cross as they try to solve a mystery that haunts each of them--believing that they each saw the other killed while both were assigned to protect a certain Japanese businessman.

As usual for Morrell, the action is nonstop and exciting. There are also many fascinating insights into Japanese culture. However, I gave this only four stars because the whole novel felt somewhat contrived to me, and I had pretty much guessed the "solution" to the mystery before the novel ended. I won't give away the ending, but it did not seem particularly original.

Although this was nonstop action, and not dull by any means, I do not think it is one of Morrell's better novels. You will enjoy reading it, but if you really want to experience Morrell's writing at its best, you should read some of his other novels, such as Brotherhood of the Rose.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!!
This is the first book I've read by this author and I could not put it down. I have to give it 5 stars; I loved it.
Published 9 months ago by Barbara Gordon
4.0 out of 5 stars arlo2502
Excellent, historical in some interesting aspects as to japan. Not so sure about the medical procedures and how performed. But agin enjoyed the Japanese historical matters
Published 10 months ago by David R. Guthery
5.0 out of 5 stars heart stopping action and incredible protagonists
I am sitting here with tears in my eyes. What an incredible storyteller David Morrell is. Pure talented genius author.
Published 11 months ago by Madelyn Thompson
2.0 out of 5 stars Repeated dialogue and constant exclamation make this a wierd one.
I love Morrell's work. This one starts out good but by about 1/3 of the way through it becomes very unbelievable. Not in the way that most of his novels become unbelievable. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Richard
1.0 out of 5 stars Embarrassing
I'm amazed that many reviewers mention the plot holes at the end of the book since that means they read to the end. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Joyce Black
2.0 out of 5 stars Far from his best work
Much slower than other titles from Morrell. Most of his works are 4 or 5 stars for me....this one missed it in my opinion.
Published 14 months ago by Wayne Rouse
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent novel
I have read many books by David Morrell, and this is one of the best ones. The book is filled with interesting characters, exotic locations, thrilling chases and mysterious... Read more
Published on April 15, 2013 by Jscifireader
5.0 out of 5 stars The Fifth Profession by David Morrell
I was going through my storage unit and found many books that I had forgotten about. This author had 5 of them. I forgot how much I love his stories. Read more
Published on February 24, 2013 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Great book and it includes great information about the Japanese culture and Japan. Kept my interest which isn't always easy.
Published on January 15, 2013 by CK in MD
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite book EVER!
This was the first Morrell book I ever read and to this day it remains my favorite. I have read it 3 times now over the years and it still locks me in. Read more
Published on January 26, 2012 by White Russian
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More About the Author

David Morrell is the author of FIRST BLOOD, the award-winning novel in which Rambo was created. He holds a Ph. D. in American literature from Penn State and was a professor in the English department at the University of Iowa. His numerous New York Times bestsellers include the classic spy trilogy that begins with THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE ROSE, the basis for the only television mini-series to premier after a Super Bowl. The other books in the trilogy are THE FRATERNITY OF THE STONE and THE LEAGUE OF NIGHT AND FOG. An Edgar, Anthony, and Macavity nominee, Morrell is the recipient of three Bram Stoker awards and the prestigious Thriller Master award from the International Thriller Writers organization. His writing book, THE SUCCESSFUL NOVELIST, discusses what he has learned in his four decades as an author. His latest novel is the highly praised Victorian mystery/thriller, MURDER AS A FINE ART.

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