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Kage The Shadow: A Connor Burke Martial Arts Thriller Paperback – July 16, 2011
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A medical examiner with a nightmare past must stop a killer who strikes too close to home. Learn More
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
BTW, I received the item free of charge in exchange for an honest review.
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!
The main character is quite well described, ; he lives with the consequences of his actions.
quite important 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.
And also the description of the martial art tecniques is good and believable
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was an ok book, but the eariler books had a lot more martial arts involved, this book has it in there, but mainly as a side story, and not much of it really. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Tony
I've enjoyed all the books in the "Conner Burke" series by John Donohue. The characters are well thought out, action scenes nicely described and martial arts philosophy... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Joe
His writing is cleaner and the story more engaging, bringing in aspects outside of Asian culture. Look forward to next.Published 14 months ago by K. Samuels
I loved it ,A Martial Arts Masterpiece.Please Keepup the good work.Published 15 months ago by Jamal D.Kendricks
I think John is forgetting that we need the sword slashing and martial arts in these books... the characters are developed and we get internal struggles but don't forget why we... Read morePublished on October 19, 2014 by Amazon Customer
I enjoyed the first three Burke books but this one was lacking. The plot felt contrived and rushed. Kage was simply not up to the standards I expected from his earlier works.Published on September 13, 2014 by Amazon Customer
Following in the footsteps of the previous book in the Connor Burke series, this one also features travel, although this time to the US Southwest. The premise is a little shaky. Read morePublished on July 9, 2014 by Philip Ammerman