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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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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: 5.4 x 0.7 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #513,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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.

BTW, I received the item free of charge in exchange for an honest review.
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John Donohue has managed to create a nice little niche in which to write. One might call it Martial arts fiction. While there are plenty that write about martial arts from an instructive standpoint and many that write fiction containing martial arts, there are few out there that manage to write about realistic martial arts; the reality of hand-to-hand combat and the spiritual side of training to kill or be killed. Donohue does all of these things in his ongoing development of Connor Burke and his teacher Yamashita Sensei.

In Kage (shadow), Connor Burke is hired for his academic skills. The wealthy daughter of a dead and highly controversial author retains Burke to prove or disprove the veracity of her father's work. While going about this task Burke stumbles into something much bigger, something that the odds say will lead to his death and the death of those closest to him.

As in his previous novels Donohue smoothly moves between a story told by his character Connor Burke in the 1st person and a 3rd person perspective that allows us to see what's happening with his other characters. The prose is smooth, intelligent and exciting, and I'm looking forward to much more from John Donohue in the near future.
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Lead character Connor Burke evolves as a martial artist and as a person in Kage the Shadow. Author John Donahue made this book in the series the most believable yet by creating supporting characters that help keep Burke alive without requiring him to be a martial arts super hero. Burke's brother Mickey becomes more real as the big brother continually annoyed by the antics of his little brother. Through Burke, author Donahue deeply probes the yin or metaphysical side of martial arts philosophy as Burke and his lover struggle with the violence in their lives, and Burke confronts his own killing of evil men. Sensei Yamashita continues to tutor Burke and help keep his yin and yang, or in-yo, in balance to ultimately come to understand and live "the way" in Eastern martial arts lifestyle and philosophy. Martial artists who have probed the internal arts will be rewarded by how Donahue has developed Burke's personal struggle to find meaning and purpose in life through martial arts practice. Kaga deserves to be re-read periodically to discover new levels of understanding "the way." The only negative for me was that Donahue doesn't appear to have spent enough time crawling, walking, sitting and trying to find comfort in the Sonoran Desert environment where everything seems to poke you, prick you, or bite you.
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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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