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On a friend's recommendation, I put down the dull economics books and enjoyed a little fiction. And I did enjoy The Rose and the Crane. Quite a bit.
The Rose and the Crane clashes the 15th Century cultures on British Seamen, Venetian traders, and Samurai warriors. Those who crave action will enjoy Iliad-level gore in descriptive battle sequences.
"Neno did not like to lose crewmen unless it was by his own hand. He was halfway around the world and had lost enough already. Sure, for the most part they were good-for-nothing, whoring drunkards, but then, so was Neno, and only he had the right to remove them from the ranks of the living."
This is not some mixed-race "Dinner with Andre" with lengthy conversations about cultural differences. But in the life and death of battle and battle preparations, the differences are explored -- tersely and wittily - as alliances become friendship.
"Based on the magnificent horse that the man sat astride and his stag - antler wakidate, Kojiro guessed that man was Lord Kono himself. "At least we do not fight cowards," Kojiro observed aloud to no one in particular>
Simon, standing nearby, heard the comment. "I would prefer to fight cowards."
"Invincibility lies in one's self," Kojiro responded calmly.
"Easy for you to say."
"I did not say it .Sun Tzu said it."</blockquote>
We follow the band from Japan through spice islands, back to Continental Europe for preparation, and ultimately to return to England to participate in the Wars of the Roses. Over time, the reader becomes of the characters, with all their foibles, and becomes quite invested in the outcome. The pacing is very good and the plot never lags.
"Aldo sighed and looked out over the canal. 'In all seriousness, though, I need more stories, and I have a feeling that a voyage with you will produce some. Besides, when I travel, I trade, and when I trade, I make money, so what is there to lose?'"
Indeed. Five stars, without a doubt.