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Girl Punches Out (An Emily Kane Adventure Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Jacques Antoine
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Emily Kane may have come to terms with the team of covert operatives from the Chinese Guoanbu. Unfortunately, these are not the only people hunting her. At least one team of American operatives is after her, too, as she discovers one day during a routine traffic stop. But the worst nightmare comes to pass when North Korean agents kidnap two small children to trade for her. Emily will need to juggle life and death decisions as her hopes of leading the normal social life of a teenager are about to go up in smoke.

About the Author

Jacques Antoine lives and writes in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of northern New Mexico, where the air is thin and the coyotes sing at night. Over the years, he studied his share of martial arts, until his knees gave out. But the spiritual lessons stuck with him and shape his writing today.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1663 KB
  • Print Length: 271 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Amaterasu Press (31 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00860DGES
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #116,396 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By day, Jacques Antoine is a professor at a small college in the southwest, by night he writes action-adventure stories. At first, he wrote "kung fu" tales just for his daughter, when she was a little ninja studying karate. As she grew up, the tales evolved into full-length novels focusing on the dilemmas of young adults, but always set against the background of martial arts adventures. When he's not writing or teaching, he enjoys walking his dogs in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains outside Santa Fe.

The Emily Kane Stories are based on the central insight of Japanese martial arts, captured in the little word "sen." It means, roughly, initiative. It can take many forms, and is visible in all walks of life. In Karate, "go no sen" means "counter-attack." But in other contexts it might also refer to resilience, or responsiveness, or a deliberate choice. The common element lies in the insight that responsiveness or deliberation is not the same as passivity, and neither is aggression necessarily a sign of initiative. True initiative lies deeper than the difference between activity and passivity.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great follow up 21 Jun. 2012
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Sen No Sen is the sequel to Go No Sen (Emily Kane Stories) and follows Emily as she continues to try and maintain a normal life despite being hunted by a number of international covert operatives. It is apparent from the very beginning that Emily is struggling with how to balance her own strengths with both the life she wishes to lead and the dangers she can't seem to escape. Her difficulties are easy to relate to as is her love for those around her.

Antoine's writing is comfortable. It flows smoothly from the violence Emily is forced to inhabit to the peace she is trying to protect, effectively mimicking the very internal dilemma is facing. I particularly liked the pacing and writing style.

Like Go No Sen, Sen No Sen includes quite a lot of martial arts theory. It is as much about the proper mind set of a fight as the proper physical conditioning. It wasn't quite as heavy as in the first book and I found it enjoyable. As I appreciated the little bit of Japanese mythology that comes in at the end of the book.

Anyone who is interested in martial arts will likely like this book, as will those who like strong female YA characters. I would recommend reading Go No Sen first however.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It was so good 13 Oct. 2013
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It was very good!
I love kindaa adventure, action drama sort of books and this falls under all of them.
I just couldn't stop reading.
I'm saving up for the next book!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and imaginative 5 July 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a sequel to Go No Sen and it further develops the story or Emily Kane - a strong, teenage girl who is a fascinating and positive role model for all YA girls and boys.

The story is carefully researched, well-written and fast-paced and I like that it teaches me something new and different about martial arts.

Emily's character develops throughout this story to take into account her growing awareness of boys, of deepening friendships, of the problems of hostile foreign governments and of how she can look forward to adulthood with the support of family and friends. Alongside that is a metaphysical slant to Emily's character that lifts the story into a different dimension. Best of all, the many action and fight scenes are gripping! I'm not someone who has a great knowledge of martial arts, but I love the way Emily uses her mental and physical strength to overcome some formidable enemies in order to save the lives of two innocent children. Her growing emotional maturity, as well as her mystery of her incredible physical prowess make her an unforgettable character.

I look forward to more stories in the Emily Kane series.
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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars  19 reviews
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sword and sorcery 20 Jun. 2014
By Gordon Clason - Published on Amazon.com
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OK, no sorcery, just fantastically described martial arts. There is a dynamic and dramatic female heroine who takes on all the bad guys very well. The plot twists are unexpected and well thought out.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great follow up 21 Jun. 2012
By Sadie Forsythe - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Sen No Sen is the sequel to Go No Sen (Emily Kane Stories) and follows Emily as she continues to try and maintain a normal life despite being hunted by a number of international covert operatives. It is apparent from the very beginning that Emily is struggling with how to balance her own strengths with both the life she wishes to lead and the dangers she can't seem to escape. Her difficulties are easy to relate to as is her love for those around her.

Antoine's writing is comfortable. It flows smoothly from the violence Emily is forced to inhabit to the peace she is trying to protect, effectively mimicking the very internal dilemma is facing. I particularly liked the pacing and writing style.

Like Go No Sen, Sen No Sen includes quite a lot of martial arts theory. It is as much about the proper mind set of a fight as the proper physical conditioning. It wasn't quite as heavy as in the first book and I found it enjoyable. As I appreciated the little bit of Japanese mythology that comes in at the end of the book.

Anyone who is interested in martial arts will likely like this book, as will those who like strong female YA characters. I would recommend reading Go No Sen first however.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and Imaginative 5 July 2012
By E J Miller - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a sequel to Go No Sen and it further develops the story or Emily Kane - a strong, teenage girl who is a fascinating and positive role model for all YA girls and boys.

The story is carefully researched, well-written and fast-paced and I like that it teaches me something new and different about martial arts.

Emily's character develops throughout this story to take into account her growing awareness of boys, of deepening friendships, of the problems of hostile foreign governments and of how she can look forward to adulthood with the support of family and friends. Alongside that is a metaphysical slant to Emily's character that lifts the story into a different dimension. Best of all, the many action and fight scenes are gripping! I'm not someone who has a great knowledge of martial arts, but I love the way Emily uses her mental and physical strength to overcome some formidable enemies in order to save the lives of two innocent children. Her growing emotional maturity, as well as her mystery of her incredible physical prowess make her an unforgettable character.

I look forward to more stories in the Emily Kane series.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes you want to have power like this! 4 Sept. 2013
By BLS59 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Jacques Antoine must incorporate his martial arts skill into his writing, because the same kind of power and balance that he writes about shows in his ability to perfect his craft. This is an action packed, riveting story about a girl's struggle to find balance while discovering who she really is. The characters are believable and engaging and I found something within each one that I could personally relate to. Can't wait to read the rest of the series! Well done!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sen no sen 13 Jun. 2012
By dinag - Published on Amazon.com
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This sequel is a great read! Exciting from the first, it builds in momentum as the pages rush by to its terrific conclusion. I couldn't wait to keep reading and was sad when the book was finished. I hope there's another installment to this book! The martial arts descriptions were fascinating reading. Highly recommend this book!
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