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Girl Takes The Oath (An Emily Kane Adventure Book 5) [Kindle Edition]

Jacques Antoine
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Emily Kane goes to the US Naval Academy, where she makes new friends... and new enemies.

A foreign power wants to extradite her on a murky charge involving an incident in Nepal two years ago, and the Diplomatic Security Service and NCIS are investigating her to find out why. Concentrating on her studies at the Naval Academy is harder than ever, and Emily begins to fear for her friends' safety. And when a mysterious stranger begins to follow her, and she receives an invitation from the Crown Princess of Japan to meet with her at the Japanese Embassy, the meaning of events does not promise to get any clearer.

Follow along as Emily tries to sort it all out, keep her friends safe, and do what she can for the Crown Princess, and her daughter, Princess Toshi.

"Sticky and beginning to congeal, she felt it on her hands and face too, her blood and his, and the sickening realization that she’d killed again, that another voice had been absorbed into the silence in her heart, along with all those men on the bridge, and the gangsters in that courtyard in Kathmandu, the North Koreans in Kamchatka, and in the deepest recess, her uncle David. They were wrong, unjust, cruel, bent on killing her and anyone she loved. No matter how many people told her she’d had no choice, that sentiment, couched in the terms of mere morality, did nothing to alleviate the crushing stillness of her thoughts, as if she’d become a living mausoleum for all those spirits."

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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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    4.0 out of 5 stars A good read 6 Dec. 2014
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    This is the 5th book in the story and is as good as the first interesting from start to finish . Taking time to explore the inner sole of a warrior forced to fight for herself and others. When all she wants is to live happy with friends and family
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 24 Oct. 2014
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    Great series of books that I would recommend to anyone who likes kick-ass heroines :)
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 29 April 2015
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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Wait for Book 6? 14 Sept. 2014
    By Bob Farrell - Published on
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    I love Emily Kane's Adventures--especially her brief time in Nepal. The hero is complex and an amazing creation. I was so looking forward to settling down for another awesome roller coaster ride but this adventure got to the top of the hill and stopped. It's missing half the story. I got the tasty salad and intriguing soup. Where's the entree?... and the desert? But as long as there will be a Book 6, I decided it was worth reading now and having to wait.

    I'm also confused at the response of the US Naval Academy to what's going on (using present tense because I'll be hanging here until Book 6 comes out). I'm good with suspending disbelief over her capabilities, but accepting how the US Government reacts is stretching it.
    8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Wow, done with book 5 and looking for more ... 12 Nov. 2014
    By M. B. Wade - Published on
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    Wow, done with book 5 and looking for more. Up way past my bedtime because I just couldn't stop wanting to see what the next page revealed and now I have to wait for book 6. I hope for more than that, so I signed up for the author's mailing list, some thing I have down only twice in my over 60 years of reading.
    Why only 4 stars? The plot is overly complex - I had to use Google twice to confirm details (Hey, you find a reference library open after mid-night even on a campus.) Why 4 stars ? According to my Readerware software I have recorded reading over 2,300 books since 1990 and I have written reviews for less than 70. But if I'm impressed good or bad, I do write a review. Wow, this is good. So count me as impressed and willing to write a review.
    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Read all 5 in the series in less than a week. 17 Sept. 2014
    By elder geek - Published on
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    I usually pace myself when there are several books in the series. These I ended up buying the next as soon as I finished the previous one.
    Martial arts with characters, plot and excellent writing. As the heroine progresses through times and problems she grows up from a teanager to a young adult. Suitable for a teenager. No sex and the violence tends to be neither graphic or glamorized. Like many martial arts stories, the plot is not possible in many ways. But if you accept that you are reading fantasy set in today's world, you are in for a fun ride.
    When I finished this one my first thought was, I wonder if the author is working on another book. This series or something else, I expect that I will buy it as soon as I notice it is out.
    4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars AWAY, YOU PESKY MORTALS! *minor spoilers* 12 Sept. 2014
    By M. Robare - Published on
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    Excellent series with great action scenes and a bit more philosophy than most YA (or adult) novels usually manage.

    A couple things stop me from giving a fifth star, but those may be personal biases and shouldn't reflect on anyone else's enjoyment of the series.

    First, the initial book(s) set the hook with genetic manipulation; standard enough in the world of fiction, and thoroughly resolved by the statement of one of the antagonists: "There is no magic, only training." (Or words to that effect). Emily isn't awesome because she's some super-secret gene-enhanced non-human killing machine. She's awesome because she's been training since she could walk and has not only natural aptitude, but the drive and dedication to excel.

    Following books contradict that simple but necessary truth, and suddenly Emily *is* more than human. She may even be a goddess. For me, this seriously detracts from her accessability as a character. Suddenly it isn't, "If you want it, sweat for it, and you can do it, too!" but rather, "Only the daughter of a goddess...or a deva...can be this awesome." She's no longer an inspiration or role model, because no mortal can aspire to equal her.

    Second...Emily is pretty stupid and selfish. Honestly. She's all the time whining about how she can't have any friends because *whine*whine*whine*...but what friends she does have, she pushes away because she wants to "protect" them. Someone really needs to give the author an idea of what friends really are. Emily seems to think they're some sort of automatic toy she can turn off when it's not convenient for her. She is *always* sending her friends away, trying to get them to keep her distance in order to protect them. Obviously, Emily knows everything about everyone and anything. She's a goddess, yep. Friendship, Mr Antoine, is a two-way street. It has to be. You give something of yourself to friends, and they reply in kind. Emily can't have any friends because she's an arrogant idiot who is better than everyone and no one else can possibly be of use to her...or so she apparently thinks.

    And no amount of dwelling on the depth of her eyes or the calmness and stability of her features is going to change that. Emily started out wonderfully human, but the past couple books have turned her into someone far different, for no good reason. She's still an interesting character, but not nearly as endearing as she was when introduced.

    Because now she's not a girl who kicks butt. Now she's a goddess...or something...that kicks butt. And that's a lot less interesting.
    5.0 out of 5 stars Michiko, Michi-san, Michi-sama, Michi-kami 22 Dec. 2014
    By mrl - Published on
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    The fifth book in the Emily Kane series is just as powerful as the first. Who is Michiko, or even better, who is Emily? Is she just a young woman who has delusions of grandeur or is she a cold blooded assassin? A genetic mutant or the girl next door? Emily does appear to be one of these, if not a combination of all.

    For some, she may be just one. I believe Em is many things and struggled to comprehend her inner self while fully understanding her whole. Mr. Antoine draws a multidimensional picture reflecting the complexity of Michiko/Emily, beloved daughter, pseudo-mother, friend, enemy, protector, accused traitor, staunch ally.

    Enjoy another masterfully crafted story of the give and take of life and ultimately the struggles and triumphs of one of many facets.
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