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Jian Hardcover – Jul 1985


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Random House Inc (T); Stated First Edition edition (July 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394543289
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394543284
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16.3 x 4.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 820,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘A master stoyteller’ Publishers Weekly

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Jian is the Champion, the Man who Excels. His arts are martial and philosophic, terrifyingly physical, cruelly cerebral. Who is he? What are his aims?

Is he Jake Maroc: a man haunted by his past, threatened by his present, careless for his future – except to exact the vengeance which is his? Is he Nichiren, Jake’s deadly adversary, as skilled in the arts of survival and murder as Maroc himself?

Four pieces of jade hold the answer: like pieces in 'wei qi', the Chinese game of strategy, they are to be used as part of a Grand Game. Hong Kong is part of the prize – but only part.

As violence breeds violence, deception breeds chaos and the great nations of the world manoeuvre for position, one man and his secret strategy could destroy them all …

“An entertaining and engrossing story … fast moving and exciting”
COSMOPOLITAN

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tigersrock23@netscapeonline.co.uk on 31 July 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Jian, (which does not star Nicholas Linnear), is set before Miko. Even without reading the previous books, the story is amazingly gripping. Eric Van Lustbadder combines in-depth detail into Eastern cultures along side twisting plot lines and fantastic action. The fight scenes are to be read to be believed, whilst the sex scenes are erotic beyond belief.
The fight scenes are described in such loving detail, you can imagine each movement and action the characters take, the feelings they have, and more often than not, what there last thoughts were. The erotic sex scenes are not as rife as with the previous books, but still give that "Ying and Yang" feeling against the devilish fighting.
Jian is not as pacey or as dark as The Ninja, more a strategic fight, than anything else. The key idea of the book is based on the eastern game of Go and its strategies. The story itself revolves around, one man who excels in the art of Artifice, another American trying to hunt an assassin down and global politics of the Communist kind.
I enjoyed this book because, as with the others, the descriptions of the Eastern culture and its land is so clear you could reach out and touch it. You feel like you've learnt a bit of history and something about a different culture each time you finish one of Lustbadders book.
Martial arts galore, eastern cultures, sex, violence, ninjas left, right and centre, and a plot to spin your head off!
A good read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Nov. 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Like the rest of Eric Van lustbader's books, this is a fantastic book which combines a very entertaining read with some highly complex and extremely dangerous characters. Lustbader's knowledge of the Orient shines through in this as it does in his other books. Well worth reading the sequel, Shan which is just as good and goes hand in hand with this one. I can't recommend it enough.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miketang on 24 Dec. 2001
Format: Paperback
I don't go quite as far as reader from Frankfurt, Germany in my accolade, but I certainly found this an entertaining novel in the tradition of ian fleming but with an interesting insight into oriental culture and psychology. There was sometimes too much movement between one setting and another and the thread of the tale became a bit lost - the us and russian aspects were rather cliched and wooden by comparison with the oriental parts. Overall, however, highly recommended escapist entertainment
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