Jian is the champion, the man who excells. His arts are martial and philosophic, terrifyingly physical, cruelly cerebral. Who is he? What are his aims?
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”
Eric Lustbader is the bestselling author of ‘Second Skin, ‘The Kaisho, ‘The Miko and ‘White Ninja’, all starring Nicholas Linnear. He graduated from Columbia University in 1969. He spent fifteen years in the music industry, including working for both Elektra and CBS Records, and writing for ‘Cash Box’ magazine. He has also been a teacher. He lives with his wife in Southampton, New York.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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!