The life of Bodhidharma has given rise to countless myths and legends, A Sudden Dawn is one version of his story. Born to the warrior caste, he gives up a promising future as a soldier to become a monk and seek enlightenment. After many years of searching in vain, he finally becomes enlightened in a single moment. Bodhidharma accepts a mission to venture into China and spread the teachings of The Buddha. He travels across the Himalayas and down the Yangtze river, where he meets an unlikely disciple, a young Chinese fugitive named Ko. Together they travel across China to the Emperor s palace in Nanjing and beyond to a little temple in the mountains called Shaolin. On the journey, Ko learns Bodhidharma s unique Way of spirituality and martial arts. But there are powerful forces at work to destroy the Indian master, and Ko s violent past catches up with him outside the temple gates, where a deadly reckoning takes place.
Goran Powell is a freelance writer who holds a 5th Dan in Goju Ryu Karate. He works in London and teaches and trains at Daigaku Karate Kai, one of the UK's strongest clubs.
In 2006 his first book Waking Dragons was an instant bestseller on Amazon's martial arts listing and is now in its second edition. In 2008 he co-produced the highly acclaimed Four Shades of Black written by his Sensei Gavin Mulholland.
Goran's first novel 'A Sudden Dawn' was release by YMAA Fiction in 2010. It tells the story of Bodhidharma who brought Zen and the martial arts to the Shaolin Temple. His second novel 'Chojun' is historical fiction set on Okinawa and telling the story of the 'real Mr Miyagi' - the karate master Chojun Miyagi.