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The Way of the Dragon (Young Samurai, Book 3) [Paperback]

Chris Bradford
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4 Mar 2010 Young Samurai

Young Samurai: The Way of the Dragon is the third book in this blockbuster series by Chris Bradford

June 1613. Japan is threatened with war and Jack is facing his greatest battle yet.

Samurai are taking sides and, as the blood begins to flow, Jack's warrior training is put to the ultimate test. His survival - and that of his friends - depends upon him mastering the Two Heavens, the secret sword technique of the legendary samurai Masamoto Takeshi. But first Jack must recover his father's prize possession from the deadly ninja Dragon Eye.

Can Jack defeat his ruthless enemy? Or will the ninja complete his mission to kill the young samurai . . .

'A fantastic adventure that floors the reader on page one and keeps them there until the end' - Eoin Colfer

Chris Bradford has trained in karate, kickboxing and samurai swordsmanship. He earned his black belt in Zen Kyo Shin Taijutsu, the secret fighting art of the ninja. Before writing the Young Samurai series, he was a professional musician and songwriter and has performed for HRH Queen Elizabeth II.

***You can learn more about Chris Bradford and his books at www.youngsamurai.com.***


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Product details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (4 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141324325
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141324326
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chris Bradford is a true believer in 'practising what you preach'. For his award-winning Young Samurai series, he trained in samurai swordmanship, karate, ninjutsu and earned his black belt in Zen Kyu Shin Taijutsu.

For his new BODYGUARD series, Chris embarked on an intensive close protection course to become a qualified professional bodyguard. During his training, he acquired skills in unarmed combat, defensive driving, tactical firearms, threat assessments, surveillance, and even anti-ambush exercises.

His best-selling books are published in over 20 languages and have garnered more than 18 children's book award nominations, including shortlist for the Red House Book Awards 2009 and winner of the Northern Ireland Book Awards 2011. His first book The Way of the Warrior is deemed one of Puffin's 70 Best Ever Books, alongside Treasure Island and Robin Hood.

Chris was a featured World Book Day 2010 author and involved in the Read To A Million Kids campaign. His unique book performances and readings have garnered numerous accolades and he has appeared before more than 100,000 school children in more than 500 schools, 16 book festivals and 12 countries.

Before becoming a full-time author, he was a professional musician and songwriter (who once performed for HRH Queen Elizabeth II). His first five books were about the music industry and included the critically acclaimed, Heart & Soul: Revealing the Craft of Songwriting.

He is a keen supporter of teachers and librarians in their quest to improve literacy skills and provides free Teachers' Guide to his books at www.youngsamurai.com and www.bodyguard-books.co.uk.

He lives in England with his wife, two sons and two cats.

To discover more about Chris go to www.chrisbradford.co.uk

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About the Author

Chris Bradford has earned his black belt in taijutsu, the secret fighting art of the ninja. He has also trained in judo, karate, kickboxing and samurai swordmanship. Before writing the Young Samurai series, Chris was a professional musician and songwriter. He lives in the South Downs with his wife and two cats called Tigger and Rhubarb.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended! 9 Mar 2010
A Kid's Review
Format:Paperback
I am 11 and I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It book 3 in the series and is full of surprises as Jack fights in a raging war against a daimyo who wants to banish all foreigners from Japan. The book has a surprising twist near the end that is so exciting it will keep you on the edge of your seat.
I would recommend this book to all readers with a taste for adventure, but read book one (Way of the Warrior) and two (Way of the Sword) first!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Darkest of the three so far 10 May 2010
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Sadly for now, the last offering in the series to date (although don't worry there is a fourth part arriving later in the year) and one that really doesn't pull any punches (or weapons for that matter) as the brutal side of the Japanese Feudal system rears its ugly head. Whilst the darkest of the series to date its one that the reader really will have problems setting to one side as this heart in mouth offering will keep you glued to each event as you try to figure out what is going to happen next.

Add to this a breakneck pace, harsh combat alongside honour, friendship and sacrifice which will make this a tale that will tick all the boxes for a vast majority of 11 year old readers. It's going to be a long wait for the next part but one that will be devoured as soon as it lands in a series that demonstrates that young adult fiction can be as complex as adult and just as rewarding.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb - for kids and adults 4 May 2010
Format:Paperback
I got this for my daughter but after reading the back of it, ended up reading all three myself. I thought they were great. Although fictional, lots of facts and truths aswell. A must read for anyone interested in martial arts.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Action on a knifes edge 6 April 2010
By R. Rose
Format:Paperback
This series of books may be aimed at the teenage market but I can assure you that adults will enjoy it too. I'm 36 and loved every page.
This is book 3 in the series so far and personally I would say they keep getting better and better. You can tell from the authors writing that he really knows and loves what he is writing about. The action increases in this third book particulary, in the second half and will kep you on the edge of your seat until the gripping conclusion.
I can't recommend this book or the previous 2, highly enough.
Get on the Young Samurai bandwagon now before the Ninja are sent to get you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read 29 May 2010
Format:Paperback
This book is the third in the series. Though written for a younger audience it is an enjoyable adventure for readers of any age and it certainly held my attention. An intersting delve into a foreign culture. This is a fast paced book with strong characters and well thought out plots which had me flicking through the chapters - I look forward to reading the next one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Book 26 April 2010
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My 10 year old son thoroughly enjoyed this book, read from cover to cover with hardly a break.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Young Samurai - The Way of the Dragon 19 Mar 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The Way of the Dragon is an absolutely fantastic read. The action starts in the opening chapter and doesn't stop until the very end of the book - I couldn't put it down! This is a real insight into what it may have been like to live in 17th century Japan and train as a Samurai warrior - lots of intrigue and battles between Samurai and Ninja. The plot twists and turns in some very unexpected ways; many surprises and plenty of emotion. I can highly recommend this book.The Way of the Dragon (Young Samurai)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A truly fantastic book. 11 April 2013
Format:Paperback
As a child I always wanted to be a Samurai warrior (well that or Aragorn from Lord of the Rings). My brother and I used to use bamboo sticks to fight with on a daily basis and more than once we'd enter the house muddy and bruised... Anyway, as I was saying, I wanted to be a Samurai. These books have given me a chance to live out my childhood fantasy. They're fabulously written and full of everything you could want in a book; action, suspense, a twist or two in the story line and a protagonist that at the age of 15 (18 now) you can relate to and empathise with (not that I've ever been lost in Japan). I have to say that the Young Samurai series is by far my favourite collection of books. They have the best spot on my bokshelf which until a few years ago was reserved strictly for Harry Potter (sorry J.K. Rowling, teenagers waving swords is more exciting than teenagers waving wands). I really need to keep to my main point, which is that these books are amazing. I recommend them to everyone. Way of the Dragon is my favourite but the rest of the series are equally as brilliant. I give it a 10/10 everytime and believe that it should be made compulsory that all school children read them before reaching the age of 16.
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This book is amazing. Its got suspense action and sadness. I can not wait for the next book because i don't know what will happen
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An interesting series of books much loved by our 11 year old son and an enjoyable read by parents too!
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This book is awsome read it now and also the previous books do it I know you will like them
Published 9 months ago by dude
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable
The stories get better each time. This book was fast paced and the battles are described so well I was there. Absolutely fabulous. On to the next one then!
Published 10 months ago by Wiiz
4.0 out of 5 stars simplified Shogun
the idea is a re vamp of( Shogun) but much simplified and using a child as the main character. An entertaining yarn.
Published 12 months ago by A J Keal
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
Our nine year old grandson who lives in Japan had been asking for this book having read the first two in the series. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Richard Bowen
5.0 out of 5 stars Young Samurai
It was sad at the end because you got to know the characters, even Taro who only came in in this book, who died but I would like another for the trip to England and for England.
Published 14 months ago by Joe
5.0 out of 5 stars Forever bound to be together...
Cannot wait to tuck into the next book... :-)
After reading this book I have to compliment the author for such an strong and precise explanation of bushido and the Japanese... Read more
Published 15 months ago by R. S.
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