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The Fifth Profession [Hardcover]

David Morrell
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May 1990
The story of executive protection, highly trained men and women who must always be one step ahead of the terrorists and kidnappers who threaten the client.
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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; 1st Edition edition (May 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446515620
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446515627
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,670,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars 99% great... 14 Nov 2007
I love David Morrell books. But this one... It's a great story, a great hook, great characters, great writing but...the ending , oh , the ending. It's like the final chapter of the book is just tacked on by another writer. What happened, David? Did you tire of your own story?
The entire book is a mystery and you can't wait to find out about what the answer is. And the way it's handled, it's just at odds with the rest of the book. One stinky, little chapter exlains it alls! And ruins it!
Some answers that are really momentous and mindboogling are handled with one line of text, and that's it.
I can't recommend this, the bad ending just ruins an otherwise great book.
And as i said before, I normally love David Morrell book (I have most of them in my bookcase and have read them several times over the years) so consider that when I trash this book
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5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely love it 15 Mar 2013
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This was the first book by David Morrell that i ever read.

Absolutely loved it.. The characters are well thought out, and a lot of research goes into flushing out the plots and locations. This lead me to read virtually every book he has ever written.

If you have never read any of his books, give this a ago.. you will get hooked
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5.0 out of 5 stars unputdownable! 18 Aug 2005
By E. Laws
Format:Mass Market Paperback
From the outset this was one of those books I couldn't put down, its as good as any of Morrell's other books, if not better.
What starts off as an ordinary account of a professional bodyguard soon becomes a trail of intrigue, deceit and deception. For Savage and Akira its a matter of their entire foundation as they work together to find out the truth of their past.
Completely compelling all the way through.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Violent page turner 19 Dec 1999
By A Customer
This is typical of David Morrell's stuff: a good, thrilling, professional killer book. It's got the odd stupid plot twist, notably towards the end, but his writing style is easy to read and his detail is good. Definitely worth the fiver.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Adventure to the extreme 23 Sep 1999
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" The Fifth Profession " by David Morrell is a non stop page turner full of action and a twisting plot through out. The novel is about the adventure of two "Ronin" (bodygaurds) sworn to find the answer behind their nightmares. Savage is an ex American Navy Seal who is a professional bodyguard who takes high risk jobs. He specializes in security, hand to hand combat, and weaponrey. Akira who is also a Ronin is a brilliant Japaness who is a master of samuria and protection. Both men are subject to a shocking event when they meet for the first time on a job. Months later they suprisingly meet each other again and embark on a journey to find out what or who pulled them through hell and back. This book takes you from the streets of New York to Japan, this mystery is full of intrigue and great action. Thought you don't learn any morals from reading this book you learn alot about Japaness folklore and culture. A must read for any adventure/mystery reader.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Japanese background, large plot holes 3 Nov 2000
By Lisa Shea - Published on
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"The Fifth Profession" by David Morrell is an intriguing tale of two bodyguards stuck with "false memories". They both believe they saw something traumatic, but find that item after item in their recollections did not actually happen. I've run a feudal Japan newsletter for over 10 years, so my main interest in this story was with the Japanese samurai tradition covered, as well as the bodyguard ethics.
The main teller of the story is American, but his counterpart is Japanese, and there are many interesting aspects to his personality and background. Part of the story takes place in Japan, in various areas of both city and country. The bodyguard was trained by a skilled ninja-type (of course) and the descriptions of their fighting style are also intriguing.
The narrative examines the background of Japan as the plot wends its way here and there. Readers learn various stories such as the 47 ronin, and backgrounds of the tea ceremony, zen gardening, bushido, and more.
While this book is not really meant to teach about Japan, the writer did a good job of researching his topic and slips much of the information in as casual background to the story.
If you can accept some of the plot holes at the end of the story, and don't worry very much about details that do not quite match up, this is a very enjoyable book!
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Morrell's Best 26 Aug 2001
By Phil - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The first David Morrell books that I read years ago absolutely enthralled me. "The Fraternity of the Stone" and "The Brotherhood of the Rose" blended action with logic (the reader knows the logic that the protagonist is using to make each move) and threw in touches of Western and Eastern spirituality. What a combination! Expecting the same quality of books, I recently read some of Morrell's newer books. Wow...was I disappointed! It seemed that Morrell had gone the way of Sidney Sheldon and some other talented writers. Producing quality books had given way to cranking out manuscripts as quickly as possible. "The Fifth Profession" represents some of Morrell's best writing. Most readers who enjoyed "The Fraternity of the Stone" and "The Brotherhood of the Rose" will love this one.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Probably Morrell's worst 21 Jan 2009
By Bradley Nelson - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've read several of Morrell's books and have become quite a fan. While I've gradually given up the thriller novels, I still like to read Morrell for his clever plots and skilled writing. This book, however, was a severe disappointment. Sure, the plot was decent, if a bit more far-fetched than Morrell tends to be.

My biggest problem was the dialogue. Morrell is too talented of a writer to let him off the hook for this. None of the dialogue is natural. Rather than describe things in the narrative, he uses the dialogue. It was painful to read.

Check out Brotherhood of the Rose and Fraternity of the Stone, two of his best.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very intricately plotted 10 Jun 2005
By Shikari - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Morrell delivers yet again with his knockout which plunges the reader into a gigantic labyrinth of switchbacks as we are introduced to the characters, their lives, their countries, and their cultures. Breathless!
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