Another unique martial arts adventure with the easy-going Irish American martial artist Connor Burke, and every bit as good as the other books in the series. The harsh desert environment is depicted in vivid detail and the tension of the US-Mexico border comes across thick and real. The insights into martial arts and dojo training are first-rate, coming from the author's deep personal experience as they do. However it's the characters that really make the books so engaging: tough ex-cops, hardnosed bitches, eager young students, the aging Japanese master Yamashita, and best of all Connor Burke himself, who despite his considerable ability never takes himself too seriously, and is all the more likeable for it. If you're looking for a fast-paced martial arts thriller with a hero you can happily connect with, Kage is highly recommended.