on 7 May 2014
The second book is slicker than Donohue's first, and delves deeper into Connor Burke's relationship with his enigmatic Sensei Yamashita, whilst at the same time investigating another series of murders with his brother. As an Martial Artist experienced in the traditional arts myself, I recognised the author's expertise - but the story never suffers - Donohue uses his in-depth knowledge to enhance the story without slowing it down. My only worry with this book was that it would be repetitive, after all how many times can the same guy be drawn into martial artist related murders? But I needen't have worried, in this book Donohue draws a more detailed picture of the relationships between the main characters, and my interest never waned. Highly recommended.
on 3 February 2014
In martial arts balance is paramount, and John Donahue, who is himself a martial artist, seems to have found it in this gripping novel that finds an equilibrium between Japanese wisdom, technique and the insight that comes from long practice with a murder mystery based in New York. The protagonist comes from an Irish-American family and that brings more flavour to the pot. Couldn't put it down. Loved it from beginning to end.