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4.0 out of 5 stars An intriguing and interesting novel about the life and times of a legend, 7 Feb. 2014
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The author knows his subject and the book is very well researched. The central character rises from a humble background in Okinawa to become the disciple of a legend in martial arts, Master Chojun Miyagi. We are taken on a journey that shows not only how Okinawa played such a key part in the development of the karate we know today, but how it became the last hope of resistance in World War 2 when the American forces turned the tide in the Pacific.

Entwined in the story are the hopes and fears of a young boy growing into manhood and watching the island he loved destroyed by the terrors of war. As he grows in confidence paradoxically his Master begins to fade and the author paints a fascinating insight into the mind of legend and his decline, viewed not only introspectively but externally by those that love and revere him.

The author is a natural writer and his words flow easily across each page painting vivid pictures of a little explored piece of history. As a martial artist myself reading the genesis of Goju Ryu was of special interest to me but non-martial artists should not be put off by the subject. There is much more this book than a narrow focus. I recommend this book and am happy to do so.
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