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An engrossing read, even for those with no knowledge of martial arts,
This review is from: A Sudden Dawn: A Martial Arts Novel: 1 (Paperback)
I have no special interest in martial arts, but I love a good book. "A Sudden Dawn" is an engrossing read. I found myself reading for several hours at each sitting, and reluctant to put the book down.
When any descriptions of physical action, training or fighting occur, they are entirely appropriate to the plot, and easy to follow for a non-martial artist.
This book is very well constructed. There is a lovely balance between quiet moments of revelation, exciting adventure and poignant character development - all peppered with witty dialogue.
The 3 main characters become dear to the reader, despite their imperfections. Their journeys toward meeting one another and their subsequent relationships build a wonderful drama.
The lush descriptions of Bodhidrama's journey paint a vivid picture, which grounds the novel in the historical period and foreign climes. I agree with one of the other reviewers who said that this book would make a terrific movie.