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Enzan: The Far Mountain: A Connor Burke Martial Arts Thriller (Connor Burke Martial Arts Thrillers) Paperback – 7 Jul 2014

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  • Paperback: 285 pages
  • Publisher: YMAA Publication Center (7 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594392811
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594392818
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.9 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 734,171 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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WINNER: GOLD MYSTERY AND SUSPENSE Benjamin Franklin Book Awards 2015WINNER: RUNNER UP FICTION Eric Hoffer Book Awards 2015 FINALIST MYSTERY AND SUSPENSE USA Best Books Award 2014 Chie Miyazaki is wild and spoiled the pampered child of a cadet line of the imperial House of Japan. When she disappears in the United States accompanied by a slick Korean boyfriend, it sets off alarm bells among people in Japan s security apparatus. The Japanese want the problem solved quietly. They seek out Connor Burke, prize student of the master martial arts sensei Yamashita. Burke suspects that he's being used, but he accepts the assignment out of honor for his revered sensei. A covert search and rescue operation turns into a confrontation with a North Korean sleeper cell, and Burke finally discovers the secret that drove Yamshita from Japan so many years ago and the power behind the decades-old connections that pull Yamashita back into danger in the service of the imperial family."


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I have enjoyed all the Connor Burke books and I enjoyed this one too, however...

I have to say there was something about this one that wasn't quite as good as the previous ones.

It's hard to put your finger on it, but I think all writers get to the stage where there's a danger of their books becoming formulaic.

The basic plot for all these is, something from Sensei's past pops up, martial arts bad guy/s appears, lots of ass kicking, Connor wins, the end.

I think this book lacked the level of description that went in to the fight scenes in the previous books, that made them so good.

The "Art and Micky as sidekicks" sub plot was pretty much missing in this book. I didn't really mind that, but the void was not filled successfully.

Part of the magic of the previous books was Connor developing his art further, particularly along the more mystical lines Haragei / Kuji etc. It would be nice to see more of that going forward.

A good element from previous books was the meeting of different martial arts and the challenges of fighting someone from a different art. The baddie in this is Korean, however I think a trick was missed in the fight scenes where you could have had Japanese Budo arts vs Taekyyeon (or even more modern Japanese influenced arts like Hapkido) this didn't happen.

Without giving a spoiler, the plot is now left in a place where Connor is going to face new challenges, so Im looking forward to the next one.

I hoping for a return to the magic of the previous books.
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An awesome conclusion to a great series of books, tension, story and well presented action. Brilliantly written and highly recommended.
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This is a great series, I have read all 5, I hope there are more !!!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x931f9324) out of 5 stars 46 reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Enzan is the latest installment in the Connor Burke martial arts series and in its own way is stronger and weaker than it's prequels.

Synopsis (no spoilers): The Imperial House of Japan contacts Connor to bring home their lost lamb - the slutty daughter of a prominent Japanese diplomat. Connor reluctantly accepts the task in order to shield his aging sensei from the burden for whom he knows would accept it out of honor and obligation.

The Good: Once again Donohue finds a way to make his characters come alive. From Connors professorial internal monologues to the frustrating advice of the roshi of a Zen monastery. Even the nonsensical logic of an adolescent problem child feels believable.

The pacing was adequate and kept you turning the pages. Particularly where the slower chapters of Connor's story are split by more riveting chapters involving his sensei's past, and visa versa.

The Bad: Not all that much martial arts in this martial arts adventure. But I am familiar with the realism that Donohue strives for so I wasn't expecting ninjas to pop out of every shrub and trash can.

The build up to final conflict seemed slightly rushed with justifications for some of the villains actions feeling "bolted on" last minute. Still, this can be acceptable since the story is told in the first person and Connor wouldn't have omniscient knowledge of his enemies designs.

The loss of a recurring character was painful as well. If I ever meet the author I might just punch him for it.

Conclusion: If you like martial arts, mysteries, or action stories then read Enzan.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92f3cfb4) out of 5 stars Better and better each time... 15 July 2014
By VT - Published on Amazon.com
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The Burke Books get better and better with each installment.

As a fan of the martial arts, it is a joy to read a work by an author who "gets" it. Mr. Donohue does, and it shows every time he talks about the sweat, bruises, blood, and pure effort that goes into Budo. With each book, his characterization of the human condition is more and more refined, as well. A very solid effort.

It may not be Shakespeare, but it was more than worth it...cannot wait for the next one.
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HASH(0x92f3cf78) out of 5 stars each can be enjoyed alone or in any order 9 Sept. 2014
By Rooney Fan - Published on Amazon.com
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Fast-paced and highly entertaining . . . which is exactly what I expect of John Donohue's Burke series. If you haven't read any of his other four books, don't worry, each can be enjoyed alone or in any order. My personal favorite is Kage, but all are worthy of five stars.
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HASH(0x92ff3288) out of 5 stars John Donohue is my favorite martial arts writer 18 Aug. 2014
By Stephen R. Baker - Published on Amazon.com
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John Donohue is my favorite martial arts writer. Enzan shows the incredible arc of the Connor Burke story. As previous reviewers mentioned we learn a lot more about the background of key characters. The background works. Despite what could be larger than life, the backstory is plausible and conforms to history. The pacing is very quick, the read fun in general and the musings of Connor Burke will make you think about your own path if you are a martial artist. This is a must read.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92ff32e8) out of 5 stars Enzan is book #5 in the Connor Burke series. ... 11 Aug. 2014
By Brenda L. Gerber - Published on Amazon.com
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Enzan is book #5 in the Connor Burke series. Much to chagrin of Connor’s brother he goes in over his head to rescue a Japanese princess and winds up tangling with a North Korean cell. There are many layers to the story which ties up very neatly in the end. This book has plenty of action and the narration in between I found highly informative.
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