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  • Paperback: 500 pages
  • Publisher: YMAA Fiction; 1st edition (30 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159439198X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594391989
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 3.2 x 20.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 243,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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So real that you can feel the hot breath of battle on your neck and the cool of the temples' damp hallways on your legs. Kris Wilder You will be captivated by this extraordinary tale. --Lawrence Kane

Amazing. The book martial artists have been waiting 2000 years for. --Chris Crudelli

Inspirational, beautifully written, expertly researched. I loved it --Geoff Thompson

Amazing. The book martial artists have been waiting 2000 years for. --Chris Crudelli

Inspirational, beautifully written, expertly researched. I loved it --Geoff Thompson

About the Author

4th Dan Karate Goran began Judo in 1972 at the age of seven. In 1984 he moved to London and trained in Shotokan karate, Kyokushinkai and Taekwondo before settling on Goju Ryu karate. In 1999 he joined Daigaku Karate Kai and completed the gruelling 30 Man Kumite in 2002, writing up the experience in his bestselling book Waking Dragons. In 2007 he achieved the rank of 4th Dan after demonstating skill in modern and traditional weaponry. Goran still teaches and trains regularly in central London and is assistant coach to the MMA team DKK Fighters.


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Breathtaking! I read into the early hours of the morning of my karate grading because I couldn't put this novel down.

The saying goes that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but in the case of Goran Powell's A Sudden Dawn the stunning illustration is a perfect reflection of the imagery this book evokes.

This beautifully written story, a blend of well researched historical fact and gripping fiction, will take you back in time as you travel with Bodhidharma from India, over the Himalayas and across China to the Shaolin temple.

Inspiring, enlightening, funny and sad, the journey and its characters will stay with you long after you turn the last page.
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I've watched a fair few kung-fu films, and this book made me feel like I was watching another one. But not a rubbish one, with dodgy dubbing and badly choreographed fight scenes. This one has a great plot, is rich with character development, and it never seemed to lag in the middle. The action scenes are vivid and never seem too far fetched.

A good kung-fu film always leaves me with a feeling of wanting to improve myself both mentally and physically, and this book is no exception.
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A Sudden Dawn has been a total revelation to me as far as martial arts books are concerned. Being a martial arts lover a practicing Buddhist and a passionate reader of the Lotus Sutra, I have been delightfully transported into this epic journey of spiritual discovery of mentor and disciple legacy. The narrative is full of passion, compassion, a whirlwind of emotions. It portrays the meaning of hardships to overcome obstacles and the strong determination to follow the correct path to wisdom through enduring physical and mental discipline. Written with such a mastery that wouldn't allow for the book to be put down. I would love to see 'A Sudden Dawn' translated into a multitude of languages and made available worldwide, as much as I would love to see it translated into an epic film.
Thank you Goran, I have truly enjoyed the journey.'A Sudden Dawn' is a treasure!
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A marvellous modern interpretation of an ancient legend! Reading this book opens a gateway to the mythical origins of the martial arts. Groan Powell's vivid writing style then takes you through this gateway and fully immerses you in Bodhidharma's world. A Sudden Dawn skilfully weaves fact and fiction to produce a powerhouse of a page turner!
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A test of a good book is whether or not it makes the journey into work more bearable, especially if you travel on the London Underground. People elbowing you in the back, breathing last night's dinner into your face and wafting the sweet aroma of two day old armpit sweat like the gravy smell in the bisto advert are all forgotten as the book takes you out of the real world and transports you quite nicely into a world that we can only dream of.

I enjoyed the book immensely mainly because of the way it paints a vivid picture of what it must have been like when fighting techniques and techniques of the mind were being fused many thousands of years ago especially when you consider their popularity and diversity in the current age.

I would also like to mention the love scenes, which caused me to laugh out loud on numerous occasions for a number of reasons. Mainly because I'm just a bit immature but also because I appreciated the comedy value in them but it does highlight that even someone as mystical and dedicated as a monk can still be consumed with pleasures of the flesh and still maintain their belief system(s) on the path to enlightment, quite similar to modern religious figures in the current age.

A book well worth reading, whether you're interested in martial arts or buddhism or not as it's a riveting story when considered outside of the these two frameworks. I look forward to the film in the future and hope that those fights scenes are brought to life on the big screen. Just hope they change the sex scenes!!! I don't think my adolescent sniggering will go down too well amongst my fellow cinema goers!!!!
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From the beginning I found "A Sudden Dawn" a fast-paced and enjoyable story. A map inside the front cover is often a foretaste of adventures through distant times and places, and Goran Powell's book does not disappoint. He has clearly researched his setting, and the details of Bodhidharma's native South India and journey through Tibet to China are lovingly reimagined. As one would expect from an author who is also an experienced martial artist, the depictions of fighting and training - which incidentally are not too many, and by no means limit the appeal of the book to martial arts fans - are vivid and believable. Above all, Powell has built on the few facts known about the legendary Bodhidharma to create a story with sympathetic characters and an engrossing plot.

If that was all this book achieved, it would be worth reading. But along the way Powell, through his characters' dilemmas and arguments, touches on questions of philosophy and morality. The device of a "journey" is often used to portray a character's inner journey in parallel with an outer one. What I found interesting was that here it is not so much the main character Bodhidharma who develops along the route - his progression from warrior, through impatient novice monk, to "bearer of enlightenment" is completed early on in the book - as his various disciples. The book is littered with references to "The Way" as understood by Buddhists. Each of the disciples has their own reason for joining Bodhidharma's journey, and each is travelling towards their own understanding of The Way. Ultimately it is the completion of one disciple's inner journey some time after the arrival at Shaolin that marks the culmination of the story.
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