It turned out that this was not a new book at all, but has been around the martial arts world for some time. This is the story of Nicholas Linnear, half-Caucasian, half-Oriental, a man caught between East and West, between the sexual passions of a woman he can't forget and the one he can't control and Eric Van Lustbader he dropped his middle name, Van for several years due to a confusion about his last name was born and raised in Greenwich Village. He is the author of more than twenty-five best-selling novels, including "The Ninja, "a N.
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Mighty saga full of love, hatred and the contrast between Eastern and Western world. Who is the mysterious ninja that kills people in New York? What is the link between those killings? Follow Nick Linnear through a multi-layered story covering the past and present times. It's nothing for short story enthusiasts but a mighty volume. Here you get so much insight into Japanese culture like in no other book I ever read.
The characters are very well drawn and the plotting is excellent. There is much Mighty saga full of love, hatred and the contrast between Eastern and Western world.
There is much Japanese philosophy in the book, also well written sex scenes, some parts maybe are a bit too long winded for my taste. But overall it's a massive book absolutely worth reading! Mar 13, Eric rated it did not like it Shelves: unfinished , action-adventure-thriller , netgalley. I decided to read this book for two reasons: The title grabbed my interest, and I recognized the author as the guy who took over the Bourne franchise after Robert Ludlum's death.
It starts out promisingly, with an intriguing assassination, but from there switches gears to protagonist Nicholas Linnear, who has just quit his job as an advertising executive, watching a drowned corpse being pulled from the ocean near his house, where he literally runs into his neighbor Justine. The next scene they sh I decided to read this book for two reasons: The title grabbed my interest, and I recognized the author as the guy who took over the Bourne franchise after Robert Ludlum's death.
The next scene they share together ends with this sentence: She licked at his neck as he used his hands on her, all over, increasing her pleasure, riding high within her, and at the end, when she found the tension almost unbearable, when the sweat and the saliva ran down her arms and between her breasts, pooling in her navel, when his frictioning against her was so intense that it took on a kind of third dimension, she used her inner muscles once, twice, heard him gasp, felt herself balancing on the brink, the thudding of their hearts heavy in her inner ear, whispering to him, "Come, darling, come -- ohhh!
Let's set aside that this unwieldy chunk of text is one sentence that contains twenty commas. Let's also make it clear that I am not a prude and have no problems with sex in literature. But considering how little either of these characters are fleshed out at this juncture of the book, why should I be emotionally invested in one of them shoving their finger up the other's asshole? This book, which I thought would appeal to my love of thrillers and Asian culture, may appeal more to females in my life that last read the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy.
Wait, never mind. This book has archaic gender stereotypes as well, as evidenced by this later interaction between Nick and Justine: Without thinking, he slapped her. The blow was hard enough so that she reeled backward against the wall. Immediately, his heart broke and he said her name softly and she came into his arms, her open lips against the tendons of his neck, her hot tears scalding his flesh; she stroked the back of his head.
He picked her up and carried her to the rumpled bed and they made violent love for a very long time. I wonder if at some later juncture his hyper-masculinity causes her to swoon. Full disclosure: I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a review.
View all 9 comments. Shelves: mystery-crime-thriller , not-owned , fiction , japan. I don't even know how to begin a review of this "book. Though to use either term in describing this incredibly juvenile masturbatory fantasy is an offense to books and stories everywhere. I started reading it at the behest of a neighbor with normally impeccable taste in books- he's previously turned me on to both Carson McCullers and Dow Mossman. Sure, I was forewarned that it wasn't very good but tha I don't even know how to begin a review of this "book.
Sure, I was forewarned that it wasn't very good but that he had "loved it when he was a teen. The books that people don't really even want to admit to reading, let alone enjoying.
I probably think that one of my guiltiest pleasures is the John Steakley human-in-powersuit-fights-giant-ants scifi schlockfest Armor. I like to think delude myself into thinking that if I read someone's guilty pleasure then I'll get some sort of insight or understanding into their character. My penchant for "me vs. All I learned about my neighbor by reading Van Lustbader's The Ninja is that he was an exceptionally horny teenager but who wasn't. One would think that with a book titled The Ninja that the pages would be a blood-spattered mess right out of some John Woo spectacle.
Mailer and Updike are often derided as writing some of the worst sex scenes in print but they don't even hold a candle to the mess that Van Lustbader contrives here.
I don't know. Perhaps he's unlucky in love and feels the need to write out rather than act out his various fantasies. After reading some of these fantasies I could definitely understand why he'd be unlucky. Still, why share this with the world? Is it really necessary? I'm not even going to talk about the "plot" of this mess. I could easily deride the writer for his endless stereotyping of Asia, in general, and Japan, in particular, I mean really how many times do I have to read that Japanese are "inscrutable" and "hard-eyed" or that tired old phrase "East meets West?
Hollywood, take note! Instead, I'll leave with a quote from the book that brought home to me within the first 30 pages just how bad the experience of reading this would be. I should have thrown my copy at the wall immediately upon reading "East meets West inside me like swirling currents and there is a kind of tug of war. View all 13 comments. Nov 18, Shannon rated it it was amazing Shelves: action , my-very-best-reads , owned , books-reviewed. Rather than just do a blurb, let me paste some points from a personal analysis I did of the story.
To top it off, his old nemesis, who he doesn't know about, is on the prowl, wiping people out Rather than just do a blurb, let me paste some points from a personal analysis I did of the story. To top it off, his old nemesis, who he doesn't know about, is on the prowl, wiping people out left and right. And, to make it even worse, he's a ninja. Nicholas, while trying to find Saigo, before he kills all his friends; disappears as we flash back to the earlier History of Nicholas' parents.
Toss in a secret group of assassins known as the ninja and toss it in New York with promises of sex, corruption and intrigue. There's a plethora of information here about the History of Japan and even a bit about China in explaining the origins and continuation of the ninja. That seems to be his basic formula in the topics he chooses. Good character actions during dialogue moments, too.
View all 4 comments. Jun 22, Vincent Stoessel rated it really liked it. This book right here is not for anyone born after It's wrong in so many ways, it's s through and through from Reagan America to our obsession with everything Japan.
Ever wanted to see a ninja sodomize a young boy while being rimmed by a prostitute? Me neither! Unfortunately, this is one of several such things that Eric Van Lustbader wants to show his readers in his De Sadean martial arts mega-seller The Ninja. The plot is risible but provided a template used time and time again throughout the decade. We have an occidental ninja master named Nicholas Linnear. He was raised in Japan but has moved to New York where he struggles to enjoy a successful career in advertising.
Raised in Japan by a British father and a Chinese mother, young Nicholas Linnear felt at home only in the dojo, where he gave himself over to mastering ninjutsu — the ancient art of the ninja. Over years of training, he ascended to the highest ranks imaginable until a confrontation over the very meaning of ninjutsu changed his approach to martial arts forever, sending him on a journey that would take him across the globe. After years of success in the advertising business, Linnear quits his job abruptly when he feels himself yearning for the life he led in Japan. Searching for direction, he meets a striking beauty named Justine and is beginning to fall in love when something chilling draws him back into his past: the corpse of a coworker, murdered by a Japanese throwing star. There is a ninja loose in New York City, and as the body count rises, it becomes clear that people close to Linnear are being targeted. Only he has the skill to stop a twisted killer with a personal vendetta.
The Ninja novel was written in by Eric Van Lustbader and is a tale of revenge, love and murder. The author blends a number of known themes together: crime, suspense and Japanese martial arts mysticism. The book is divided into five parts, called "rings," as an apparent homage to Miyamoto Musashi 's The Book of Five Rings. Linnear himself soon becomes introduced to Aka i ninjutsu , or the red, ostensibly "good" side of ninjutsu, through the Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto Ryu. The ninja are introduced not as magical or almost mythical people, but rather as supreme martial artists who have reached the highest level and seek to progress further.
The Ninja. Eric Van Lustbader. Raised in Japan by a British father and a Chinese mother, young Nicholas Linnear felt at home only in the dojo, where he gave himself over to mastering ninjutsu — the ancient art of the ninja. Over years of training, he ascended to the highest ranks imaginable—until a confrontation over the very meaning of ninjutsu changed his approach to martial arts forever, sending him on a journey that would take him across the globe. Now, after years of success in the advertising business, Linnear quits his job abruptly when he feels himself yearning for the life he led in Japan.