The Ninja

The Ninja Totally absorbing gripping a tale of hatred and revenge as you will readIt is superb NEWS RECORDThis is the story of Nicholas Linnear half Caucasian half Oriental a man caught between East and West

  • Title: The Ninja
  • Author: Eric Van Lustbader
  • ISBN: 9780449209165
  • Page: 285
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Totally absorbing gripping a tale of hatred and revenge as you will readIt is superb NEWS RECORDThis 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 between a past he can t escape and a destiny he can t avoid A sprawling er Totally absorbing gripping a tale of hatred and revenge as you will readIt is superb NEWS RECORDThis 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 between a past he can t escape and a destiny he can t avoid A sprawling erotic thriller that swings from postwar Japan to present day New York in a relentless saga of violence and terror elaborately designed for the most savage vengeance of all

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    1. 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 [...]

    2. I don't even know how to begin a review of this "book." It's a "book" only so much as it is a bound collection of words that form a "story" (I guess). 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 [...]

    3. Rather than just do a blurb, let me paste some points from a personal analysis I did of the story.OVERALL FEELING: Excellent understanding of the Eastern life and culture; great pacing; lots of intricate weaving of plotSYNOPSIS: Nicholas Linnear (notice the last name; straight as an arrow) is at a crossroads in his life; he has just left his job and met a younger woman with some psychological problems. To top it off, his old nemesis, who he doesn't know about, is on the prowl, wiping people out [...]

    4. This book right here is not for anyone born after 1975. It's wrong in so many ways, it's 1980s through and through from Reagan America to our obsession with everything Japan. Lustbader took that Shogun/Bushido/Ninja obsession and ran with it on this Nicholas Linnear series and some of the other Asian based series that he wrote during this fertile period. Having said all that, I enjoyed this book.

    5. I remember my older brother bought The Ninja by Eric Van Lustbader in the mid ‘80s and I pestered him to let me have it. When he finally did let me read it I was blown away. The titular subject may have become a bit of a cliché since with everything even turtles adopting it but I still think with the story’s broad international sweep and large cast of characters it is an exemplar of a particular kind of thriller. When it was written, international travel was nowhere near as accessible and t [...]

    6. For 3000 years, love has been an art in the Orient. And so has Death Here is the origin of Nicholas Linnear, half English, Half Oriental, who is about to enter a terrifying world of merciless assassins bound by the blackest codes of honour and skilled in the deadliest martial arts.Caught between East and West, a past he can't escape and a destiny he can't avoid, he is trapped in a web of old lust and present passions that will converge on a terrifying moment of revelation and revengeEarly this y [...]

    7. Definitely one of my all-time favorites and a must re-read every couple of years, even though I've pretty much memorized the key scenes by now (both the flawless action sequences and the original sex scenes). Even though I wasn't as charmed by the mystical, magical, ninja shenanigans as I used to be as a kid, the fights still read like a fine painting or a flowing piece of music. The writing itself might have gone off on random tangents at times and the dialogue was a little disjointed here and [...]

    8. I received a free copy of The Ninja by Eric Van Lustbader from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. This book was first published in 1980; Open Road Media is re-releasing some of the titles in the Nicholas Linnear series. The Ninja is the first book in the series. There are two more books available for the Kindle. Before I was completely finished with The Ninja, I purchased both those titles.It took a little longer than usual for me to get into this book, but once I did, there was no sto [...]

    9. And sometimes, you know you're in trouble on page 1. (Well, page 17, in fact, but it's the first page of the first book, after a three page prologue.)"On the way in, in the cab, his mind had been empty, his thoughts like ashes swirled in the dregs of last night's coffee."Oh, they did, did they? His empty mind. With swirling thoughts. Like ashes. Coffee dregs.But wait, maybe this momentary flourish isn't indicative of anything but a little "grab the reader with your ebullience" up front. Hmmm. No [...]

    10. I wanted to like this book. It has some of the goofy trashiness of an 1980s ninja movie -- sword battles, wall climbing, hypnotism, throwing stars, all that good stuff.Unfortunately for a book about ninjas it is overwritten and takes itself way too seriously. There's an overabundance of back story for the main character and there are too many unnecessary characters. It takes the focus from the sweet ninja action I want from a book titled "The Ninja." A good editor could easily chop 25% out of th [...]

    11. I read a lot of Van Lustbader's books as a teenager. Always a little shiver of "whoa, I don't think I should be reading this at my age". Sigh, that innocence is long gone.

    12. By turns tranquil and explosive, this is the pinnacle of martial-arts fiction writing. I must have read it ten times and will doubtless return to it again. Linnear is the most compelling and believable of characters in a genre that is usually packed with exaggeration and circus acrobats. The book is not entirely free of magic and mysticism, but in these proportions it fits perfectly. It is a pity that the later books tended to degenerate into oriental sorcery, but this is a stunning opening to t [...]

    13. I re-read this one. The first time i read it as an ebook during my office hours and i really had to skip a lot of pages fearing someone might mis-interpret the sensual descriptions :( In the process i also missed out on huge chunks of the story, losing the plot totally by the end of it all. Hence the re-read.My views this time around are totally confused, initially i liked the book, say for the first 100 pages or so. I found the description of the first couple of murders were written very well. [...]

    14. I'm probably giving this book a higher rating than it deserves, because I'm remembering it from when I read it as a teenager. It's a cheesy, blood-splattered "Oriental" (I deliberately use the pejorative term) novel of dubious verisimilitude with steamy but pointless sex scenes. It was written when the ninja craze was just beginning in the U.S. In short, it's mindless pulp entertainment with not much of a plot, but I still have fond memories of it.

    15. Το έψαχνα πάνω από μια δεκαετία μιας και πλέον δεν υπάρχει, για να το βρω τυχαία μια μέρα όταν το βλέμμα μου έπεσε πάνω του. Ένα φανταστικό βιβλίο, όχι μόνο για τη μυθοπλασία και την ιστορία του, αλλά για την ποιότητα απόδοσης της πραγματικότητας της ανατολικής σκέψης, του γι [...]

    16. I first read this book in the early 80 when it came out and I loved it then.Got it reduced price on kindle I had wanted to re read it and have thoroughly enjoyed it again the second time round. but it does mean I will have to get the rest of the series now

    17. Always sketchy rating something that I really liked 25 years ago - would I like it as much now? Well, you can't re-read everything. I remember these books as being cracking thrillers with insights into Japanese culture - oh, and plenty of hot sex. Very enjoyable.

    18. I loved this book when I read it back in the 80s, and had I reviewed it then I probably would have given it four, or even five stars. I remember being completely engrossed in, and enthralled by the Eastern philosophy, mysticism and martial arts mystique contained therein, as well as the epic tale that jumps back and forth between post-war Japan and present day (1980s present day) America. It stuck in my mind over the years as one of the best books I had ever read. Fast forward to 2018 and, after [...]

    19. I would like to thank NetGalley and Open Road Media for the chance to read this e-book in exchange for an honest review. Although I received it for free, that in no way impacts my opinions within this review."Totally absorbing gripping a tale of hatred and revenge as you will readIt is superb."NEWS RECORDThis 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 [...]

    20. The story of half American and half Orientalained in the art of Ninjutsu. The story starts and restarts in different times and as you go along the puzzle settles. Old story of one adept being jealous of another and revenge because of many unsettled issues. Not a clear ending which makes one think there is a book two? Towards the end the book is getting clouded and philosophical which makes for difficult reading. At time the book is very neatly paced with great suspense and action and the secret [...]

    21. Can't bring myself to write a full review just yet - maybe I was expecting something different but I was very disappointed in both this and the sequel (yes, more fool me for reading them both, I blame a compulsive nature) - it just made for a mix of long, tedious prose and uncomfortable sexual scenes. Not for me.

    22. The first and most intriguing of the series I've read to datebut the magic continues in the following novels as well. I would highly recommend this novel to anyone wanting an outstanding treatment of the Shadow Warriors, the Shinobi, the NinjaEric has done a masterful job of putting the visions to paper.

    23. Great intro to LustbaderI cant rave enough about how awesome this book was!! Definetly cant wait to dive into the rest of the series!! The fight scenes were amazing, the overall story was amazing, learned tons and was entertained from cover to cover!

    24. Although this book wasn’t what I thought it would be, it was still a wonderful and entertaining read for me. It wasn’t like other suspense/thriller books that I’ve read. It still had that element but the story went beyond that. This was a book that told a story of a man who is searching for his place, his home whether that’s here in the West or back in Japan. This was a book that gave due respect to the philosophies and culture of China and Japan. All of this was put together by beautifu [...]

    25. I love Asian cultures and the title of the book calls for one of the secret and least known, ninjas! The writer focuses a lot in the analysis of societal and political circumstances in the past in Japanese and eastern Chinese regions. That can be interesting if you like history, as it is being implemented in the book, but it can become tedious too. The sections in the book with sexual content they would seem written by an erotica writer instead, not very pleasant and could have been emitted from [...]

    26. Prolific writer Eric Van Lustbader has created an impressive resume of novels and short stories of the thriller and fantasy genre; so many, in fact, that gathering together the titles into some sort of a timeline and subject tally becomes an impossible dream. I’ve read many of them and dreamlike could describe the construction of most. They are generally so layered with history, fable, eroticism, quirky characters, and mystery that keeping a grasp on the storyline becomes challenging. But Van [...]

    27. This is one of my favorite novels of all time, and the first book in one of my favorite series of all time. I'll grant I love a lot of books, but this is one that has stuck with me since I discovered it in high school. I've only now started reading this series again since it finally came out in e-book format.I think I have the Ludlum family to thank for that. I'm not sure if this would have happened if they hadn't decided to enlist Lustbader's aid to continue the Bourne series of books which Rob [...]

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