Shōgun by James Clavell Across the Nightingale Floor by Lian Hearn Musashi by Eiji Yoshikawa The Ninja by Eric Van Lustbader The Way of the Warrior by. Titles in the Series The Ninja The Miko White Ninja The Kaisho Floating City Second Skin The Death and Life of Nicholas Linnear The Oligarch’s Daughter. There is a ninja loose in New York City, and as the body count rises, it becomes clear that people close to Linnear —Los Angeles Times “Totally absorbing.

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More important, they did nothing to help establish an emotional connection between myself and the characters. Zanuck and David Brown for 20th Century Fox to produce. It just about manages to convey the bare erlc of the story.

It starts out promisingly, with an intriguing assassination, but from there switches gears to protagonist Nicholas Linnear, vvan 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. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Copious sex, cultural stereotypes vsn for flavor, red-light seedy locals interspersed with glass and chrome digs of the rich and you can just see the Nagel prints on the wallsviolence in lurid detail and eventually explosions abound, along with plenty of set-up for sequels.

OK, ok, I can still enjoy this, if just as kitsch. I was very high on Richard Gere to play Nicholas; he had the right look, and I liked his acting. It was virtually unrecognizable. We experience their relationship pretty completely, leaving us befuddled when, on day 2 or 3, I forgetthey squabble like an old married couple. I can’t even keep up the parody. He was so not. A handful of references and a thesaurus, that is.

Damn, I love love love the idea of Richard Gere, circa ish, playing Linnear, and according to erc author he was the closest to getting the gig. I should be upfront and say that I did not have particularly high expectations for this book as I am not a big fan of martial arts. She was also wonderful to me.


Nicholas Linnear is a master ninja, the son of a Chinese mother and British father. I always believed that, until… Last year, copies started showing up for sale of a script draft for The Ninja dated January 24, No reason is given, actually, for The Hero notifying Buddy Cop about this.

Throw in some suitably saucy sex scenes and you have an adult themed thriller that works on many levels. Fast forward to and, after reading it again many years later, I came away with a slightly different opinion. When it was written, international travel was nowhere near as accessible and this added to the glamour of the book for the reader.

It was only when erkc became a young man that he was drawn into the complexities of two very different cultures.

Nicholas Linnear Novels | Eric Van Lustbader

I’d be offended by the cultural appropriation, but I’m not sure on whose behalf I should be offended. Sure, I was forewarned that it wasn’t very good but that he had “loved it when he was a teen. There is a quiet stillness and an introspective quality to him that I like. It serves, literally, to kick off the action and makes no sense in terms of the primary focus of the murder, which is theoretically An Evil Tycoon, or in terms of our hero’s battle with The Ninja.

Both are equally skilled in their disciplines, differing only in the philosophy that drives them. Lustbader’s choice for portraying Nicholas Linnear was Richard Gerebut it never got to that point. With the pain of a broken relationship with a sexually insatiable lover blighting his life, and a conflict with the “black” side of ninjutsu which he has tried to leave in his past, Linnear has come to live in the US and taken a Western lover. The books that people don’t really even want to admit to reading, let alone enjoying.

Toss in a secret group of assassins known as the ninja and toss it in New York with promises of sex, corruption and intrigue. Very warm and open, but all the film decisions were made by Dick and David. For all his sadistic cruelty and obvious madness, I loved Saigo from his very first scenes and I think entire novels should have been dedicated to describing in detail just how he was broken and The characters constantly reference their eastern mindsets without any attempt to enlighten the reader.


Sumbitch uses it three or four times. To top it off, his old nemesis, who he doesn’t know about, is on the prowl, wiping people out left and right.

Nicholas Linnear Novels

The first and most intriguing of the series I’ve read to date. Sep 15, Scott Avery rated it liked it Shelves: Originally in the s, the rights to make a film adaptation were bought by producers Richard D. Eric Van Lustbader indulges himself in some wordsmith creativity when it comes to bedrooms, living rooms, or wherever is handy to do some bodice ripping and sexual contortionist tricks. 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.

I would highly recommend this novel to anyone wanting an outstanding treatment of the Shadow Warriors, the Shinobi, the Ninja Sumbitch used it again. I started asking questions and immediately became fascinated by these modern-day masters of chaos.

The Ninja | Eric Van Lustbader

And harmony is what all people strive to achieve. Even le generational differences in how Nicholas and his peers viewed things versus how their elders parents and grandparents viewed them was informative.

lusybader 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. I’m probably giving this book a higher rating than it deserves, because Nlnja remembering it from when I read it as a teenager. Mass Market Paperbackpages. While Lustbader’s knowledge of Japanese martial arts, philosophy and history is impressive, and the action sequences described are pretty gripping, I found some of the writing a tad pretentious – – especially his penchant for using words that would have even the brightest Mensa members scratching their heads and reaching for their dictionaries.

Oct 12, Tom Johnson rated it it was ok.