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Deshi | [John Donohue]

Deshi

In each life the wheel of karma turns. Asian scholar and martial artist Connor Burke, who continues to labor under the stern tutelage of the master warrior Yamashita Sensei, is drawn once again into a murder investigation when the police discover a link between the victim and a mysterious martial arts sensei named Kita Takanobu. Kita has created a powerful New Age synthesis of Tibetan mysticism and the lethal heritage of the samurai.
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Publisher's Summary

In each life the wheel of karma turns. Asian scholar and martial artist Connor Burke, who continues to labor under the stern tutelage of the master warrior Yamashita Sensei, is drawn once again into a murder investigation when the police discover a link between the victim and a mysterious martial arts sensei named Kita Takanobu. Kita has created a powerful New Age synthesis of Tibetan mysticism and the lethal heritage of the samurai.

Along the way, Burke also finds himself pulled into the strange orbit of the Tibetan Lama Changpa, a mystic and clairvoyant who sees the dark clouds drawing in around Kita but is helpless to prevent a tragedy, as he follows a trail that ultimately leads to Kita's elite mountain temple where he will face his most deadly challenge ever.

©2005 John J. Donohue; (P)2005 Blackstone Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"John Donohue's Deshi is another excellent tale of clashing cultures, an exquisitely flavored and nuanced mystery." (Chicago Sun-Times)
"Peppered with musings of Eastern philosophy, gritty cop lingo, and occasional understated humor, this mystery with its fresh protagonist will appeal to all kinds of readers, not just martial arts aficionados." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Evan 06-21-05
    Evan 06-21-05
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    "A decent listen"

    This was a decent distraction and a brief glimpse into the mindset of dedicated martial arts training. The story is a bit predictable and the reader's use of accents is laughable at times. Even though, the story has a pretty good pace and is worth a listen if you are a martial artist or have some interest in basic martial philosophy.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Tommie Columbus, GA, USA 04-10-10
    Tommie Columbus, GA, USA 04-10-10 Member Since 2010
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    ""Deshi (Unabridged"

    I hope there will be a series of Deshi.... good story easy to follow. Reader,narrator, was very easy to listen to.Thanks

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jim CINCINNATI, OHIO, United States 03-11-13
    Jim CINCINNATI, OHIO, United States 03-11-13
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    "Good plot horrible reader"
    Would you try another book from John Donohue and/or Barrett Whitener?

    I loved the 1st book Sensei and got this book thinking it too would be a good
    book, the plot was awesome and everything was great but the reader uses a really bad Russian accent for the voice of Yamashita Sensei.. i mean come on it's horrible. This is no fault of the author but it drove me nuts and i couldn't even finish it. Read as a novel not an audible.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Deshi?

    The dialogue between the Sensei and main character is a great relationship


    How could the performance have been better?

    Yes, much better without the Russian accent for a Japanese man.


    Do you think Deshi needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes with a different reader


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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