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Publisher's Summary

In the early 23rd century, one of very few ways to rise above your caste is to become a player in the extreme martial-arts game known as the Musashi Flex. Lazlo Mourn, a battle-scarred veteran, is ready to hang up his blades when his moves suddenly evolve toward a form of fighting unlike any the galaxy has seen.

Journalist Cayne Sola wants the big story on the games, and not even the fiercest warrior will stop her. Billionaire Ellis Mtumbo Shaw has everything except combat fame, but an untested drug puts that within his reach. Their fates will entwine - and be decided - in the bloody arena of the Flex.

©2006 Steve Perry (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Perry excels at hard-boiled writing, flashing dialogue, and stripped-down action." ( Oregonian)

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    5 out of 5 stars

Great fun, well worth listening

As much Martial Arts Adventure as Science Fiction, well narated and presented. Light, fast, entertaining, and a great way to spend a few hours.

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  • Cliff
  • madison, MS, United States
  • 09-10-13

An action packed novel.

What made the experience of listening to The Musashi Flex the most enjoyable?

I enjoy Steve Perry's novels. This is an action packed read. One interesting thing is this novel is the basis of several of his other novels within the same universe. They aren't exactly a series, just various one shot novels that are connected by an overarching story arch. My only regret is that the author started making more money doing licensed books such as aliens and really stopped coming up with his own material.

What did you like best about this story?

Lots of action and a good overall plot.

Did Joe Barrett do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

He did a so-so job of differentiating characters. He is passable but doesn't have a great range.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not really, this is a fun quick read.

Any additional comments?

A great book. The narrarator is average, but doesn't ruin the story. I''d advise taking a look as Steve Perry is a good author who does great action series. It isn't on audio but everyone should read his novel "The Man Who Never Missed". Awsome stuff!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Robert
  • Burbank, IL, United States
  • 10-13-10

Entertainning !

The book may be a little long but Steve Perry makes it worth the time if you got time. Even though it has some 'other world' jargon it's pretty easy to understand what is implied and for me the main character and simple storyline makes it a good listen. The only thing I didn't like was that the fight scenes didn't portray any pain or emotion when someone was fatally wounded.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Lydia
  • Jackson, WY, United States
  • 08-27-10

Great story, great narrator

A Musashi Flex is a prequel to the Matador series it is simple story with a compelling world and convincing characters. The narrator had a fantastic delivery. If you enjoy space opera and combat I think you'll enjoy this book.

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Great entertainment. Great performance.

One of the best books revolving around the martial arts and it's practitioners I have come across.

Full characters well fleshed out and clear, interactions plausible, settings and history/background well and elegantly described. The story moved along quickly and caught me up in it from the get-go.

Anyone into military scifi, the battles in spaceopera, even the one on one combat of epic fantasy will enjoy this immensely.

My thanks to Steve Perry for a great book, and to Joe Barret for distinct, interesting, well acted, and consistent characters.

Of note is the hero, and resident badass, is portrayed with a (passable - work on the "I", Joe) Southern accent which is as it should be.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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An enjoyable listen.

A very simple, straight forward and well told story that I found quite enjoyable. It felt more like a short story rather than a full length novel, but that was alright with me. I just wish there were other Steve Perry, Matador Series novels available to sample. The guy has written so many, perhaps audible will acquire more.

The narrator was unknown to me, not that I'm familiar with every reader, but he did a great job as well.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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awesome !

Having a martial arts background I really can relate to this book. I absolutely loved the story and the narration was top notch! I'm always looking for a book I can listen to more than once and I've listened to Musashi Flex 4 times

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Fun martial arts/science-fiction read.

If you can get past the corny cover, you'll find an intriguing tale involving martial arts philosophy in a science fiction setting. I particularly liked that the distinction between good guys and bad guys was not clear. The narrators voice was a bit choppy due to a lot of splicing would be my only complaint.

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Great book in an even better series.

I just wish the other books in the "Man Who Never Missed" series would be released in audio format. one of my favorite series of all time.

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Ya gotta love Steve Perry

This book is the prequel to Perry's Matador series which begins with The Man Who Never Missed first published in 1985. One of my favorite paperbacks by one of my favorite science fiction authors.