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The Dark Fights

By: Alexandra Vinarov
Narrated by: Lisa Zimmerman
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Escaping a traumatic childhood, Sasha finds peace, sanctuary, and purpose in a martial arts dojo whose sensei teaches her the ways of the samurai warrior. An accomplished black-belt fighter, she now happily dwells in the dojo, tucked away from the streets of Manhattan, until a midnight call sets her on a path into an underground world. 

Struggling to pay off a gambling debt, her brother Danilo is severely injured in a no-rules club fight run by unscrupulous Russian mafiosi. To settle the debt, Sasha volunteers to perform in one of these “dark fights”, vowing it’s for one time only. But her beauty, skill, and martial arts mastery bring her to the attention of powerful men who see her as a big meal ticket. 

Seducing her with money and drugs, they draw her into their sordid scheme until she becomes a big and glamorous draw, enriching herself while enriching her handlers and leaving behind a pulverized host of vanquished rivals. But she realizes how addictive the lure of brutality has become. As the stakes rise, she must become more and more violent to satisfy her handlers’ bloodlust. 

Can she pull out before destroying someone? Can she pull out before destroying herself? Two fascinating men offer love and escape. But how true are their intentions? 

Genuine feelings and betrayal, violence and glamour, sex and martial arts all go hand in hand throughout the book. The Dark Fights introduces you to an unknown and frightening world and pins you to the mat until the very last moment.

©2020 Alexandra Vinarov (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

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Pretty dank

It's definitely a cool book if you like Japanese jujutsu or MMA-type fighting books.

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Got this on a off chance and wow. So worth putting other books on the back burner. This got me out of my slump from ARC's.

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Can’t believe I listened to the entire book. But got curious as to how such a bad story could end.

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It was ok

Most of the story was good. But there was too much left undone. She should have fought or at least confronted her ex. She should have told the dojo peeps how she was lured into the fights. She should have told the police her brother was murdered. She literally told no one.

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Enjoyable. the narrator was excellent.

It is a love story with some violence but some sound moral ideas. Its quite technical about martial arts and I am sure like minded readers will enjoy life in the dojo and the constant tugs at martial arts traditions. It's lonely life I think.

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Incredibly well written and narrated!!!

This is the most incredibly well written and well narrated books that I’ve listened to in a while. It’s also the most vivid martial arts tale. Alexandra Vinarov is clearly a highly skilled and passionate martial artist. As a fellow practitioner, her words created clear and completely relatable visual imagery in my mind as she described the fight scenes. I was even more impressed by the way I felt every emotion and impulse in her writing from moments of anxiety to frustration to sadness to those sexually charged, she completely draws you in. This is a must read/listen for adult martial arts practitioners who appreciate a great story!

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same theme but different plotline

I liked it but I found it to be very slow. it's a simple story that's been done before but this one has a twist. there are characters depicted as for her and against her....its the story you need to figure out for yourself. the highs and lows have been written many times before but this is definitely an unusual setting.
there's a bit of steam but not a lot and not a lot of romance ..mainly about a girl that goes through some growing pains in the hands of some pretty nasty people....