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The Ring of Earth (Young Samurai, Book 4) Paperback – August 1, 2010
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Chris Bradford has trained in karate, kickboxing, and samurai swordsmanship. He earned his black belt in Zen Kyo Shin Taijutsu, the secret fighting art of the ninja. Before writing the Young Samurai series, he was a professional musician and songwriter and has performed for HRH Queen Elizabeth II.
Chris Bradford has trained in karate, kickboxing and samurai swordsmanship. He earned his black belt in Zen Kyo Shin Taijutsu, the secret fighting art of the ninja. Before writing the Young Samurai series, he was a professional musician and songwriter and has performed for HRH Queen Elizabeth II. You can learn more about Chris Bradford and his books at www.youngsamurai.com.
- Publisher : Penguin UK; UK ed. edition (August 1, 2010)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 319 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0141332530
- ISBN-13 : 978-0141332536
- Reading age : 12 years and up
- Grade level : 7 and up
- Item Weight : 8.3 ounces
- Dimensions : 1 x 5.25 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,136,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jack trained in many different disciplines, Jack suspected Hanzo was the lost brother of his friend Akiko, Jack was sent on a mission with other ninja to see if Daimyo Akechi was raising an army against them, he was, Jack sent a message to Akiko, Akechi with a battalion of samurai were attacking the village, there was fierce fighting, Akiko arrives and finds Hanzo is her brother, captured ninja with Hanzo were to be crucified, Miyuki a ninja becomes Jacks close friend, they mount a rescue attempt
There is another fierce fight to rescue the prisoners then back to the village to fetch the women and children and move to the northern mountains, Jack with Akiko had to continue their journey to Nagasaka, Hanzo was safe with the ninjas and would see Akiko and his mother when it was safer
My verdict, excellent, great descriptions of the fights and battles, great story, one of those books you have to finish
When I was readying through it. I found the book full of adventures, action packed, even a little romance and subtle point of martial arts that all martial artists would recognize. An example is breathing is emphasized, there is a part of the book that though Jack is in good shape he is being completely out paced in a flat out sprint, the reason being is he breathing is wrong, this is the corner stone to any martial art which ever you practice. It is small details like this that make this series fantastic for all aged. The romance is completely lost on my 9 year old but to older readers like me will see the sparks of jealousy and (if you have a heart) will be wishing the characters together, I love the line "forever bound together".
In this book, what little protection Jack had in Japan has been yanked away. Now traveling alone in a country that has a zero tolerance policy on foreigners, and a personal bounty on his head from the new Shogun. Even former allies have become his enemies, his only hope is learning the skills of his most hated enemy. Once again he must prove to his teachers and to his peers who have a different prejudice against him. Another great book. Like another reviewer said "something for everyone" all done well.
When I received the fourth book and I saw it was 300 pages long ONLY, I was a bit sad but after I started reading I realised it would not matter, it is 300 pages packed with amazing surprises, breath taking thriller and a great amount of passion for martial arts and adventures.