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Kage: The Shadow (Connor Burke and Yamashita Sensei #4)

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  102 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Bronze Winner - 2012 eLit AwardsFinalist - 2012 USA Best Books Award In the seemingly trackless waste of the desert outside Tucson, Arizona, a coyote cross border smuggler is found dead, another victim of the escalating violence on the southwest border.At the same time, a mysterious best-selling writer s death deepens the controversy surrounding his works.Rumors surround ...more
Paperback, 289 pages
Published July 16th 2011 by YMAA Publication Center (first published June 1st 2011)
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Susan Peterson
Jan 24, 2014 Susan Peterson rated it really liked it
I don't read a lot of thrillers, but I've read all four of Donohue's novels. Donohue's characters don't just wade in with guns blazing; they live with the consequences of their actions. His main character, Burke, a scholar and advanced martial artist, can deal with a tough situation--Donohue writes a good fight scene. Burke has the sardonic humor characteristic of the genre. He's also a fully formed character with a family, a social life, a profession, and a fully developed range of opinions and ...more
Rick F.
Aug 19, 2011 Rick F. rated it it was amazing
In the seemingly trackless waste of the desert outside Tucson, Arizona, a coyote cross border smuggler is found dead, another victim of the escalating violence on the southwest border.
At the same time, a mysterious best-selling writer’s death deepens the controversy surrounding his works.
Rumors surround the late Elliot Westmann, with dark hints of mystic vendettas and a confrontation with an assassin sent to punish Westmann for violating a code of secrecy in his books.
Westmann’s daughter hires C
Temple Dog
Sep 26, 2012 Temple Dog rated it it was ok
This was my 4th book in the Connor Burke and Yamashita Sensei series and it was my least favorite.

Granted, I think that it was an okay book and I am glad that I read it, but the key elements of the series; the bond between Connor and Yamashita, the interaction between Connor's brother Micky and his partner Art and the focus on a NYC locale, are all woefully lacking in this book.

I appreciate Donohue’s desire to take us outside of our comfort zone, but the introduction of a Native American tracke
Randy Daugherty
Jul 20, 2012 Randy Daugherty rated it it was amazing
Suckered into a trip to the South West to speak before a writers convention, Connor is offered a job.It seemed like a simple and easy way to make a little extra, review the work of Elliot Westermann.
But as with most things it wasn't exactly going as planned, Connor stumbles upon something that others are willing to kill to have and keep secret.
As Connor tries to protect Sarah and stay alive he finds himself involved in something way out of his league. His brother Mick and Art have warned him, a
Jun 18, 2012 Philip rated it really liked it
Three stars wouldn't be enough and four stars is a little too much and this is why:
I am intrigued by Burke and Yamashita and their world. I'm drawn into their relationship. I'm caught up with Burke's inner struggle with who he is and the world he now see's as a result. But I've also, in previous books, really enjoyed the martial arts. The description of technique, the intricate fight scenes, the appreciation and understanding of the way.
I know the real world does not always allow for everything
Christina Jones
Jan 06, 2012 Christina Jones rated it it was amazing
While not a martial arts fan, I do enjoy a good thriller and this latest offering by John Donohue was excellent. For some reason (maybe because I'm not into martial arts) I kept putting off reading this book, but once I got started, I had trouble putting it down. Topical with the Mexican drug issues, honest with his relationship with Sarah, the reality of having to fight for his (and Sarah's)lives vs. the classroom exercises where no one is actually killed, is drama at it's best. Tightly ...more
Adil Ehsan
Sep 05, 2013 Adil Ehsan rated it really liked it
Always gets a bit heavy on mysticism but I still love this series of crime novels. It's refreshing to have a non cop protagonist and where the action is on hand to hand and away from guns. It sounds like a small thing but the shift for a crime novel in these two elements really works o ma ke everything fresh. This also only works cause the novel stills authentic...its not Jason Bourne one punch and lights out, Jackie Chan style acrobatics but the author knows what a real fight and martial arts ...more
Oct 19, 2012 Charmaigne rated it liked it
I am quite an avid reader of thrillers and although I am only half-way through this book I love it.

I have also read Tengu so was really looking forward to the next book and so far I am not disappointed.

I love ther relationship between Sensei and Sempai which at times go beyond earthly tie (becomes spiritual), it is a good and well developed story line.
Jun 01, 2012 Stephen rated it really liked it
I've read all the Connor Burk novles and this is by far the best one. The author keeps the pace moveing and keeps the reader interested. Even if you are not into the martial arts it is a great thriller to read. Of course you will have to read the others to understand the bacground of the main character. I recommend it!
May 19, 2012 Gannonwb rated it really liked it
Great read. A perfect mix of police procedural and martial arts. Donohue has a knack for capturing the reality of both worlds and the skepticism they have of each other. It's obvious he knows what he's writing about.....I hope he can keep cranking !
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John Donohue is a novelist and martial artist whose novels in the Burke Yamashita series, Sensei, Deshi, Tengu and the forthcoming (July 2011) Kage all explore the world of elite martial arts training and the implications of a life of action
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