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The 97th Step (Matador #5)

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One man. Three lives.
A martial arts classic from the "New York Times" bestselling author.
The story of Emile Khadaji's mentor, who lived a life of desolation and thievery before training as a warrior by the Siblings of the Shroud-learning lethal skills that would some day forge a legend and conquer an empire
Paperback, 304 pages
Published December 1st 1989 by Ace (first published 1989)
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This is the story of Pen, Emile Khadaji's teacher. He starts out as a smuggler and thief, then a series of misfortunes befall him, leaving him alone and bereft of hope. From this low point, he begins a journey of enlightenment that leads him to the brotherhood of the shroud, the 97 steps and ultimately to finding his purpose in life.

A great SF story full of martial arts.
I've never been passionate about Sci-fi action packed novels but the matador series just blows my mind. I've read The Man Who Never Missed in the series so far but this one is my personal favorite. What can I say, great character development, action sequences, good plot, sprinkles of philosophy and wisdom.. everything to make a great read.
Covers the life of Pen. Fills in gaps from the book of the series and various characters from other books in the series are touched on. Found the book slow going especially Pen's early life but it picks up midway.
This is a quick read. The writing is very typical of Steve Perry. It flows well and has a good mix of action and ideas. Nothing about it blew me away, but I wasn't disappointed.
Larry Holloman
The first book I ever read in the Matador cycle...and one of my favorites.
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