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Gonji: Red Blade from the East, Vol. 1 (Gonji: The Deathwind Trilogy #1)

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Cast out from his Japanese homeland, Gonji, the Samurai warrior, journeyed across barbaric Europe in the quest of Vedun, the distant city in the loftiest peaks of the Carpathian Alps. Ceaselessly fighting the hated plague and hostile peasants, Gonji struggled to reach the mighty walls of majestic Vedun. But demons and dragons, and mages and monsters pursued the warrior acr ...more
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Published July 1st 2009 by Audio Realms (first published May 1982)
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It's not unusual to market books from the past, often characterizing them "classic", "re-imagined", "lost gem", etc. Gonji is a series that deserves all those praises and more. First published in the eighties, the series published five books before cancelation, mostly due to the publisher's mishandling. This era of self-published authors is the perfect moment to discover this Sword & Sorcery gem. Gonji Sabatake, half-samurai - half-"Viking", is the existential loner encountered -rarely- in F ...more
S.E. Lindberg
Gonji’s Deathwind – The Godzilla of Sword & Sorcery?
Some splendid reviews already exist for Gonji: Red Blade from the East, in particular Fletcher Vredenburgh’s January 21st 2014 Post on Blackgate is extremely thorough. This provides another summary, and some more complementary information.

Gongi Is A Unique, Entertaining Mashup: Gongi is a wandering, displaced warrior--a Ronin (master-less samurai) roaming 16th century Europe. This is not historical fiction, however. This is Sword & So
Joe Bonadonna

The Siege of Vedun has only just begun! I've said it before, on GoodReads, in my review of the audio version of Book One, and on the paperback reissue of Book One --- The Deathwind Trilogy is one of the best epic fantasies that I've had the pleasure to read. Rypel commands a mastery of the language that makes me envious. His writing is powerful, exciting -- and never dull. His dialogue pops and does what good dialogue is supposed to do: advance plot, reveal character, create tension
Travis Ludvigson
Herein you will follow the travails of a deadly swordsman whose wild Norse rage is tempered and refined by the ancient soul of the Samurai. This is Gonji - Red Blade from the East by T.C. Rypel.

Gonji tells the tale of Sabatake Gonji-no Sadowara, a Ronin of mixed Japanese and Nordic descent who roams across Europe in search of the elusive and mysterious Deathwind. Along the way he brings his considerable fighting prowess to bear as he battles evil in its many guises.

Rypel has created a wonderfull
David Hunter
This is a book of two halves. The first half is very good and with a great balance between action and character development. the second half has grave issues of both pacing and characterisation, although it does have the compensation of some decent action scenes.

Now I should say that I picked up this book with a fair amount of scepticism. I'm very wary of books that seek to promote the eastern martial arts, and particularly Japanese swordsmanship and sword-making, as intrinsically superior to
Joe Bonadonna
Dec 01, 2011 Joe Bonadonna rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Joe by: Davd C. Smith
Not only is the book it's based on (Volume One in the 5-novel saga of Gonji) one fantastic experience, this audio version totally rocks! It's read by Brian Holsopple, who successfully captures the energy, the crackling dialog, the subtle nuances, the emotional power, and the pathos of Ted Rypel's prose. Listening to this excellent Audio CD conjures images in the mind -- images of unforgettable characters like Gonji the Samurai, Simon Sardonis, and Lydia Bendetto -- images of epic, well-choreogra ...more
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Gonji: The Deathwind Trilogy (5 books)
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