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The Miko
Eric Van Lustbader
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The Miko (Nicholas Linnear #2)

3.87  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,100 Ratings  ·  35 Reviews
"Swiftly paced and fascinating...An intricately designed puzzle."
She is a sorceress--indescribably beautiful, overpoweringly sensual--who possesess incomprehensible powers. She is also a murderess who plans to use her power to kill Nicholas Linnear, the hero of THE NINJA.
This is only the beginning of this exotic thriller, where Lustbader weaves an utterly
Published (first published 1984)
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Oct 17, 2007 Meichan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
it's a quite old book, and judging by its thickness and small fonts one may not be willing to read at all, but then again, once u've started, u'd be absorbed!! with a fluent narration, van Lustbader managed to tell us worlds apart: the ancient Eastern minds and the Western minds. each character is very strong, the plot is rationable and easily understandable for both eastern and western minds of those who read it^^
Worth reading as the sequel to The Ninja, however some of the sub-plots were tedious. Questionable physiological feats by the characters also lowered the score compared to The Ninja where these skills were perhaps more believable. Valuable source of information on Asian culture however, and definitely fills many gaps in my knowledge in an enjoyable manner.
Robert Nacke
Apr 20, 2014 Robert Nacke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like this a lot ,it was a well written novel ,with a good story line.The various story line can be confusing ,but it adds intrigue into this book .Such a well rounded book with much excitement in it .I highly recommend to any who loves intrigue and the martial arts .
Gabe S
May 09, 2015 Gabe S rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read this in the mid 90's when just a horny teen - the Ninja stuff (and of course the sexy stuff) blew my hormonal juvenile mind. Haven't read this since, and I honestly don't know if I'd like it just as much but a nostalgic 5 stars for sure - for then at least.
Nicolas Linnear must face a dangerous foe that has a link to his past. This mysterious foe also is determined to exact revenge on all the people that have impacted the outcome of their life. This sets in motion the thriller that is faced paced and set in both the U.S. and Japan.

Linnear is a martial arts expert and has a life that is situated between the free wheeling society of the U.S. and the structured Japanese culture. He is from both worlds and continually struggles to find his place. This
Shawn Tich
Jul 09, 2013 Shawn Tich rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Named my dog after this book
The Miko is the 2nd book from the Nicholas Linnear series. Though it is related to the first - The Ninja, the book is interdependent from it. This has a whole new story and lots of characters introduced and to my displeasure, re-introduced. My problem with this is that it lacked the elements of suspense, thrill, and awe I felt reading on the first one. Nicholas didn't wow me. And the premise in which this book revolves tend to tear me off. Yukio, again. And then, Lew Croaker alive. Eric Van Lust ...more
Jan 03, 2015 JCR2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you like the mix of badass men, beautiful (but sometime very dangerous)women, facts from back then when it was written and a simply but excellent way of telling a story so it feels like youre standing there watching it all happen; youll like Miko :) ...more
Jun 03, 2014 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Economics and history ad nauseum. Oh, and the sex everyone reads him for is not as good as 50 Shades (which I hated). Disappointment abounds.
Oct 12, 2012 Alex rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Frankly I am a bit disappointed with this book. "The Ninja", the first Nocholas Linnear book, is one of my favourite books, so when I found out that there are more books featuring Nicholas I was really looking forward to devouring them. Sadly my (maybe impossibly high) expectations were not satisfied. Dont get me wrong. "The Miko" is still a good book with fine suspense, some interesting martial arts scenes, very intense erotic and also provides a nice insight in japanese culture and phsychology ...more
Mark Stone
Dec 31, 2015 Mark Stone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Few authors can write about characters such as these and make them believable. Lustbader does it easily and does it with style.
William Green
Apr 05, 2015 William Green rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nicholas moves forward

This is a biographical continuation of Nicholas Linnear in his quest for purpose. Introduces new antagonists. Well written with good character development. This is the second reading for me. Good insight into the Japanese history, mind set, and way of life. Now it's on to White Ninja.
Octavio Ramon
Sep 16, 2014 Octavio Ramon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good. However. it may not be appreciated as much by people not into the Asian martial arts.
Jul 22, 2012 J-Man rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ovu kršinu od knjige sam napustio nekih 60 strana pred kraj, potpuno nezainteresovan za rasplet. Čitanje mi je bilo jako naporno, pre svega zbog centralnog zapleta koji je nakaradan čak i za palp pojmove, kao i zbog tretmana glavnog ženskog lika koji je čak i jednom seksisti i šovinisti kao što sam ja bio degutantan.
Izdanje je Dečje Novine Gornji Milanovac, kao i prva knjiga u serijalu, prevod Valerija Por. Opet imamo Kjušia umesto Kjušu a naučio sam i jednu novu reč: podgrlac.
Melvin Patterson
Feb 07, 2016 Melvin Patterson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
Although I originally read this book in the 1980s, I enjoyed the story again having forgotten most of it in the intervening years. If you can get past the anachronisms, its an intricate and complex story weaving together the past and the present, Eastern and Western cultures and some dynamic martial art sequences involving Ninjutsu, Aikido, Sumo and others.
Vicki Beyer
Nov 26, 2011 Vicki Beyer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
A very 80s story of modern, industrialized Japan still battling the ghosts of war, and somehow caught up in US-Soviet cold war intrigues, to boot. The author engaged in name-dropping and placename-dropping, but failed to grasp the Japanese spirit that he purported to be using as the crux of his tale.
Theophilus (Theo)
Martial arts, romance, mystics, and throw in the Japanese yakuza for good measure and you have another Lustbader (author of the Bourne series) smash hit. Nicholas Linnear came before Jason Bourne. If you liked the Bourne books, you'll love the Linnear series.
James Neal
Jun 22, 2011 James Neal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Is it just my love for Oriental philosophy that makes me love this author's works? Maybe, but that doesn't cheapen Lustbader's talent for digging into the psyche of his characters and making them live and breathe as your reading.
need to read it again. didnt read it with a critical eye at all, it was something to read.
A very unusual combination of my favorites; Russian spy thriller, Japananese ninja & samurais, in a modern setting
Pat Quinn
These books would be so much better if they were shortened. Too much pointless filling used.....
Jun 20, 2010 Tyson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
This book continues the story of Nicholas and we learn more of his past. Still a great series.
May 23, 2010 Mikki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting book on Japanese Cultural differences and human relations. High level of English.
Joseph Kramer
Oct 08, 2014 Joseph Kramer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action
Good story. Pretty much killed off most of his friends. Will he stay in Japan?
May 16, 2014 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my second read of this book and I enjoyed it as much as the first time.
Jul 25, 2008 Mor rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A book for flight travelers reads floantly
about ninjas and friend ship.
Dec 16, 2011 shinfu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book. I read it a long time ago but I will read it again.
May 05, 2011 Drew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another good book about ninjas and Japan.
Ridhwaan Kassim
Nov 09, 2012 Ridhwaan Kassim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good... and gifted a copy to a special lady.
May 07, 2013 Julian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great read, keeps you guessing.
Enrique Peña
Jan 13, 2009 Enrique Peña rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
la continuacion es buenísima
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Eric Van Lustbader was born and raised in Greenwich Village. He is the author of more than twenty-five best-selling novels, including The Ninja, in which he introduced Nicholas Linnear, one of modern fiction's most beloved and enduring heroes. The Ninja was sold to 20th CenturyFox, to be made into a major motion picture. His novels have been translated into over twenty languages.

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Nicholas Linnear (6 books)
  • The Ninja (Nicholas Linnear, #1)
  • White Ninja (Nicholas Linnear, #3)
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