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John Donohue

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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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Sensei

3.79 avg rating — 490 ratings — published 2003 — 5 editions
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Deshi

3.94 avg rating — 278 ratings — published 1957 — 11 editions
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Tengu: The Mountain Goblin

3.93 avg rating — 188 ratings — published 2008 — 4 editions
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Kage: The Shadow

4.05 avg rating — 156 ratings — published 2011
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Enzan: The Far Mountain

4.16 avg rating — 134 ratings — published 2014
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Wave Man

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The Qi Eaters

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Herding the Ox

4.36 avg rating — 14 ratings — published 1998 — 3 editions
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The Qi Eaters

I'vd been trying to get my agent to move a paranormal thriller I wrote some years ago without much luck. It's called the Qi Eaters. Lots of Daoist magic and martial arts related stuff. Great fun writing it.

My son suggested releasing it as an ebook and took the project on. So now The Qi Eaters is available through Amazon and I hope readers enjoy it.
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“You can often tell what style someone practices merely by looking at the type of knot someone has in the front of a hakama. Some iaido schools have elaborate systems for tying their hakama. My sensei uses a simple square knot: he’s mostly concerned that the knot is properly placed and doesn’t come undone. It’s hard to be deadly while your pants are falling down.”
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“To train in the martial arts is like being apprenticed to frustration, to the burn of effort, and the unattainable criteria of perfection. There’s no glamour, no reward beyond the ones you create in your own heart. You struggle along the path and your teacher goads you or challenges you, always three steps ahead and always waiting, his eyes betraying nothing but demanding everything. And you try to give it.”
John Donohue, Kage: The Shadow

“The truly wise know that what we really need are those things that permit our true natures to emerge.”
John Donohue, Deshi

“You can often tell what style someone practices merely by looking at the type of knot someone has in the front of a hakama. Some iaido schools have elaborate systems for tying their hakama. My sensei uses a simple square knot: he’s mostly concerned that the knot is properly placed and doesn’t come undone. It’s hard to be deadly while your pants are falling down.”
John Donohue, Deshi

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“Wisdom comes through suffering.
Trouble, with its memories of pain,
Drips in our hearts as we try to sleep,
So men against their will
Learn to practice moderation.
Favours come to us from gods.”
Aeschylus, Agamemnon

“On good days I hope we were formed for a purpose, but there is also a deep throbbing, a grim Celtic warning that life can be either full or futile. And there is no sense to how that will be revealed; we graft meaning on our lives as best we can.”
John Donohue, Enzan: The Far Mountain

“To train in the martial arts is like being apprenticed to frustration, to the burn of effort, and the unattainable criteria of perfection. There’s no glamour, no reward beyond the ones you create in your own heart. You struggle along the path and your teacher goads you or challenges you, always three steps ahead and always waiting, his eyes betraying nothing but demanding everything. And you try to give it.”
John Donohue, Kage: The Shadow

“The truly wise know that what we really need are those things that permit our true natures to emerge.”
John Donohue, Deshi

“You can often tell what style someone practices merely by looking at the type of knot someone has in the front of a hakama. Some iaido schools have elaborate systems for tying their hakama. My sensei uses a simple square knot: he’s mostly concerned that the knot is properly placed and doesn’t come undone. It’s hard to be deadly while your pants are falling down.”
John Donohue, Deshi

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