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Mineko: Book of Sisters

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  55 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Brutal Samurai invade your home, murdering family, servants and guards in front of you. Your sister and you, as the only survivors, are whisked away to a desolate mountain castle. You later watch through tear-drenched eyes as she is ripped from your arms and taken away.

You are only six years old.

This is Minekos life. This is how her childhood in 17th century Japan began.
Paperback, 216 pages
Published September 14th 2013 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Lola Fow
Apr 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Mineko: Book of Sisters is an action packed revenge tale set in 17th Century Japan. As a small child, Mineko witnesses the savage slaughter of her wealthy family by a band of marauding samurai. Only she and her teenage sister are spared, but soon she is ripped from her sisters arms and grows up the servant and scapegoat of the samurai. Enduring daily humiliation and physical assault, she survives, but only just, until rescued and then trained by another samurai master. Her quest becomes ...more
Mar 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Mineko: Book of Sisters by R.G. Dillon is a tragic and poignant story set in 17th century Japan as a young girl seeks vengeance for the death of her family members. This compelling and powerful saga of intrigue, vengeance and redemption will move you, if nothing else, as you watch a six-year-old grow into maturity, wielding sword and flying with rage.

Debutant author R.G. Dillons main protagonist started life with all the love and happiness a kid is entitled to. With caring parents, an older
Jan 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
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All I can say is 'Wow'. I won a copy of 'Mineko: Book of Sisters' as part of a Goodreads giveaway, and feel a great deal of both sadness and happiness when I think about the character Mineko. This book was not extremely long, but the words and sentiments that it contained were extremely powerful. So here is what I thought--firstly, Mineko is unique from other heroines than I am used to. She experienced a great deal of pain at the beginning of the book, when her entire family (other than her ...more
Mar 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
'Walk through a valley, with memories lost inside, it's the summit you seek'

New author RG Dillon is living that dream of many who have the passion to write: during the week he is a project manager for a construction company, savoring his weeks for his other life as a self-published indie author. `Although Mineko: Book of Sisters is my first foray into publishing, I have been writing since I was young, mostly free verse poems and short stories, primarily for myself.' If the quality of writing he
Sunshine Somerville
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was pretty sure I was going to give this book 4 stars, and then the last chapter and epilogue happened. The story went to a whole new level for me, so here we are at 5 stars.

I dont usually go into plot summary, but Ill say that this story has 4 major parts. First, we see the horrifically cruel life that 6-year-old Mineko is forced into when Samurai kill her family and take her and her sister as slaves. This first part may be a little too violent for some readers, but the author never goes too
Apr 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The summary of the book was enough to make me want to purchase it, because all the pieces were in place for an intense, brutal, and captivating story of revenge and the painful task of growing up in an era that has largely been forgotten. The research alone for this book was clearly monumental, and Dillon does an excellent job of recreating a period in history that most Westerners would have little or no concept of. Having living in Japan for a year in modern times, it was a particularly ...more
Apr 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Mineko was only six years old when her family was brutally murdered in front of her eyes, and was taken captive, along with her sister. She quickly learns how to defend herself in 17th century Japan, and vows to get revenge for everything that has happened to her.

After that description, saying that I enjoyed the story would make me sound like some sort of psychopath But I really did. Mineko was such a well written character, and so fully realized, that you couldnt help but feel for her in her
Apr 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a compelling and engrossing tale. I was completely captivated from the beginning as we learn about Mineko's past and the slaughter of her family. I immediately rooted for her and her sister and found myself heartbroken as Mineko was taken from her sister and set to a life of servitude and other horrors of a life serving violent men.

What this book shows us is something we don't get to see a lot of. This particular book is set in Japan in the 17th Century and is full of Samurais and culture,
Elizabeth Ehlen
Jul 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
In 17th century Japan a little girl is ripped from her home and is forced to be a slave to a house of vicious Samurai. As she grows up she only wants one thing, vengeance for her slain family and to find her surviving sister. So begins the story of a female assassin, trained in the ways of the Samurai and ninja - unusual but not impossible.

I really enjoyed Mineko; Dillon creates fantastic imagery and the story flows at a great pace. You can feel the emotions of tortured Mineko as she is
Julie Baswell
Jul 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
At 6 years old, all of Minekos family is brutally slain by samurai warriors, except for Mineko and her older sister. For the next 12 years, she is mistreated and abused by the warriors while in their servitude. The only thing that keeps her going is the hope that her sister will return and take her away. But will she survive in the meantime?

My heart went out to Mineko throughout the entire story. She was so small and helpless that I cant even imagine how she survived each of her attacks. She
Susie Kelly
May 13, 2014 rated it liked it
While the story is entertaining, it really badly needs editing.

There are some very peculiar phrases - 'The thick fauna underfoot felt good though.' Makes no sense unless the person is walking on a carpet of animals!

Referring to Yasuo's warhorse, 'had selected him when he was just a young pony.' Ponies don't grow up to be horses - ponies are ponies and horses are horses.

There are numerous other incidents of similar slips. It felt as if possibly the author's first language was not English.

Apr 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Mineko: Book of Sisters is an action packed tale of revenge. Mineko witnesses the savage slaughter of her wealthy family by a band of assassins. They capture her and she is separated from her sister. After years of being an abused servant, she is saved by a samurai master. There are plot twists and turns, I wont give them away. This is an action packed story that will capture your heart and terrify you. It will keep you on the edge of your seat to the very last page! RG Dillon has created well ...more
Heather Bennett
Mar 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Mineko is a intense book about vengeance and redemption for her family. In 17th century Japan, Mineko at age six, watches her family slaughtered and her sister taken. After years of being a abused servant, she is saved by a samurai master. As Mineko becomes a strong warrior. Will she find her find her sister? Will she get her vengeance for her slaughtered family? RG Dillon wrote a wonderful book. The plot and characters were great. This is a story that will stick with you long after you have ...more
Jan 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received this book for free through Goodreads First reads. I love strong female protagonists and this girl, Mineko, kicks ass. I thought that the introduction to the romance with Yasuo was a little abrupt. It kinda just popped up without any provocation really. That is the only reason that I did not give this story 5 stars. The development of their realtionship later was good, it was just a little too "I just met you, this crazy..." there in the beginning, lol. Everything about the rest of the ...more
Mar 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Wow. So I just finished Reading Mineko: Book of Sisters. The last 20 or so pages just fly by. You have to know what happens and you cannot read fast enough. The story goes along at a good pace that will keep your attention but the end of the book will keep you up at night reading or make you extend your lunch break at work so you can finish. I do not want to give away a lot of the story so I will just say that you need to add this to your collection. I think that R.G. Dillon has a great career ...more
Apr 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Taking place in the 17th century, Minekos family was brutally slaughtered by a band of samurais. Mineko and her sister were the only ones who were spared, but Mineko was separated from her sister to serve the samurai who took her family from her. Minekos daily journey in her new life is so inspiring to be strong. Only then is she given the opportunity to seek vengeance for her family and find her sister who may still be alive. Mineko was forced to grow up and live a life not meant for a child, ...more
Stephanie Hopkins
May 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
I just finished this book and wow...I can usually call how something might end but I did NOT see that coming!
This new author has quite a way of writing that makes you literally feel what you are reading. I could almost see a possible movie playing out in my head as I read. His visual imagery is outstanding!
This book made me sad, frustrated, angry, happy, and most importantly, it made me think. It's not often you feel so many different emotions during one novel.
May 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
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This was a great read and really well done! Who knew 17th century Samurai could make for such a gripping story? This is a story that I won't forget. I must warn though - there is some animal abuse that I did have to skip over.
Valerie Rico
Jul 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great story !

This is a lite and enjoyable read. Nested character stories and deeper character development would shoot this read past the stars.
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
R. G. Dillon skillfully recounts the life of a young girl of six who is left to fend for herself in the castle of the vicious Blood Moon Samurai. This descriptive novel shows the fear and loneliness that Mineko experiences when she longs for the return of her sister, the only living family she has left.
Mineko: Book of Sisters shows people in their true form; whether it is selfishness, greed, or the will to just survive. The two sisters come to a point when they have to decide which path they
Victoria Brinius
Dec 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is not a story for readers under 18. Sisterly love is strong and powerful. It led Mineko to do things for revenge. As she grew up it seemed that she was destined for tragedy. There is a saying that violence begets violence. However there is also a saying that two wrongs do not make a right. What will Mineko decide to do? Will she ever find her sister? Will she live through the abuse? This was based on Samurai assassins and the history of Japan. The pronunciation glossary made this book so ...more
Feb 15, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Well written story. I was not too impressed with the ending as I had guessed it by about 3/4 of the way through the book
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RG Dillon is the author of Mineko: Book of Sisters and the soon to be released, Book of Hana and Book of Kaiko of the Mineko series.

Born in Jacksonville Florida to a navy father, he grew up in Virginia Beach Virginia. Following a move to Southern Indiana for his later high school years, he enlisted in the Army after college.
Eventually settling where he resides today, in Alexandria Virginia, with

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