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Matadora (Matador #2)

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On some worlds, the name of Khadaji is a prayer for resistance fighters...

Khadaji... master warrior, martyr, legend. The one-man resistance to the Confed on Greaves. Known as "The Man Who Never Missed," he only let himself be taken when he'd done what he'd set out to do. With his death, Khadaji became the inspiration and idol of students of martial arts everywhere.

Paperback, 224 pages
Published February 1st 1986 by Ace
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4.5 to 5.0 stars. This is the second book in the "Matadora" series after the excellent The Man Who Never Missed. Like the first book, this is a "quick read" that packs a ton of action, great characters and the beginnings of a "broader plot" that should make the next books in the series a must read. Highly Recommended!!
Mike (the Paladin)
Apr 21, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I've read 2 of these now and I must say that the books are based on a good idea. They are well written and "mostly" draw me in. The problem here (that brings the rating down to 3) is pretty much the same one that I had with the first in the series The Man Who Never Missed). The novel starts out well, gives us a good protagonist and spins right into an action packed opening with some plot building. From there we move into an interesting plot device (he said being careful not to give an untagged s ...more
Oct 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library, scifi
3.5 to 4 Stars, another tight, well constructed story in the Matador series. This followup to The Man Who Never Missed reintroduces us to Dirisha, a female "bouncer" from the first book. Dirisha's rise from a dirt-poor planet off the beaten track to the top of the Matador ranks is told. She, like other "Matadors", becomes a bodyguard for key individuals in the anti-Confed ranks. Perry's book is just over 200 pages and he doesn't waste your time or words. This book, for its' time, was risque in s ...more
The FountainPenDiva, Old school geek chick and lover of teddy bears
Long before Buffy and Anita Blake, there existed Dirisha Zuri--one of the toughest martial arts fighters in the Confed. Unfortunately this book is out of print, but it's worth finding.

Dirisha was also one of the few black heroines in a sadly lily-white science-fiction/fantasy universe, which makes no sense if earth has colonized the stars. One would think people of color would be a part of that exploration, right? Being a young geek girl of color, it was a little tough to seldom see characters
Joey Brockert
Mar 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Dirisha is a fighter. She used to be a pleasure girl on a backwater type of planet, but she pushed the envelope and became someone special. She is so special that she does not lose the fights she has, some of them to the death. It is a sort of game that those involved play at to challenge themselves to be better.
She has won another fight and contemplates taking a vacation or sabbatical. An old employer suggested she should try stopping at a place he knew of, Simplex-by-the-Sea, and with nothin
Jean-Francois Boivin
Sep 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-other
Much like the first book in the series, The Man Who Never Missed, this one I couldn't put down. Well I had to at some point, but then i couldn't wait to get back to it! After Anton Khadaji, the legend, had been taken down by the Confederacy at the end of the first book, this sequel picks up three years later and stars a character who played a minor role before, Dirisha Zuri who was one of Khadaji's bouncers at his chem bar on Greaves. After tiring of hopping planets and looking for new oppotunit ...more
Dec 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Impressive, damned impressive. The last chapter of this novel is shocking, not in it's revelations, in it's aspiration. The scope of the long game in "Matadora" is breathtaking, audacious, just too intriguing not to be in awe of it.

I'll admit, I was set to dole out three stars about three-quarters of the way through. Dirisha's tale of self redemption is adequate in and of itself. The narrative leads us to interesting enough scenarios but usually only has you riveted when involving a mixture of P
Jun 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Book 2 in the Matador series tells the story of Dirisha Zuri, and continues the story begun in The Man Who Never Missed. After the fall of Emile Khadaji, Dirisha wanders the galaxy aimlessly for awhile before finding the Matador school, where she undergoes training to be an elite bodyguard.

I've re-read this classic over the years (it was published in 1986) and even today I still enjoy it. The world-building stands up to the test of time, and the "future" still seems plausible despite the major
Emile Khadaji's hand picked recruits in his war to topple the confederacy are drawn to the Matador Villa, a school for elite bodyguards run by Pen, Emile's mentor. This story is told through the eyes of Dirisha Zuri, a martial artist and Musashi Flex player who was a bouncer at Emile's bar on Greave. Through some very politically astute choices of who they choose to protect the Matadors make the confederation powers on high angry enough to declare them outlaw.

I'm not sure whether to rate this an
Jul 05, 2010 added it
Shelves: fiction, sff, 2010
Sequel to "The Man Who Never Missed" and it is, if anything, even sillier. These books were published as testosterone-fueled entertainment in the 1980s, and deliver about what you'd expect. Both are full of Mary Janes, performing perfectly at everything they attempt. They mostly go in for the martial arts, but they manage politics, manipulation, making money, and computer hacking perfectly, too.
Eric Moreno
Sep 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi
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May 30, 2011 rated it liked it
Enjoyable read but not really a book - more like a chapter in a series. The book before this is The Man Who Never Missed. There's something like nine books total with more on the way, according to Wikipedia.
Jim Heivilin
Oct 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The story continues with another perspective. I read this several times over the years and can still reread it. If you enjoyed "The Man Who Never Missed" you're in for the long haul so you might as well go get the rest.
Sep 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I loved all of the Matador series and the character exploration of each book.
Jason Abay-abay
Apr 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Loved the Matador series.
May 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
He was a frustrated romantic, a thing often mistaken for skepticism.
David Janke
Jun 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Fun sci-fi action. A quick read, it suffers a little from being the middle of a trilogy, so you get neither the cool origin story of the first book, nor any completion at the end.
Edward Rosenfeld
Dec 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished
Great story, fast moving action....I have not been disappointed on my re-read....
Have to say, I liked the first book, and its main character, a lot more. The plot/character/circumstances of this book seemed somewhat lacking here, at least in comparison.
Brian R. Mcdonald
Jun 03, 2010 marked it as books-with-go-references
Go reference: p. 134.
Steven Werber
Apr 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: n-a-buy
Again really solid military sci-fi. I enjoyed this alot....
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Steven Carl Perry has written over fifty novels and numerous short stories, which have appeared in various magazines and anthologies. Perry is perhaps best known for the Matador series. He has written books in the Star Wars, Alien and Conan universes. He was a collaborator on all of the Tom Clancy's Net Force s
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Other books in the series

Matador (9 books)
  • The Man Who Never Missed (Matador, #1)
  • The Machiavelli Interface (Matador, #3)
  • The Omega Cage (Matador, #4)
  • The 97th Step (Matador, #5)
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