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Tengu: The Mountain Goblin

(Connor Burke and Yamashita Sensei #3)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  182 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Benjamin Franklin Award FINALIST - 2009ForeWord's Book of the Year Award FINALIST - 2008USA Best Book Award FINALIST - 2008 [Japan] An intelligence analyst is murdered on temple grounds. [Manila] Two embassy guards go missing and a bizarre execution video is discovered by a special-forces team. [New York] Martial arts expert Connor Burke is hired as a consultant for an eli ...more
Paperback, 287 pages
Published October 15th 2010 by YMAA Publication Center (first published October 25th 2008)
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Michael Peterson
Each book in the series gets better and better. I do recommend this particular book and its predecessor but not so much the first one (Sensei).

I was going to get the fourth book but it is almost double the price...just a tad over nine dollars; way too much considering the sourcing (Kindle). I will wait until the price is a little more reasonable
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: herding-the-ox
I really like Mr. Donohue's style. I've enjoyed all the books in this series.
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Jan 21, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: actionthriller
Surprisingly good martial arts thriller. I was expecting a boatload of New Agey fluff or at least a lot of mystical Zen, but instead the martial arts philosophy was presented in a straight-forward, no-nonsense manner. Sure, the premise remains the classic white-dude-saves-asian from an Evil Asian Mastermind motif, but against type, the main protagonist is not presented as a superman, but a normal guy who happens to have a very deep speciality in martial arts. All the other stuff integral to the ...more
Temple Dog
Sep 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Connor Burke and Yamashita Sensei series continues. Tengu struck a chord with me. As the third in the series, by now I have developed an amiable familiarity with Connor and Yamashita, but I most enjoy the cop/buddy relationship between Connor’s brother Micky and his affable partner Art.

Micky and Art are true police manual archetypes. After the bond forged out of the brutality of Sensei, I found myself subconsciously holding my breath each time they are on the precipice of danger.
Mar 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
So to me this book was a stand-alone, however I think I came into the middle of a thriller series? The main character obviously had some history with other supporting characters, but it didn't hinder in me reading the book. It was a (I'm sorry this is so cliche') thrilling read, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Now, I have to warn you, it is pretty over the top. Just imagine James Bond (the one in Skyfall thats pretty "old" and barely avoiding retirement), but he is a martial arts master and ...more
Roger Perales
Jun 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009, fiction
This was the third book in the series and I really enjoyed it. The first book, Sensei, was ok, but it was enough to catch my attention. The second book was not good at all...poorly developed plot, etc., but I saw a few good reviews of the third book and decided to read it.

I wouldn't necessarily recommend this book to anyone since a "martial arts thriller" is a very specific genre, but I enjoyed it. There was no big mystery involved and the end was never in doubt, but it was a simple action nove
Nov 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. I like reading around a martial arts theme and what is involved in learning and perfecting the skills. And the histories are fascinating. This one is based one of those accomplished older ones who is quite bitter about the change in values since the imperial Japan ended with world war II. Any chance to get back is just fine! And this he does in some well planned moves corollated with middle east terrorists meeting in the Phillipines. It grabbed my attention and kept it, and ...more
Susan Peterson
Dec 01, 2010 rated it it was ok
Donohue gets a little bit outside the territory he established in Sensei and Deshi. Burke travels to the Philippines to rescue Yamishita, his sensei, who has been kidnapped. Tengu is more special forces and less dojo. I'm not a big thriller fan, but I enjoy Donohue's work because it reflects the sensibilities of a mature martial artist. In Tengu the insights into the interior aspects of the martial arts are thinner than his other two books--hence the two stars. If, however, you do like thrillers ...more
Oct 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
Definitely the best of the series so far. It flowed a little bit different than the other two books and at times read live a movie but I really enjoyed it. I found myself immersed in Connor's world and wanting to stay there.
One thing is I would have liked a more descriptive final fight scene with Tengu but I can see based on the character's state of health that a long and drawn out fight would not have made sense.
Job well done!

I cannot wait for the next book to see how everyon
Goran Powell
Nov 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
Connor Burke is a university lecturer and part time martial arts instructor who has learned his skills from the renowned Sensei Yamashita. When Yamashita is kidnapped by an old enemy from Japan, Burke joins a small law-enforcement team (that includes his brother, a New York cop) and sets off to the jungles of Asia to rescue his teacher.

John Donohue writes with skill and flair, weaving in his considerable martial arts knowledge seamlessly into this tense martial arts thriller. Tengu i
Jan 20, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery-suspense
I did not enjoy this book. I almost brought it back to the library before it was over, but I couldn't sleep one night so I finished it. Maybe all martial arts thrillers are totally sexist and self-indulgent and make broad sweeping statements about an entire culture. Maybe the genre is not for me. But mostly I think this is just a badly written book.
Steve Hikida
Feb 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
The action is fast, the characters are complex, and the personal experience the author has in the fighting techniques are obvious. I would rate Donohue's novels as a slight step below Barry Eisler's but still excellent.
Annabel Sheron
Mar 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-club
Not a martial arts fan but enjoyed this third installment of Donohue's series. My book club found the action realistic although it helps to have read the first 2 books to really understand the relationships Connor has with his sensei and brother, etc.
Aug 06, 2009 rated it liked it
This is the third is Donohue's series featuring Connor Burke, martial artist. Conner is taken to the Philippines to investigate a branch of Al-Queda that has kidnapped his sensei. Action-packed and quite a roller coaster ride. This book is entertaining reading, but I preferred the first two.
Edna Su
Jul 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Full circle! What a great way to round out the Trilogy.
Sep 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense
Great plot, great characters. One of the few books to treat the martial arts in a authentic fashion.
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Excellent intelligent thriller.
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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

Other books in the series

Connor Burke and Yamashita Sensei (5 books)
  • Sensei
  • Deshi
  • Kage: The Shadow
  • Enzan: The Far Mountain
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