ORDER THE BOOK E-BOOK Kindle Apple Books Google Play NOOK Kobo The Ninja Nicholas Linnear #1 Description The New York Times–bestselling novel. Titles in the Series The Ninja The Miko White Ninja The Kaisho Floating City Second Skin The Death and Life of Nicholas Linnear The Oligarch’s Daughter. Unfortunately, this is one of several such things that Eric Van Lustbader wants to show his readers in his De Sadean martial arts mega-seller.

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The Ninja novel was written in by Eric Van Lustbader and is a tale of revenge, love and murder. The author blends a number of known themes together: The book is divided into five parts, called “rings,” as an apparent homage to Miyamoto Musashi ‘s The Book of Five Rings.

Linnear lustbaader soon becomes introduced to Aka i ninjutsuor the red, ostensibly “good” side of ninjutsu, through the Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto Ryu. The ninja are introduced not as magical or almost mythical people, but rather as supreme martial artists who have reached the highest level and seek to progress further.

It is suggested that by becoming ninja they strive to advance to an even higher plane, gaining skills such as harageior sensing the surrounding world in a different manner. However, lustbarer soon learn this is not without a high personal cost. Many years later, Linnear has moved to America and leads a peaceful academic existence.


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After quitting his job in advertising, he meets a beautiful, if disturbed, woman called Justine with whom he falls in love. This peace is shattered when lustader prominent local businessman is murdered in an extremely unusual manner by a poisoned ninja shuriken.

The local police are baffled and consult Nicholas as he is known to be an authority on oriental studies. Linnear quickly realises that a ninja is the murderer and the next target is his new girlfriend’s father, Raphael Tomkin, whom he begins working for as a bodyguard, although not without persuasion.

Linnear also befriends Lew Croaker, a local detective. Both are equally skilled in their disciplines, differing only in the philosophy that drives them. Both men are troubled. Ninua in the s, the rights to make a film adaptation were bought by producers Richard D.

Zanuck and David Brown for 20th Century Fox to produce. Irvin Kershner was hired to direct, using a screenplay written by W. Richterwhich followed ninaj novel very closely. Tom Cole was hired to write a draft, while Kershner himself also wrote a draft. Lustbader’s eeric for portraying Nicholas Linnear was Richard Gerebut it never got to that point. Kershner turned out to be the wrong man for the job and was listbader by John Carpenter as new director.


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Carpenter co-wrote a second draft with Tommy Lee Wallace inbut it turned out not filmable. A frustrating year after being hired, Carpenter left for not being able to produce a workable draft. By around this time, Joe Wizanwho had become the new head of Fox, put The Ninja and other projects that were given the green-lit into turnaround.

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