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Ever wanted to see a ninja sodomize a young boy while being rimmed by a prostitute? Me neither! 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 The Ninja. The plot is risible but provided a template used time and time again throughout the decade. We have an occidental ninja master named Nicholas Linnear.

He was raised in Japan but has moved to New York where he struggles to enjoy a successful career in advertising. While wrestling with his mid-life crisis, his friends and acquaintances get bumped off by a mysterious black-clad assassin and there are no prizes for guessing what he is.

This length is a big problem for this book. Epic tomes were popular in the early 80s but Lustbader essentially stretches a compact pulp tale into something altogether less palatable by overwriting everything and dragging where he should be sprinting. There was a brief flash of gold, stonework in flickering torchlight, then it was gone. Is it pulp action? Soap opera erotica? Socio-economic historical lecture? Bad sixth form poetry? He touches on all these but the crossover effect while it obviously made the book appeal enough for millions of readers to buy it is messy.

He slaps her, she submits to his violence because she has issues with her father and then they have sex again and talk existentialism. Which brings me to the fact that Lustbader has major problems writing women. How big could a man be? Was that a criterion for sex appeal, the way Americans felt about big breasts?

Did it drive women wild? So why did I even sit and read this and why am I writing about it here? The film rights to this novel were originally sold to Fox but, for whatever reason maybe someone actually stopped and read the book? While it was tied up in pre-production bickering, Cannon snuck under the radar with their own far simpler and superior version of the story, Enter The Ninja, and the rest was history.

But it did get there first. Perhaps it was zeitgeist. It just goes to show from small seedlings grow great cherry blossoms…. I just read a Bourne continuation novel by him, and the one-dimensional portrayal of Black characters one of them starts every sentence with Yo, and ends almost half his sentences with Yo again is a prominent and extremely painful feature.

He thinks that adding an erudite black character who is an electronics whiz and friends with Bourne lets him off the hook. I genuinely wonder if he has any Black friends. Like Liked by 1 person. You are commenting using your WordPress.

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White Ninja

It turned out that this was not a new book at all, but has been around the martial arts world for some time. This is the story of Nicholas Linnear, half-Caucasian, half-Oriental, a man caught between East and West, between the sexual passions of a woman he can't forget and the one he can't control and Eric Van Lustbader he dropped his middle name, Van for several years due to a confusion about his last name was born and raised in Greenwich Village. He is the author of more than twenty-five best-selling novels, including "The Ninja, "a N. Times bestseller for an astounding 24 weeks, in which he introduced Nicholas Linnear, one of modern fiction's most beloved and enduring heroes.


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: crime, suspense and Japanese martial arts mysticism. The book is divided into five parts, called "rings," as an apparent homage to Miyamoto Musashi 's The Book of Five Rings. Linnear himself soon becomes introduced to Aka i ninjutsu , or the red, ostensibly "good" side of ninjutsu, through the Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto Ryu.


There had been a man. Miyamoto Musashi. Among other things, he founded the Niten or Two Heavens school—or ryu —of kenjutsu. It taught the art of wielding two swords at once. Another aspect of musashi, known as Kensei , the Sword Saint, was that he used bokken —wooden swords—in actual combat—claiming that he did so because they were invincible. Stephen K.

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