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The well-known science fiction and fantasy author Reave the Just, , etc. Ex-cop turned private eye Mick "Brew The Man Who Fought Alone. Stephen R. The Man Who Fought Alone. Stephen Donaldson. He is also the author of the fantasy duology 'Mordant's Need', the SF epic quintet 'The Gap', and a number of mysteries written under the pseudonym Reed Stephens. He won the World Fantasy Award in Brew is accustomed to win his fights with a combination of skill, bulk, and determination, so at first he looks on the contestants as toy fighters.
Gradually he learns to respect them, and, believing that the murder of the Chief of Security is related to the antiques he guards, Brew accepts a position as security consultant for the martial arts center. Murder escalates to deadly riot, with Brew in the middle. Donaldson gives us the essential clue two thirds of the way through the book, but how the hell is Brew going to bring this killer down? Brew Axbrewder has been on a long journey about learning to trust himself, and as always with Brew, the author has caught his tone so perfectly you would think he had been there.
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The head of the combined martial arts association is the dangerous Anson Sternway, a fighter so accomplished he awes most of his associates. Each of the martial arts masters and several of their students are presented as unique individuals, though at first I almost had to take notes to keep their names and schools straight. There is a good deal of introductory description of various schools of martial arts. The author has presented sufficient information to give a psychological basis for some of his suspects and troublemakers, but even that much is enough to make the pacing fail, in a lull between events.
Some martial artists might take exception to the behavior of certain members of this fictional martial arts community. The previous three books of this series were very noir indeed. Brew Axbrewder is so well developed and true that we knew that but for the grace of God that could be us. There is an obvious spiritual change in the eleven years since the last Man Who book, and it most likely has to do with the author taking up the study of the Shotokan martial art form. His focus used to be on heroism: the despairing heroism of his Thomas Covenant series, the unconscious heroism of the Man Who series, and the awe-inspiring heroism of The Gap.
Now he is reaching beyond, to redemption, and the heroism that is willing not to be alone. With his writing Donaldson can hit like a hammer any time he chooses, because he has made the situations so real, the people so deep, and the words so right. They stem from the special talent he has always had for metaphors and single words that lay a situation bare.
Stephen R. Donaldson is a major name in the science fiction world, best seller and winner of multiple awards including the John W. Campbell Award for the first book in his beautifully written, heart-wrenching Thomas Covenant fantasy series. His hard science fiction series The Gap throws deeply complex characters into a five book long adrenaline ride, with plot twists that can leave a reader frozen in shock. There was even a misleading author bio at the backs of the books.
It has only recently been publicly acknowledged who was behind the obscure pen name of Reed Stephens and a series that received very little public attention. Character study excellent of main characters and the mechanisms of alcohol dependence and codependency are well drawn. Aug 31, Michael Nalbone rated it it was amazing Shelves: own.
Dang, I did not figure who the bad guy was until the protagonist did. Oct 11, Mark rated it really liked it. It took me a few pages to get really involved. Donaldson 's protagonists are often filled with such self-loathing that it's hard to get to like them.
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But in the case of Mick Axbrewder, it doesn't last long enough to be disheartening. Axbrewder is recovering from his previous life, which involved abusing alcohol, getting shot in the stomach, breaking with his lover, and shooting his younger brother dead by accident. Sounds like a bad country song.
He finds himself holed up in a cheap apa It took me a few pages to get really involved. He finds himself holed up in a cheap apartment in a new city which I thought of as an unflattering portrayal of Dallas while he heals from his wounds and looking for work. His search takes him into the honor-and-rage-riddled world of Martial Arts, swimming among trained warriors who could kill him without thinking. When the curmudgeonly Hotel Security director that hired him is found murdered in the men's room, Axbrewder makes the case personal and sets himself on a road that will take him deep into the dangerous worlds of Asian fighting styles and those who study them.
On the way, he'll find some redemption. Stephen Donaldson is such a talented storyteller that I suspect even his grocery list crackles with dramatic tension. I have actively tried to read everything he's ever written. After I got past the initial burst of self-loathing, this story caught me in its can't-put-it-down energy.
Axbrewder finds himself in the middle of four martial arts schools that hate and mistrust each other with rules of honor that he just doesn't comprehend. The wrong move could result in a crushed larynx or a broken neck. The sense of threat is palpable and the pages gasp with tension. I ordered this book because I'd very much enjoyed the other three Axbrewder novels. Being a fan of Donaldson's Gap series of Science Fiction, and the characters he brings alive, I read it immediately. Damn glad I did.grupoavigase.com/includes/398/5180-conocer-gente-de.php
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That, and the two other books that followed it in quick s I ordered this book because I'd very much enjoyed the other three Axbrewder novels. That, and the two other books that followed it in quick succession made me search out the 4th book, written sometime later, in , long after becoming much better known for his Chronicles of Thomas Covenant series. However, about this book: it is perhaps the final Axbrewder book?
Because, while Axbrewder's story is not concluded, it is certainly a great follow-through on the preceding books.
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Axbrewder continues to develop, even perhaps to transcend himself, the crime mysteries are just as hard to solve, and you care about the people in this novel, perhaps even more than before. The story picks up momentum immediately, and hauls you halfway through a page paperback before you can stop to rest. From there, it does take a while to recover that pace, but a little patience is worth the effort. Donaldson researches his subject matter thoroughly, and sometimes his penchant for exposition takes over, but it all makes sense in the end, and you understand why he had to go into such depth of subject matter for a work of fiction.
Donaldson, writing about crime and detectives, is at least on a par with Dashiell Hammett, John D. MacDonald, and the best of this genre, if not a cut above. The depth of his characters and insights into their personal tragedies is amazing. Put simply, the man writes literature worth reading. Thoroughly enjoyed this 4th chapter in the series, probably my favourite out of the set in actual fact.
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The first book is about a drunk; the second about protection, and danger; the third a horrible mystery event weekend, and the fourth about martial arts. Now, I have absolutely zero interest in such a topic but the way the main man of the series is unleashed in this entry makes it more interesting than I expected. Plus apparently he's a complete stud. Who knew? Must admit I struggled a bit with Thoroughly enjoyed this 4th chapter in the series, probably my favourite out of the set in actual fact.
Must admit I struggled a bit with noting which side everybody was on, not being familiar with Chinese, Japanese and Korean politics or issues and one name sounds like any other I have to confess, which made it harder to keep track of who was who. Our hero struggled with a few misdirections but he caught up with the reader in the end. After really disliking book 3 in the series I put off starting this title. Glad I got to it while the previous events were still fresh.
Perhaps that helped me enjoy it more.