Sunday, October 12, 2014

The Death and Life of Nicholas Linnear

Author:  Eric Van Lustbader

First Publication:  November, 2014

Source:  NetGalley

I read this as part of the R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril IX Challenge

Summary:  The deadly ninja Nicholas Linnear returns in his first all-new adventure in more than twenty years 

This was to be one of the greatest nights of Nicholas Linnear’s life—a crowning achievement. After taking over his family’s company and quadrupling its size, he has gambled it all on a liquid natural gas trade with the Chinese, a deal worth untold billions. Is that why he just woke up in a pinewood coffin? 

In honor of the ebook publication of the original Nicholas Linnear novels—The Ninja, The Miko, and White Ninja—Eric Van Lustbader returns to the series for a new heart-stopping adventure. Drugged to the brink of death, Linnear reemerges in a desperate attempt to save his business and find the people who tried to bury him alive. No time has passed for Nicholas Linnear. The Ninja is as deadly as ever, and his blade is just as sharp. 

Eric Van Lustbader is an author that I have thought about trying for many years.  Ever since reading about James Bond's adventures in the orient, I have been intrigued by mystery/adventure stories that take place there.  My first time reading his work did not disappoint.

When a story starts with someone waking up in a coffin and having to dig himself out of a grave, it captures my attention.  The author keeps the story moving at a high pace as Linnear fights his way back.  Based on the strength of this story, I will be picking up the earlier books.

Highly recommended.