Fiction MA Books you'd recommend

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  1. JP3

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    I seem to be running out of good fiction MA books.

    In looking for new fiction books with martial arts being used by principal characters, and therefore such are described in the action sequences -- I can't seem to find good, new authors. Obviously, I'm not looking int he right places. So, what books have you read with good MA-using characters in the story, as "part of" the story, not just "Well, this ex-Navy Seal is a bad mamajama because he's a Seal and he can, like, do Seal-stuff. Actual scenes, descriptions of training/fighting and so forth.

    Three of the ones I've found really good are....

    The "Rain" series John Rain (who is Barry Eisler's character). The first book was "Rain Fall," but was subsequently released as "A clean kill in Tokyo." John Rain is a judoka, who went on to train with the Gracie's in Brazil. He is/was a Vietnam veteran green beret. So, he can be nasty.

    The series containing the character Mitch Rapp (who is Vince Flynn's character). The first book was "American Assassin." Primarily army combatives at the elite level is what Mitch does. Good action, great poklicitcs but in a fast-moving story.

    The series containing the character Connor Burke (who is John Donohue's character). The first book was "Sensei" Traditional karate style and instruction. Good read, someone is out killing high-ranked karate instructors. Who is it?

    What would you recommend?
     
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    Well these are more teenage fiction but the Alex rider books have some good martial arts. The main character is a karate black belt and uses martial arts on numerous occasions.

    There's another one where martial arts is the main theme. It's called Kung fu high school by Ryan Gattis
     
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    There is the les Norton series that kind of leans in that direction. (The guy is a boxer. Thats a martial art isn't it)

    Anyway there are a lot fights in it. It leans towards a less serious take on the idea.

    Les Norton - Wikipedia
     
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    Remo Williams, The Destroyer series, by Warren Murphy and Richard Sapir.
    Casca series by Barry Sadler.
     
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    I'm not uppity with my reading. I really enjoyed reading the Harry Potter books, for crying out loud. I'll check this stuff out.
     
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    Shiun's Sinanju! Loved those books. Hard to find them now, except in the half-price and/or used bookstores though. I totally forgot about the Casca series.
     
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    i never new there even was such a thing as martial arts books other than Japanese novels. have you ever read one of those? Musashi is the best known classic
     
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    Shogun, by James Clavell has a bunch of martial arts scenes, primarily swordwork, but some hand to hand as well between clashing of different locals (i.e. houses with different karate-ryu) in there. Fantastic novel.
     
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    Also there's martial arts in some Sherlock Holmes stories couldn't tell you which ones but Sherlock Holmes was meant to be an expect in baristu and was a underground boxer in the stories
     
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    I hope this doesn't come off as self-serving, but when one self-publishes, there are few ways to get the word out on one's book. My novel, The Girl with the Face of the Moon, set in late Edo-early Meiji, with what would be now called koryu woven through it. More description and reviews on Amazon (currently e-book only - bound book later this year).123
     
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