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Author: John Donohue Narrator: Barrett Whitener Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2015 ISBN: 9781504628150
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In each life the wheel of karma turns. Asian scholar and martial artist Connor Burke, who continues to labor under the stern tutelage of the master warrior Yamashita Sensei, is drawn once again into a murder investigation when the police discover a link between the victim and a mysterious martial arts sensei named Kita Takanobu. Kita has created a powerful New Age synthesis of Tibetan mysticism and the lethal heritage of the samurai.

Along the way, Burke finds himself pulled into the strange orbit of the Tibetan Lama Changpa, a mystic and clairvoyant who sees the dark clouds drawing in around Kita but is helpless to prevent a tragedy. Burke follows a trail that ultimately leads to Kita’s elite mountain temple, where he will face his most deadly challenge ever.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “John Donohue’s Deshi is another excellent tale of clashing cultures, an exquisitely flavored and nuanced mystery…Donohue’s story is also one of insight and reflection, written by an author who understands the dichotomy between East and West and uses that knowledge to flavor his already compelling prose.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • “Peppered with musings of Eastern philosophy, gritty cop lingo, and occasional understated humor, this mystery with its fresh protagonist will appeal to all kinds of readers, not just martial arts aficionados.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Barrett Whitener brings Burke’s first-person point of view to life with a tone of humility and determination…This adept blend of mystery and martial arts should fascinate listeners as it draws them into Burke’s world.”


  • “Award-winning reader Whitener provides an excellent, fully voiced presentation, portraying Connor Burke as the all-American hero, the detectives as serious but disinterested lawmen, and some Asians as scholars and others as evil.”


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roger | 4/22/2013

    " ok book...after a long day at work, it's something quick to read where I don't have to think too much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Randy | 7/10/2011

    " A student of kenjustsu Connor Burke is a at once home in tradition and its relationship to the new.; This was the second book featureing Connor Burke.Just a nice relaxing , get lost type book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 2/12/2009

    " Not as compelling as Sensei, but I like the parts dealing with Connor Burke's family.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jon | 2/1/2008

    " as true-to-life as these things can get. a great series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 9/17/2007

    " Good thriller. The protagonist is an experienced martial artist, but this is more about issues than slam/bang. Good book "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jonathon | 5/27/2005

    " Meh. The first one was better "

About the Author

John Donohue is a nationally recognized authority on the martial arts and holds black belts in karate and kendo. He is the author of four nonfiction books on the martial arts and the martial arts thriller Sensei. He lives in Youngstown, New York.

About the Narrator

Barrett Whitener has been narrating audiobooks since 1992. His recordings have won several awards, including the prestigious Audie and six Earphones Awards. AudioFile magazine has named him one of the Best Voices of the Century. He lives in Washington, DC.