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Quiet Teacher: A Xenon Pearl Martial Arts Thriller [Hardcover]

Arthur Rosenfeld
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June 1 2009 A Xenon Pearl Novel
Dr. Xenon Pearl, celebrated neurosurgeon and secret vigilante, has kept his avenging sword sheathed and his dark secret hidden. When a multi-car accident occurs, he finds himself with a scalpel in hand once more. His is brought face-to-face with secrets of his childhood, lessons from lives already lived, and a grand-wizard -man whose clandestine biological research 'animal venoms' may be the key to his redemption. Rarely has the worldview of the martial artist been more deeply plumbed.

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"Fresh, unique and fascinating, Quiet Teacher blends action, history, romance, medicine and unforgettable characters for a mysteriously addictive knock-out punch that stays with you long after you finish this irresistible read. I love this series!" (Jamie Colby, Fox News Channel Anchor)

"This great story moved so quickly and the animal references were so interesting I had to slow myself down so I didn't finish it too quickly. Can't wait for the next book in the series." (Bill Holmstrom, Reptile Department Manager, Bronx Zoo, New York)

"Those who cannot hear the music think the dancer is mad. This book makes me dance!" (Mitchell Doshin Cantor, Sensei) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Arthur Rosenfeld is a martial arts teacher, writer, speaker, and coach. His martial arts training spans more than thirty years, and includes instruction in Tang Soo Do, Kenpo, Kung Fu, and Tai Chi Ch'uan. He is a critically-acclaimed, best-selling author of nine novels (Avon Books, Bantam, Doubleday Dell, Forge Books), two non-fiction books (Simon and Schuster, Basic Books), several screenplays, and numerous magazine articles (Vogue, Vanity Fair, Parade, and others). He blogs for the Huffington Post and Basil & Spice, and consults for the pharmaceutical industry as a recognized expert on chronic pain. Arthur Rosenfeld resides in Pompano Beach, Fl.


--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A very good book. March 23 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I really liked this story, it was different and interesting.Xenon dreams of past battles was very good. A good idea.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mystery/Thriller July 8 2009
By L. Einbinder - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Mr. Rosenfeld has given us an exciting story containing mystery, thrills and martial arts all combined for an exciting and interesting read. Much of the story line has been written by other reviewers so I will just add that the author knows how to capture the interest of the reader and to keep the reader on the edge. I read the book without wanting to take any timeouts so that I could get to the next part of the story.

There are many facets to this novel which made me wish that I had first read the author's first novel with the same lead character. Now that my interest has been piqued, I will make sure to read other books written by Mr. Rosenfeld.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To a new level Nov. 14 2009
By John Bowes - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The first book was ok, but this one is great. A surgeon, skilled and mad, tries to separate reality from madness. Well done on many levels with an ending that surprises like nothing else in recent fiction.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging sequel to "The Cutting Season" Oct. 29 2009
By Alain B. Burrese - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
"Quiet Teacher" by Arthur Rosenfeld is an engaging sequel to his first Xenon Pearl martial arts thriller "The Cutting Season." It picks up shortly after where the first novel ended, so I really do recommend reading them in order. It's full of action, mystery, Chinese mysticism, medical fiction, and martial arts. I really enjoyed reading it.

However, I must say that I enjoyed it right to the end, but then didn't like the very end. I won't give it away, and I'm sure others will like the ending. I didn't. It just didn't fit with the character for me. With that said, I still thought it was a great book and enjoyed almost every page. I liked the story, felt for the main character, Xenon, and especially liked the portions regarding martial arts.

The continuing adventure of neurosurgeon Xenon Pearl delves deeper into the urges toward violence and the voices and visions of past lives. It also show where the relationship with his girlfriend, Jordon, goes and how the relationship with his step-sister, police officer, Wanda develops. Rosenfeld does a good job of making you care for these characters so you want to know what happens with the relationships. Without giving too much away, I found myself relating to Xenon as his world and relationships spun out of control.

If you enjoyed "The Cutting Season," this is a must read to see what happens next. If you haven't read the first book, but you want to read a good story that includes Chinese martial arts and elements of a medical thriller with a bit of mysticism, I recommend you pick them both up and read them in order. If Rosenfeld writes another book about Xenon Pearl, I'm definitely going to check it out.

Reviewed by Alain Burrese, J.D., author of the DVD set Hapkido Cane.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mr Rosenfeld reaches new heights Oct. 8 2009
By William Campbell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I like the Xenon Pearl character a lot and wouldn't be surprised if a TV show pops up around him in the near future. The thing that really excited me about this book is how Mr Rosenfeld has 'relaxed' his writing and started to really explore the depths of Mr Pearl. The previous book seemed a little conservative and the writing was terse in places. This book flows a lot easier and has lighter feel. I think his next book will really be something special I'm looking forward to it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great fiction book for martial artists Aug. 27 2009
By S. Schmidt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Not normally one to read fiction, I found this novel to be a very nice change of pace to my typical genre of reading. Mr. Rosenfeld, as an experienced martial artist, includes many specific references to chinese martial arts in his book. Concepts of qi (chi) circulation, pressure points, meditation, and chinese weaponry will certainly keep the kung fu practitioner entertained and unable to put the book down. My favorite parts of the book are the discussion of the impact of the Communist Chinese government on the practice of martial arts, and the brief descriptions of the main character enjoying fine Chinese teas. My least favorite aspect of the novel is the prevalence of fantasy-like, almost James Bond-ish names, beginning with the lead character Xenon Pearl and continuing on to the names of weapons. Yet, in many ways the names are befitting to the action and suspense contained within the pages.

The author has found an interested corner in the world of fantasy/fiction, appealing to all thriller readers but to martial artists in particular. Oddly enough, the medical details pertaining to neurosurgery may even appeal to those in the medical field.
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