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Quiet Teacher: A Xenon Pearl Martial Arts Thriller Hardcover – Jun 1 2009


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  • Hardcover: 350 pages
  • Publisher: YMAA Publication Center (June 1 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594391173
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594391170
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,189,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By S. Miller on March 23 2012
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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
Excellent martial arts fiction, depicting a conflicted soul spiraling out of control July 12 2009
By Larry Ketchersid - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In the 2nd Xenon Pearl martial arts thriller from Mr. Rosenfeld, Xenon is presented not as the master martial artist of movie and legend, calm and reflecting inner quiet, but as a troubled human, spiraling like his art, but out of control and searching for a path, any path to self-control. A well written and sometimes disturbing look at a man on the cusp, of madness on one side and enlightenment on the other.

Beginning shortly after the end of The Cutting Season (the 1st Xenon Pearl novel), the story picks up with Dr. Pearl still banned from neurosurgery at the hospital, and trying to take care of his girlfriend Jordan (she was attacked and is now paralyzed in spite of Pearl's surgical skills). Xenon is still fighting his inner demons, his other selves that force him to pick up his sword and right the wrongs that he sees. His cop step-sister Wanda tries to warn him off, taking him to a prison in a 'scared straight' sense; Jordan tries to stop him; Xenon even tries to stop himself, by seeking out new teachers to try and take the martial arts his nanny taught him (an unnamed art, with no roots given). But he cannot quell the need to `fix' problems with his sword; he manages to alienate Jordan, and anger Wanda. He also finds that some of his victims from the 1st novel have a lawyer building a case against him.

Deciding that the only way to save himself is to take his martial arts to the next level, he goes in search of the Chinese immigrants who came over with his nanny, Tie Mei, who taught martial arts and Chinese medicine to Xenon, and who died protecting Xenon and his father from robbers. He tracks down Solomon Yu, former lover of Tie Mei, now a reptile keeper and seller, specializing in poisonous snakes and lizards.

In his other life, he gets reinstated to his neurosurgery job, after he and Wanda see a wreck in front of them, caused by a driver of a Porsche angered by a motorcyclists, and Xenon saves a couple of them in surgery. The Porsche is owned my the local porn king, and all four victims plan on suing him...but they start dying.

Meanwhile Jordan decides she cannot live around the maelstrom that is Xenon, with his visions of past lives and his pull to be a sword armed vigilante. She breaks up with him to work on her own recovery and spirals him down deeper.

The plots all come together in a spiral all their own, with Solomon becoming teacher and foe, Xenon discovering who killed the victims, and Solomon teaching him of a possible cure for Jordan's paralysis and more of Tie Mei's past.

As with his other novels, the martial arts, including the practice, the meditation, the fighting sequences, the lessons are as well written as any I have read. Rosenfeld also weaves in the medical fugues with ease, marking parallels with Xenon's scalpel touch and sword skill.

And the characters are not at all black and white, all of them have something they are struggling with, just as we all do in life. But these characters have past lives that they struggle through as well.

Mr. Rosenfeld's depiction of a tortured martial artist is unique and masterfully done. Readers usually will pull for a hero, everyone wants a Disney ending. But Rosenfeld depicts a harsher reality, and the ending is stark and disturbing.

I sincerly hope this is not the end of Xenon Pearl.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Unpredicatable, exciting, and a first rate thriller June 23 2009
By Brian R. Sheridan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A sequel to "The Cutting Season," "Quiet Teacher" continues down the path its protagonist Dr. Xenon Pearl followed in the first book. I say "protagonist" because the word "hero" just doesn't fit. You have to give Arthur Rosenfeld credit for not taking the easy way and creating a likeable leading character who is mildly conflicted to keep it interesting. Dr. Pearl is a psychotic. I'm not being funny. He actually takes anti-psychotic meds to control his "extra-curricular" activities of vigilantism. While it makes him a difficult character to admire, it also generates excitement within the reader.

Pearl travels the light and dark sides of the martial path. Rosenfeld incorporates many ideas and philosophies of the Chinese martial arts. He also deals with the idea of past lives. Pearl can see his clearly. In the last book, he could see everyone else's too which added an odd fantasy element to the plot. Rosenfeld tones it down in "Quiet Teacher" which is welcomed.

He doesn't tone down the karma Pearl experiences for his darker actions. It leads to a wallop of an ending that will cause the book to drop from your hands. It also is such a monumental cliffhanger, you hope for a third book to be sure what you read, really happened.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
"Quiet Teacher" June 29 2009
By Mary Carolyn Grego - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
After reading the "The Cutting Season" with the adventures of Dr.Xenon Pearl, martial artist / neurosurgeon, I was left on the edge of my seat wanting more. The follow up with "Quiet Teacher" took me places in my heart and in my mind where I felt both exhilarated and afraid. I truly enjoyed the depths in knowledge of martial arts, medical experiences, motorcycles (ahhhh), love and pain, not to mention the out of body experiences, and local areas of South Florida where I also reside. Arthur Rosenfeld was able to keep me so engaged in reading that I could smell each flower as he described it. Belisimo!!! I can not wait for the next book, as Arthur Rosenfeld has become one of my favorite authors.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Rosenfeld has top himself June 17 2009
By Jeffrey S. Hennessy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Wow, what a great book. I read it in one day fast, so I could relax and read it again slowly. Arthur Rosenfeld has done it again. It is a rare occurrence when a writer can top his original book with the sequel and what a joy when you find it.

Quiet Teacher is the second book in the Xenon Pearl Martial arts thriller, and a thriller it is. I've never been a fan of the Chinese martial arts, but I am so glad I took a chance. I won't bother you with the plot, characters, ect., others will do that better than I. I will suggest that you read the first book before starting with this one.

I'm already waiting for the next one.
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