"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.