The Fifth Profession Hardcover – May 1 1990
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From School Library Journal
Gripping adventure, suspense, and espionage are standard ingredients of Morrell's novels. Hired by wealthy and powerful clients as an executive protector, Savage is assigned to rescue Rachel Stone from her sadistic husband on the Greek island of Mykonos. Joined by Akira, his Japanese counterpart, Savage discovers this case extends far beyond merely protecting and safely delivering a client. Pursued by unknown outside forces, the threesome struggle to stay alive and solve a mystery that spans continents and brings horrifying memories to the surface. Bizarre circumstances involving psychosurgery, samurai, and CIA intrigue create an incredible, fast-paced thriller. The plot--if far-fetched--is strong, and the characters are wonderfully drawn. --Nancy Bard, Jefferson Sci-Tech, Alexandria, VA
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Top Customer Reviews
The main teller of the story is American, but his counterpart is Japanese, and there are many interesting aspects to his personality and background. Part of the story takes place in Japan, in various areas of both city and country. The bodyguard was trained by a skilled ninja-type (of course) and the descriptions of their fighting style are also intriguing.
The narrative examines the background of Japan as the plot wends its way here and there. Readers learn various stories such as the 47 ronin, and backgrounds of the tea ceremony, zen gardening, bushido, and more.
While this book is not really meant to teach about Japan, the writer did a good job of researching his topic and slips much of the information in as casual background to the story.
If you can accept some of the plot holes at the end of the story, and don't worry very much about details that do not quite match up, this is a very enjoyable book!
Most recent customer reviews
This story masterfully mixes the Secret Agent genre that we all know with the conventions and complexities of the Samurai. Read morePublished on March 13 2004
This book was recommended to me by a co-worker who knows I love stories about psychological confusion and dreams as well as Japanese culture. Read morePublished on Aug. 6 2003 by Kyle Eliason
To date this is Morrell's best selling book, but not my favorite. With Morrell you become used to certain things.... Read morePublished on Aug. 6 2003 by Brad Cooper
This was my first book by David Morrell, and it came highly recommended. Overall I'd say it was somewhat entertaining, but with so many flaws I can't strongly recommend it. Read morePublished on June 3 2003 by Daren B Connor
This was the first book I've read by Morrell - and will be my last. I really don't know how to describe the experience reading this book will bring - other than to say it is... Read morePublished on Feb. 10 2003 by Mitch Lowe
Unbelievable! I mean it. The story is just not believable. It's absurd. Try another of Morrell's books. He's usually really good.Published on Nov. 20 2002 by Amazon Customer
The way Morrell went into depth about the Japanese was very amazing. He brought the Characters to life. This book kept me on the edge of my seat, well couch that is. I loved it. Read morePublished on Nov. 1 2002 by Matt Sherwood
THE CUSTOMER REVIEWS WERE NOT FAVORABLE AND I WONDERED WHY. AS YOU READ THE STOY THE PLOT GETS MORE AND MORE WEIRD UNTIL YOU'RE OUT IN PSYCHOLOGY'S FAR LEFT FIELD. Read morePublished on Nov. 7 2001 by G. Bowser
I picked up this book without any really knowing what I was getting into. This book read like some of Tom Clancys better pieces of work. Read morePublished on Aug. 30 2001