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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (May 1 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446515620
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446515627
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 794 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,372,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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. I decided to give this book a go on the basis that I did like the movie "In The Name of the Rose" which Morrell also wrote (although I never read the book). About twenty pages into the book, I realized the lack of talent that Morrell possesses. The characters are one dimensional and the dialogue barely rivals that of a few action-loving thirteen-year-olds.
The plot, however, is very interesting and has a lot of potential which is the only reason why I finished the book. I kept on imagining how good the book might have been if a talented writer was to have written it. If a talented screenwriter was to get a hold of this book, it may be a really good film as long as Morrell has no influence on it whatsoever. I give it two stars on the basis that there are some interesting facts on the Japanese - U.S. relationship and the story is a good idea. Other than that, I have nothing good to say about it and I will never read another Morrell book again.
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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.
One of the first things I noticed was how affected the dialogue comes across, a problem which prevades throughout. Some authors just can't do it well, and if this is representative of Morrell's other work, then he should go with (even) more action in his stories. Conversations were just plain stilted most of the time, conjuring up a bad soap opera or melodrama. I just didn't find the characters interracted with each other with any sense of the depth he clearly wanted to convey.
The plot did have some interesting turns, but I found the end which tied everything together not at all plausible. Yeah, I understand this is action-oriented fiction, but I've read other such stuff and found it just a whole lot more believeable (or at least required less suspension of disbelief). And that was quite a let down, since the book build you up to this climax for 450 prior pages.
Overall this is the kind of stuff Michael Crichton does a whole lot better.
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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. DOES MORRELL TAKE SOME SORT OF A DRUG TO DREAM UP THESE IDEAS? AN AMERICAN AND A JAPANESE "5TH PROFESSIONAL" ARE ASSIGNED TO GUARD A JAPANESE BUSINESS MAN. THEY ARE NOT BODY GUARDS BUT A SPECIAL CLASS OF PROTECTORS KNOWN AS COMITATUS PLEDGED TO PROTECT THEIR ASSIGNMENT TO THEIR DEATH IF NECESSARY. SAVAGE FIRST RESCUES THE BRIDE OF A CRUEL ABUSIVE GREEK BILLIONAIRE. HE NOW HAS THE RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT HER UNTIL SHE IS BAK SAFE WITH HER BROTHER. BUT THE PROTECTORES HAVE THE NEW ASSINGMENT AND RACHEL INSISTS ON TAGGING ALONG AS THEY TRAVEL TO JAPAN. THERE THEY INTEND TO SEARCH FOR THE ANSWERS AS TO HOW THEY SAW EACH OTHER DIE BUT ARE STILL ALIVE. IT GETS MORE WIEREDBY THE PAGE UNTI I SKIPPED TO THE END. MORRELL JUST GOT TOO INVOLVED WITH CIA PLOT TO CREATE BRAVE OR FEARLESS SOLDIERS BY USIN BRAIN SURGERY TO ERASE SOME MEMORIES SO THE MEN WOULD LIVE TO DIE FIGHTING.MORRELL IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE AUTHORS BUT HE FLUBBED THIS ONE. GLAD I DIDN'T READ THIS NOVEL FIRST OR IT WOULD HAVE BEEN THE LAST I READ BY HIM.
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"The Fifth Profession" by David Morrell is an intriguing tale of two bodyguards stuck with "false memories". They both believe they saw something traumatic, but find that item after item in their recollections did not actually happen. I've run a feudal Japan newsletter for over 10 years, so my main interest in this story was with the Japanese samurai tradition covered, as well as the bodyguard ethics.
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!
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By A Customer on Sept. 23 1999
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" The Fifth Profession " by David Morrell is a non stop page turner full of action and a twisting plot through out. The novel is about the adventure of two "Ronin" (bodygaurds) sworn to find the answer behind their nightmares. Savage is an ex American Navy Seal who is a professional bodyguard who takes high risk jobs. He specializes in security, hand to hand combat, and weaponrey. Akira who is also a Ronin is a brilliant Japaness who is a master of samuria and protection. Both men are subject to a shocking event when they meet for the first time on a job. Months later they suprisingly meet each other again and embark on a journey to find out what or who pulled them through hell and back. This book takes you from the streets of New York to Japan, this mystery is full of intrigue and great action. Thought you don't learn any morals from reading this book you learn alot about Japaness folklore and culture. A must read for any adventure/mystery reader.
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