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BLADE of the Samurai

June, 1565: When a killer murders the shogun’s cousin, master ninja Hiro Hattori and Portuguese Jesuit Father Mateo are summoned to the shogun’s palace and ordered to find the killer. The evidence implicates Hiro’s friend and fellow shinobi, Kazu, who was working undercover at the shogunate; however, the victim’s wife, a suspicious maid, and even the shogun’s stable master also had reasons to want the victim dead.

The investigation reveals a plot to assassinate the shogun and depose the ruling Ashikaga clan. With enemy forces approaching Kyoto, and the murderer poised to strike again, Hiro and Father Mateo must produce the killer in time . . . or die in his place.

Blade of the Samurai is a complex mystery that will transport readers to a thrilling and unforgettable adventure in sixteenth-century Japan.

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Enter the world of BLADE

  • Author’s Notes: Fact vs. Fiction

  • “Talk Like a Ninja: Japanese Terms

  • Real Ninjas

  • Cast of Characters

  • Weapons of the Shinobi & Samurai
  • Readers Guide, Web

  • Reader’s Guide, PDF

  • The Shinobi Series