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Japan in the late 16th century was a land in turmoil. Lords of the great clans schemed against one another, served by aristocratic samurai bound to them by a rigid code of honor. Bennosuke is a high-born but lonely teenager living in his ancestral village. His mother died when he was a young boy, and his powerful warrior father Munisai has abandoned him for a life of service to his Lord, Shinmei. Bennosuke has been raised by his uncle Dorinbo, a Buddhist monk who urges the boy to forgo the violence of the samurai and embrace the contemplative life. But Bennosuke worships his absent father, and when Munisai returns, gravely injured, Bennosuke is forced to confront truths about his family's history and his own place in it.
,p>These revelations soon guide him down the samurai's path - awash with blood, bravery, and vengeance. His journey will culminate in the epochal battle of Sekigahara - in which Bennosuke will first proclaim his name as Mushashi Miyamoto. This rich and absorbing epic explores the complexities of one young man's quest while capturing a crucial turning point in Japanese history with visceral mastery, sharp psychological insight, and tremendous narrative momentum.
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By Jonathan W Crummett on 02-25-16
Clever weaving of history and fiction.
For me the success of a work of historical fiction can be measured in the amount of curiosity it piques in the history of its era. This book did not fail in that regard. I soon found myself online researching names, events, and locations presented in Child of Vengeance. In doing so I discovered how artfully Kirk weaved his story into the history of Miyamoto as well as Japan. I also found the author's conclusions of samurai culture as discovered by the protagonist thought (and discussion) provoking.
My only complaint would be with the performance. The narrator could have used some coaching in the pronunciation of Japanese names.
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By bayani on 03-02-17
great story, great voice by Mark bramhall, based on Musashi Miyamoto a legendary Samurai started off slow kind of first but once given a chance the story became progressively more interesting and by chapter 3 I wasn't able to stop listening to it it's very very good and would recommend it to anybody who loves samurai or knows of the history of Musashi