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The Child of Vengeance

(2013)
(The first book in the Samurai series)
A novel by

 
 
A bold and vivid historical epic of feudal Japan, based on the real-life exploits of the legendary samurai Musashi Miyamoto.

Japan in the late 16th century was a land in turmoil. Lords of the great clans schemed against each other, 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 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. 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.

Genre: Historical

Praise for this book

"A brilliant piece of historical fiction --- loaded with treachery and betrayal --- that pulses with life. This one is going to find an honored place on many a keeper shelf. It's a must read debut from an exciting new voice." - Steve Berry

"A fascinating, exciting book, beautifully observed. Kirk avoids cliches at every turn, and creates characters of great depth. An absolute gem." - Conn Iggulden

"I've been fascinated by Musashi Miyamoto since I first read 'The Book of Five Rings' in college. David Kirk's 'Child of Vengeance' restores my faith in historical fiction to bring lost worlds to life. Bravo! The keenest and most vivid evocation of the inner life of the East since James Clavell's 'Shogun.'" - Steven Pressfield

"The book I've been waiting for! Razor sharp samurai action coupled with a brutally realistic vision of life in sixteenth-century Japan, a real find." - Anthony Riches


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Hardback Editions

March 2013 : USA Hardback
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Title: Child of Vengeance
Author(s): David Kirk
ISBN: 0-385-67821-5 / 978-0-385-67821-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
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March 2013 : USA Hardback
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Title: Child of Vengeance: A Novel
Author(s): David Kirk
ISBN: 0-385-53663-1 / 978-0-385-53663-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Doubleday
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February 2013 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Child of Vengeance (Samurai 1)
Author(s): David Kirk
ISBN: 1-4711-0240-8 / 978-1-4711-0240-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
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Paperback Editions

December 2013 : USA Paperback
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Title: Child of Vengeance (Saga of Musashi Miyamoto)
Author(s): David Kirk
ISBN: 0-345-80300-0 / 978-0-345-80300-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Anchor
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June 2013 : UK Paperback
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Title: Child of Vengeance (Samurai 1)
Author(s): David Kirk
ISBN: 1-4711-0242-4 / 978-1-4711-0242-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
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January 2013 : UK Paperback
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Title: Child of Vengeance
Author(s): David Kirk
ISBN: 1-4711-0241-6 / 978-1-4711-0241-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
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Audio Editions

March 2013 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Child of Vengeance: A Novel
Author(s): David Kirk
ISBN: 0-385-36222-6 / 978-0-385-36222-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Audio
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March 2013 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Child of Vengeance: A Novel
Author(s): David Kirk
Publisher: Random House Audio
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March 2013 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Child of Vengeance: A Novel
Author(s): David Kirk
Publisher: Random House Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

March 2013 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Child of Vengeance (Saga of Musashi Miyamoto)
Author(s): David Kirk
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
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March 2013 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Child of Vengeance: A Novel (Saga of Musashi Miyamoto Book 1)
Author(s): David Kirk
Publisher: Anchor
Availability: Amazon   


February 2013 : Australia Kindle edition
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Title: Child of Vengeance
Author(s): David Kirk
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
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February 2013 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Child of Vengeance (Samurai 1)
Author(s): David Kirk
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Availability: Amazon UK