June 19, 2006
Books that have accurate depictions of martial arts are few and far between. The John Rain series, starting with <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/045120915X/sr=1-1/qid=1150763718/ref=pdbbs1/102-2628588-9950523?%5Fencoding=UTF8&s=books" title="Rain Fall">Rain Fall by Barry Eisler, is one of only a handful novels with a good story and good martial arts thrown in the mix. I'm re-reading the first four in the series in anticipation of the newly released fifth book.
Rating: As hard hitting as any o-soto-gari.