When I was a kid, all cinema experience happened via television, because—for the most part—I lived in the middle of nowhere. During the early 1980s, I became entranced with the world of martial arts, and Saturday morning re-runs of the 1970s TV series, Kung Fu, started that journey for me. Next was the mid-1980s TV series’, The Master, Sidekicks, and then Ohara, which continued to fuel part of my destiny. It wasn’t until 1989, however, at age sixteen, that I graced a movie theatre (for the first time in my life) about thirty miles from my hometown, which just happened to be playing The Karate Kid: Part III (a coincidence, yes), and by then I was already a 1st dan (degree) black belt in Tae Kwon Do.
Other than purchasing Black Belt Magazine throughout the 1980s on a regular basis, I never even remembered reading or seeing a fictional book about the martial—arts except for Chuck Norris’ The Secret of Inner Strength: My Story—which was autobiographical, until I bought a copy of Jeffery Allen Davis’ Invasion of the Togakura, published in 2003.
Now, ten years later, the author has re-released his 80s-90s martial art tribute, re-titling it, Invasion of the Ninja: Book One of the Adventure Chronicles, with a great deal more content, and in my opinion, superbly written. If you’re looking for an action-packed story with lots of character depth, and an endless supply of ninja, then look no further.
—Review by T.W. Johnson