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by S.W. Vaughn
Description: One man. Two worlds. No options. Shiro Kuroda is a man torn between two worlds - born and raised in traditional Japan, he's now a fighter and assassin embroiled in New York's underground street fighting scene. After he accidentally kills an opponent in the ring, breaking the one rule of the organization, his employer's retribution is swift: he must assassinate a deadly rival to the Harada clan, or take his own life in shame if he fails. However, the people he has trusted over the years are not who they seem to be. A secret from Shiro's past assures that no matter what the outcome of his mission, he will lose - whether he must commit ritual suicide, or watch those closest to him die.
eBook Publisher: Lyrical Press, Inc., 2010 2010
eBookwise Release Date: May 2010
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Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [310 KB]
Reading time: 183-257 min.
Shiro approached the man with measured steps, bare feet treading lightly on the ornate carpet beneath, the gravity of his situation weighing his every motion.
Tomi Harada could kill him here and now, and it would be within his right to do so.
Keeping his eyes respectfully lowered, Shiro stopped a foot from the desk, placed his arms at his sides and bowed. Only then did he look up and greet the glittering black eyes of his employer and lord.
"I have just received a message from our pilot." Harada's hand left the phone and moved to a desk drawer. "The fighter from Prometheus is dead."
His words hit Shiro like a fist.
Harada opened the drawer and reached inside. Shiro tried to maintain eye contact, but his gaze insisted on straying to the arm that moved out of his view.
He was convinced Harada was preparing to extract a gun and execute him.
The hand appeared, and Harada laid an object on the desk without a trace of emotion. It was a tanto, a dagger used in traditional seppuku. Ritual suicide by disembowelment.
Much worse than being shot.