Listening to Rain is the first "scroll" in a planed trilogy featuring the historical character, Tanzong, a warrior monk from the Shaolin Buddhist Monastery. This first volume is centered on the Isle of Pearls, present day Hainan Island. The subsequent volumes will follow Tanzong's adventures across the Tang dynasty empire, which stretched from the east China coast westward along the famed Silk Road into Central Asia. This first volume will be published at the end of February, 2012 - if all goes as expected. It will be available on Amazon as a paperback and in Kindle eBook format.
Back Cover Text:
The Tang dynasty’s rule remains
tentative after a decade of civil war. The rise of a new uncertainty in the far
south thrusts the fledgling dynasty between its most powerful enemies in the
north and the possible revolt of the southern aborigines. The emperor and his
grand minister delegate a two-man assessment team – the Shaolin Blade, Tanzong
and the Imperial Commissioner, Li Wei to travel into the southern regions and
negotiate with the aboriginal leader.
The first volume of this epic wuxia
adventure tale follows the duo to the mysterious Isle of Pearls. To get
there, they must use secret Taoist underground waterways, fight off the
airborne attacks of the Thunder Lords, cross storm-tossed seas in a shaman’s
bronze ship, and then sail aboard the Dragonfly
with the female aboriginal pirate captain, Byung Nhak, as she engages the local
warlord, the Iron Shaman and his fleet of Seahawks.
Their heroic journey continues into the center of the island through the
unexplored “Land of Drifting Ghosts” mountain range in search of a legendary lost
Buddhist monastery. While the long hidden Celestial Masters sect of Taoism and an
enigmatic Tibetan princess pose an immediate threat, Tanzong’s internal
conflicts offer the greater danger.
The series will follow Tanzong’s adventures throughout the medieval Chinese
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