Sunday, October 8, 2017

The Ninja's Illusion - Review & Giveaway


The Fifth Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery

Jaya Jones is overwhelmed with requests for help, both in historical research and treasure hunting. When Dr. Nakamura has questions about her work on the East India trade routes she decides to go to Japan in person. It's the perfect time as her best friend Sanjay, the Hindi Houdini, is also in Japan working with a controversial stage magician who supposedly can perform real miracles. But when Sanjay tells her not to come and the video call is prematurely disconnected, Jaya gets worried. Sure, Sanjay can be overdramatic, but something in his expression and voice said the danger was very real. Now Jaya is off on another adventure filled with history, peril, and treasure!

I always get excited when I hear that a new Jaya Jones mystery is being released, but when I discovered her latest would take her to Japan I was positively giddy! I'm fascinated by Japanese culture and traditions and they are entwined in this novel with dexterity.

Illusion, deception, betrayal, and ninjas! All that and more can be found in this fifth Jaya Jones adventure. Gigi Pandian once again makes history come alive with stories, both past and present. rich in detail, filled with vivid descriptions and compelling characters. With slight of hand and misdirection the center of the magicians' universe these characters, magician or not, are forced to look deeply within themselves and decide if who they see is who they truly want to be. Which persona is the true self? Are they willing to accept their own truth and, if so, at what cost?

THE NINJA'S ILLUSION is more than a compelling mystery. It's a serious character study and a fascinating historical story amid the intriguing backdrop of Japan. It also has plenty of humor and lots of action. In short, THE NINJA'S ILLUSION delivers everything I could ask for in a book. 

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  1. Am intrigued by the description of the series. Love that the novels take place in different countries. And the review of the latest book has piqued my interest.
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  2. This has been a great series from the beginning. Thanks for the chance to win this book.

  3. Great post! I would love to read, It's historical references is just one draw. You mentioned there is the character study as well. Being a student of human nature, I am always analyzing. That is another. And the blurbs? They just add to the desire to read this book. Really hoping for sooner rather than later. Della at deepotter (at) peoplepc (dot) com