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Black Ninja Handbook

The Dark Lords

ISBN 10: 1984014625 / ISBN 13: 9781984014627
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2018
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Title: Black Ninja Handbook

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Publication Date: 2018

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Good

Edition: 1.

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Synopsis:

This book is a training manual for the shadow warriors of our Empire. It is written for Acolytes of our Black Brotherhood who choose to specialize in the dark arts of espionage, sabotage, assassination, stealth, scouting and covert operations of every kind.

Make no mistake: this is a dangerous book. The skills and ideas described herein are based on the hard-won knowledge of real shadow warriors who operated for centuries in harsh conditions, where the price of failure was often terrible death. Their very name--Ninja--meant those who lived with their hearts under a blade; those who walked a path of danger and faced death as a way of life.

Such dangerous knowledge is not meant for "armchair ninjas" who enjoy stories about "Leagues of Shadows" but have no intention of putting any of it into practice. No! This book is for those with the courage and will to act, to train and to transform themselves into lethal shadow-beings. Our Empire will need an army of such men of action to take our visions from the realm of imagination into the realm of material reality.

With the publication of this book, we are putting out a call and a challenge to those who wish to become the most feared operatives of our new Imperial order: the dark knights we call Black Ninjas. So read on, and discover if this is to be your destiny. In the words of a haiku I wrote the other day:

Ninja clans unknown
In shadows training, creeping
Are you one of us?

DRED NIGHTSTALKER
Master of Black Ninjutsu

The Black Temple Complex,
Imperial Year 6, Month 6 (February, 2017)

Review:

This is an informative and creative attempt to develop a Ninjutsu philosophy and practice for the modern world. I like how the authors emphasize the sinister, dangerous nature of the ninja (the "Black Ninja", as they call them), instead of trying to pass them off as a tame group of gi-wearing martial arts enthusiasts down at the local dojo. The reality is that the historical ninja were spies, commandos and terrorists, not black belt dojo warriors, and the authors make this point well.
Another thing I enjoyed is their discussion of the mysticism and black magic of the historical ninja. Ninpo incorporates a fascinating mix of Eastern systems, including esoteric Buddhism, Taoism, Shinto and Japanese folk magic, and this book gives a brief but informative overview of these elements.
I also like how the authors discuss excerpts from the classical Ninjutsu scrolls (Bansenshukai, Shoninki, Ninpiden) to give the book an air of authenticity and timelessness. However, this is not an "orthodox Ninjutsu" book. The Dark Lords have their own agenda and some innovative ideas that aren't part of the Japanese tradition. Those who are looking for a strictly historical book or a "Bujinkan" style manual will find some things objectionable.
All in all, "Black Ninja Handbook" is an intriguing synthesis of the historical ninja path with a creative new take on a "Black Ninja" cult for the darkening modern world. Five stars.

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