CHOJUN - KARATE FICTION
After the attack on Pearl Harbor, the tides of war turn against Japan and an American invasion fleet approaches Okinawa. Kenichi is conscripted as a runner for the Japanese general staff and finds himself in the epicenter of the Battle of Okinawa. In the aftermath, he must fight again to rebuild the shattered hopes of his people and to preserve his master’s art of karate.
Riveting… Very highly recommended!
Lawrence A. Kane
Remarkable, it’s that good!
Goran Powell has a marvelous way of capturing the tone of Asian storytelling
Loren W Christensen
Covers the relationship between student and Sensei beautifully
An exciting next-step in the evolution of how karate’s history is told
Shortlisted: Eric Hoffer Grand Award 2013
Silver: Historical Fiction, Benjamin Franklin, 2013
Bronze: eLit Awards 2013
Finalist: Book of the Year, ForeWord Magazine 2013
Finalist: International Book Award 2013
MATRYOSHKA - COLD WAR THRILLER
When an operation goes wrong she is traced by a ghost from her past, her martial arts instructor Vasili Dimitriev. Dimitriev is hunting a traitor at large in Moscow. But the traitor has sent an Alpha team to silence them both. As British police and the CIA close in, Eva and Vasili must work together in the deadliest game of all, where trust is a weakness and love is a weapon.
A SUDDEN DAWN - THE JOURNEY OF BODHIDHARMA
Bodhidharma accepts a mission to China to spread the Buddha's teachings. On the way he meets an unlikely disciple, a Chinese fugitive named Ko. Together they venture to Emperor’s palace in Nanjing and beyond to a temple in the mountains called Shaolin. But there are powerful forces at work to destroy the Indian master, and Ko’s violent past catches up with him outside the temple gates, where a deadly reckoning takes place.
The book martial artists have been waiting 2000 years for
Destined to become an epic tale of the warrior's journey
Inspirational, beautifully written, I loved it
Weaves fact and fiction to produce a powerhouse of a page turner
You can feel the hot breath of battle on your neck and the cool
of the temple’s damp hallways on your legs
As good as James Clavell’s Shogun
Superbly crafted characters, surges with action
Loren W. Christensen
A delight to read, I was enthralled
Walk alongside one of mankind’s greatest legends, Bodhidharma
WAKING DRAGONS - THE ULTIMATE TEST
Waking Dragons is a true account of Goran Powell's 30 Man Kumite and the lifetime of martial arts that led up to it. He covers the fitness training and mental preparations required for such a brutal test, talking openly of the conquest of fear and the spiritual growth that is at the heart of the traditional martial arts.
It inspired me, and I know it will inspire you
EVERY WAKING MOMENT
Every Waking Moment goes deep into the mental, physical and spiritual training required to face thirty hardened fighters, with chapters on advanced concepts like Chi, Yin, Yang and Tao, martial principles and strategy from The Art of War.
With a foreword by Gavin Mulholland and insights from successful fighters, Every Waking Moment reaches beyond the Thirty Man Kumite to all aspects of karate and life outside the dojo walls.
I know of no other test that pushes people as far as the Thirty Man Kumite and I know of no other book that can prepare you to face such a test quite like this one.
Gavin Mulholland, Four Shades of Black
First you will realize that Goran Powell has taken the craft of writing and storytelling and made it art. This book is an easy read, engaging and utterly seamless. And then it is not an easy read… realize that you will be challenged.
Kris Wilder, The Way of Kata
Exceeding the lofty standard set by Powell’s prior books, this is one of the finest tomes on karate available. Frankly it’s worth reading simply for the storytelling alone, but deep insight in to learning, teaching, and coaching karateka is invaluable regardless of what style you practice.
Lawrence A Kane, Dokkodo