The Kensei

A Lawson Vampire Novel

Jon F. Merz

St. Martin's Griffin

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Meet Lawson. A cynical, wise-cracking vampire charged with protecting the Balance between vampires and humans, he is part cop, part spy, and part commando -- James Bond with fangs. Lawson mixes shrewd cunning with unmatched lethality to get his job done. He tries his best to dismantle conspiracies, dispatch bad guys, and live long enough to get home. In The Kensei, a battle-weary Lawson heads to Japan for a little rest and some advanced ninja training. But he no sooner steps off the plane than lands in the midst of a Yakuza turf war orchestrated by a shadowy figure known as the Kensei. With the help of Talya, a former KGB-assassin, Lawson must put a stop to the Kensei's organ trafficking networks, prevent the creation of an army of vampire-human hybrids, and save his own skin in the process.

John F. Merz has written an utterly exciting novel—urban, paranormal fantasy meets international, action-packed thriller.

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CHAPTER ONE
 
“Welcome to Japan, Mr. Lawson.”
No accent. There never was. And despite the fact there’s no l sound in his native tongue, the immigration official pronounced my name like he’d been born to say it.
I took my passport back, bowed once, and thanked him before moving down the escalator to the baggage claim area. It rode smooth. They oiled them twice a day here. Below me I spotted two teams of sweepers pushing their brooms along the floors. I could eat off that floor if I wanted.
I didn’t.

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Praise for The Kensei

"Lawson is more like Jason Bourne than Dracula, making this a vampire mystery with broad appeal." --Booklist

"If James Bond, True Blood and Kill Bill created a mutant hybrid of a book, it would be The Kensei. A bullet train slice 'em, dice 'em mixture of action, suspense, and vampire ninjas. Did I mention vampire ninjas?"--Jason Pinter, bestselling author of The Fury and The Darkness

"The Kensei is an action novel with real bite. Vampires, Yakuza killers, crooks and animal-monster hyrbids.  Jon F. Merz brings his A-game and then ratchets it up to a whole new level of supernatural action.  Highly recommended!" --Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of The Dragon Factory and Patient Zero

"In The Kensei, Jon F. Merz seamlessly welds gritty detail with myth and legend to create a thrill ride into the shadow-world lurking beneath modern Japan. Lawson's fight against evil has bone-crunching authenticity. Plus, it has vampires, ninjas, and vampire ninjas. What more could anyone ask?"--Christopher Farnsworth, author or Blood Oath

"...a powerful...novel by a man who knows the turf already." -- Robert B. Parker, author of Split Image and The Professional

"Jon F. Merz's novels move at a break-neck pace, twisting through a landscape of thrills and terror." -- Douglas Clegg, author of The Infinite and The Priest of Blood

"...a fine stalking session in vampire-noir land...a series and talented writer I'll be sticking with all the way." -- Mort Castle, author of The Strangers and On Writing Horror


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About the Author

Jon F. Merz

Jon F. Merz is a writer with over a dozen  published novels, a producer for New Ronin Entertainment and a trained black belt ninja. He has taught defensive tactics to civilian crime watch groups, police, military units, and agencies like the US Department of State, the Department of Justice, and the Bureau of Prisons. In his past, Jon served with the United States Air Force, worked for the US government, and handled executive protection for Fortune 500 clients. He lives with his wife and two sons in suburban Boston.

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The Kensei
A Lawson Vampire Novel
Jon F. Merz

e-Book Agency

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
January 2011
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429991308
ISBN10: 1429991305
304 pages
$7.99

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
January 2011
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312662233
ISBN10: 0312662238
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 304 pages
$17.99
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