Finland Etias by Esi Jaakko Esi
"Finnish Etias is a fast-paced thriller set in post-World War II Finland which follows the trials and tribulations of a group of young men seeking to make it in this turbulent, yet relatively secure, environment. While Finland as a nation might not look to be an ideal spot to learn martial arts, the narrative of Etias, his friends, and the nation's tumultuous instances are made more interesting with the addition of the unique tradition of Finland."
What makes this book so great is that the author, Esi Jaakko Esi. While I'm not a lot of martial arts fan, I have read a great deal of fiction and I truly enjoy reading books with a martial arts theme. A little bit about myself; I started training when I was twelve years old because it appeared a great deal of fun. I hadn't ever believed that martial arts would be that popular in the United States, however over time, I understood that a fantastic many people are beginning to get into them because of the film"Rocky Balboa"The Karate Kid".
The novel begins with Etias being asked by a friend if he'd teach a class. He says he can do that and is quite excited. 1 day, he meets his friend Mika (who later becomes the mother figure to one of Etias' buddies ), who's also interested in learning martial arts. After seeing her in action, Etias decides to help her master martial arts for a teacher. They visit train for 2 weeks using a teacher, who's a well-known expert. Throughout their training, Mika gets in touch with her previous boyfriend, Tom, that asserts he is dying from cancer.
Mika informs Etias she knows he could save him and in doing so, they eventually become friends. But the next daythey find out that Tom has expired and they find that Tom was actually employed as an assassin.
Tom is dead and they discover that Tom is now a wanted man, because the assassin who murdered him remains at large. They must look for a way to catch the assassin before matters get worse. When they finally catch up to him, Etias and Mika must work together to conserve the life span of Tom's son, Tomiko. Though Tomiko may not understand what he did, Mika is convinced that Tom is innocent.
The book has a very unique premise and plot that draws you into it and makes you care about what happens to Etias and Mika. I don't think that many people who haven't read a martial arts publication would enjoy this one as much. As I did, and ended up reading it in 3 days.