Black Dove

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17th Century or Earlier

Stuart Campbell

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Set in 14th Century Feudal Japan, it follows the adventures of a teenage boy Kansai Tokugawa. Kansai lives in the small mountain village of Iga, where he is taught the Martial Arts of Ninjutsu by his uncle. It is when these skills are suddenly required that Kansai realises just what he is capable of



Short Summary

Kansai routinely awakes and does his regular training each morning, usually greeted by a white dove flying up the valley. However, one morning a Black Dove arrives, to his uncles surprise. This is a signal that something terrible has happened and Kansai is caught up in the turmoil.

Kansai realises the futility of war and the part he has played in it. He retreats to the mountains and returns in the next book, where he tries to find himself and free himself from his inner demons.


Japan, Iga provence

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth,Quest,Overcoming Monster/Villain

Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message,Twist

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Kansai Tokugawa

Age: 14

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Heroic,Honorable,Naive

Additional Character Details

Name: Mariko Yokoku

Age: 18

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Underdog,Seductive,Charming

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Development Pitch

This book was written from my experience of Martial Arts, especially Ninjutsu. It was to show the true origins of the Ninja and to shatter the Ninja Myths. This was written as a movie and many readers have said it would make an epic Movie. It is based on factual events in that era of history around 1336. Interwoven with the mystical operations of Japans special forces, the Ninja. All of the tactics and strategies are based on the principles taught in the Bujinkan Dojo, from Togakure Ryu Ninjutsu, founded in 1100AD.

About The Author

Stuart Campbell has been studying and teaching Martial Arts for over 40 years. Living in the beautiful country of New Zealand on a lifestyle block he finds inspiration in writing. Also travelling many times to Japan, has inspired him to write a series of novels.

Target Audiences

Age: 13-17,18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Lulu

Year Published: 2012

Hard Copy Available