|KILLER OF KILLERS, a martial arts thriller|
Okay, so I'm going over KILLER OF KILLERS yet again. And damn, what a story. Now I've read it more times than I can count, and every single time I'm reminded what a fantastic story it is. I mean, it's about the world's greatest martial artist, after all. And when you have the world's greatest martial artist involved, it's bound to be a great story.
So who else had been the world's greatest martial artist? Well, no one in books that I know. There was Bruce Lee, of course. In real life and in the movies. All right, so he had his detractors as far as real life is concerned. But in the movies, Bruce Lee was the greatest martial artist. Nowadays, it's Jet Li, I think. Sure, Chuck Norris is in there somewhere, too, I guess. But again, this is all in movies. Not books.
As a matter of fact, there really aren't a lot of martial arts novels out there. Yeah, there are plenty of "how to" martial arts books. But novels? No. I would guess you can count the amount of martial arts novels on one hand. Maybe two, but I doubt there's much more than that. And that's okay with me. Because I would say that KILLER OF KILLERS will be the greatest one ever published.
It's a great story. It's a great hero. And it's got a subplot that is meaningful. Well, the main plot is meaningful, too, btw. It's not just a vigilante story. There's too many of those. Sheesh, a great many of the comic book superheroes are vigilantes. Starting with Batman, and even Spider-man. Then there's Daredevil, The Punisher, and heck, the list is near endless.
So no, Trent Smith is much, much more than a vigilante. First of all, his parents did not get killed by criminals. Nor did his uncle, or his wife, or even his dad. That's been done. Just see Batman, (parents) Spider-man, (uncle) The Punisher, (wife) and Daredevil (dad) for that storyline. Nope. Not in mine. But Trent Smith is indeed a driven man. And he is out for justice.
But the question is why. You've got to read it to find out why. And when it comes to the world's greatest anything, you can bet you'll have a great character. It's up to the writer to turn that great character into a hero worth reading about. And that hero must have a great story to make a reader say wow, what a great story. That was my driving goal. I think I achieved it. Otherwise, after having read the same story over and over again, I might be tired of it by now.
That has happened to other writers. I've read their blogs. I've read about how they are tired of their story after having read it so much. Hhhmmnn... Makes me wonder just how good their story is, then. If even THEY get tired of it, why should a reader think it's special.
Well, KILLER OF KILLERS is a story I never get tired of, no matter how many times I've read it. I think readers will feel the same. But they'll have to wait until August 26th. But August 26th will come soon enough. If there's anything else I've learned over the years, it's that time goes by fast. And it's right around the corner.