Thomas Lockley (Author) Thomas Lockley is a lecturer at Nihon University College of Law in Tokyo where courses he's taught include the International History of Japan, Britain and Japan in History, and East Asia in Japanese History. Geoffrey Girard (Author) Geoffrey Girard has written a number of historical adventure non-fiction titles, and has previously been nominated for a Stoker award. He has an MA and an MFA in Creative Writing.
A rich portrait of a brutal age * Kirkus Reviews * This book is not only the best account in English of Yasuke, the famous African samurai. It's also a delightful introduction to the vibrant and multicultural world of Asian maritime history. Written novelistically, with a light scholarly touch . . . Exciting and informative! * Tonio Andrade, author of The Gunpowder Age * Eminently readable . . . The solid scholarship on and imaginative treatment of Yasuke's life make this both a worthwhile and entertaining work * Publishers Weekly * [An] excellent work of Japanese history * Booklist * Yasuke gripped me from the opening sentence - a unique story of a unique man, and yet someone with whom we can all identify -- Jack Weatherford, author of Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World Lockley and Girard bring [Yasuke] and his world to life with incredible research and style. Yasuke may have lived in the 1500s, but he is a hero for our modern world -- Bret Witter, New York Times bestselling co-author of The Monuments Men A gripping tale of politics, war and religion that reads like an adventure story -- Dave Rear, author of A Less Boring History of the World Yasuke is so breathtaking and revelatory that one would be believe the story to be fiction if it weren't true! The in-depth research into this historical re-telling is vast, comprehensive and enlightening. The narrative style is as razor-sharp and captivating as a katana's blade, drawing in the reader and giving them a 'first-hand' account of [an] extraordinary life -- Chris Bradford, author of the Young Samurai series