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John Donohue is a thriller writer.

Strapped to the wheel of karma, he’s worked for most of his career as a college administrator, and is mostly known for his writing on the Asian martial arts in both fiction and non-fiction. He has a loyal following of readers for his mystery fiction featuring Connor Burke and his mentor, Yamashita Sensei.

Check the books out on the Burke Series page.

14 Comments Add yours

  1. Todd says:

    You guys still training in Hamden?

  2. Bob Judge says:

    I am moving to NYC in a few months and looking for a martial arts academy to join. Can you make any recommendations? Thanks.

    1. johndonohue says:

      Bob: There are any number of good places. It depends largely on what style of martial arts you’re looking for. My experience is with Japanese modern budo forms such as Shotokan karatedo, aikido and kendo. Let me know the kind of thing you’re interested in. Also where in NY you might be living.

  3. Bob Judge says:

    John, thanks for getting back so quickly…I am thinking either shotokan karatedo or kendo. I have studied taekwondo in the past, but want to try a Japanese style. We are thinking either upper east or upper west with a slight leaning toward east side. BTW, I’m a big fan of your Connor Burke books. Looking forward to the next one!!!

  4. johndonohue says:

    Bob:

    I can recommend the NY Kendo Club–Kataoka sensei is great
    https://www.nyckendoclub.com/
    For Shotokan, you can’t do better than Mori Sensei at the Japan Karate Association of NY. Hard core Shotokan.
    http://www.jkany.org/

  5. Bob Judge says:

    John,
    Thanks…I’ll take a look at both…

  6. Gabriel J. Escobedo says:

    I love reading your books! I emailed you once many years ago seeking guidance as I applied to graduate school. Your words still resonate with me today. I often think of your work and use it to escape the hellish trials that is grad school. Thank you for all you do.

    Regards,
    Gabriel J. Escobedo

    1. johndonohue says:

      Gabriel:
      Glad to hear that some of what I said years ago was useful. Grad school can be a challenge but remember that eventually it comes to an end and you can get on with life. I’m also glad to hear that you enjoy my books!

  7. James Augur says:

    Greetings, John

    Do you have any idea when your book will be published or available for purchase? I thoroughly enjoy the Burke series and look forward to the new addition.

    1. johndonohue says:

      James:

      Thanks for the inquiry.
      Keppan is moving along, but slowly. I’m estimating 18 months before publication.

  8. Just finished reading your Burke series. Good luck with the new book.

    1. johndonohue says:

      Thanks! Glad you like the series. Spread the word!

  9. Will do, I’m Irish, an ex Cop,judo player and have even had the opportunity to train with an aikaido Shihan to boot. Glad to see some books where the hero or anti hero feels some pain. 😇

  10. johndonohue says:

    If you’re not feeling pain, you’re probably not much of a hero anyway….

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