Book: A Sudden Dawn by Goran Powell
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Release Date: June 2010
Book: Chojun by Goran Powell
The epic journey of Bodhidharma, who brought Zen and martial arts to the Shaolin Temple.
This epic historical fiction novel opens with a young man named Sardili born of the warrior caste in 507 A.D. Sardili realizes that he would rather seek enlightenment than follow his family’s military legacy and sets out on a life-long quest for truth and wisdom.
Sardili becomes the Buddhist monk Bodhidharma, known as Da Mo in China. He travels throughout India, brings Buddhism to China, and single handedly establishes the Shaolin Temple as the birthplace of Zen and the Martial Arts.
A Sudden Dawn is a refreshing take on the mythical origins of Kung Fu with a good pace, enjoyable interpretation of legendary characters, and wonderfully written adventures during the long journey across Asia.
Gold Winner – 2011 IP's Living Now Awards
Gold Winner – 2011 eLit Awards
Winner – 2011 USA Best Book Award
Dejan Djurdjevic blog spot
A Sudden Dawn is more that just a "martial arts novel". It is an ambitious, and ultimately fulfilling, account of the life and times of Bodhidharma. It provided me with a highly anticipated and enjoyable daily bus-ride to and from work and I was more than a little disappointed when I turned the final page and realised it would soon be over. Read more>>
Geoff Thompson, martial artist, British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA award-wining filmmaker)
Inspirational… I loved it!
Iain Abernethy, 5th dan karate, best-selling martial arts author
A powerhouse of a page turner!
Loren W. Christensen, 8th dan, best-selling author of 40 martial arts books
Superbly crafted. Surges with action!
Lawrence A. Kane, best-selling martial arts author
As good as James Clavell's Shogun, masterfully written, and hard to put down. Brilliant!