"Finnish Etias is a fast-paced thriller set in post-World War II Finland which follows the trials and tribulations of a group of young guys trying to make it in this tumultuous, yet comparatively safe, environment. Even though Finland as a nation may not seem like an perfect spot to learn martial arts, '' the narrative of Etias, his friends, and the nation's tumultuous times are made more interesting with the addition of the exceptional tradition of Finland."
What makes this novel so great is that the writer, Esi Jaakko Esi. While I'm not a lot of martial arts fan, I've read a lot of fiction and I really enjoy reading books with a martial arts theme. Just a little bit about myself; I started training when I was twelve years old since it seemed a great deal of fun. I hadn't ever thought that martial arts could be popular in the USA, but over time, I realized that a fantastic many men and women have begun to get into them because of the film"Rocky Balboa"The Karate Kid".
The novel begins with Etias being asked by a friend if he'd teach a course. He states he can do that and is quite excited. One day, he meets with his buddy Mika (who later becomes the mother figure to among Etias' buddies ), who's also interested in learning martial arts. After seeing her in action, Etias decides to help her master martial arts for a teacher. They go to train for 2 weeks using a teacher, who is a well-known expert. Throughout their training, Mika gets in touch with her past boyfriend, Tom, who asserts he's dying from cancer.
Mika tells Etias she knows he could save him in doing this, they become friends. But the next daythey find out that Tom has died and they discover that Tom was actually employed as an assassin.
Tom is dead and they discover that Tom is now a wanted man, since the assassin who murdered him remains at large. They have to search for a way to grab the assassin before things get worse. When they finally catch up to him, Etias and Mika have to work together to conserve the life of Tom's son, Tomiko. Even though Tomiko may not understand what he did, Mika is convinced that Tom is innocent.
The book has a very distinctive premise and storyline that draws you into it and makes you care about what happens to Etias and Mika. I really don't feel that many people who have not read a martial arts publication could enjoy this one as much. As I did, and ended up reading it in three days.