The Fifth Profession

Title: The Fifth Profession
Published by: Grand Central Publishing
Pages: 448
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From the bestselling author of First Blood comes a spectacular thriller, in which a former Navy SEAL and a Japanese samurai master are bound together in a terrifying past that never happened.


Robert Ludlum 

“A thriller fan’s dream—exciting, involving, thought-provoking.”
Stephen King 

“Fast-paced, intelligent, and unsettling… every bit as exciting and hard-hitting as Morrell’s The Brotherhood of the Rose.”
Nelson De Mille 

“Gripping adventure, suspense, and espionage…the characters are wonderfully drawn.”
Library Journal


In 1986, I was a student at the G. Gordon Liddy Academy of Corporate Security and Private Investigation. One of the many skilled instructors from various government agencies was a former U.S. marshal who was part of the team that protected John Hinckley Jr. after he shot President Reagan. I learned the principles of executive protection from him and used it in this novel about two protectors, one American, one Japanese, who think they saw each other die in an especially gruesome fashion. And yet each is still alive. In a quest that eventually leads them to Japan, they learn that their greatest enemies might be their memories. Typically, I immersed myself in the book’s historical background. You’ll learn a lot about Japanese history, particularly about Admiral Perry and the black ships that arrived in Japan.