I have been studying the art of Ninjutsu for many years now. Mostly within the Bujinkan system. It seems that no new books have been written on the topic recently. It is refreshing to have read a new book on the subject. I enjoyed it. Plus, it is great to read the interviews with Tanemura Soke. It had a new slant and was a motivational book as well. I liked it. I am utilizing many of the goal setting aspects from the book in my normal everyday life.
I read the book. It was not what I thought it would be. I read many books on the art before written by Stephen K. Hayes as well as Hatsumi Masaki. They were all about the technique, the physical side. I really was looking for a book that taught me more of that.
After reading this books I realized that the author wrote this for the student that is already in a school. It was geared toward someone who was interested in all the things mentally and spiritually that goes along with the art. Although it has a great interview with Grandmaster Shoto Tanemura and has different chapters on the history and protocol. I was delighted to find things on goal setting, dealing with injuries as well as coping with burnout. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to be motivated. Most of all I recommend it to the serious Ninpo enthusiast and beginner alike.