CHAPTER 6 : Part 2 – Shogun

CHAPTER 6 : Part 2 – Shogun   “You’re more than just a little clever.” Yabu laughed. “You’re put in charge of the animals. Omi-san, trainer of men!”   Omi laughed with him. “I’ll try, Lord.”   “Your fief is…

CHAPTER 6 : Part 1 – Shogun

CHAPTER 6 : Part 1 – Shogun  All eyes in the pit went to Blackthorne.   “What do they want with me?”   “I don’t know,” Father Sebastio said gravely. “But you must come up at once.”   Blackthorne knew…

CHAPTER 5 : Part 2 – Shogun

CHAPTER 5 : Part 2 – Shogun She smiled. “Yes.”   “I’m glad. At first I was very frightened. It’s very good to please.”   Together they dried Yabu gently and covered him with the quilt. Then the boy lay…

CHAPTER 5 : Part 1 – Shogun

CHAPTER 5 : Part 1 – Shogun  Just before first light, the cries had ceased.   Now Omi’s mother slept. And Yabu.   The village was still restless in the dawn. Four cannon had yet to be brought ashore, fifty…

CHAPTER 4 : Part 2 – Shogun

CHAPTER 4 : Part 2 – Shogun  Now he was watching her nimble fingers on his mother’s neck. She was beautiful, tiny, her skin almost translucent and so soft. Usually she would bubble with zest for life. But how could…

CHAPTER 4 : Part 1 – Shogun

CHAPTER 4 : Part 1 – Shogun Vinck tried to make his legs move but he could not. He had faced death many times in his life but never like this, meekly. It had been decreed by the straws. Why…

CHAPTER 3 : Part 2 – Shogun

CHAPTER 3 : Part 2 – Shogun  He could see the jagged scar on the man’s right temple and the deep cleft in the skull below it. That’s a sword cut, he told himself. Did that cause his blindness? Was…

CHAPTER 3 : Part 1 – Shogun

CHAPTER 3 : Part 1 – Shogun  Yabu lay in the hot bath, more content, more confident than he had ever been in his life. The ship had revealed its wealth and this wealth gave him a power that he…

CHAPTER 2 : Part 2 – Shogun

CHAPTER 2 : Part 2 – Shogun   By now there were a number of very important Christian daimyos and many hundreds of thousands of converts, most of whom were in Kyushu, the southern island that was nearest to China…

CHAPTER 2 : Part 1 – Shogun

CHAPTER 2 : Part 1 – Shogun    “The daimyo, Kasigi Yabu, Lord of Izu, wants to know who you are, where you come from, how you got here, and what acts of piracy you have committed,” Father Sebastio said.…

CHAPTER 1 : Part 3 – Shogun

CHAPTER 1 : Part 3 – Shogun  “I’ve thought of that. But we’re not fit enough yet. It’ll take a week for the scurvy to go,” Blackthorne replied, disquieted. “There are too many of them aboard ship. I wouldn’t like…

 CHAPTER 1 : Part 2 – Shogun

 CHAPTER 1 : Part 2 – Shogun   Another spate of words from the samurai. “Omi-san says, because you are the leader you are allowed to walk around the village freely, wherever you want, until his master comes. His master,…

 CHAPTER 1 : Part 1 – Shogun

 CHAPTER 1 : Part 1 – Shogun   Blackthorne was suddenly awake. For a moment he thought he was dreaming because he was ashore and the room unbelievable. It was small and very clean and covered with soft mats. He…

 PROLOGUE : Shogun

 PROLOGUE : Shogun The gale tore at him and he felt its bite deep within and he knew that if they did not make landfall in three days they would all be dead. Too many deaths on this voyage, he…

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