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The Art of War: A Graphic Novelby Kelly Roman
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A stunning and gritty graphic novel integrating the iconic strategy text by Sun Tzu into a sweeping thriller set in the near future when Wall Street is militarized and China is the world's dominant economy.
Kelly Roman served time for a horrific friendly fire incident. Once free, he discovers that his brother died while working for Sun Tzu, the ruthless strategist who runs China's global financial empire.
From the apocalyptic third world of suburban Ohio, Kelly heads into the futuristic Gomorrah that is Manhattan to infiltrate Sun Tzu's organization and find out who murdered his brother—and why. Using the skills and genetic enhancements his Special Forces career provided him, he'll confront both Sun Tzu and his nemesis, a monster of biotechnology known only as The Prince.
Throughout his harrowing adventure, Kelly documents Sun Tzu's ancient wisdom, which guides him through each bloody battle and hairbreadth escape in his quest for vengeance and redempti on.
"A dark and disturbing debut by Roman and DeWeese uses the words of strategy from Sun Tzu's classic text to set the stage for a revenge story set 20 years in the future, with a world economy even more muddied than today's reality. Ex-con and ex-soldier Kelly Roman and his father travel to New York to covertly uncover the person responsible for his brother's death. Kelly joins Trench, the financial company where his brother worked, which controls the future — and thus governments — of China and the United States. There, he finds that his enemy is the Prince, head of a rival company, who has modified himself to communicate with and control insects in order to uncover the algorithms that dictate the market. Nearly every page is swathed in grotesque violence, horror, and suffering (both emotional and physical), depicted in painstaking detail. Knowledge of the Sun Tzu principles scattered throughout will definitely help. The dystopian story is not for the faint of heart, but those looking for a gory thriller will find plenty to keep them busy." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
The military philosophies of the ancient Chinese general Sun Tzu are admired and studied to this day—and now Kelly Roman has used these timeless lessons on warfare to create The Art of War. This stunning two-color graphic novel has turned Sun Tzus iconic military strategy text into an action-packed thriller set twenty years in the future, when Wall Street is militarized and China is the worlds dominant economy. With more than three hundred illustrations by artist Michael DeWeese—who storyboarded the music video for the Lady Gaga hit "Alejandro"—this powerfully rendered Art of War integrates Sun Tzus timeless battlefield and war room strategies with a compelling futuristic tale of action and vengeance, creating a sweeping adventure for graphic novel and comic book aficionados, science fiction readers, and anyone who has ever enjoyed a classic action movie or Kung Fu martial arts epic.
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