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I am thankful to Taylor Clark and his novel titled, ‘NERVE’, Copyright © 2001, Little, Brown and Company, Hachette Book Group, 237 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10017. Clark’s research and collection of material on the amygdala was helpful to producing sections of this novel. Any mistakes in paraphrasing Clark’s insightful and fascinating material on the brain and its fear centre are entirely mine.

Thomas Cleary’s, ‘Soul of the Samurai,’ Copyright © 2005, first published by Tuttle Publishing, 364 Innovation Drive, North Clarendon, VT 05579, was an excellent Zen Bushido source. A number of chapters and characters in this novel would have suffered if not for Cleary’s commentary of the translated works in ‘Soul of the Samurai.’ While I attempted to remain true to Taoist, Bushido, and Zen traditions found in martial arts, I took some latitude with the creation of the Fourth Scroll.

Any knowledge or understanding that I may possess about Kendo, I learned from Hiroshi Ozawa in his book titled, ‘KENDO The Definitive Guide,’ published by Kodansha International Ltd., 17-14 Otowa 1-chome, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112-8652, and Kodansha America, Inc. ‘Kendo The Definitive Guide,’ assists the Kendoist from A to Z starting with naming and donning Kendo padding and gear, learning the parts of the shinai, bokken and katana, to breaking down and explaining how to perform each strike and block. Ozawa drew step-by-step instructions ― not unlike Arthur Murray Dance diagrams ― to help the Kendoist at every juncture with footwork and form. Kendo is becoming more popular in Western society thanks to enthusiasts like Hiroshi Ozawa. While I attempted to convey accurately the material found in ‘KENDO The Definitive Guide,’ I apologize if I did not accurately do so.

Although lock picking descriptions in this novel are generally accurate, the task requires considerable practice and guidance from a professional locksmith to accomplish. This novel was written to entertain the reader, not as a how-to manual. For that reason, certain facts and instructions throughout the story have been altered. I strongly recommend nobody attempt in real life any feat Bruce Garland accomplished in fictional life unless, of course, they enjoy hospital emergency wards and long prison stays.


Jeremy J Fry

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