Recommend the book "A Golden Dawn"
Okay, the book is called A SUDDEN DAWN and I need to start proofreading when I post.
Just started reading this book by an author named Goran Powell (who is apparently some kind of highly ranked karateka). For those in the CMA forum who like historical-ish fiction, "A Sudden Dawn" is a fictionalized account of Bodhidharma bringing Zen and the practice of martial arts to the Shaolin Temple.
I'm not a Buddhist scholar by any means, but there is some cool sounding (to me) philosophy in the book, and it is pretty fast paced so far. It briefly follows young Sardili (who becomes Bodhidharma) as he becomes a Buddhist monk seeking truth. He picks up a cast of characters and goes to China to spread The Way, encoutering interesting adventures along the way.
I'm approaching the 40% mark and it doesn't suck yet, so I think it's safe to recommend to the CMA bullies here.