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Satori

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  • Posted September 17, 2012

    Great Shibumi Prequel

    If you loved Trevanian's Shibumi, you will love Satori. If you didn't love Trevanian's Shibumi, something is seriously wrong with you. Shibumi is one of the best spy books ever written, and Don Winslow's Satori is a perfect prequel to it. I loved very page of it. I even went back and read Shibumi again after Satori. What a ride!!!!!

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  • Posted November 17, 2011

    Excellent

    Loved it, very close to the original storyline, would very much like Mr Winslow to continue the plot after Shibumi!!!

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  • Posted February 22, 2011

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    The story line is fast-paced and loaded with action, deaths, action, sex, and Go theory

    The Americans have incarcerated twenty-something Nicholai Hel for over three years for assassinating his mentor. He is kept in solitary because his jailers fear his skills as an expert at the "naked kill" and his "proximity sense" of danger.

    In 1951, the CIA offers him a deal. He kills the Soviet Union's Commissioner to China Yuri Voroshenin in exchange for his freedom and an opportunity to enact vengeance against those who brutally assaulted him while he was in prison. Though he realizes this is a suicide mission and does not to trust the Americans to enforce the contract, he accepts the terms. Able to speak several languages, Hel receives some training on how a French arms dealer would live, and meets and is attracted to Solange. In his guise as Michel Guibert, he assassinates the Soviet official in Beijing. Trying to escape Mao's China leaves Hel betrayed, but he makes it to French occupied Vietnam, where war seems imminent.

    With an obvious nod to Trevanian's classic Shibumi, Don Winslow tells of the salad days of Hel with some insight into his heritage, almost three decades before he comes out of retirement. The story line is fast-paced and loaded with action, deaths, action, sex, and Go theory. A sort of rookie gunslinger James Bond, fans will enjoy this historical thriller, but never quite catches the tongue in cheek underlying humor of the original.

    Harriet Klausner

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