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Most Helpful Favorable Review

6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

My first book by Trevanian.

Long ago when I was an apprentice electrician I was given a copy of Shibumi. I didn't know then that this novel would affect my life as it did. I met a Basque while working in Chantilly, and had to try to explain how I even knew the name! He said the book was correct in...
Long ago when I was an apprentice electrician I was given a copy of Shibumi. I didn't know then that this novel would affect my life as it did. I met a Basque while working in Chantilly, and had to try to explain how I even knew the name! He said the book was correct in many ways, so many I had to find my copy and let him read it! I have since read many more novels by Trevanian and enjoyed them all. But my favorite has been Shibumi, and I now keep a copy for myself and one for new freinds that I feel would enjoy it as much as I have.
Mr. Trevanian explains why he doesn't go into as much detail as in some of his other books and it makes sense that he does this. It also allows the reader to do any research into these skills as they see fit.
I hope you enjoy Shibumi as much as I did!

Jay Nash

posted by Jay_J_Nash_Jr on March 15, 2010

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3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Incredibly bad

I wonder if the spoof novels Rodney William Whitaker wrote include this one? I never in my life have rolled my eyes more times than reading this book. I seriously don't have the words for how ridiculous some of the situations in this book were. The historical parts were...
I wonder if the spoof novels Rodney William Whitaker wrote include this one? I never in my life have rolled my eyes more times than reading this book. I seriously don't have the words for how ridiculous some of the situations in this book were. The historical parts were fairly well done (which is why this got a 2 stars) but the main plot was boring and filled with holes a mile wide. For instance, he's in a prison and is basically strip searched for protection of the prisoner. But they let him bring a board game in?? And does anyone actually believe a person is going to knowingly and personally threaten, face-to-face mind you, the world's top assassin? The constant bashing of the Intelligence services (main target: the CIA-of course,) the U.S. in general, and various other cultures grows incredibly wearisome after hearing it for the 200th time. Being an American, I can only assume that Whitaker was either playing the world's anti-American attitude against them, or actually did hate the country in which he lived. And please don't get me started on Whitaker's foray into sexual proclivities which had absolutely no place in this novel whatsoever. One line read something to effect of "If a woman annoyed him, he treated her to a sexual encounter that would leave her vacant and searching through lovers and husbands for the rest of her life trying to achieve it again." Whitaker has quite a deep void of sexual knowledge if he believes this nonsense. Note: Whitaker devotes at least 10 times as much writing to sex (that has no bearing on the plot at all) as he does the assasination experience of the main character. The ending was a nearly complete letdown, from being far too short and non-descript (it feels like he just gave up because he was sick of writing,) to its structure, preposterousness and predictability. I simply can't help thinking this was simply another one of Whitaker's jokes.

posted by Themblues on January 13, 2011

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