Satori by Don Winslow

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Prepare to meet the world's most dangerous man . . .

Nicholai Hel-genius, mystic, and the perfect, formidable assassin-was first introduced to readers in Shibumi, the classic #1 bestseller by master storyteller Trevanian. Now critically acclaimed author Don Winslow continues Hel's story for the first time in this all-new, blockbuster thriller.

SATORI

It is the fall of 1951, and the Korean War is raging. Twenty-six-year-old Nicholai Hel has spent the last three years in solitary confinement at the hands of the Americans. Hel is a master of hoda korosu, or "naked kill," is fluent in seven languages, and has honed extraordinary "proximity sense"-an extra-awareness of the presence of danger. He has the skills to be the world's most fearsome assassin and now the CIA needs him.

The Americans offer Hel freedom, money, and a neutral passport in exchange for one small service: to go to Beijing and kill the Soviet Union's commissioner to China. It's almost certainly a suicide mission, but Hel accepts. Now he must survive chaos, violence, suspicion, and betrayal while trying to achieve his ultimate goal of satori-the possibility of true understanding and harmony with the world.
 

About Don Winslow

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DON WINSLOW was born in New York City but raised in South Kingstown, Rhode Island. His books include The Power of the Dog and The Life and Death of Bobby Z. In addition to his writing, Don has been an actor, director, movie theater manager, safari guide and private investigator. Don lives in the San Diego area with his wife, Jean, and son, Thomas. He invites you to visit him at his website www.donwinslow.com.TREVANIAN's books have been translated into more than fourteen languages and have sold million of copies worldwide. In addition to Shibumi, Trevanian is the author of seven novels including The Eiger Sanction and The Loo Sanction.
 
Published March 7, 2011 by Grand Central Publishing. 508 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In Shibumi, Nicholai Hel was already an accomplished assassin, called out of retirement to perform one more job.

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The Guardian

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Nicholaï Hel's only previous appearance was in the bestselling 1979 novel Shibumi, written by "Trevanian", the pseudonym of American academic Rodney William Whitaker.

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Publishers Weekly

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Holter Graham give the prose a splendidly nuanced narration, using a calm, subtly lilting voice in charting the progress of the "more Asian than Western" hero, beginning with his release from a U.S. prison in Tokyo courtesy of the CIA, which put him there, through dramatic sequences of romance, v...

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Examiner

Sara Gauldin, a resident of North Carolina for 12 years, is a true lover of books.

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New York Journal of Books

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In taking Hel back to his roots and first work as an assassin, Satori suffers from no such minutia as Hel swiftly reaches China and sets his sights on a Russian target with whom he enjoys an especially sordid past that includes the deaths of Hel’s adopted Japanese parents.

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Book Reporter

Don Winslow's SATORI has been described in a number of corners (including one occupied by the author himself) as a prequel to SHIBUMI, the much beloved espionage novel by Trevanian.

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Los Angeles Times

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Combining a style that can only be called literary and a Dickensian plotline that is immaculately sublime, Winslow — whose other recent novels include "Savages" and "The Gentlemen's Hour" — has written a superb book that is not only well-written but fun to read, or, if readers will excuse me, thr...

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Suite 101

Winslow brilliantly reconstructs the early days of super-killer Nicholai Hel, picking up the strands of evidence left by Trevanian (who passed away in 2005) to create the story of Hel's conversion from reluctant mercy killer of his surrogate father to hired assassin.

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MostlyFiction Book Reviews

General Kishikawa, sentenced to a public execution, loved and raised Nicholai, teaching him “Go.” Rather than let him die that way, Nicholai killed him himself.

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Bookmarks Magazine

He has the skills to be the world's most fearsome assassin and now the CIA needs him.

The Americans offer Hel freedom, money, and a neutral passport in exchange for one small service: to go to Beijing and kill the Soviet Union's commissioner to China.

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Chicago Sun Times

Hel is imprisoned by the Americans after the war, tortured, and then released, offered a deal: Kill a powerful Russian agent — who also happens to be the man who betrayed Hel’s mother.

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Shots

Nicholai Hel is a brilliantly conceived character, a man of sensitivity in a brutal business, caught between the contrasting cultures of the east and west.

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