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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...May 30 2011 | Read Full Review of Satori
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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.Mar 07 2011 | Read Full Review of Satori
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.Mar 28 2011 | Read Full Review of Satori
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...Apr 27 2011 | Read Full Review of Satori
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.Aug 07 2011 | Read Full Review of Satori
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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.Mar 07 2011 | Read Full Review of Satori
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.
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.Mar 24 2011 | Read Full Review of Satori
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.Apr 28 2011 | Read Full Review of Satori
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