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Satori | [Don Winslow]

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," 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: go to Beijing and kill the Soviet Union's Commissioner to China.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

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," 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: 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.

©2010 Don Winslow (P)2011 Hachette Audio

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    Sherri Clinton, CT, United States 09-20-11
    Sherri Clinton, CT, United States 09-20-11 Member Since 2011
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    "LOVED IT!"

    I read some negative reviews of this book in comparison to Shibumi but since I had never read Shibumi and was enjoying Winslow's other books I took a chance on it and enjoyed the hell out of this. I did go back and read Trevainian's after it and found I prefered Winslow's book much more. Hope he takes a crack at a sequel.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    J. S. Camacho California 06-02-12
    J. S. Camacho California 06-02-12
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    "THE BEST OF THE BEST, BUT READ SHIBUMI FIRST"
    Where does Satori rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks in my top 3, and I have read and listened to quite some...


    What did you like best about this story?

    The thrill of not having idea what's coming next....xlent plot


    What does Holter Graham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I don't know if there would be a diff.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Many moments


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend...but read or listened to Shibumi first...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jose G. Meras Houston, TX 12-17-11
    Jose G. Meras Houston, TX 12-17-11 Member Since 2013

    Jose M.

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    "An excellent companion to Shibumi!"

    Don Winslow is an awesome writer. He continues the story of Nicholai Hel in "Satori." Trevanian's novel "Shibumi" is a classic and that is due in part to the character of Nicholai Hel. Nicholai is a master assassin with a gift for languages and a passion for the game of go. Oh, by the way he is also the ultimate lover. I enjoyed "Shibumi" so much that I was really afraid to listen to "Satori." I took the chance and listened to "Satori" with the same pleasure that I got from listening to "Shimbumi." This is a great audiobook complemented by Holter Graham's narration. Awesome audio book...definitely a 5 star!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carl West Palm Beach, FL, United States 03-22-11
    Carl West Palm Beach, FL, United States 03-22-11 Member Since 2001
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    "Nice But Not Winslow's Best"

    Nice thriller but not Winslow's best. Winslow is best when his characters are beach bums, potheads, or surfers. Here he takes a risk by taking one of Trevanian's beloved characters and trying to write a new adventure for him. It doesn't work that well if you have already read or heard "Shimumi" and loved it (the opposite may be true if you haven't). The main character learns to become a assassin to quickly and easily to be believable. Also the character doesn't have the cynical devil-may-care attitude and feeling of the original character. It just doesn't work well. I give this three stars more out of charity because I am a Winslow fan more than because I think it deserves even that. The reader is great but he can only do so much with the story.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Fritz Moraga, CA, United States 03-14-11
    Fritz Moraga, CA, United States 03-14-11 Member Since 2008

    No matter where you go, there you are.

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    "Out of His League!"

    So unlike his previous work, I had the feeling Winslow "had always wanted to try political intrigue" as his motivation for this dog. It drones on interminably from cliché to cliché, never really building any suspense and it's protagonist is paper thin and not really very likable. By the time I gave up on the book (which I rarely do) I was hoping someone would just shoot the bastard.
    About mid way through we are taken to a climactic moment that just begged for some imaginative escape or twist and we are offered a solution so implausible and uninspired that I thought the thing was over with, but sadly we had only reached the end of the first download.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 08-12-14
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 08-12-14 Member Since 2005

    A few must reads: Mr. Mercedes, Narrows Gate, Cop Town, Bomb Proof, Wayfaring Stranger, The Son (Nesbo), Dept Q series...

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    "A Worthy Sequel To Shibumi"
    Where does Satori rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's in the middle of many good ones.


    What did you like best about this story?

    There is a seamless connection between Travanian's style and Winslow. This seems very difficult to pull off, as any fan of Ian Fleming will note of the Bond novels that followed his death. Some other efforts that disappoint are the post Ludlam Bourne series and the last few Jack Ryan novels co authored after Clancy fell ill.

    Winslow's effort is a huge success.


    What about Holter Graham’s performance did you like?

    He never diassapoints.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret North Fort Myers, FL, USA 11-28-13
    Margaret North Fort Myers, FL, USA 11-28-13 Member Since 2005
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    What did you love best about Satori?

    Oh my. I loved the sequel to Shibumi. I never thought it would happen but it was wonderful. I look forward to more like Satori. Kudos to Don Winslow.


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    Theodore San Diego, CA, United States 04-11-12
    Theodore San Diego, CA, United States 04-11-12 Member Since 2007
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    "enthralling"

    Winslow is one of my favorite fiction writers when I am in the mood for this kind of story. Unfortunately now there are none left that I havent read. I put this one off, beause it looked so different from his usual stories. But this one is over the top. From spys in Beijing to going down the Mekong to a final showdown in the tunnels south of Saigon. I listen while driving, and this story had my pulse elevated several times. This one is one of the best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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