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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (799 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Don Winslow Narrator: Holter Graham Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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,” a sort of sixth sense for 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.

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  • “An over-the-top blast…Elegant, well-researched, and magnificently plotted, Satori is exhilarating.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “An expertly calibrated espionage thriller.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “Winslow renders breathless suspense and a cast of dark, devious characters from all corners of the globe. Recommend this one to fans of Baldacci and le Carré, as well as, of course, Trevanian.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “An impressive prelude to a highly esteemed classic thriller.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Fans of Shibumi’s extravagant style will no doubt enjoy Winslow’s contribution to the Hel story, and, just like Trevanian, Winslow imbues the James Bond–esque superspy atmosphere with a deep knowledge of Eastern cultures, including the ancient Japanese game of Go…Perfect for Shibumi fans and anyone else who likes their espionage over the top.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A Los Angeles Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by VelveetaRanch | 2/17/2014

    " What a wild ride! From Japan to China to Vietnam - plenty of spies, assassins, shady characters and underhanded dealings. Don Winslow does an excellent job of carrying on in Trevanian's footsteps and is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jason Williams | 2/5/2014

    " When I read Shibumi, I thought the book was awkwardly arranged and slow paced. After reading Satori, I missed the arrangement and pace of Shibumi. I'm a fan of Don Wilson but Shibumi had a vibe and a writing style that Wilson couldn't, and didn't try to, imitate. Instead he wrote the book in his own personal style, which made the book very entertaining but didn't leave me with the feeling I had at the end of Shibumi. I definitely recommend this book to anybody who read Shibumi if only to revisit the character of Nicoli Hel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Steven Bannister | 1/5/2014

    " Doing justice to Trevanian's work was always going to be a challenge, but Don Winslow pulled it off. Satori is a terrific read and true in spirit to its predecessor Shibumi- an old favorite. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Andrew Campbell | 12/23/2013

    " Winslow hasn't done wrong by me yet. More satisfying than any James Bond movie- though just about as limited. But that's OK, limitations are what make genre fun. "

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