Satori by Don Winslow audiobook

Satori

By Don Winslow
Read by Holter Graham

Grand Central Publishing, Hachette Book Group 9780446561921
12.92 Hours Unabridged
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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 confinementat the hands of the Americans. Hel is a master of hoda korosu or “nakedkill”; is fluent in seven languages; and has honed extraordinary “proximitysense,” a sort of sixth sense for the presence of danger. He has the skills tobe the world’s most fearsome assassin and now the CIA needs him. The Americans offer Hel freedom, money, and a neutralpassport in exchange for one small service: to go to Beijing and kill theSoviet Union’s commissioner to China. It’s almost certainly a suicide mission,but Hel accepts. Now he must survive chaos, violence, suspicion, and betrayalwhile trying to achieve his ultimate goal of satori—the possibility oftrue understanding and harmony with the world.

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A Los Angeles Times bestseller

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 confinementat the hands of the Americans. Hel is a master of hoda korosu or “nakedkill”; is fluent in seven languages; and has honed extraordinary “proximitysense,” a sort of sixth sense for the presence of danger. He has the skills tobe the world’s most fearsome assassin and now the CIA needs him.

The Americans offer Hel freedom, money, and a neutralpassport in exchange for one small service: to go to Beijing and kill theSoviet Union’s commissioner to China. It’s almost certainly a suicide mission,but Hel accepts. Now he must survive chaos, violence, suspicion, and betrayalwhile trying to achieve his ultimate goal of satori—the possibility oftrue understanding and harmony with the world.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

A grand, sprawling, magnificent entertainment. Trevanian, in the skilled hands of Don Winslow, is alive and well, and dare I say, better than ever! For those of us who look back on Shibumi as a highlight of their reading lives, Satori does not for a moment disappoint. Those who have not read Shibumi are in for a treat. My immediate question upon turning the last page was "when is the next one coming out?" I cannot wait! Christopher Reich
Satori is first-rate spy fiction, full of explosive action, exotic locales, and surprising romance, and Nicholai Hel is an assassin you'll cheer for: intent on vengeance for a terrible injustice, as comfortable with philosophy as he is familiar with the mechanics of stopping a man's heart, beset by enemies in a game whose true nature he can only divine by playing through to the end. Barry Eisler
"A home run . . . carefully choreographed, bare-knuckled action . . . elegant writing, a mature, confident narrative and characters so real you can almost touch them on the page . . . Winslow has done the creator of Shibumi and the Nicholai Hel character proud. David Baldacci
Trevanian's Shibumi was one of the all-time great thrillers. Don Winslow is one of the best thriller writers we have. Put the two together and the result, no surprise, is sleek, smart, and deadly. SATORI is a must-read. Joseph Finder, New York Times bestselling author of Paranoia and Vanished
An intricately plotted, fast-paced thrill ride. Carrying on the legacy of Trevanian's SHIBUMI, Don Winslow skillfully brings the character of master assassin Nicholai Hel to life, creating a story so engrossing you won't be able to put it down. Winslow has truly done the Trevanian legacy proud. Nelson DeMille
In his 1979 international best-seller, Shibumi, acclaimed author Trevanian introduced readers to handsome mystic and ingenious assassin Nicholai Hel. In this compelling prequel, Winslow, whose popular novels include Savages (2010) and The Dawn Patrol (2008), details Hel's life leading up to Trevanian's opus. Satori opens in the fall of 1951, in the throes of the Korean War. Twenty-six-year-old Hel has spent the last three years in solitary confinement at the hands of the Americans. Now his captors are offering to release him-at a price. He must go to Beijing and kill the Soviet Union's commissioner to China. Though Hel is blond with striking green eyes, his worldview is more Eastern than Western. (He was raised by an aristocratic Russian mother in Shanghai and later lived in Japan, where he studied the ancient and notoriously challenging board game, Go.) Hel is a master of hoda korosu, "the naked kill," and blessed with an uncanny proximity sense, which makes him hyperaware of potential danger. He'll need every tool in his deadly dossier to earn freedom. 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 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

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Author Bio: Don Winslow

Author Bio: Don Winslow

Don Winslow is the author of nineteen, award-winning, international bestsellers—including the #1 international bestseller The Cartel, The Power of the Dog, Savages and The Winter of Frankie Machine. Savages was made into a critically acclaimed film by three-time Oscar winner Oliver Stone. The Cartel is scheduled to begin production next year by master filmmaker Ridley Scott and 20th Century Fox. A former investigator, anti-terrorist trainer, and trial consultant, Winslow lives in California.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental
Category: Fiction/Thrillers/Suspense
Runtime: 12.92
Audience: Adult
Language: English