Satori

By Don Winslow (Trade Paperback, 2012)
First there was Bond.
Then there was Bourne.
Now comes Hel.

Nicholai Hel-a Westerner by birth but an Asian by upbringing-speaks seven languages, kills with a naked hand, and is a master of the world's most challenging game of strategy: Go. All this has made him a very dangerous man-an assassin who blends in anywhere, doesn't need weapons to kill his targets, and sees ten moves ahead.
Released from three years of honing his mental and physical skills in solitary confinement on the condition that he kill a high-ranking Soviet official in China, Hel must survive a suicide mission to save his own life and the beautiful French spy that he loves.
SATORI
It's the height of the Cold War.
The game is lethal, the stakes enormous.
Nicholai Hel is on the board.
  • Grand Central Publishing
    • Format: Trade Paperback

    • Price: $14.99 US

    • ISBN-13: 9780446561914

    • On Sale Date: 03/30/2012

    • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

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First there was Bond.
Then there was Bourne.
Now comes Hel.

Nicholai Hel-a Westerner by birth but an Asian by upbringing-speaks seven languages, kills with a naked hand, and is a master of the world's most challenging game of strategy: Go. All this has made him a very dangerous man-an assassin who blends in anywhere, doesn't need weapons to kill his targets, and sees ten moves ahead.
Released from three years of honing his mental and physical skills in solitary confinement on the condition that he kill a high-ranking Soviet official in China, Hel must survive a suicide mission to save his own life and the beautiful French spy that he loves.
SATORI
It's the height of the Cold War.
The game is lethal, the stakes enormous.
Nicholai Hel is on the board.

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.
  • "Elegant, well-researched, and magnificently plotted, SATORI is exhilarating--I read the book twice, not because I had to, but because I wanted to." (Los Angeles Times
    ).

  • "Winslow has crafted an impressive prelude to a highly esteemed classic thriller." (Publishers Weekly).

  • "Don Winslow masterfully reintroduces and reinvents Hel . . . in the rarified world of characters outliving their creators, SATORI is certain to please even the most ardent of the Trevanian faithful." (New York Journal of Books).

  • "The tone is whistle clean, each word an articulated note that rings true. It is the sound of effortless grace, with an underlying rhythm as simple and complex as a kata." (Chicago Sun-Times).

  • "Winslow imbues the James Bond-esque superspy atmosphere with a deep knowledge of Eastern cultures, including the ancient Japanese game of Go. There is plenty of fun to be had for readers." (Kirkus Reviews).

  • "An accomplished, page-turning prequel." (Wall Street Journal).

  • "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 CarrĂ©, as well as, of course, Trevanian." (Booklist (starred review)).

  • "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 CarrĂ©, as well as, of course, Trevanian." (Booklist (starred review)).

  • "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).

  • "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).

  • "A pit bull of a book. Once unleashed, this thriller...charges and attacks without mercy, shredding anyone in its path . . . A well-tuned plot, driving rhythm, intelligence and a touch of politics . . . [A] page-turner." (The Washington Post on The Power of the Dog).

  • "A ripplingly good thriller...It fumes, it smokes, it burns; it soars, it pitches, it cascades along." (The Dallas Morning News on The Power of the Dog).

  • "Nobody in the world does this stuff better than Don Winslow...another instant classic." (Lee Child on The Winter of Frankie Machine).

  • "Winslow's skill is dazzling and his plotting and brilliantly drawn characters make this a tour de force." (Sunday Telegraph on The Winter of Frankie Machine).

  • "A novel far surpassing anything he has done to date. The Power of the Dog is part social commentary, part improbable love story, and most of all, an express train of a thriller that cannot be put down. Winslow's time, effort and research have paid off with one of the year's finest novels." (Baltimore Sun on The Power of the Dog).

  • "Winslow is a sensational writer. He can be languid, then pile on the pressure...won't disappoint under any circumstances." (Independent on Sunday on The Winter of Frankie Machine).

  • "The Dawn Patrol might be the best summertime crime novel ever . . . A classic . . . If you haven't read Winslow yet, get to it." (San Francisco Chronicle on The Dawn Patrol).

Product Details

Satori
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Price: $14.99 US
  • Pages: 512
  • Physical Dimensions: 5-1/4" x 8"
  • ISBN-13: 9780446561914
  • On Sale Date: 03/30/2012
Satori