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Satori by Don Winslow
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Dec 06, 10

Read from November 23 to December 06, 2010

SATORI, the prequel to Trevanian's SHIBUMI, is a lot of fun, an over-the-top hybrid of a an Indiana Jones-type serial and a Robert Ludlum spy novel. Don Winslow does a fine job channeling Trevanian for the most part -- what he misses is the sly humor, bordering on satire, that characterized both SHIBUMI and, to a greater degree, THE EIGER SANCTION. Winslow takes his Nicholas Hel, and his story, just a bit too seriously...but that doesn't detract from the pleasures of this book (and there are many). Oh, and don't feel you have to read SHIBUMI to enjoy the ride...this book works fine as a standalone.

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