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Book review: 'Satori' by Don Winslow
Book review: 'Satori' by Don Winslow

Set during the Korean War and the onset of the Cold War, Don Winslow's "Satori," an entertaining, authorized prequel to the bestselling 1979 thriller "Shibumi" by Rodney William Whitaker (who wrote under the pen name Trevanian), is choked with every espionage and thriller cliché imaginable. The main character, Nicholai Hel (watch out — Hel's coming!), is an amalgam of superhero types found in books and pop culture: Think of a guy who's a mix of Caine from the 1970s TV series "Kung Fu," Ian Fleming's James Bond and James Fenimore Cooper's Natty Bumppo. Hel can kill with a single blow from his deadly hands — and he's...