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By Josef Williams on 13-04-16
Fan fiction with funding
Although I liked the old school 'cowboy comes into town and sets all the rival gangs on eachother plot' that's all it was.
Shibumi was a very special story and Hel a very special character. Although I laboured through the whole of Satori there were so many key mistakes (I remember Naked Killl being the art of using thousands of readily available everyday objects to kill, not mystic leopard paw chi...?) And although I am aware that Winslow was portraying a younger Hel, Trevanian had already done that... Winslow did not have the same grasp on the Asian culture and mind that Trevanian did, so he turned Hel into the westerner Michelle to cover for that.
And the dodgy accents...! The heroine went through Russian, French trans and a few others in the space of a few chapters... Hel sounded like a spoiled American child and the Vietnamese stereotype could not have been done better by the team that brought us Team America!
My opinion is that Satori is fan fiction with a budget. I personally don't feel it to be the true story of Nicolai Hel and that the prequel is still fair game for another writer to take on.
Saying that, I will be reading the book to see if the narration coloured my experience.
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