Shibumi AUTHOR Rodney William Whitaker [E–pub Free]


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Shibumi AUTHOR Rodney William Whitaker characters ½ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Nicholai Hel is the world's most wanted manHalf German half Russian Hel was raised by a Japanese general and survived Hiroshima to become a mystic a master of the senses and the most deadly assassin in the world Nicholai has lef. Nicholai Hel is such a stud duck bad ass that even if James Bond Indiana Jones Jason Bourne and the Dos Euis s Most Interesting Man in the World banded together to try and take him down he d just kill them all with a drinking straw while lecturing them on the evils of their materialism Then he d have mind blowing sex with their girlfriendsHel was born to a exiled Russian countess in Shanghai in the 20s and a Japanese general thinks the young man has such an exceptional talent for the game Go that he sends him to Japan to train Hel spends years before and during World War II learning the game and immersing himself in Japanese culture After the war he gets on the bad side of the occupation forces and spends years in prison Once released he becomes an international assassinDecades later Hel has retired to his chateau in the mountains with the Basue where he indulges in his hobby of spelunking However when the niece of an old friend gets caught up in an international conspiracy led by an oil corporation Hel will have to decide if an old debt to that friend extends to protecting the woman against powerful international forcesI only vaguely knew about Trevanian after reading Incident at Twenty Mile but since Don Winslow one of my favorite crime writers just released an authorized preuel to this book I had to check it out What I found is that Trevanian has done a sly parody of the spy novel here with the incredible Hel being a character of pulp superhero style attributes Not only he is brilliant with a gift for languages he is also a mystic capable of going into trances where he becomes one with the universe and he has a proximity sense that allows him to sense other people and their moods In addition to all that he s a martial arts expert and a world class cave explorer Oh and he s the world s foremost lover who can literally ruin a woman for other men if he unleashes his full power upon herTrevanian s playing with the format of the spy novel extends to the structure of the book The first half of the novel consists of the minions of the evil Mother Company researching Hel s origin story after the become worried that he may try to ruin their plans The whole idea of the Mother Company being an energy conglomerate that is the real power behind the government to the point where their man Diamond has set up his own office in the CIA and started giving orders to everyone is a conspiracy theorist s dream come true After half the book is spent discussing what a bad ass Hel is the next uarter of the book is an account of Hel and his friend exploring a cave It s only in the last part of the book that the action picks up but even then we barely see Hel actually do anything although he does manage to pile up a respectable body count in the last chapters I liked this book and the way that Trevanian was having some fun with the genre by creating such an over the top character but playing it completely straight However there was one aspect that kept bugging me Trevanian was a staunch anti materialist Hel shares this attitude and looks down his nose with contempt at the merchants of the world He has claimed the moral high ground by living in his mountain house with few modern comfortsYet even thought Hel is continually portrayed as being the superior person for his way of life there s no mention made about how a guy who claims to hate materialism spent years killing people for money and then spent a fortune on a house in the mountains to live in isolation So I guess it takes a huge amount of money to truly live a non materialistic lifestyle After a while Hel s smug and hypocritical attitude about this annoyed the hell out of me because it seemed like the one part of the book Trevanian was serious about

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Shibumi AUTHOR Rodney William Whitaker characters ½ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook T his past behind him to live a life of isolation in a remote mountain fortress determined to attain a state of effortless perfection known as shibumi Then Hannah Stern arrives at his door Hannah needs protection from a sinister. 1 2 3 4 5 Senses Working OvertimeSEE the assassin in his youth see him as a child in war torn Shanghai as a young Go Master in Japan as a dutiful son and as a tortured prisoner as an expert caver in Basue Spain as an eually expert Stage IV Lovemaker see him enact the Delight of the Razor upon his lovely and loving concubine see him destroy his enemies in an eually subtle fashionHEAR the clock ticking an assassin does not live forever shall he go to his grave as a disposable pawn to the malevolent Mother Company or shall he go to his grave in a state of meditative bliss shall he go to his grave at all listen to the sound of your heartbeat as you await his decision he hears you hiding in that cave blind and foolish and terminally Western in your inability to truly listen die deaf Westerner dieSMELL the sour tang of fear the smell of sweat flowing from under your arms to soak your expensive business suit as you contemplate who exactly you have crossed you have crossed a Master of the NakedKill techniue smell yourself businessman you smell like a fool die fool dieTASTE the sumptuous flavors served to you in an assassin s lair do they remind you of the unctuous flavors of french cuisine or the brassy flavors of american bb you are being served the flavors of the two nations our assassin despises the most notice the meals of the assassin and his concubine simple brown rice and sauteed vegetables enjoy your fatty decadence Westerner will it be your lastFEEL the calm and warming presence of the sublime meadow that is the assassin s mystical meditative psychic retreat and what shall come to those blundering dolts who dare encroach upon this special Happy Place you have one guess it is a word that starts with D foolish Company Manyou think this is a tale of a deadly assassin forced into battle with evil corporate interests forces that are set upon his destruction in order to further their evil corporate goals of fascist world domination YOU ARE WRONG this is a story that is about style style over substance style that euals substance style that is superior to the whinging entitled utterly deluded and very Western sense of substance substance that actually euals grandiose self absorption style that euals form and form that euals meaning if you are looking for a book that will give you a fast paced tale of devious dark deeds and sweet revenge and justice righteously served look elsewhere dum dum but if you are looking for a novel that takes you to a place of contemplation a place of understanding that the things we do may not amount to much but the way we do things the meaning that is implicit in how we actually move about in the world and how that represents what is truly important that that is what is important that that is what is genuinely meaningful well this is the book for you To be truthful I hadn t expected such good form from you Most people of your age and class are so wrapped up in themselves so concerned with what they re into that they fail to realize that style and form are everything and substance a passing myth He opened his eyes and smiled as he made a pallid effort to imitate the American accent It ain t what you do it s how you do it plus a special bonus Sixth Sense included free of charge PROXIMITY AWARENESSfoolish Westerners like to imagine that the sixth sense is telepathy or perhaps seeing dead people ha what use is that exactly why waste time hearing the despairing dead in their various depressing doldrums and what is the use of reading the tedious and predictable thoughts of your tedious and predictable fellow humans i for one am happy to be spared the monotony of those insights instead Shibumi offers a delightful and very useful sixth sense Proximity Awareness i would much prefer to be aware of when someone is approaching or thinking about me or contemplating using a camera or gun on me all the better to avoid such monotonous interactions

Summary Shibumi AUTHOR Rodney William Whitaker

Shibumi AUTHOR Rodney William Whitaker characters ½ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Organization known as the Mother Company But as Hel knows all too well they are not easy to escape And now they're coming after him too The battle lines are drawn ruthless power and corruption on one side and on the othershibum. I had vaguely heard of Shibumi by reputation but never actually having had read it I decided to take the dive And uite the dive it was with spies and assassinations sex and vengeance After a few hundred pages of backstory it blisters through the plot at breakneck speed The protagonist is the deadly Nicholai Hel assassin of terrorists and aspirer to the Japanese state of perfect consciousness or shibumi We learn of his birth to a RussianAryanGerman mother and unknown German father in pre war Shanghai the effect of the Japanese invasion on China his surrogate Japanese fatherin fact the book covers a lot of ground between Chinese Japanese and Basue culture and history Nicholai s adoptive Japanese father ultimately is drawn into the war and sends the boy to Japan to study the Japanese game of Go with Otake san a Dan seven legend Otake san teaches the boy many things not the least of which about the knowledge of older people never resent the advantage of experience your elders have Recall that they have paid for this experience in the coins of life and have emptied a purse that cannot be refilled p 117 It is interesting to note that most of Hel s make companions from then on are his age or older I also appreciated this twist on a common maxim Many Japanese seemed not to realize that the propaganda of the victor becomes the history of the vanuished p 141Arrayed against our hero is the Mother Company one of those Hydra like supra governmental organizations representing the power of oil and telecommunications forcing various militaristic organizations such as the CIA and both MI 5 and MI 6 under their heel Sort of like Crown Prince Bonesaw allied with Zuch and Huawei with Pompeo and Mom all working for him Except he s a she Well anyway these baddies are willing to kill nine people in the elimination of just two and of course miss the one that will be able to lure Hel out of retirement to fight for her cause In a nutshell that is the core of the plot One interesting sidenote is how as far back as 1980 Trevanian was insightful and visionary enough to see the evil potential of a supercomputer like Facebook and Google today that studies minute actions of all of the world s citizens called Fat Boy interesting choice of name also given the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima and Hel s first love interest So you can think of Hel as a sort of Ed Snowden that can kill you with a playing card or drinking straw Did that get your attentionNeedless to say there are high moments and low moments in this epic struggle including a long cave seuence too long that becomes critical to one of the key moments late in the plot No Spoilers I promise Along the way we learn of Hel s few friends Hana his concubine with whom he has level IV sex this sex is never described because as the author points out in a footnote detailed descriptions performed incorrectly could produce permanent harm in the practioners see the footnote on page 179 Le Cagot his boisterous Basue caving friend who is a Zorba the Greek kind of larger than life Dionysian giant The GnomeDe Llandes who is is intellectual counterpart providing him with a backdoor into Fat Boy and thus leverage against the big boysWe only meet the Gnome briefly but we are able to see a true bromance having formed I liked how De Llandes telescopes their friendship into twelve hoursWe have know each other for than twenty years butwe have shared perhaps a total of twelve hours of intimate conversation of honest inuiry into one another s minds and emotionsActually that s not bad Most good friends and married couples these are seldom the same thing could not boast twelve hours of honest interest after a lifetime of shared space and irritations of territorial assertions and suabbles p 405 I found that rings true because my best deepest friendships are with those I spend the least time with to some degreeAs for the book the style is very late 70s with loads of sexism braless boobs carelessly exposed pubic hair and James Bond like sex and loads of clich s the tired ones about Arabs but also about Americans and French see the diatribe by Le Cagot in the cave Perhaps it was partly as satire of Bond literature and there were strong female characters such as Hana albeit that her position was due to her expertise in sex and Mrs Perkins but most of the female characters were relatively superficial like ill fated Hannah So don t expect the multi cultural positivity of Leigh Bardugo or Suzanne Collins hereAs for Hel he is a fascinating anti heroThere was a time in the comedy of human development when salvation seemed to lie in the direction of order and organization and all the great Western heroes organized and directed their followers against the enemy chaos Now we are learning that the final enemy is not chaos but organization not divergence but similarity not primitivism but progress And the new hero the antihero is the one who makes a virtue of attacking the organization of destroying the systems We realize now that the salvation of the race lies in that nihilist direction but we still don t know how far p 407 I would add that even now 40 years later we still have not decided on this We have both kinds of heros Superman representing the former and Batman representing the latter or if we take Marvel characers Iron Man vs Captain American in Avengers Civil War so I found that particularly insightfulOverall a fun and interesting read Exciting and with a positive message overall despite the hundred and eight corpses that litter the pages mostly bad guys or avenged good guys A worthy read that entertains to a great degree and educates to a minor one again when one filters out the sexism and racism


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    Shibumi AUTHOR Rodney William Whitaker [E–pub Free] Nicholai Hel is such a stud duck bad ass that even if James Bond Indiana Jones Jason Bourne and the Dos Euis’s Most Interesting Man in the World banded together to try and take him down he’d just kill them all with a drinking straw while lecturing them on the evils of their materialism Then he’d have mind blowing

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    Shibumi AUTHOR Rodney William Whitaker [E–pub Free] Rodney William Whitaker ☆ 4 Read & Download Summary Shibumi AUTHOR Rodney William Whitaker He once killed a man while in a small room with 4 guards only paces awayHis mother was Russian his father was German and he was raised by a Japa

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    Rodney William Whitaker ☆ 4 Read & Download Summary ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ☆ Rodney William Whitaker Shibumi AUTHOR Rodney William Whitaker [E–pub Free] 1 2 3 4 5 Senses Working OvertimeSEE the assassin in his youth see him as a child in war torn Shanghai as a young Go Master in Japan as a dutiful son and as a tortured prisoner as an expert caver in Basue Spain as an eually expert Stage IV L

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    Shibumi AUTHOR Rodney William Whitaker [E–pub Free] Shibumi is without uestion the stupidest book I have ever read Period Full stop It's not close Shibumi is the 1927 Yankees of stupid books John Grisham and Dan Brown working together operating at the peak of their vaguely misogynist airport novel spewing powers could never hope to approach the mind exploding stupidity of this bookThe protagonist of Shibumi Nikolai Hel is best described as an amalgam of James Bond Bruce Lee Robe

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    Shibumi AUTHOR Rodney William Whitaker [E–pub Free] If you've ever wanted to know what it takes to become the world's hottest lover and most kick ass ninja style assassin then Shibumi lets you in on the secret First you need to learn to play Go well; then you have to become fluent in Basue Real Go players tell me I'm about second Dan strength but unfortunately I don't know any Basue at all One out of two ain't bad I guess Anyway you've probably figured out why I adore this engagingly crazy

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    Shibumi AUTHOR Rodney William Whitaker [E–pub Free] I had vaguely heard of Shibumi by reputation but never actually having had read it I decided to take the dive And uite the dive it was with s

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    Shibumi AUTHOR Rodney William Whitaker [E–pub Free] Rodney William Whitaker ☆ 4 Read & Download If you're into stuff like this you can read the full reviewAuthority Without Domination “Shibumi” by TrevanianMiss Swivven regretted two aspects of her career this getting sunburned every week or so and the occasional impersonal use Mr Diamond made of her to relieve his tensions Still she was philosophic No job is perfect” 

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    Shibumi AUTHOR Rodney William Whitaker [E–pub Free] Summary Shibumi AUTHOR Rodney William Whitaker I picked this up because it's been selected by a group I'm in as a group read I doubt I'll do much in that conversation as I am MAJORLY disappointed in this bookYou know since the late 1960s or so the CIA has become the f

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    Rodney William Whitaker ☆ 4 Read & Download Shibumi AUTHOR Rodney William Whitaker [E–pub Free] Fuck I have to retract two stars and my rave review I mean clearly it was a rave I'd say this book loses the plot about half way through but to be fair there isn't really a plot Once the book leaves Japan and finds its home in Basue land it rapidly becomes close to unbearable I am afraid that whilst I savoured the first half the second I ended up just skimming I have way too many good books on the shelf to be s

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