Shibumi by Trevanian

In this gripping thriller, a highly skilled and enigmatic assassin named Nicholai Hel is forced out of his peaceful life in Japan when his mentor is murdered. Seeking revenge, he embarks on a dangerous journey that takes him from the picturesque landscapes of the Far East to the treacherous world of international espionage. With his exceptional intelligence and mastery of martial arts, Hel becomes a formidable adversary for his enemies, but he soon realizes that there may be more at stake than just personal vendettas. As he navigates through a web of deceit and betrayal, Hel must rely on his unique set of skills and his unwavering determination to uncover a conspiracy that could change the course of history.

The 5025th greatest book of all time


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Total Points: 90

Since this book was first published in 1979, there is a penalty of 8.0%. The age adjusted score is 82.8.

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