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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 337 pages
  • Publisher: LSP; 1st edition (February 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0980073340
  • ISBN-13: 978-0980073348
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,023,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Alexey Braguine flew for a CIA secret airline in Laos, chased elephant poachers in Kenya, led horseback tours into the Chilean Andes. The explosive pages of his novels reveal not only a vivid imagination, but the experience gathered in a thriller life.

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One of my early childhood memories is the pre-dawn roar of lions in Chile's Santiago Zoo. It marked me for a life of adventure. My first fear had been of the moon. It terrified me when it rose out of the darkness. My second fear was growing up and having to get a job. At least this last fear showed hints of intelligent life inside my head.

I grew up speaking Russian and Spanish. I listened to everything and stored it for future use. My parents called me the Sponge. When they didn't want me to know what they were saying, they spoke in French. It took them some time to conclude I had learned French from them.


My first chance at writing came with a homework assignment at age eight. Write a one page free composition. I presented a four page unfinished novelette complete with ink spots, in German. It got me an F.


When I reached 18, I was no longer listening to anyone. My mother considered my epistles sent from various Far Eastern ports as masterpieces. She copied them and embarrassed me to all her relatives.

By my late twenties, I had been fairly successful in avoiding my childhood fear, work. After a hitch in the USMC, I packed a gun for a security outfit at night, went to flight school during the day. Aviation led me to Vietnam and Laos. Secretly, I wrote some explosive stuff for our pilot's labor union. It is reported the American ambassador went livid after reading an inflammatory tract, and wanted to know who wrote this shit. Many years later, this little incident became part of the concept for a thriller.

After the Vietnam War, I wrote my first novel. It was so awful that I limited myself to writing brochures. Europe, Asia, South America, Africa, I flew, sailed, got married, survived a shipwreck. In Kenya started my own safari outfit, and learned my seventh language, Swahili. Since I was one of the few outfitters operating in poacher's country and had excellent contacts, I got roped to work undercover for Kenya's Anti-poaching Unit This resulted in the poachers, and their protectors (my employers) going after me. At the dinner table, my revolver sat neatly next to the fish knife.

In Kenya I wrote a series of novels, all left unfinished, and a few articles that got published. Back in Chile, I ran horseback trips into the Andes, and trained horses off-season. Trying to recoup my fortune, in the States, I sold boats and taught navigation. Sands of Maraviti, was my first attempt at thrillers and the beginning of serious writing. By the time I finished, I had lost my friends and my job that was too much like work. Free of encumbrances, I wrote Temple Drums. This novel brought patronage that allowed me to extend writing full time. Part of my writing life is coordinating online workshops, chat and critique groups for the writers' community on AOL.

I have conquered my fear of the moon, but still prefer the nights when the moon is hiding and friendly stars show me the way.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Neal Stevens on March 6, 2008
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Spy novels are typically driven by Byzantine plot twists and action sequences. Braguine's debut espionage thriller is a slight departure from that formula--Kingmaker derives its power from the narrative and characters in the story. CIA operative John Trager has seen enough, and no longer relishes the life of danger and distrust. He is offered an out, with one condition--he must venture into a tumultuous African hot spot and size up the political situation. The catch--the two previous agents went in but never returned. Trager find he has walked into a trap, but who is behind it? The ex-KGB defector who props up the benign dictator? The lovely and deadly government official, a Frenchwoman who has no qualms about shedding her clothes with Trager nor shedding his blood, if it comes to it? The brutal African security chief, who appears to be setting up a shadow government? His CIA handler, a gratuitous and false Presidential suck up? Trager is a spy with bad timing and often farcical spycraft. It's one of the many delightful aspects of Kingmaker. He seems to bob along the currents of intrigue, never really getting his footing, until crunch time. And then Trager reveals he is a force to be reckoned with. Kingmaker is a nice piece of work by a promising writer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By June Phyllis Baker on October 27, 2008
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Kingmaker is a real page turner.

When former CIA agent John Tragger returns to Africa a second time to find out why his life was spared when so many American CIA agents were being killed. Tragger finds him in more trouble than he could ever have foreseen. Somebody is not happy about his return and wants to make sure he doesn't go home a live.

Mr. Braguine keeps you guessing every step of the way. I highly recommend this book.
JunePhyllisBaker,Author NO REGRETS
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. F. Petersen on April 2, 2008
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A super read, with tension and mystery in every scene. Tightly written with obvious insiders understanding of spy agencies and how they work. All the key ingredients for a great read. Buy it today, you won't regret it!!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Sealey on April 26, 2008
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Kingmaker is a masterful tale containing powerful, well developed characters as well as surprising twists and turns which will crush the reader's wildest perceptions. Just when I thought I had the course of events in this suspenseful novel figured out, the next chapter would completely dismantle my detective work. Alexy Braguine, obviously draws from extensive experience in Africa to skillfully paint a picture of the beautiful yet brutal continent with his words. He also displays his multilingual abilities by showcasing the great number of languages used in the book by many characters. His apparent knowledge and mastery of various subjects shine through well within the pages of Kingmaker.

A brief plot synopsis:

After the mysterious disappearance of two agents in Africa, John Trager, a former CIA agent who seeks to 'retire' is blackmailed into conducting one final operation for the CIA. Trager is sent with orders to find out what happened to the two missing agents, as well as to report on the activities of a suspicious Russian soldier. Reluctantly, Trager is deployed to Zengawal, Africa with very little information, and only a couple of names scrawled on paper as leads for initiating his search. Quickly Trager realizes he may be in over his head, and there is more to this beautiful and mysterious African nation than meets the eye as a multitude of manipulative organizations, including his own U.S. Government seek to misdirect Trager, and play their own deadly political games in Africa. Eventually teaming up with a beautiful and enigmatic anthropologist, Simone Loriot, John Trager seeks to set the course of events in Zengawal in a direction of peace and discover the truth behind all of the masks of deception ... but instead he finds his true purpose in redeeming what could be labeled a misspent life.
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