- File Size: 1246 KB
- Print Length: 331 pages
- Publisher: Endeavour Press (November 17, 2014)
- Publication Date: November 17, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00PT1EFDI
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #475,089 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Cold Blood (Aidan Snow SAS Thrillers Book 1) Kindle Edition
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But there is more to it than that. Subscribing to the Nathan Englander’s school, I posit that Twain’s advice is not so superficial; that it really harangues the writer to write about familiar emotions. Shaw definitely does that too.
Snow is an SAS operative who was almost killed while training a Polish quick reaction police unit. He remembers the would-be killer’s green eyes looking over his handiwork and deciding to let him live. Taking in the end of the Soviet Union, it draws a picture of the ensuing lawlessness, especially in its southern Moldavian and Trans-Dniester region. It all distills into criminal machinations that test Snow’s bonds of friendship.
It all rings so true. At the time I was opening the American Embassy in Chisinau, Moldova. I witnessed the emotions surrounding the ethnic Russian enclave later called Trans-Dniester. National identity confusion, civil and governmental corruption and hundreds, if not thousands, of tragic deaths ensued when Trans-Dniester declared its independence backed by the Soviet Russian 8th Army. Shaw captures the emotions and projects them very effectively into his plot.
This won’t be the last Alex Shaw book I’ll read. His character development is flawless and consistent. He keeps the story moving through chronological impediments and flashbacks, making the reader yearn for one more chapter before he goes to sleep. It made me stay up into the wee hours more than once.
At first a seemingly endless list of Slavic names reminded me of “Anna Karenina.” Unlike Tolstoy’s there was good reason for it. Identities and background are essential building blocks to Shaw’s plot. What appeared to be an overuse of the passive voice was later revealed as an innovative mechanism to apply breaks to the speed of the plot. Well done, Alex! The one thing that would bother the average American reader was the Briticisms; but it would bother only those Americans who haven’t read much from British authors.
European readers have warmly received “Cold Blood”; with good reason. Current events in the Ukraine make this novel a must-read for Americans struggling to understand villains and heroes in the former “bread basket” of the Soviet Union. I highly recommend it.
Five well deserved stars!
This one starts with a bank robbery. A robbery pulled off by former Russian Spetsnaz soldiers run by a man known as Bull.
Aiden Snow is SAS and currently in the area helping to train a rapid response team. They get the call about the robbery.
Upon arrival the car he is in is hit and ends up in the ditch. All inside are dead with the exception of Snow. A snow who is trapped in the car by his leg. A leg thats badly badly mangled. Snow gets a look at Bull when he leans in the put a bullet in his head. It doesn't happen because sirens are headed for the robbery site. Bull pulls out with his men and the money. His is a face that will haunt Snows dreams for a decade.
Snow recovered but his leg almost got him tossed from SAS. Through hard work his leg recovered and Snow was able to stay in SAS. He later resigned and headed for Kyiv, Ukraine to work as a teacher.
So begins one pretty damned good read.
This one has Snow, another man from the UK named Arnaud who comes to the Ukraine as a teacher, his girlfriend Lissa, the police, a man named Vickers, Snow giving a warning no one wants to hear, a Bull becoming a businessman, murder, attempted murder, MI5 and MI6 in Great Britain, the movement of arms across the Ukranian border, a former KGB General named Varchenco, an assassin with the wrong information, revenge, friends, enemies and Aiden Snow doing his best to figure it all out and save the day.
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