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Yet these are no ordinary men. With dust substituting for blood they also exude strength, intelligence and electricity--literally. Throughout her lengthy time in Russia, Anne is continually challenged to look beyond the dry facts of the assignment and accept her expanding inner landscape as she begins to acknowledge her strong attraction to one of the men, Ivan. Along the way, both the reader and Anne are bounced around the convoluted Russian psyche--both its warmer and darker sides--as she tries to come to terms with the paranormal aspects of the resurgent KGB's obsessive interest in these men.
There is a tremendous amount of fascinating detail in this story with respect to everything Russian, yet as one other reviewer noted, the story could have benefited from fuller portraits of the characters and more dialogue to flesh out the flow of events. The impact of culture clashes on everyone could have also been expanded. I do bridle at his description of "a trash novel with a degree in tourism," as the force of imagination and intelligence that created such a tale is much more than superficial, coupled as it is with a coherent philosophical underpinning and strong character development.
Bottom line: there is a good deal of action and unusual surprises in this book that will keep most readers engaged and looking for more.
Anyway, I enjoyed this book a lot. First person present tense is usually a POV I dislike, but the author pulled it off seamlessly.
I enjoyed the mystery and the archeological digging and the shadow figure bad guys. I think this book has a ton off big ideas, enough to fill out several more times, but overall I walked away happy. Being interrupted while reading this book ticked me off, so I'd say I was engaged and immersed and enjoying myself. :)
This was an exciting and intriguing read! I really enjoyed it!
Anne Crosby is a fantastic character. I liked her very much. She is a no nonsense, cynical person, who is methodical and thorough in her approach to her job. However, when her boss sends her to Russia to investigate a strange phenomenon, little does she know what awaits her.
I wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading this book, but I was completely sucked in from the first page! There is a lot of mystery and suspense that kept me turning the pages. The story is told from Anne's point of view, and I loved how the author set this book in Russia. Her description of the environs were exceedingly detailed; I felt like I was actually there! I liked meeting the nine men, who shared three names between them: Ivan, Vasily and Fyodor; They are a complete mystery, but compelling. There are also some other great characters that kept the story interesting. Igor Straslavski is a Russian businessman, and associate of Anne's boss. I liked him very much; he's extremely paranoid, but it is justified! Olga is a librarian and an ex-KGB trainee, but I really liked her. Natasha is a witch, but I was a bit ambivalent about her character. The ending has an intriguing twist that surprised me - "There be dragons in them there hills!". I just wish they had figured more prominently from the start!
Tonya Cannariato has written a thrilling and suspenseful paranormal fantasy that kept me on the edge of my seat.
I recommend this book if you love urban fantasy and/or paranormal genres, or books with witches and/or dragons in them! - Lynn Worton
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Anne Crosby is sent to Moscow to investigate the rumors of dragons.
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