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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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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 337 pages
  • Publisher: LSP; 1st edition (February 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0980073340
  • ISBN-13: 978-0980073348
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,535,263 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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John Trager wants to retire from the spy business, but he can't seem to escape his past. Vowing that it will be his last mission, he heads to central Africa to track down a former Russian spy who has gone missing. What he finds in Africa will change his life forever, as he gets drawn into a scheme to unite a new country and establish a stable, modern state in the middle of Africa.

Along the way, he falls in love, explores the wilds of Africa and finds himself in the middle of a bloody civil war. This story is well paced, with a wonderfully described setting and a complex web of characters tangled in a web of conspiracy and deceit. It is almost impossible to tell which side many of the characters are on. The tension builds to a conclusion that will surprise many readers, but which feels entirely too real. Not as predictable as many thrillers, this is a very satsifying book.
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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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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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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.

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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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