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Moscow Bound (The Puppet Meisters trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Sokolov had been one of the men assigned to keep control of some of those individuals...
Moscow Bound blew me away from the first page to the very end! The author lived and worked in Moscow, Budapest and Prague between 1984 and 1998. As you know, I like to recognize an author who has gained his expertise for a novel through direct experience or training... This author was right there on the line for several major events as well as in a working environment in the country... Kudos for using your experience to share great thrillers beginning with the Debut novel of The Puppet Meisters trilogy...
Scott Mitchell, an idealistic young English human rights lawyer has just won a major case in the European Court of Human Rights! So you might say that Mitchell had become an overnight-star in the Human Rights arena. Of course it meant a good or bad reputation depending upon whose side you were on!
But still, can you blame her for immediately going to him for help?! All he saw was that she was beautiful... But as he listened he wasn't sure why she had contacted him. It sounded like she needed, perhaps, a private investigator... You know, of course, that he agreed to help, right? And I'm sure that it had nothing to do with her being beautiful, right!???
Anyway... all Ekaterina knew was that her father was being held... somewhere in Russia. She further stressed that he was not missing--rather, that the authorities were holding him prisoner. She was sure that they knew where he was... First let me go back to the prologue. Yuri Sokolov was one of the top agents who had been assigned a group of men who were imprisoned for no reason other than who they were and what the military wanted done... It doesn't appear that Sokolov was such a bad man, but, still, he had been given the responsibility and never chose to question why these men were imprisoned. What that means for Scott Mitchell was that he was about to enter in a dangerous situation well out of the courtroom and surrounded by military enemies who now hated him because of the win for the Chechens.
Then the first clue came from an unknown informant that they should go to an apartment on Mosfilmovskaya Street. By the time they got there, a man had been murdered. Neither knew who he was...And so the hunt begins... But first, Ekaterina shares part of a letter to "whet his appetite..."
As I read and got more and more involved with the action of the search, a man came to mind that would represent Scott Mitchell... Anybody who has seen Liam Neelson go after somebody like he's done in several of his movies, will realize the skill, tenacious, and fearless character that we meet in Moscow Bound. A very cool character that takes nothing from nobody! And that's what was needed to break into a prison and escape with one of the prisoners...if, indeed, that was where he was and if he was still even alive...
Got to say that this would make a wonderful movie! But if that doesn't happen, check out this book further. This is probably the best inside book I've read of this time period in Russia . Everybody knows I love Talanov in James Houston Turner's books, which you should also check out if you haven't already! But The Puppet Meisters trilogy is coming in close...Can't wait for the next book! Highly recommended!
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I’ve been struggling to try to write this review and try to properly express my views on the book, because my opinion is rather conflicted.
This was not a bad book. The writing is competent, and there was a fairly steady feeling of suspense through out. Our author did well with the history and the setting, to really give you that picture and keep both your interest and your intrigue. So, this story hit the marks of plot, setting, and intrigue.
What fell apart for me was in the character development. One aspect of reading is, to me, getting into the characters and caring about them. I never really felt like I felt enough for the main characters in this book, particularly the one who was our main figure: Scott. But I didn’t hook much into Ekaterina, or Pravda. (Although I did more for Pravda than the other two.)
I never really felt like I got to know Scott that well, and I didn’t feel his motivations as strongly as I felt like I needed to in order to understand why he did the things he did. Ekaterina was too enigmatic for me to hook entirely into her, and in being so, Scott’s reactions to her just didn’t make as much sense to me. And sometimes characters that were supposed to be worldly felt rather…naive and foolish.
There was one point where I just wanted to shout at each and every one of them about how no one even conceived of a particular fact. I don’t want to give it away here, but I came up with the theory almost instantly because I know that people can make things up. No one in the book even conceived of it, and their “but it’s all” explanations in not doing so felt thin.
Otherwise, there were some things that felt like there weren’t properly explained, and did make some sections a bit confusing. If I’d been better connected to the characters, however, this probably wouldn’t have been as much of an issue.
So, this is why this review has been so hard to write. A lack of character connection is a big issue for me, but I felt much of the rest, so… 3.5 Fireballs on this one. I also now see that this is the first book in a trilogy, and I’m curious enough that I may check out the rest.
Churchward's depth of knowledge adds detail and authenticity to make the twisting story line realistic and exciting. A great insight into the possible reality of modern day Russia.
I very much looking forward to reading the second in the trilogy.
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