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Reviewed in the United States on December 30, 2018
This book felt like it took as long as Joe was running around the wilderness to finish. I would prefer less wilderness travel and a more complete story ending without all the loose ends that leave the reader hanging after managing to plow through this. It seemed like the author ran out of gas the abrupt way it ended. The setting takes place before the Soviet Union's dissolution so the USSR is kidnapping foreigners and imprisoning them in a hidden Siberian prison camp with the goal of obtaining their secrets to further their agenda. Joe Mukatozi is a test pilot with knowledge of experimental US aircraft. His survival skills and knowledge is Rambo caliber as he escapes and heads for the hills. The success of his capture will either make or break a career and the amount of men hunting him is amusing. His two main adversaries is Colonel Arkady Zametev, the head of the prison camp, and Alekhin a Yakut with the almost mythical ability to track a man. There are side plots involving the people hunting Joe and the people who Joe meets along the way. I was tired of the constant reference to Joe and his Indian bloodline to where it was starting to sound sterotypically racist. It is enough to say his growing up in the wilds of Idaho gave him the experience to survive off the land and ditch the constant historical references of Indians which supposedly made him the man he is. It sounds like what it is, a white man writing the thoughts of an Indian.
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