Volk's Game

Volk's Game

A Novel

Book - 2007
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The explosive debut introducing Russian gangster Alexei Volkovoy-not since Robert Ludlum's Jason Bourne has a hero shifted so effortlessly between hunter and hunted A firefight reverberates through Moscow's dark, rain-soaked streets; shattered glass and screams echo in the air. In the lawless ways of Russia's capital city, the gunmen melt away into the night. Two men are dead, the targets not what they seem. A shadowy figure lopes along the riverbank outside the Kremlin walls. Known to all as Volk, a battle-hardened veteran of Russia's brutal war in Chechnya, he prowls Moscow's grim alleyways, a knife concealed in his prosthetic foot at all times.As both a major player in the black market and a covert agent for the Russian military, Volk serves two masters: Maxim, a psychotic Azeri mafia kingpin with hordes of loyal informers; and a man known only as the General, to whom Volk is mysteriously indebted. By his side is Valya, an exotic beauty charged with protecting her lover from his unsavory associates. Valya is the most dangerous weapon in Volk's arsenal.Together they are commissioned to steal a long-lost da Vinci painting called Leda and the Swan from St. Petersburg's Hermitage Museum. Leda's ethereal radiance is undeniably captivating and incalculably dangerous. Volk must choose which powerful man he will betray in order to escape with the painting-and with his life. With the high-octane rush and vivid intensity of a feature film, Volk's Game delivers at every turn, announcing Alexei Volkovoy as the boldest hero of a new generation.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt, 2007.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780805082548
Branch Call Number: FICTION Ghelfi Brent 06/2007
Characteristics: 304 p. ;,25 cm.

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Mar 01, 2017

Bloody and bleak.
Somewhat slow start but then picks up with violent action.
Volk is a sort of good guy monster, in the same league as Bond, Conan or Tarzan. But the overwhelmingly harsh Russian setting and confusing jumble of gangster/cop characters made it hard to like the novel.

Mar 12, 2014

Alekei "Volk" Volkovoy - - a character that grows on the reader, but in a most subtle and dark manner.


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