Volk's Game

Volk's Game

Book - 2007
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Introducing Russian gangster Alexei Volkovoy. A firefight reverberates through Moscow's dark 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 known as Volk lopes along the riverbank outside the Kremlin walls. A battle-hardened veteran of Russia's brutal war in Chechnya, he prowls Moscow's grim alleyways, a knife concealed in his prosthetic foot. 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; and a man known only as the General. By his side is Valya, an exotic beauty charged with protecting her lover from his unsavory associates. Together they are commissioned to steal a long-lost da Vinci painting from St. Petersburg's Hermitage Museum.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : 2007. Henry Holt,
ISBN: 9780805082548
Branch Call Number: AF GHEL

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ScorchingSun
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.

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StarGladiator
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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