The headquarters of an American oil company hemorrhages chemical-pink smoke into the Moscow night, the aftermath of an apparent terrorist attack. A Russian army captain carrying a priceless Faberge egg and digital evidence of horrific wartime atrocities is murdered and relieved of both these prizes. And in the snowy mountains of southern Russia, a terrorist named Abreg-who once held Volk captive in a Chechen mud pit-hatches a plan to lure him back into his grasp.
Volk's Shadow finds Colonel Alexei Volkovoy-covert agent of the Russian army and major player in the Moscow underworld-once again struggling to stay afloat in the swirling currents of Russian political and economic intrigue. This time, however, he is without his sidekick and lover, the ethereal Valya Novaskaya. Aching for the soul mate he pushed away, Volk begins to doubt himself, becoming even more detached from the brutality of his actions. When he takes out his inner pain on the wrong man, he gains a powerful enemy in the highest reaches of the Kremlin, and only after he travels back to Chechnya to eliminate his old nemesis, Abreg, is Volk's debt finally repaid.
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by Brent Ghelfi
by Brent Runyon
by John Burdett
by Bernard Cornwell
by Steven Saylor
by Dean Hughes
by Ian Whybrow
by Colin Bateman
"Brent Ghelfi's latest spy thriller finds Russian agent Colonel Alexei Volkovoy searching for a lost love and hunting down an old enemy in the midst of a terrorist attack on an American oil plant. The story offers the traditional trademarks of the genre--beautiful women, ruthless killers, and a plethora of plot twists. Narrator Stephen Hoye handles the intrigue well and displays his wide-ranging vocal abilities with realistic Eastern European accents. However, Hoye's choice to leave Volkovoy's narrative voice unaccented while speaking in accents only for spoken dialogue results in some confusion. He would have been more convincing if he had performed entirely in one or the other, preferably with the Russian overtone. L.B. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"
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