I couldn't understand why this book is called a spy thriller on Amazon. Just because it's written by a former KGB spy and has some spies in it? But then reviewer was a little misled. Russian Sector is much more than that! It's an honest view of the Western propaganda machine from an insider who worked for the BBC Russian Service for some while. It's easy to guess that the "Russian Sector of the British Information Service", described in this book, is in fact the BBC Russian Service.
The novel gives a strikingly correct picture of modern London as I learned it and which even some Brits call Londonistan these days. The inability of the British authorities to deal with the problem is really alarming. Is this where Britain is going to? We should "thank" Western political correctness and the idea of a multicultural society for this. Yet, I wouldn't call Vassiliev an anti-Islamist at all. He seems to understand values of Islam and sees a major problem in the corruption of the Western society. I wouldn't agree that Russian immigration should help Britain to preserve its cultural roots altogether but nonetheless I guess the Russian immigrants will be more apt in a generation or two to be guardians of "Britishness". Or maybe it's just an idea of some of the characters in the book, not the author's. Anyway, it adds some interesting flavor to the story.
Most of all, Russian Sector is a excellent novel about the Russian emigration, about a Moscow journalist who is trying to find his place in an alien society and preserve his cultural and historical identity. That's why Russian Sector will find its readers not only in the Russian community in Britain, but among Russians living in the US, Canada, Germany, Australia and other countries too. And yes, Russian Sector is a thriller with cute twists. Great book!