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The Kramski Case (Tales of MI7 Book 1)

The Kramski Case (Tales of MI7 Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

J.J. Ward
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“Bottom Line: 5 Stars for entertainment and originality, these days I seldom lose sleep over a book unless it is truly exceptional and I was up far past my usual bedtime to finish this.” - Douglas C Meeks, Amazon US Top 500 reviewer, September 2013.

“An immensely well-written, fast-paced and obviously thoroughly researched tale, with an exciting plot, interesting and intelligent characters and some extremely skilful (and often humorous) dialogue.” - Hermes Love, Amazon UK Top 100 reviewer, November 2013.

“Espionage, murders, intrigue, and of course hot romance are billowing out of nearly every page ... JJ Ward has polished his style well and knows when and how to turn up the heat.”- Grady Harp, Amazon US Top 50 Reviewer, Vine Voice and Hall of Fame Reviewer, July 2014.

“From a Bond lover … terrific!” - Jay Mittener, Amazon US Top 500 reviewer, October 2013.

“There is clarity about the writing and the world view that feels like a breath of fresh air.” - Adam “Mr B”, Amazon UK Vine Voice, December 2013.

“A great book for reading on the train, and is a welcome light relief in these dark and gloomy days!” - MRN Shackelford, Amazon UK Top 1000 reviewer, November 2013.

"This was a terrific thrill ride of a book." - Liz Wilkins, Amazon UK Top 500 Reviewer, January 2014.


“The reason you’re incredulous, gentlemen,” Ruby Parker went on, “is because you haven’t the faintest conception of how MI5, MI6 and the FBI and CIA now work. Which is good news for us, bad news for the Sluzhba Vneshney Razvedki, not to mention the Direction Générale de la Sécurité Extérieure and the Bundesnachrichtendienst. We’ve managed to keep our rivals in the dark for over a decade.”
“Bravo,” Bronstein said. “Now maybe you could fill us in on what the hell you’re talking about.” He put his hands together. “No disrespect.”
She sat down. “I won’t bore you with the details. There is no MI5. Not any more. It merged with MI6 nearly a decade ago to create MI7, the result of an initiative to bring intelligence – in the cybernetic sense of the word – into Intelligence. We continue under the MI5, MI6 designation in public for obvious reasons. And because people seem to like it.”
“Right,” Bronstein said.
“We’ve had effective departments of spies in this country since Francis Walsingham in the sixteenth century, Lieutenant Bronstein. The author of Robinson Crusoe was a spy. There was nothing special about MI5 or MI6.”

When someone starts assassinating paparazzi in three countries, MI7 sits up. Apparently, the killer is none other than Dmitri Vassyli Kramski, retired SVR field-operative and former Kremlin protégé. True, the Cold War is long finished, but everyone knows Vladimir Putin is as unhappy for Russia to play second fiddle on the international stage as even the most strident of his Communist predecessors. In 2010 therefore, East-West relations remain as tortuous as ever.

Kramski’s trail leads deep into London’s émigré community, forcing his pursuers into conflict with an unknown organisation bent on protecting him. Bit by bit, he begins to look less like a professional assassin and more like someone plotting to scupper the foundations of Western democracy itself. To compound matters, the Russians are as baffled by him as anyone.

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  • Language: English
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J.J Ward lives and works in southern England. His hobbies include reading and writing, identifying wild flowers, drinking rare teas, brewing beer. He has been married for 33 years and has two grown-up children and a dog called Arthur Perrins. His favourite contemporary novelist is Jonathan Franzen, although he thinks there are some pretty darn good British writers also.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5+ Star Read 28 Oct 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
JJ Ward, the Author very kindly sent me a copy of this book in return for an Honest Review (actually, you'd never get any other kind from me!).

At the start of this read I wasn't sure what to expect, it's a fairly plain cover after all .... so was astonished when I found that I was getting a bit annoyed when real life popped its head up and expected me to do stuff, rather than be left alone to read this. It certainly was a real page turner.

Having read it, I now love the fact that the cover is plain, it made me feel a like I should be meeting a man in dark glasses in a park somewhere to pick it up.

The subject matter would at first hint at full on "macho" type reading, but I'm a pink and frilly girlie and there was still plenty to keep me interested. There were quite a few strong females characters in this novel too, all written really, really well.

Not only did the Author conjure up some really great characters, but the dialogue was interesting and snappy, which made the whole Novel stand out as being Ian Fleming meets modern day, but written to perfection. Well done Mr Ward, you are now most definitely right at the top of favourite Authors' List. This is the kind of writing that would convert so well to TV Screen, or better still full on action film. I loved it, loved it ...... LOVED IT and it deserved the full 5 Stars Plus from me, and that's not just because I've fallen in love with Orlov!

There were a few small Errors, but as usual will be detailed in my full Blog Post Number #394 (October 2013). After I've updated the Blog, I'm off to search up more stuff written by James.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Spy/Political Thriller Readers will enjoy! 7 July 2014
By Brooke
Format:Kindle Edition
J.J. Ward appears to be a busy newish self published author (busily developing his ‘Tales of Mi7’ series) delivering quality ‘proper’ books at a reasonable price and for this reason I don’t think his star rating should be penalized for the odd editing error.

I struggle with spy thrillers (unless it’s Bond) and the book cover was less than appealing. However my brother, husband and father-in-law loved it, so I thought I’d see what the fuss is about.

The book is complex in respect of the politics, international relations and frighteningly ‘up-to-date’ intelligence factors that feature in the story alongside characters from Britain, Russia and the USA. Add to this the multitude of plot twists and turns and the non-stop action it can make a breath-taking read. The fast pace covers for the lack of character development, but there are readers who will see that as a pro of the book.

It’s an imaginative, playful book requiring more logic than emotion and if that’s what makes a good spy thriller, then Ward has delivered the goods more than satisfactorily. I was inclined to opt for a 3 star rating, but the pleasure it gave the men in my house has bumped it up to four.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stop! Action Time 30 Oct 2013
`Tales of MI7: The Kramski Case' by J J Ward, is something that would not have felt out of place as one of the `Tales of the Unexpected'. This is an action thriller that has more twists and turns than an eel in a waterbed. The story brings together an NYPD cop, Russian military man and a British police officer (who just happens to be the son of an MP). Together they are tasked with finding out who is killing paparazzi in their three countries. Your task as the reader is to keep up.

There is a lot of enthusiasm in Ward's writing style that makes the book zip along at breakneck speed. The style is akin to mixing Jack Higgins' hard action edge with the high adventures of Matthew Reilly. This is great if you are looking for a lighter novel that has people jumping into action before really thinking about the consequences. Unfortunately, in places `Kramski' falls into the same trap as the other two authors; almost too much is happening. A lot is happening, to a lot of different characters and more than once I lost the thread a little.

However, there are also areas to commend the story. The introduction is startling and really sets the pace. There is a car chase that is one of the best I have read; mixing HI octane action with humour. I was also impressed that some of the twists really stood out; not every character you like is safe. This gives the book added edge as you cannot take anything for granted. If you are a fan of adventure fiction like Higgins of Lee Child, then `The Kramski Case' would be a good read for you. Those used to a more in-depth character study should perhaps look elsewhere.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A modern take on spy thrillers 8 Nov 2013
This is the first in a series of modern day spy thrillers with three volumes so far. The author has merged the well known British security & secret services into a single organisation which is known to its operatives and those in the know as MI7. Outwardly the old designations (MI5 & MI6) are still used, this is a neat twist as it allows more scope for story telling. The Kramski Case features an ensemble cast of believable characters that all have their own ways.

The premise is that someone has been shooting paparazzi in Russia, the US and now Britain. So the British ask the Russians and Americans to supply someone for a tri-partite investigation. The case is solved remarkably quickly, but that doesn't lead to an arrest as there isn't enough evidence. Something that I think is probably remarkably realistic. However the team get involved in a deeper plot when trying to track down Kramski, who they are certain is the killer.

There isn't an obvious main character in it, although one of the primary characters is killed about a third of the way through the book. This came as a great shock, because I had come to see that character as the main character in the story, so you expected that somehow they would survive and get out of the situation that they were in at the time (which up until the page before they were killed seemed eminently likely). After that each time a character got into a dangerous activity it had me wondering whether or not they were going to make it. So it increased the tension, which is a good thing in a thriller.

The story is slower at first, it takes until about page 80 to really start moving along, and it wasn't until about page 150 that I really got into it. So some perseverance is definitely called for.
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