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on 18 July 2007
This book handles about a true story, the murder of Alexander Litvinenko. As an experienced BBC's Moscow correspondent, Martin Sixsmith tells his finding about the events leading to Litvinenko's murder. As with any true story that handles about the powers on the highest levels one will probably never fully uncover the complete truth. Nevertheless does Martin Sixsmith depicts an exciting and coherent story about the forces at play and the benefits to gain from Litvinenko's murder. He lays down in an orderly structured manner the findings of the different governmental bodies and often adds proper field research findings to it. He manages to paint a clear picture of the information which newspapers have randomly thrown at the public during the course of the event. As a sideline observer I have a feeling the author tried his utmost to stay unbiased (if there exists such thing) and viewed the events from different perspectives. From a BBC correspondent one would expect a newspaper, documentary or scholarly style story but it is not. I was pleasantly surprised with the unsophisticated language Sixsmith used and the read through was as easy as any good novel. His conclusions at the end may feel a bit disappointing but then again he may have left out harsh accusation to protect himself. Overall it is an exciting grasping book, well written and reading time well spent.
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on 7 March 2012
It is a rather interesting read from Martin Sixsmith. In fact, I enjoyed this book more than his written account of the imprisonment of Kodorkovsky in "Putin's Oil". This book is about the assassination of an unfortunate individual. Sixsmith tries very hard not to take sides, and presents the facts which preceded by thorough research. The way Litvinenko was murdered is heart-rending. None of us deserve to die in escrutiating pain and unbearable suffering that he had to endure. Whether he was guilty of the crimes he was accused of or not, it was a barbaric act and unacceptable in a civilized society. The short chapters in the book were ideal for busy, working readers for a quick lunchtime read. It is definitely recommended for those who are at all interested in how Russians conduct business and at times revenge on their fellow citizens.
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on 13 May 2011
an absolute brilliant read, i read through this book with ease the writer writes in a great style, each chapter more brilliant than the last.
it is a great investigation of the whole saga and the writer combs through all relevant files and information with who could have poisoned litvienko.
would highly recomend this book to anyone even slightly interested in the litvienko affair or with Russias war with itself, i will definately be investing in more books on the politics and corruption within Russia.
great read...
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on 24 November 2008
I was unable to put this book down as it reads like a real-life thriller. Gripping and informative stuff. Sixmith also give first-hand research into the Russian government's dark secrets.
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on 3 December 2010
I found Sixsmith's book a gripping read and consider that the research he undertook has made this book such a good read. Particulary enjoyed the chapters dealing with his visits to Russia to further his research and also his opening chapters. In addition, the relatively short chapters made the book accessible and helped to keep the story flowing. This is the second Sixsmith book I have read and looking forward to his next.
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on 11 March 2014
Martin Sixsmith has written this book based on a deep understanding of Russia, its politics and its people. It is frightening when you realise that modern day Russia is a leopard that has not changed its spots, and one wonders where it is going in the near future. The book fows well and I was riveted by the convoluted trail leading to Litvinenko's murder.
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on 2 March 2014
Enjoyed this book which really left lots of questions unanswered. Author did a great job at trying to uncover the murderer but he was obstructed by authority. Very good read.
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on 10 December 2012
Very enjoyable and detailed book - expertly written. Accurate in every detail but with far more background than just a report of events. A most enjoyable read.
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on 22 March 2013
A decent book that follows the investigation quite closely and well researched. Interesting read but quite a sobering read in this era of espionage.
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on 25 April 2015
Absolutely brilliant. Couldn't put this down and it really made me think. Kept telling everyone bits from the book as well
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