14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Good "historical" thriller with a slightly weak ending,
This review is from: Archangel (Paperback)
Harris's third history based novel, following Fatherland and Enigma is set in a modern day Russian struggling to come to terms with capatilist reforms. Harris' hero is Fluke Kelso, a somewhat down at heel Russian history expert. Fluke stumbles across some secret papers said to be a diary kept by Joseph Stalin himself. This startling find leads Fluke to the northern Russian city of Archangel and sets him face to face with an area of Russian history he had thought long since dead.
Fans of Harris' previous novels will enjoy this one, with it's well written insight into the recent past coupled with a enjoyable thriller. But personally, although I enjoyed the book I found the ending rather weak ( a reoccurance from the other novels) - the shocks weren't that shocking and the final twists and turns weren't really very exciting. The build up is well paced but the ending lacks that punch which makes a very good (four or five stars) thriller.