- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Silverwood Books (15 April 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1781322007
- ISBN-13: 978-1781322000
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.9 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 504,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Moscow Bound (The Puppet Meisters Trilogy) Paperback – 15 Apr 2014
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'Moscow Bound by Adrian Churchward, as far as I'm concerned, is nothing short of a masterpiece of political fiction...the novel suckered me in from the opening chapter and once I was drawn in, I literally couldn't pull myself away from this fascinating, intriguing, and often startling plot.' Charlotte Barnes, Mad Hatter Reviews
About the Author
Between 1984 and 1998 Adrian Churchward lived and worked in Moscow, Budapest and Prague as an East-West trade lawyer, representing British, American and German corporations. During this period he became proficient in translating Russian commercial and legal texts into English. He was one of the few Western lawyers working in the day-to-day arena of President Gorbachev's liberalisation process of perestroika and glasnost, and which ultimately resulted in the collapse of communism and disintegration of the Soviet Union. In 1991, he witnessed the abortive coup against Gorbachev and in 1993, he was again present in Moscow when Yeltsin ordered the shelling of the Russian parliament building, aka the "The Russian White House". He lives in London, has two daughters, three grandsons and a cat that eats furniture. Read more about Adrian at www.adrianchurchward.com.
Top Customer Reviews
Scott bravely returns to Moscow where he works, but he's upset a powerful enemy and his return to Russia is not an easy one. The publicity he has gained sends a new client to him. Ekaterina Romanova is searching for her father who has been held captive without trial for many years. She only has one thread of a trail to start their search but when they get caught on camera at the scene of a crime more than one set of people want to know more about them.
Is Ekaterina telling Scott the truth? What is she not telling him? Why is General Pravda interested in their search and just who can you trust in a country which often shoots first and asks questions later? As the Russian people embrace some of their newer freedom, the old men who ruled with iron fists are dying off, but fighting within still exists and will anyone in Russia ever learn to trust again? There are many twists and turns in the book which kept me glued to the pages to find out just who or what is drawn Moscow Bound.
This review is based on a free copy of the book given to me by the author.
I would certainly recommend this book and am looking forward to reading part 2.
The main setting is modern day Russia, with the spectre of communism haunting the corridors of power. The Russian secret service, whilst fighting amongst itself, is investigating a prominent British lawyer, who is running his own investigation against the Russian state and against the clock. As the two approach a common point, a secret of such tantamount importance risks exposure that all bets are off... and it will be the last man standing.
Finished the final chapter with a smile, many questions and have found myself thinking about it a few days since.
Aimed at those who enjoy an easy read with a cunning plot, fast pace and growing suspense. The author achieves the fine balance of realism, historical fact and entertaining story line.
The author, Adrian Churchward, clearly has an encyclopaedic knowledge of Moscow and things Russian. We get furtive insights into the internal conflicts between the various Russian Intelligence Services and glimpses of the distorted world in which they play out their venomous activities; these are mixed in with the power and ruthless anarchy of the oligarchs. The pace of the story builds up as does the suspense.
Scott Mitchell’s adventures are labyrinthine and compelling: just the combination to make this a very exciting thriller which, once you start it, you cannot put down.
Scott Mitchell, one of the two point-of-view characters in Moscow Bound, is a young British human-rights lawyer who is living and working in Moscow. When the book opens, Scott, flying back to Moscow, has just won a significant case against the Russian army in the European Court of Human Rights for its crimes in Chechnya. This has had two effects: Scott is a hero to Chechnyians (which gives him at least a few people he can trust in Moscow's house of mirrors), and he has pissed off the Russian army (which removes him from the plane under guard and interrogates him).
Now add a gorgeous young Russian mother, separated from her oligarch husband (powerful enough to dine occasionally with Putin). Ekaterina, who with good reason does not trust the Russian government, asks Scott to help her find the father she never knew, someone spirited away by the KGB years before. Scott reluctantly decides to help her.
Now add a second POV character, Lieutenant-General Pravda of the GRU, military intelligence. A body has been fished out of the Moscow River, someone who Pravda knows should not have been in Moscow, someone who has been assassinated in a particularly suspicious manner. When an elderly pensioner is murdered in the same way, Pravda, an honest and patriotic soldier, realizes an explosive military secret is at risk.
The book is a lot of fun and I gobbled it down.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A good insight into President Gorbachev's liberalisation process and the Cold War period. Having read it I now know a great deal more about the KGB's Military Intelligence and how... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Bookworm
The story is quite interesting, although for the benefit of any future readers I should perhaps not give too much away. But the way the story is told is unsatisfactory. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Tina Tamman
If you enjoy a fast moving and exciting read you will revel in this book. You will also learn the workings of some of the security agencies, which is very enlightening. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very enjoyable read, holds the right amount of twists and turns to keep you turning the pages.
Fast paced and full of action
Adrian Churchward's writing style reminds me... Read more
I really enjoyed this book. It's not normally the sort of genre I read but liked the sound of it and was not disappointed. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Justine H
This is a captivating read from the very first page. The characters are very well written and the plot is full of suspense. I highly recommend this novel!Published 16 months ago by Natalie B
A riveting read and a chilling political thriller in the vein of John Le Carré, Frederick Forsyth with the geo-political conspiracy laced edge of a Robert Ludlum or Tom... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
A true page-turner and enjoyable read. The author has obvious first-hand experience of Russia and this is clearly demonstrated within the narrative. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very interesting book
If I don't have any other responsibility I would finish reading it within a day. Read more