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A Story of Two Parts
on 6 May 2008
Kelso is a maverick historian whose controversial opinions on Russia have made him famous across the globe, but also infamous in the academic world. On a trip to Russia he stumbles across a man who claims to have been present at the time of Stalin's death. This man also claims that Stalin had a notebook with him on the day that he died and that he knows the location of this item. With Stalin's notebook Kelso believes he could reinvent Stalinist history, unfortunately so do many other people. Kelso is used to dealing with fellow academics, but this case will take him into the wilds of Russia and put him up against some of the most powerful and dangerous people from Russia's present and its Soviet past.
`Archangel' is an interesting novel that seems to be split into two distinct stories. The first half is a pre De Vinci Code like adventure were likable hero Kelso sets out on a history investigation into the notebook. Personally I really enjoyed this part of the book as it reads like any historian's dream adventure. Unfortunately, the book takes a dip in the second half as it becomes a more traditional thriller. I felt it was a shame that it lost its intelligent stance towards the end. This book may fail to appeal to a wide audience as some will find the first half boring, whilst others will find the second half a little silly. However, I found it a good enough book to read and an interesting insight into Russia's history, both old and new.