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An astonishing start to the series,
This review is from: The Winter Queen: Erast Fandorin 1 (An Erast Fandorin mystery) (Hardcover)
Although the Erast Fandorin books have been popular in Russia for a while it is only now that they are being translated into english, and for those of us who are unable to read Russian (myself included) it's about time. This book is a stupendous debut and a riveting adventure from start to finish, fairly flying along as it flits from country to country. The most obvious reference for this brand of fiction - spies and conspiracies right around the world - is James Bond, but Erast is a more personable and ultimately a more effective hero. Turn of the (last) century Russia is vividly realised, the authenticity fairly oozing off the page but never getting in the way of the sheer fun of it all. The only downside to the whole thing is that we've got to wait such a long while yet for the next book in the series.