This is the first novel I’ve read from Joel C. Rosenberg, and I’m not sure why I waited so long. Talk about suspense!
The Kremlin Conspiracy centers around two intersecting lives. Marcus Ryker is a former Secret Service agent who finds himself center stage as he tries to stop a war before it starts. Oleg Kraskin is the Russian president’s son in law and confidant who doesn’t agree with the president’s plans that would ignite war on a global scale. Both men serve their countries as they try to prevent a world crisis.
“How could he keep silent in the face of evil? How could he live with himself by burying the truth so deep or ignoring it so completely that it could ‘rise up a thousandfold in the future?'”
– The Kremlin Conspiracy
The action and characters in this novel rival Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan series. A very intricate plot line gives way to lots of tension and twists. The story starts the reader on the journey of how Marcus Ryker becomes key in defending the country. The characters are so intense that readers are drawn into their lives. The author is able to fill the reader in on a lot of back story without bogging the pace of the novel down. The first few chapters set the stage for the rest of the novel, and things begin to connect up later on from the very beginning. Just noting this because at first the story seemed like several unrelated stories, and it took me a bit to get into it. So keep reading! The only warning I have is that this ends abruptly in a cliff hanger, so I’m glad The Persian Gamble came out this week!