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Cold Blood: A Novel

3 Ratings: 1.0
A book by James Fleming

Some readers may find the jaunty, jokey voice of 28-year-old naturalist Charlie Doig, the narrator of Fleming's turgid sequel toWhite Blood(2008), at odds with his graphic accounts of atrocities in 1917 Russia. Others, perhaps fans of the James Bond … see full wiki

Author: James Fleming
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Washington Square Press
3 reviews about Cold Blood: A Novel
review by . January 24, 2010
I had high hopes for "Cold Blood". I will admit that I did not read White Blood: A Novel so that may have hindered my enjoyment of Cold Blood, but I have my doubts. At its best "Cold Blood" reminded me of the Jules Verne's Michael Strogoff; or, The Courier of the Czar (Dodo Press) , the theme is similar (although they describe different revolutions. Unfortunately "Cold Blood" has neither Verne's sense of adventure nor his ability to craft a page-turner.   …
review by . December 31, 2009
Although it is not necessary to appreciate and enjoy this book, some knowledge of the history of the Bolshevik revolution in Russia is helpful. Charlie Doig is a man on a mission while the society around him is crumbling into armed chaos. A highly ranked Bolshevik official named Prokhor Glebov led the gang rape and torture of Doig's beloved wife Elizaveta. When Doig found her, strips of skin had been cut from her legs and she begged Doig to kill her. Believing there was no hope, he shot her and …
review by . November 02, 2009
Often it does an author no favor to be related to another,famous, author. In this case, the author is the nephew of Ian Fleming, the author of the James Bond novels. To my taste, Ian Fleming was not a particularly good writer (neither is Dan Brown), but his story line carried the books, and the publicity from the films made the Bond written franchise best sellers among a certain class of people.    This author has the same failings as his uncle, but without any of the redeeming …
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