Alex Volkovoy "Volk" is a mercenary. He was active in the Chechnya war.
He works with a Mafia kingpin named Maxim and another powerful person referred to as The General. He has a girlfriend named Valya who is beautiful but also provides back-up when he's dealing with criminals of Russia.
First he's asked about diamonds and then about a lost Da Vince painting.
He's a compassionate person and shows this with one of his friends who he met at a clinic for amputees.
There is a surprise in who Volk really is and this would be interesting to the reader.
The novel is dark and the characters are not figures the reader would relate to. For reading a story on the dark side of Russia, this would provide entertainment. For those who look for uplifting characters or a story, this wouldn't meet that objective.
Pity the Russians, a people scarred by their country's repeated strivings for empire, now locked in a transition from a collectivist society that promised little for all to a form of capitalism that, under the Putin regime, delivers many to some and none to others. Russia's DNA is encoded for endurance, not stability and optimism. Brent Ghelfi understands that dynamic. His debut thriller, "Volk's Game," captures the Russian spirit, that weird combination of brutal strength … more