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Volk's Game: A Novel

A book by Brent Ghelfi

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Dark and depressing

  • Nov 1, 2012
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.
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review by . July 09, 2007
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 …
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Former attorney Ghelfi's impressive debut introduces a compelling antihero, Alekei "Volk" Volkovoy. A brutal killer maimed in Russia's war against Chechnya, Volk leads two lives—one as a powerful gangster with a hand in virtually all underworld rackets, the other as a covert military operative. When Volk gets the chance to steal a previously unknown Da Vinci painting,Leda and the Swan, which has been concealed beneath another painting in a St. Petersburg museum, Volk enlists the aid of Valya, a beautiful assassin, in plotting the theft. After an ostensible ally sabotages the operation, Volk seeks vengeance. The twists and turns accumulate at an almost dizzying pace, building to a satisfactory resolution. Frederick Forysth fans will appreciate the crisp writing. This thriller could mark the start of a successful long-running series.(June)
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ISBN-10: 0805082549
ISBN-13: 978-0805082548
Author: Brent Ghelfi
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.

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