The Oligarch

The Oligarch❮BOOKS❯ ⚣ The Oligarch Author G.W. Eccles – Oaklandjobs.co.uk Elected amid widespread protests and allegations of vote rigging for a controversial third term, the Russian President is determined to destroy the oligarchs before they destroy him When the global ec Elected amid widespread protests and allegations of vote rigging for a controversial third term, the Russian President is determined to destroy The Oligarchs before they destroy him When the global economic meltdown wipes out their wealth and they turn to the government as lender of last resort, the President seizes this chance to demolish their power base His greatest opponent Anton Blok, owner of the mighty Tyndersk Kombinat faces far than just financial ruin as his empire threatens to fall apart, and the President knows that his old enemy will stop at nothing to avoid catastrophe With battlelines drawn, he turns to Alex Leksin, a British troubleshooter of Russian descent, to thwart Blok s plans Against the challenge of hostile Arctic conditions, Leksin must tread a dangerous path through a labyrinth of corruption until the exciting and unexpected denouement takes place in Russia s northernmost seaport. Having read this book, I hope the author has a monkey to test his food for polonium Corruption in Russia is rife, as we all know, but I haven t read a thriller about Russia which has dealt so explicitly with the corruption surrounding the Russian President and the FSB The author clearly has first hand knowledge of the nefarious world of oligarchs, and the book reeks authenticity A fast moving and exciting read, I found the picture depicted profoundly disturbing. This book was a decent read in that it had a lot of action in it Hard to imagine some of the action could take place in such an cold atmosphere Part s about being outdoors in 50 deg weather seem hard to believe Also I could never figure out who was the good or evil in this read Until the end, which is still confusing because I never knew what happened to the gold, it was hard to discern a hero heroin of the novel.Still it s action packed one can find that enjoyable. Greedy, powerful and stinking rich, the battle for Russia Part 2 Upright in the back seat, the FSB officer waited for the Range Rover to glide to a halt outside the battlemented walls of Novodevichy Convent This is the opening of writer G.W Eccles exciting political thriller, The Oligarch.Author G.W Eccles spent ten years living and working in Russia and Central Asia before he wrote his highly original and fast paced political thriller, The Oligarch But lest you think you re in for a bu Greedy, powerful and stinking rich, the battle for Russia Part 2 Upright in the back seat, the FSB officer waited for the Range Rover to glide to a halt outside the battlemented walls of Novodevichy Convent This is the opening of writer G.W Eccles exciting political thriller, The Oligarch.Author G.W Eccles spent ten years living and working in Russia and Central Asia before he wrote his highly original and fast paced political thriller, The Oligarch But lest you think you re in for a business history of post perestroika Russian, then think again Eccles is a highly engaging storyteller and this is a skilled and assured debut It s so skilfully written that you can t tell that this is a first novel.You can t write about Siberia or the political conflicts within Russia without first hand knowledge They are, after all, hardly the kinds of places that anyone calling himself a writer would be welcome Journalists who poke their noses in the wrong places in these parts have a habit of turning up dead The Oligarch begins with the election of a Russian President for a third term amid widespread accusations of vote rigging, and deals with the consequences of the President s determination to claw back from the oligarchs what he regards as the family silver they obtained for a song as a result of the loans for shares episode.Just to give you a bit of background in the mid 1990s a sick and ailing Yeltsin was struggling to control the new Russia and the government was rapidly running out of cash as government revenues stalled A group of enormously rich businessmen who had profited from the fallout of the Soviet Union agreed to lend the State money in return for taking shares in major Russian companies particularly in the natural resources sector as security The theory was that the State would borrow money for a year, then repay it and the security would be returned, but everyone knew that Yeltsin would never be able to repay the money in that timescale As a result the oligarchs gained ownership of enormous companies for a tiny amount of money.In The Oligarch A Thriller, there are three main characters, all of who have convincing back stories and come across as three dimensional Leksin, the hero, who is brought in by the President to investigate what is happening at Tyndersk prior to its appropriation by the State He s tough, but then he has to be He has both physically and mental strength and is unflinching in his determination not to give up Anton Blok, the oligarch, who gained control of Tyndersk though the loans for shares scheme, has his own private agenda about which we learn about as the book progresses and will stop at nothing to thwart the President s plans He s essentially a thug in a suit rude, insensitive, greedy, ruthless and dangerous as he has political aspirations.Finally, Anya, Blok s daughter She s a particularly interesting character because, when we first meet her, she comes across as a rich, spoilt waster, obsessed yet bored with the Moscow social world However, as she gets to grips with what her father s doing and the danger in which it s putting Leksin with whom she falls in love , she has for once a purpose in life and she shows steely determination in pursuing it.It s a shame that mainstream publishers and agents passed up the opportunity to publish The Oligarch But I m certain that this will not be the last we ve heard of writer G.W Eccles and I look forward to reading the next instalment for Alex Leksin Russian President Karpev wants to bring down the oligarchs and take back the major Russian properties stolen in the loans for share program He issues the Order, demanding that the enterprises be surrendered within ten days But, Maxim Blot has no intention of relinquishing his place as one of the world s richest men In fact, he has plans that will make him evenpowerful With a plot that s full of excitement and danger around every corner, I couldn t wait to see what would happen next Russian President Karpev wants to bring down the oligarchs and take back the major Russian properties stolen in the loans for share program He issues the Order, demanding that the enterprises be surrendered within ten days But, Maxim Blot has no intention of relinquishing his place as one of the world s richest men In fact, he has plans that will make him evenpowerful With a plot that s full of excitement and danger around every corner, I couldn t wait to see what would happen next The Oligarch is a fascinating book with an intriguing story line The author s vivid descriptions will thrust you into the story and have you crawling through the deep snow in a severe Artic winter I read this book immediately after reading the second in the series, Corruption of Power The Oligarch is where the author first introduces his hero, Alex Leksin, a business troubleshooter who is as flawed as he is clever The settings are amazing a Siberian mining town cut off from the rest of Russia, which seems a cut out for Norilsk the wilds of Ingushetia, a region close to Chechnya struggling for independence from Russia and Moscow itself The story rattles along at a tremendous pace, I read this book immediately after reading the second in the series, Corruption of Power The Oligarch is where the author first introduces his hero, Alex Leksin, a business troubleshooter who is as flawed as he is clever The settings are amazing a Siberian mining town cut off from the rest of Russia, which seems a cut out for Norilsk the wilds of Ingushetia, a region close to Chechnya struggling for independence from Russia and Moscow itself The story rattles along at a tremendous pace, the twists are well set up, and the hero falls in love though not enough for him to take his eye off the ball businesswise I almost stop reading in the beginning because the editing left a lot to be desired The story left blank spots where I lost the thread of what was going on Whenever a story stops me cold and and I have to backtrack I think the author has no respect for the reader But I thought there was a good story in there somewhere As the story moved on the writing became better There were still a few spots that stopped the flow but the story was good enough that I ignored them If I could I would give t I almost stop reading in the beginning because the editing left a lot to be desired The story left blank spots where I lost the thread of what was going on Whenever a story stops me cold and and I have to backtrack I think the author has no respect for the reader But I thought there was a good story in there somewhere As the story moved on the writing became better There were still a few spots that stopped the flow but the story was good enough that I ignored them If I could I would give the story 4 stars and the story editing 2 stars Spot the real life character That was the game I played as I read this excellent thriller set in Moscow and an Arctic mining town, in which fact blends seamlessly with fiction and the President is a thinly disguised Putin I liked the short sharp chapters which kept the action galloping apace.