Corruption of Power

Corruption of Power➜ [Epub] ❧ Corruption of Power By G.W. Eccles ➦ – Oaklandjobs.co.uk OUTSTANDING THRILLER OF , IAN BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARDSMEDAL WINNER AT THE INDEPENDENT PUBLISHERS BOOK AWARDS MEDAL WINNER AT THE eLIT BOOK AWARDS NOMINATED AS A FINALIST IN IAN BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD OUTSTANDING THRILLER OF , IAN BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARDSMEDAL WINNER AT THE INDEPENDENT PUBLISHERS BOOK AWARDSMEDAL WINNER AT THE eLIT BOOK AWARDSNOMINATED AS A FINALIST IN IAN BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD Russia s sights are set on expansion The prospect of Corruption of Epub / a new cold war is inconsequential The Russian President is intent on restoring his country to its former glory by regaining much of the territory that it lost when the Soviet Union broke up His experience in Crimea has taught him that the West won t fight to defend these territories, but it will impose damaging economic sanctions As a result, he resolves to switch Russia s economic focus to the East with the objective of minimizing the impact of these sanctions when they inevitably follow his incursions into neighbouring countries One element of this strategy involves developing new markets in the East for his Russia s massive oil and gas depositsA major component of the plan involves building an oil pipeline through Turkmenistan and Afghanistan to access the Eastern markets, but when this goes wrong, it threatens to bring the conflagration currently raging in the Middle East right inside Russia s own borders The President turns to independent troubleshooter, ALEX LEKSIN, to put the plan back on courseLeksin s task is made difficult by the fact that the company responsible for implementing the pipeline project is now run by oligarch s daughter, Vika Usenko, to whom Leksin had once been engaged Worse still, responsibility for the pipeline itself rests with her embittered, resentful brotherAgainst a backdrop of political corruption, state sponsored terrorism, and increased Taliban insurgency, Leksin s investigation takes him from Moscow to Turkmenistan, one of the world s most sinister countries right at the heart of Central Asia Wherever he goes, someone tries to kill him people who may be able to help him are assassinated and information turns to misinformation When at last he discovers the truth, he is no longer sure whom he can trust. Corruption of Power is an action packed political thriller that is beautifully written and artfully plotted, with events mirroring actual real life conflicts Catherine Rose Putsche Book Blog This is the second instalment in the Leksin series and follows main protagonist, Alex Leksin, who is an independent trouble shooter, recently recruited by Prime Minister Saidov and President Karpev, to investigate a planned pipeline deal that involves shifting Russia s vast energy resources to the East L Corruption of Power is an action packed political thriller that is beautifully written and artfully plotted, with events mirroring actual real life conflicts Catherine Rose Putsche Book Blog This is the second instalment in the Leksin series and follows main protagonist, Alex Leksin, who is an independent trouble shooter, recently recruited by Prime Minister Saidov and President Karpev, to investigate a planned pipeline deal that involves shifting Russia s vast energy resources to the East Leksins mission is to check the pipeline deal is above board Saidov wants Leksin to give the project a clean bill of health However, Leksin only has twelve days to report his findings before Karpev is due to sign the pipeline contract with the Turkmen President in Ashgabat Leksin begins his investigation in Moscow only to discover that the heterogeneous group that are responsible for planning and funding the pipeline contract are his ex partner and her spiteful brother, Max Leksins further investigations lead him to Turkmenistan, one of the world s most sinister countries and from this moment onwards Leksin must be on his guard as he finds killers on his trail who will stop at nothing to eliminate him by assassinating the only people who can help him and that the intelligence he is given turns out to be false and misleading Leksins mission for the truth leads him from one terrifying situation to the next where the risks of surviving get considerably higher This novel explores two governments, one Russia, the other Turkmen, both of which are corrupt and looking to expand their powerbases in different ways Corruption of Power boasts an elaborate and complex plot, where the twist and turns are particularly surprising and plausible The strength of the novel lies within the unfamiliar locations where it is based and gives the reader a real insight into the growth and culture there Eccles has fashioned a suspenseful and engaging story against the backdrop of political corruption, state sponsored terrorism and increased Taliban insurgency that I am in no doubt reflect the times in which we live in today Congratulations Mr Eccles, for bringing us a fundamentally flawed hero who in the face of danger combats adversity through bravery I look forward to readingof Leksins adventures My Ranking 5 Stars My Review Sites Reading Corruption of Power, I knew that Eccles knew what he was writing about Thefts, corruption, treason, pursuit, assassins, murders politics These are the keywords for this novel The book colorfully pictures Russian oligarchs and governmental officials, assassins of the sinister countries of the Far East, political jugglery and muchThe main character is an independent troubleshooter, former MI5 investigator Alex Leksin, who will perfectly pass as James Bond However, this Russian Reading Corruption of Power, I knew that Eccles knew what he was writing about Thefts, corruption, treason, pursuit, assassins, murders politics These are the keywords for this novel The book colorfully pictures Russian oligarchs and governmental officials, assassins of the sinister countries of the Far East, political jugglery and muchThe main character is an independent troubleshooter, former MI5 investigator Alex Leksin, who will perfectly pass as James Bond However, this Russian English version of Bond has some remarkable flaws he s afraid of fire and he is a cocaine addict Leksin s task is to investigate the upcoming contract between the Russian and Turkmen presidents regarding construction of an oil pipeline Oil means money and money means danger When Leksin flies to Turkmenistan and starts his inquiries, it becomes clear as day that someone wants him out of the country, and the faster the better But James Bond never gives up So he slowly approaches the aim, the truth, struggling to stay alive An English speaking reader may find it hard to digest different Russian and Turkmen names, but you ll get used to it, and the many layered plot is worth your time and effort I received a free copy of the book for an honest review Author in conversation with Lambert Nagle Corruption of Power had always been premised on Russia s quest to regain its former colonies When I started writing it, the Russian occupation of Crimea hadn t actually taken place The Russian move into Crimea suddenly validated my whole premise, but of course the story then needed adaptation to reflect a major shift in the region s dynamic.But it didn t end there Think what happened in the period 2013 to 2015 the Russian encouraged civil war in the Author in conversation with Lambert Nagle Corruption of Power had always been premised on Russia s quest to regain its former colonies When I started writing it, the Russian occupation of Crimea hadn t actually taken place The Russian move into Crimea suddenly validated my whole premise, but of course the story then needed adaptation to reflect a major shift in the region s dynamic.But it didn t end there Think what happened in the period 2013 to 2015 the Russian encouraged civil war in the Ukraine the imposition of Western sanctions the shooting down of the Dutch airline over Eastern Ukraine Russia s threat to strangle Europe s gas supply the energy pipeline deal between Russia and China the collapse in the Rouble, the rapid decline in oil prices, increased volatility in the Middle East culminating in the rise of ISIS and most recently Russia s active support of the Assad regime in Syria All of these required changes to the book literally right up to the last moment The last one went in at the proof stage I found that the oligarchs make for great evil characters in thrillers and so I couldn t pass up the opportunity to read Corruption of Power which centers on the oligarchs of Russia Both the Russian and Ukrainian oligarchs obtained their wealth by taking advantage of the political and economic turmoil that occurred as a result of the fall of communism in the former Soviet Union The Russian oligarchs in particular, took advantage of what is now termed the loans for share scheme which happened I found that the oligarchs make for great evil characters in thrillers and so I couldn t pass up the opportunity to read Corruption of Power which centers on the oligarchs of Russia Both the Russian and Ukrainian oligarchs obtained their wealth by taking advantage of the political and economic turmoil that occurred as a result of the fall of communism in the former Soviet Union The Russian oligarchs in particular, took advantage of what is now termed the loans for share scheme which happened under Boris Yeltsin s regime Yeltsin wanted to speed up privatization as quickly as possible, so he decided to auction off shares of the regime s most desirable businesses in energy, telecommunication and metallurgy as collateral for loans to help the ailing government If the loans were to go into default, the lenders would then gain the title to the shares Only a handful of banks got in on the auctions and the government defaulted on the loans which meant only a handful of people acquired ownership of the most important assets of Russia which made them extremely wealthy as well as powerful.In Corruption, the oligarch in this novel is actually a brother and sister, Max and Vika, who have inherited their wealth from their oligarch father, Lev Usenko, who passed away The Usenko family owns a corporation known as the Chestny Kombinat which has been the center of their wealth In Corruption of Power, President Karpev is working in collaboration with Max Usenko on construction of an oil pipeline that will span from Turkmenistan to India to open up access of Russia s oil to the Far East This would be a lucrative deal for Russia as well as for the Usenko family and other investors The big concern is that the pipeline must go through Afghanistan and the safety of the pipeline is in question Max Usenko has guaranteed the safety of the pipeline to the government but he is being clandestine on how he plans to go about that This is where Alex Leksin comes into play.Alex Leksin is an interesting character, much like a flawed James Bond Born in Russia, his parents moved to England when he was young where he was raised and educated with degrees from Cambridge and Harvard While at Harvard he was recruited by MI5, British Intelligence, to work in their financial forensic unit Leksin left MI5 to go solo as a private investigator whose main client is the Russian government who pays him a tidy sum He has all the makings of a superhero except for a couple of flaws he has a substantial cocaine addiction and a phobia of fire Both of these flaws have gotten him into trouble onthan one occasion.There is a lot going on in this novel with a number of characters in different locales, so there is a significant amount of skipping from one scene to another Additionally, many of the characters don t have names like Bob Smith and Laurie Williams, butlike Nicholai Korakov or Vika Usenko located in places like Garkent and Ashgabat, so for us mono language people who only speak English, it takes a little effort to get through the first part of the book But once you become familiar with what is going on, the pace of the novel moves quickly and it is one exciting moment after another until the end It s been a while since I ve read a political thriller, so it was a nice change to dive into this novel.There are several characters and organizations in this book, making the glossary at the beginning very helpful and I found myself referring to it several times Alex is an intelligent, sly protagonist who is not without his flaws, and I had the impression he s trying to atone for things in his past The backstory on Alex is limited in this novel and I would have liked to knowabout him to It s been a while since I ve read a political thriller, so it was a nice change to dive into this novel.There are several characters and organizations in this book, making the glossary at the beginning very helpful and I found myself referring to it several times Alex is an intelligent, sly protagonist who is not without his flaws, and I had the impression he s trying to atone for things in his past The backstory on Alex is limited in this novel and I would have liked to knowabout him to understand some of his actions and how he came be an independent troubleshooter When I looked up this author on Goodreads, I found an earlier Alex Leksin novel, soof his past may be revealed in that book.This is a fast paced, intriguing novel that causes the reader to second guess most of the characters actions and wonder whose side they re on and there are many sides and personal agendas in this story Just when I thought I had it figured out, some unanticipated twists near the end proved me wrong I enjoyed the different settings and vivid descriptions of the areas and the action sequences were tense and well planned.The copy I read is an ARC, so some errors may be corrected in the final copy, but early on, one of the characters is referred to as a half brother, then several chapters later, a step brother Another section had a character bound and gagged, on the next page talking to someone, and a couple of pages later, having the gag removed.If you re a fan of political thrillers, or just thrillers in general, Corruption of Power is a worthwhile addition to your reading list I received a digital ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review through Rosie s Book Review Team Trust turns to dust in a cauldron of international intrigue.Corruption of Power by G.W Eccles takes readers on a rollicking ride through corridors of intrigue and bloody chaos as the once powerful nation of Russia tries to recapture the strength of its greatness Financial gain has replaced the manifesto of the Soviet Union with a long line of oligarchs Money and power are real, and neither have a conscience.Into this cauldron walks an independent troubleshooter, Alex Leksin, whose task is to Trust turns to dust in a cauldron of international intrigue.Corruption of Power by G.W Eccles takes readers on a rollicking ride through corridors of intrigue and bloody chaos as the once powerful nation of Russia tries to recapture the strength of its greatness Financial gain has replaced the manifesto of the Soviet Union with a long line of oligarchs Money and power are real, and neither have a conscience.Into this cauldron walks an independent troubleshooter, Alex Leksin, whose task is to cap the well of catastrophe raging in the middle east, washing up on the borders of Russia Death stalks Leksin as he finds himself surrounded by corruption, terrorism, insurgency and assassination Is he a pawn in a deadly game of chance, or an integral part of a carefully designed political machine that turns trust into dust in order to win against all odds This a terrific thriller beautifully paced as it gets faster andfurious in the final third of the book I give it five stars Temple Emmet Williams, Former Editor at The Reader s Digest. Here s a book that certainly lives up to its title The lead character, Alex Leksin, is an independent trouble shooter working for the Russian President The President wants Alex to report on a planned pipeline through Turkmenistan and Afghanistan.Set in the present day, many of the political implications are all too familiar to followers of current affairs.I have not read Eccles previous book The Oligarch although I gather that some of the characters featured in that story.Personally, I foun Here s a book that certainly lives up to its title The lead character, Alex Leksin, is an independent trouble shooter working for the Russian President The President wants Alex to report on a planned pipeline through Turkmenistan and Afghanistan.Set in the present day, many of the political implications are all too familiar to followers of current affairs.I have not read Eccles previous book The Oligarch although I gather that some of the characters featured in that story.Personally, I found that it took some time to warm to the main character Leksin The book starts with several chapters of scene setting and a confusion of players I am not normally a fan of including a Glossary of Characters, but it certainly helped this time, with there being so many of them.The early chapters did however lack action, due to scene setting, but all that changes as the book develops and we are led through Turkmenistan in to an all action journey to find the truth.Eccles writes in an easy to read style, and like many modern action writers he uses short chapters to keep the reader s attention, making page turning a must.I understand that Eccles has lived and worked in the area for many years, and that is evidenced by his detailed descriptions of Turkmenistan and its inhabitants The comparisons between ancient and modern lifestyles, I found particularly interesting.There were some interesting peripheral characters, such as the President, who banned gold teeth, Batyr the shepherd and the fictitious President, who likes to be pictured semi naked taking part in various sporting activities I cannot imagine who Eccles could have based him on I look forward to reading the author s previous book, and the final part of the trilogy when it is published.I heartily recommend Corruption of Power and I have awarded it four stars.Reviewed by Clive at www.whisperingstories.com I couldn t resist all the publicity surrounding Corruption of Power, especially since I had previously enjoyed the first in the series, The Oligarch The hype is pretty much justified It is a very fast moving political thriller set in Russia and Turkmenistan, where nothing is ever as it seems and everyone has their own agenda There is a great sense of place conveyed by some excellent writing, and a background sense of unease as the hero, Alex Leksin, delves into a world of wholesale corrupti I couldn t resist all the publicity surrounding Corruption of Power, especially since I had previously enjoyed the first in the series, The Oligarch The hype is pretty much justified It is a very fast moving political thriller set in Russia and Turkmenistan, where nothing is ever as it seems and everyone has their own agenda There is a great sense of place conveyed by some excellent writing, and a background sense of unease as the hero, Alex Leksin, delves into a world of wholesale corruption and State inspired terrorism Awesome Indies Book Awards is pleased to include CORRUPTION OF POWER by G.W ECCLES in the library of Awesome IndiesBadge of Approval recipients at Awesome Indies Book Awards is pleased to include CORRUPTION OF POWER by G.W ECCLES in the library of Awesome IndiesBadge of Approval recipients at So you ll have to forgive me a little because this is the second book in the series and I don t believe I ve read the first it s been one of those days This book follows the protagonist Alex Leksin who is a trouble shooter working for both Prime Minister Saidov and President Karpev His job is simply to investigate and monitor the deal that will see Russia moving its vast energy resources to the East Leksin is put in charge of making sure everything is above board so to speak However, there So you ll have to forgive me a little because this is the second book in the series and I don t believe I ve read the first it s been one of those days This book follows the protagonist Alex Leksin who is a trouble shooter working for both Prime Minister Saidov and President Karpev His job is simply to investigate and monitor the deal that will see Russia moving its vast energy resources to the East Leksin is put in charge of making sure everything is above board so to speak However, there s a bit of a time constraint, as Leksin only has twelve days to report back before Karpev needs to sign the contract with the President in Ashgabat you still following As Leksin continues his investigations he finds that there are people on his trail that will stop at nothing to take him off the grid and assassinate him and the knowledge that he has collected.So now we ve got through the nitty gritty plot onto the good bits Did I enjoy this book Yes, although I m not sure I understood all of it When it comes to political, action books I do struggle sometimes There is a lot of plot to understand and to keep your finger on and at times I did find myself confused as to what exactly was going on However Eccles has created a really strong character in Leksin Easy to warm to and a strong exciting character I really enjoyed reading along and learningabout the corruption of powers and the dangers that were constantly playing with our main characters.It is also important to know that this book is incredibly well researched It appears that Eccles has spent a large portion of his life living and working in Kazakhstan Russia and it really shows The descriptions and the detail put in is of a wonderful quality and it adds flair to the writing you can tell that this really is a passion of the authors and it comes through strongly on the page It s not just seen in the action and the political parts but also in the parts that talk about culture and the lifestyles that are found in the different locations of the book whether we re in Russia or in Turkmenistan it s got so much flavour and understanding that can only come from real life experiences.Although it has a very real feeling to it there are parts that are a little, over the top For me, this added to the plot because there were parts that were quite heavy and with theseexciting, action style interludes it helped to break up the heavier bits of text The book does include a lot of twists and turns and I enjoyed the juxtaposition between the two governments in Russia and Turkman and I think the author did a great job in explaining it in a way that was interesting and exciting I m sure there are bits that I missed in terms of detail but I felt I got a very rounded experience from the book as a whole.So would I recommend this Yes, definitely I not only really enjoyed this book but I felt that I learnt something It s been sold as a thriller but it isthan that It s a literary experience and one I really, really enjoyed Thumbs up and can t wait to see what the author writes next I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review

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    This guide aims to show you how to download Crimea has taught him that the West won t fight to defend these territories, but it will impose damaging economic sanctions As a result, he resolves to switch Russia s economic focus to the East with the objective of minimizing the impact of these sanctions when they inevitably follow his incursions into neighbouring countries One element of this strategy involves developing new markets in the East for his Russia s massive oil and gas depositsA major component of the plan involves building an oil pipeline through Turkmenistan and Afghanistan to access the Eastern markets, but when this goes wrong, it threatens to bring the conflagration currently raging in the Middle East right inside Russia s own borders The President turns to independent troubleshooter, ALEX LEKSIN, to put the plan back on courseLeksin s task is made difficult by the fact that the company responsible for implementing the pipeline project is now run by oligarch s daughter, Vika Usenko, to whom Leksin had once been engaged Worse still, responsibility for the pipeline itself rests with her embittered, resentful brotherAgainst a backdrop of political corruption, state sponsored terrorism, and increased Taliban insurgency, Leksin s investigation takes him from Moscow to Turkmenistan, one of the world s most sinister countries right at the heart of Central Asia Wherever he goes, someone tries to kill him people who may be able to help him are assassinated and information turns to misinformation When at last he discovers the truth, he is no longer sure whom he can trust. Corruption of Power is an action packed political thriller that is beautifully written and artfully plotted, with events mirroring actual real life conflicts Catherine Rose Putsche Book Blog This is the second instalment in the Leksin series and follows main protagonist, Alex Leksin, who is an independent trouble shooter, recently recruited by Prime Minister Saidov and President Karpev, to investigate a planned pipeline deal that involves shifting Russia s vast energy resources to the East L Corruption of Power is an action packed political thriller that is beautifully written and artfully plotted, with events mirroring actual real life conflicts Catherine Rose Putsche Book Blog This is the second instalment in the Leksin series and follows main protagonist, Alex Leksin, who is an independent trouble shooter, recently recruited by Prime Minister Saidov and President Karpev, to investigate a planned pipeline deal that involves shifting Russia s vast energy resources to the East Leksins mission is to check the pipeline deal is above board Saidov wants Leksin to give the project a clean bill of health However, Leksin only has twelve days to report his findings before Karpev is due to sign the pipeline contract with the Turkmen President in Ashgabat Leksin begins his investigation in Moscow only to discover that the heterogeneous group that are responsible for planning and funding the pipeline contract are his ex partner and her spiteful brother, Max Leksins further investigations lead him to Turkmenistan, one of the world s most sinister countries and from this moment onwards Leksin must be on his guard as he finds killers on his trail who will stop at nothing to eliminate him by assassinating the only people who can help him and that the intelligence he is given turns out to be false and misleading Leksins mission for the truth leads him from one terrifying situation to the next where the risks of surviving get considerably higher This novel explores two governments, one Russia, the other Turkmen, both of which are corrupt and looking to expand their powerbases in different ways Corruption of Power boasts an elaborate and complex plot, where the twist and turns are particularly surprising and plausible The strength of the novel lies within the unfamiliar locations where it is based and gives the reader a real insight into the growth and culture there Eccles has fashioned a suspenseful and engaging story against the backdrop of political corruption, state sponsored terrorism and increased Taliban insurgency that I am in no doubt reflect the times in which we live in today Congratulations Mr Eccles, for bringing us a fundamentally flawed hero who in the face of danger combats adversity through bravery I look forward to readingof Leksins adventures My Ranking 5 Stars My Review Sites Reading Corruption of Power, I knew that Eccles knew what he was writing about Thefts, corruption, treason, pursuit, assassins, murders politics These are the keywords for this novel The book colorfully pictures Russian oligarchs and governmental officials, assassins of the sinister countries of the Far East, political jugglery and muchThe main character is an independent troubleshooter, former MI5 investigator Alex Leksin, who will perfectly pass as James Bond However, this Russian Reading Corruption of Power, I knew that Eccles knew what he was writing about Thefts, corruption, treason, pursuit, assassins, murders politics These are the keywords for this novel The book colorfully pictures Russian oligarchs and governmental officials, assassins of the sinister countries of the Far East, political jugglery and muchThe main character is an independent troubleshooter, former MI5 investigator Alex Leksin, who will perfectly pass as James Bond However, this Russian English version of Bond has some remarkable flaws he s afraid of fire and he is a cocaine addict Leksin s task is to investigate the upcoming contract between the Russian and Turkmen presidents regarding construction of an oil pipeline Oil means money and money means danger When Leksin flies to Turkmenistan and starts his inquiries, it becomes clear as day that someone wants him out of the country, and the faster the better But James Bond never gives up So he slowly approaches the aim, the truth, struggling to stay alive An English speaking reader may find it hard to digest different Russian and Turkmen names, but you ll get used to it, and the many layered plot is worth your time and effort I received a free copy of the book for an honest review Author in conversation with Lambert Nagle Corruption of Power had always been premised on Russia s quest to regain its former colonies When I started writing it, the Russian occupation of Crimea hadn t actually taken place The Russian move into Crimea suddenly validated my whole premise, but of course the story then needed adaptation to reflect a major shift in the region s dynamic.But it didn t end there Think what happened in the period 2013 to 2015 the Russian encouraged civil war in the Author in conversation with Lambert Nagle Corruption of Power had always been premised on Russia s quest to regain its former colonies When I started writing it, the Russian occupation of Crimea hadn t actually taken place The Russian move into Crimea suddenly validated my whole premise, but of course the story then needed adaptation to reflect a major shift in the region s dynamic.But it didn t end there Think what happened in the period 2013 to 2015 the Russian encouraged civil war in the Ukraine the imposition of Western sanctions the shooting down of the Dutch airline over Eastern Ukraine Russia s threat to strangle Europe s gas supply the energy pipeline deal between Russia and China the collapse in the Rouble, the rapid decline in oil prices, increased volatility in the Middle East culminating in the rise of ISIS and most recently Russia s active support of the Assad regime in Syria All of these required changes to the book literally right up to the last moment The last one went in at the proof stage I found that the oligarchs make for great evil characters in thrillers and so I couldn t pass up the opportunity to read Corruption of Power which centers on the oligarchs of Russia Both the Russian and Ukrainian oligarchs obtained their wealth by taking advantage of the political and economic turmoil that occurred as a result of the fall of communism in the former Soviet Union The Russian oligarchs in particular, took advantage of what is now termed the loans for share scheme which happened I found that the oligarchs make for great evil characters in thrillers and so I couldn t pass up the opportunity to read Corruption of Power which centers on the oligarchs of Russia Both the Russian and Ukrainian oligarchs obtained their wealth by taking advantage of the political and economic turmoil that occurred as a result of the fall of communism in the former Soviet Union The Russian oligarchs in particular, took advantage of what is now termed the loans for share scheme which happened under Boris Yeltsin s regime Yeltsin wanted to speed up privatization as quickly as possible, so he decided to auction off shares of the regime s most desirable businesses in energy, telecommunication and metallurgy as collateral for loans to help the ailing government If the loans were to go into default, the lenders would then gain the title to the shares Only a handful of banks got in on the auctions and the government defaulted on the loans which meant only a handful of people acquired ownership of the most important assets of Russia which made them extremely wealthy as well as powerful.In Corruption, the oligarch in this novel is actually a brother and sister, Max and Vika, who have inherited their wealth from their oligarch father, Lev Usenko, who passed away The Usenko family owns a corporation known as the Chestny Kombinat which has been the center of their wealth In Corruption of Power, President Karpev is working in collaboration with Max Usenko on construction of an oil pipeline that will span from Turkmenistan to India to open up access of Russia s oil to the Far East This would be a lucrative deal for Russia as well as for the Usenko family and other investors The big concern is that the pipeline must go through Afghanistan and the safety of the pipeline is in question Max Usenko has guaranteed the safety of the pipeline to the government but he is being clandestine on how he plans to go about that This is where Alex Leksin comes into play.Alex Leksin is an interesting character, much like a flawed James Bond Born in Russia, his parents moved to England when he was young where he was raised and educated with degrees from Cambridge and Harvard While at Harvard he was recruited by MI5, British Intelligence, to work in their financial forensic unit Leksin left MI5 to go solo as a private investigator whose main client is the Russian government who pays him a tidy sum He has all the makings of a superhero except for a couple of flaws he has a substantial cocaine addiction and a phobia of fire Both of these flaws have gotten him into trouble onthan one occasion.There is a lot going on in this novel with a number of characters in different locales, so there is a significant amount of skipping from one scene to another Additionally, many of the characters don t have names like Bob Smith and Laurie Williams, butlike Nicholai Korakov or Vika Usenko located in places like Garkent and Ashgabat, so for us mono language people who only speak English, it takes a little effort to get through the first part of the book But once you become familiar with what is going on, the pace of the novel moves quickly and it is one exciting moment after another until the end It s been a while since I ve read a political thriller, so it was a nice change to dive into this novel.There are several characters and organizations in this book, making the glossary at the beginning very helpful and I found myself referring to it several times Alex is an intelligent, sly protagonist who is not without his flaws, and I had the impression he s trying to atone for things in his past The backstory on Alex is limited in this novel and I would have liked to knowabout him to It s been a while since I ve read a political thriller, so it was a nice change to dive into this novel.There are several characters and organizations in this book, making the glossary at the beginning very helpful and I found myself referring to it several times Alex is an intelligent, sly protagonist who is not without his flaws, and I had the impression he s trying to atone for things in his past The backstory on Alex is limited in this novel and I would have liked to knowabout him to understand some of his actions and how he came be an independent troubleshooter When I looked up this author on Goodreads, I found an earlier Alex Leksin novel, soof his past may be revealed in that book.This is a fast paced, intriguing novel that causes the reader to second guess most of the characters actions and wonder whose side they re on and there are many sides and personal agendas in this story Just when I thought I had it figured out, some unanticipated twists near the end proved me wrong I enjoyed the different settings and vivid descriptions of the areas and the action sequences were tense and well planned.The copy I read is an ARC, so some errors may be corrected in the final copy, but early on, one of the characters is referred to as a half brother, then several chapters later, a step brother Another section had a character bound and gagged, on the next page talking to someone, and a couple of pages later, having the gag removed.If you re a fan of political thrillers, or just thrillers in general, Corruption of Power is a worthwhile addition to your reading list I received a digital ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review through Rosie s Book Review Team Trust turns to dust in a cauldron of international intrigue.Corruption of Power by G.W Eccles takes readers on a rollicking ride through corridors of intrigue and bloody chaos as the once powerful nation of Russia tries to recapture the strength of its greatness Financial gain has replaced the manifesto of the Soviet Union with a long line of oligarchs Money and power are real, and neither have a conscience.Into this cauldron walks an independent troubleshooter, Alex Leksin, whose task is to Trust turns to dust in a cauldron of international intrigue.Corruption of Power by G.W Eccles takes readers on a rollicking ride through corridors of intrigue and bloody chaos as the once powerful nation of Russia tries to recapture the strength of its greatness Financial gain has replaced the manifesto of the Soviet Union with a long line of oligarchs Money and power are real, and neither have a conscience.Into this cauldron walks an independent troubleshooter, Alex Leksin, whose task is to cap the well of catastrophe raging in the middle east, washing up on the borders of Russia Death stalks Leksin as he finds himself surrounded by corruption, terrorism, insurgency and assassination Is he a pawn in a deadly game of chance, or an integral part of a carefully designed political machine that turns trust into dust in order to win against all odds This a terrific thriller beautifully paced as it gets faster andfurious in the final third of the book I give it five stars Temple Emmet Williams, Former Editor at The Reader s Digest. Here s a book that certainly lives up to its title The lead character, Alex Leksin, is an independent trouble shooter working for the Russian President The President wants Alex to report on a planned pipeline through Turkmenistan and Afghanistan.Set in the present day, many of the political implications are all too familiar to followers of current affairs.I have not read Eccles previous book The Oligarch although I gather that some of the characters featured in that story.Personally, I foun Here s a book that certainly lives up to its title The lead character, Alex Leksin, is an independent trouble shooter working for the Russian President The President wants Alex to report on a planned pipeline through Turkmenistan and Afghanistan.Set in the present day, many of the political implications are all too familiar to followers of current affairs.I have not read Eccles previous book The Oligarch although I gather that some of the characters featured in that story.Personally, I found that it took some time to warm to the main character Leksin The book starts with several chapters of scene setting and a confusion of players I am not normally a fan of including a Glossary of Characters, but it certainly helped this time, with there being so many of them.The early chapters did however lack action, due to scene setting, but all that changes as the book develops and we are led through Turkmenistan in to an all action journey to find the truth.Eccles writes in an easy to read style, and like many modern action writers he uses short chapters to keep the reader s attention, making page turning a must.I understand that Eccles has lived and worked in the area for many years, and that is evidenced by his detailed descriptions of Turkmenistan and its inhabitants The comparisons between ancient and modern lifestyles, I found particularly interesting.There were some interesting peripheral characters, such as the President, who banned gold teeth, Batyr the shepherd and the fictitious President, who likes to be pictured semi naked taking part in various sporting activities I cannot imagine who Eccles could have based him on I look forward to reading the author s previous book, and the final part of the trilogy when it is published.I heartily recommend Corruption of Power and I have awarded it four stars.Reviewed by Clive at www.whisperingstories.com I couldn t resist all the publicity surrounding Corruption of Power, especially since I had previously enjoyed the first in the series, The Oligarch The hype is pretty much justified It is a very fast moving political thriller set in Russia and Turkmenistan, where nothing is ever as it seems and everyone has their own agenda There is a great sense of place conveyed by some excellent writing, and a background sense of unease as the hero, Alex Leksin, delves into a world of wholesale corrupti I couldn t resist all the publicity surrounding Corruption of Power, especially since I had previously enjoyed the first in the series, The Oligarch The hype is pretty much justified It is a very fast moving political thriller set in Russia and Turkmenistan, where nothing is ever as it seems and everyone has their own agenda There is a great sense of place conveyed by some excellent writing, and a background sense of unease as the hero, Alex Leksin, delves into a world of wholesale corruption and State inspired terrorism Awesome Indies Book Awards is pleased to include CORRUPTION OF POWER by G.W ECCLES in the library of Awesome IndiesBadge of Approval recipients at Awesome Indies Book Awards is pleased to include CORRUPTION OF POWER by G.W ECCLES in the library of Awesome IndiesBadge of Approval recipients at So you ll have to forgive me a little because this is the second book in the series and I don t believe I ve read the first it s been one of those days This book follows the protagonist Alex Leksin who is a trouble shooter working for both Prime Minister Saidov and President Karpev His job is simply to investigate and monitor the deal that will see Russia moving its vast energy resources to the East Leksin is put in charge of making sure everything is above board so to speak However, there So you ll have to forgive me a little because this is the second book in the series and I don t believe I ve read the first it s been one of those days This book follows the protagonist Alex Leksin who is a trouble shooter working for both Prime Minister Saidov and President Karpev His job is simply to investigate and monitor the deal that will see Russia moving its vast energy resources to the East Leksin is put in charge of making sure everything is above board so to speak However, there s a bit of a time constraint, as Leksin only has twelve days to report back before Karpev needs to sign the contract with the President in Ashgabat you still following As Leksin continues his investigations he finds that there are people on his trail that will stop at nothing to take him off the grid and assassinate him and the knowledge that he has collected.So now we ve got through the nitty gritty plot onto the good bits Did I enjoy this book Yes, although I m not sure I understood all of it When it comes to political, action books I do struggle sometimes There is a lot of plot to understand and to keep your finger on and at times I did find myself confused as to what exactly was going on However Eccles has created a really strong character in Leksin Easy to warm to and a strong exciting character I really enjoyed reading along and learningabout the corruption of powers and the dangers that were constantly playing with our main characters.It is also important to know that this book is incredibly well researched It appears that Eccles has spent a large portion of his life living and working in Kazakhstan Russia and it really shows The descriptions and the detail put in is of a wonderful quality and it adds flair to the writing you can tell that this really is a passion of the authors and it comes through strongly on the page It s not just seen in the action and the political parts but also in the parts that talk about culture and the lifestyles that are found in the different locations of the book whether we re in Russia or in Turkmenistan it s got so much flavour and understanding that can only come from real life experiences.Although it has a very real feeling to it there are parts that are a little, over the top For me, this added to the plot because there were parts that were quite heavy and with theseexciting, action style interludes it helped to break up the heavier bits of text The book does include a lot of twists and turns and I enjoyed the juxtaposition between the two governments in Russia and Turkman and I think the author did a great job in explaining it in a way that was interesting and exciting I m sure there are bits that I missed in terms of detail but I felt I got a very rounded experience from the book as a whole.So would I recommend this Yes, definitely I not only really enjoyed this book but I felt that I learnt something It s been sold as a thriller but it isthan that It s a literary experience and one I really, really enjoyed Thumbs up and can t wait to see what the author writes next I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review "/>
  • Paperback
  • 324 pages
  • Corruption of Power
  • G.W. Eccles
  • English
  • 12 October 2019
  • 1780362927