[513]: Revenge of the Kremlin by Gérard deVilliers


GOODREADS SUMMARY | Vintage Canada | Paperback, 240 pp. | October 2nd, 2013 | Adult Fiction | Suspense | Rating 4 out of 5 Stars

There are 200 of these Malko  Linge novels, but only three of them have been translated to English so far. Often compared to Ian Fleming’s James Bond series, deVilliers’ Linge features a freelancer CIA agent with hardly the advance technological weaponry of MI5, but has all the suave of a debonaire secret agent. DeVillier has been known to jump ahead of the news. Meaning, he seemed to have the premonition for current world affairs even before it happens. You can tell his journalist roots by reading his stories, and this book gave me the chills simply because it seems so oddly relevant.

The Resurgence of Cold War

In this speculative world, Vladimir Putin is well on his way to reunite USSR. For the last eight years, he’s been quietly working his magic behind the scenes. He rules the country with an iron fist, and have slowly been eliminating organizations and people that could potentially be his enemies (including, Pussy Riot).

First on his agenda is to reestablished a defunct agency within the KGB. So clandestine, in fact, that it does not exist. Wink. Wink. SMERSH is the organization that used to assassinate regime opponents. And the first on the “hit list” is the former kingmaker, Boris Berezovsky. To cut the long story short, Berezovsky made Putin king, but got in his way as he was trying to be, a Russian god. Eight long years later, Putin ordered his assassination.

Matryoshka dolls, Stolichnaya, and radioactive poisons.

The Russian style of assassination is very sophisticated nowadays. Also, very discreet and potently effective. However, they didn’t account for an Austrian-born secret agent to unearth the deep-seated roots of their plans. And just how far Putin’s infiltration has come within the UK. In this world, Putin is in cahoots with England’s Prime Minister. Thus, gaining the protection of MI5 and Scotland Yard. While the assassination of an ogli arch bears no importance with the CIA, it still garnered their attention simply because an alliance with Russia and the UK could change the dynamics of the civilized world as we know it.

Follow Malko as he figure out how exactly did the Russians manage to make the assassination look like suicide. Or how they poison people with substances that leave no evidence or trace in a person’s body.

Why you should read this.

When was the last time you’ve enjoyed an honest-to-goodness, edge-of-your seat, sophisticated spy novel? If you’re like me, probably never.

And what’s a spy novel without a sexy woman in the wings? Much as I hate that Gwyneth Robertson used her sexuality as a tool for gaining information, the former CIA handler was also very cunning. However, aside from the fact that she’s using her feminine whiles to gain Malko’s affection, no one really knows what her game plans are. She’s very successful in what she does, so we know she’s not using her femininity to gain power.

When Random House sent this to me, I had no idea what kind of novel I was in for. It’s quite an experience reading this book. Everything is so garishly new and exciting. I enjoyed learning the insides of cloak and dagger organizations such as CIA, MI5 and even, FSB.  I really am excited to read the rest of the novels in this series. 

Other Books in this Series (in English):

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  • Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

    Yeah, I dn’t think that I have ever read a spy novel. I’m glad you enjoyd it though!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

  • Like Lola, I haven’t read a spy novel in… sheesh years it seems. This one sounds fascinating. I didn’t even know this author existed so I am glad you got a chance to try a new author out! You say this author has written 200 books in this series?

  • It’s been so long since I enjoyed a spy novel period. There aren’t many out there. Although, I did promise myself I would buy the whole Alex Rider series. But I keep forgetting, ugh!!! And I have to finish The Gallagher Girls series, omg. Ever since I started blogging, my reads started being 95% new books and 5% old ones 😛 This sounds good, will try to make it one of 5 out of 100 books! LOL!

  • RO

    I’ve never heard of this author, but I definitely do love a thriller with some spy action going on. Good review of the book. Hugs…

  • To be honest, I’m not really very interested with spy novels…not really my thing. Although, my aunt loves them. Her favorite author is Ludlum. I think I’ll recommend this to her, especially since you ended up loving it!

    • I know. It’s not for everybody. I’m surprised that I ended up loving it, too. I hope your aunt enjoys them. 🙂

  • Gorgeous review Joy. <3 I'm so glad you liked this book a whole lot 😀 While it sounds exciting, not my kind of story :\ but hoping that maybe one day I might enjoy books like this one 🙂 You do make me wish I could love it. <3

  • 200 novels? All surrounding the same character agent? Wow, that’s commitment. It sounds like a bit of Bond a bit of Jason Bourne and a sexy, sinister storyline that already has my attention. How did it translate to English, could you tell that it wasn’t the original dialect? I’m hoping this one is available on audiobook, the hubby would absolutely love this one. Incredible review Joy, so glad you really enjoyed it and hopefully it’s successful enough to warrant more of his novels being translated <3

    • I know right? Oh yes. I think your hubs would enjoy them. And they are available on Audible. 🙂

  • Reading a French author would definitely be new for me but this sounds like it was a lot of fun and totally like something I would enjoy. I think this is one that would be worth trying for sure.
    Wonderful review hon! Have a great weekend. 😀

    • Thanks, Ali. 🙂 I would like to see how you’ll fare with this one. No too many would be willing to try. Lol.

  • The intrigue sounds well done in this one.

  • I used to devour spy novels back in the old days, but then I got sucked into the world of YA. I’m thinking this summer, I need to pick up some mystery/thriller/spy books just as a palette cleanser. I’ll add this author and book to my list because I’m all for a good suspense book.
    Great review!

    • Lol. YA novels are time-sucking fun, aren’t they? But from time to time, we must veer away from easy and into the unknown. 🙂

  • 200 novels? Damn that’s a lot! I admit, it’s been some time since I’ve read a good spy novel. I think my last one, A Ludlum novel, was more than a decade ago.

    • I haven’t read a Ludlum novel. Not even an Ian Fleming. So this one, was really new to me.

  • Christy

    I would’ve been all over this a few years ago. But my son, oh he’d love this.

    • Oh yes, he might! It’s such a manly-man novel. Lol.

  • That darn Putin, but seriously he is scary

  • Oh fun a French author! I haven’t read him I confess but I should try!

    • Yes! and you have the privilege of savouring most, if not all, since you’re French. 🙂 While, I, on the other hand can only read three of them. Boo.