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  • A minimal effort...

    An over priced short story with filler...Martin Cruz Smith is now officially mailing it in. This ends the Arkady Renko novels as far as my future purchases are concerned.

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  • A chilling freeze

    Great and believable story. The cruelty of Russian winter and oligarchs. The bear attacks. The hopelessness, tempered by renewed hope. A very enjoyable read by an author I'd never read before, but will again.

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  • Disappointed

    I read my first Martin Cruise Smith book, Gorky Park, when I was working in Moscow and Siberia in the aisle business. Smiths portrayal of the atmosphere in the decaying Soviet Union was very accurate and really caught my attention. it is rare to see a mystery novel that is also an attempt to capture this social atmosphere of a time and place and then do real character development. I loved it. This last book has none of these attributes and is really spoiled by poor editing and portrays the oil industry in eastern Siberia (or for that almost anywhere) so inaccurately that even people unfamiliar with oil will be annoyed and wonder if the false descriptions are intentional for some reason. Oil is not mined and cementing wells to prevent leakage or infusion of formation water is common practice the wold over. The Lake Baikal region is very beautiful with wondrous features such as fresh water seals and naturally clarified water etc,. Not a good read.

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