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Ask No Mercy

(Max Anger, Book 1)
Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
Series: Max Anger, Book 1
Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
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Global intrigue, espionage, and mystery from a thrilling new international voice.

Max Anger is a man on the edge. The former fighter in an elite band of special-ops soldiers in Sweden, Anger is haunted by battle scars, a childhood spent in the Stockholm archipelago, and his own mysterious family past. Now behind a desk at Vektor, a think tank conducting research on Russia, he’s met his match - and fallen in love - with fierce fellow operative Pashie Kovalenko. Like all of Vektor, she’s set her sights on the tenuous future of her country.

When Pashie goes missing in Saint Petersburg, Anger rushes headlong into a volatile Russia, where a new president is about to be elected in the midst of a technological revolution. At the movement’s heart is a start-up Pashie had been investigating, one surrounded by rumors of organized crime and corruption. But the truth is more shocking than Anger could have ever expected.

Now time is running out for Pashie. Racing through a storm of violence and deception, Anger gets ever closer to a sensational secret - and to the Russian madman with dreams of restoring one of the cruelest regimes in the history of the world.

©2016 Martin Österdahl. (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved. Translation © 2018 by Peter Sean Woltemade.

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Great story, great thriller

Lots of interesting characters, exciting plot twists and build up of tension. Hope there will be a follow up book.

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Riveting espionage thriller with the backdrop of Russia in 1990s makes for a fascinating read

For those who enjoy thrillers, espionage or have an interest in Russian contemporary history, you’ll like this.

The story grips you from the first chapter with Paschie’s disappearance in St Petersburg in 1996. Max Anger, her boyfriend and ex-Swedish military, goes looking for her and finds a whole lot more. The plot is beautifully layered and weaves together well: Max has a romantic mission, a family mystery to solve and desire to uncover what is exactly is going on in Russia as it shifts toward ‘democracy’. The backdrop of Russia in 1990s is fascinating and the author traces the characters’ roots all the way back to WII with razor-sharp accuracy. These characters are rich in complexity and highly emotive. Naturally, they link together in the end, but not everyone makes the journey.

Great to read a new author to this genre who is able to bring something different. Hopefully the next in the series are just as good!

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  • Phillip
  • Johannesburg South Africa
  • 24-06-19

James Patrick Cronin Amazing

The book is so so but James Patrick Cronin is the most amazing Narrator on the planet!!!