Given our current political climate, I thought The Kremlin Conspiracy by Joel C. Rosenberg sounded like a very interesting read, and it was!

The story follows two men–an American, Marcus Ryker, and a Russian, Oleg Kraskin.  While their stories run parallel for most of the book, in the end, their story lines intertwine in the most interesting way.

Marcus Ryker comes from a troubled home, yet despite that, he is a loyal boyfriend to Elena.  However, her father asks Elena to end their young relationship shortly before 9/11, which she reluctantly does.  After 9/11, Marcus joins the military and sees combat duty.  Because of his act of bravery when escorting a U.S. congressman, Elena’s father once again allows her to see Marcus, and soon the two are married.  Marcus eventually joins the Secret Service, which provides him all the excitement that he craves.

Meanwhile Oleg Kraskin is a Russian lawyer who just so happens to be in love with the president’s daughter.  The president, Luganov, welcomes Oleg into the family with open arms and a job.  Soon, Oleg is closer to Luganov than any other member of the Russian government, and Oleg is deeply disturbed by what he sees.  Oleg keeps his concerns to himself, but when Luganov makes a rash decision to invade three Baltic nations and threatens nuclear war, Oleg knows he can’t remain silent any longer.

At this moment, Marcus is traveling with the congressman whose life he saved long ago.  They’re touring Baltic countries and also decide to stop by to have a chat with Luganov.  Oleg, who has met Marcus once before at a similar meeting, takes this opportunity to reach out to Marcus and ask him to help Oleg stop his father-in-law, Luganov.

I loved this political thriller and raced through the last 150 pages.  I was actually happy when I finished the book and realized that the author left a wide opening for another book to pick up where this story left off.  I’ll definitely be reading more books by this author.

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars on the Mom’s Plans’ scale.

I received this book for free from the Tyndale Blog Network in exchange for my honest review.  No compensation was given.


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