This is a refreshing new, perhaps unique, approach (there are no James Bond, Jason Bourne, Jack Reacher characters in this story) and wholly credible. There is a glut of fiction surrounding organised crime in the Former Soviet Union. There is a plethora of non-fiction (some used by this author) devoted to corruption in the FSU. I first travelled to Moscow in 1991, since I have been back many times. I’ve worked in Siberia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and many other countries that border the FSU. The corruption at every level – street cop to national government is rife. The borders are wide open, if you’d care to cross a palm. Budding authors are advised to write about what you know: this author knows what’s going on out there, he’s been there, worked there, lived there. That is so obvious to me. This is the most credible fiction I have read. The lid on drug trafficking and the Russian mafia is already off and has been off for many years. The door is now ajar on escape lines working to protect and hide abused military conscripts from the authorities in Russia. It’s as believable as everything else in this book. The author tells us, ‘The Russian does not forget the wrongs done him.’ I know how true that is.