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OUTSTANDING THRILLER OF 2016, IAN BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARDS MEDAL WINNER AT THE INDEPENDENT PUBLISHERS BOOK AWARDS 2016 MEDAL WINNER AT THE eLIT BOOK AWARDS 2016. NOMINATED AS A FINALIST IN IAN BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD 2016 Russia's sights are set on expansion. The prospect of a new cold war is inconsequential . . . . The Russian President is intent on restoring his country to it OUTSTANDING THRILLER OF 2016, IAN BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARDS MEDAL WINNER AT THE INDEPENDENT PUBLISHERS BOOK AWARDS 2016 MEDAL WINNER AT THE eLIT BOOK AWARDS 2016. NOMINATED AS A FINALIST IN IAN BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD 2016 Russia's sights are set on expansion. The prospect of a new cold war is inconsequential . . . . The Russian President is intent on restoring his country to its former glory by regaining much of the territory that it lost when the Soviet Union broke up. His experience in Crimea has taught him that the West won’t fight to defend these territories, but it will impose damaging economic sanctions. As a result, he resolves to switch Russia’s economic focus to the East with the objective of minimizing the impact of these sanctions when they inevitably follow his incursions into neighbouring countries. One element of this strategy involves developing new markets in the East for his Russia’s massive oil and gas deposits. A major component of the plan involves building an oil pipeline through Turkmenistan and Afghanistan to access the Eastern markets, but when this goes wrong, it threatens to bring the conflagration currently raging in the Middle East right inside Russia’s own borders. The President turns to independent troubleshooter, ALEX LEKSIN, to put the plan back on course. Leksin’s task is made more difficult by the fact that the company responsible for implementing the pipeline project is now run by oligarch’s daughter, Vika Usenko, to whom Leksin had once been engaged. Worse still, responsibility for the pipeline itself rests with her embittered, resentful brother. Against a backdrop of political corruption, state sponsored terrorism, and increased Taliban insurgency, Leksin’s investigation takes him from Moscow to Turkmenistan, one of the world's most sinister countries right at the heart of Central Asia. Wherever he goes, someone tries to kill him; people who may be able to help him are assassinated; and information turns to misinformation. When at last he discovers the truth, he is no longer sure whom he can trust.


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OUTSTANDING THRILLER OF 2016, IAN BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARDS MEDAL WINNER AT THE INDEPENDENT PUBLISHERS BOOK AWARDS 2016 MEDAL WINNER AT THE eLIT BOOK AWARDS 2016. NOMINATED AS A FINALIST IN IAN BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD 2016 Russia's sights are set on expansion. The prospect of a new cold war is inconsequential . . . . The Russian President is intent on restoring his country to it OUTSTANDING THRILLER OF 2016, IAN BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARDS MEDAL WINNER AT THE INDEPENDENT PUBLISHERS BOOK AWARDS 2016 MEDAL WINNER AT THE eLIT BOOK AWARDS 2016. NOMINATED AS A FINALIST IN IAN BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD 2016 Russia's sights are set on expansion. The prospect of a new cold war is inconsequential . . . . The Russian President is intent on restoring his country to its former glory by regaining much of the territory that it lost when the Soviet Union broke up. His experience in Crimea has taught him that the West won’t fight to defend these territories, but it will impose damaging economic sanctions. As a result, he resolves to switch Russia’s economic focus to the East with the objective of minimizing the impact of these sanctions when they inevitably follow his incursions into neighbouring countries. One element of this strategy involves developing new markets in the East for his Russia’s massive oil and gas deposits. A major component of the plan involves building an oil pipeline through Turkmenistan and Afghanistan to access the Eastern markets, but when this goes wrong, it threatens to bring the conflagration currently raging in the Middle East right inside Russia’s own borders. The President turns to independent troubleshooter, ALEX LEKSIN, to put the plan back on course. Leksin’s task is made more difficult by the fact that the company responsible for implementing the pipeline project is now run by oligarch’s daughter, Vika Usenko, to whom Leksin had once been engaged. Worse still, responsibility for the pipeline itself rests with her embittered, resentful brother. Against a backdrop of political corruption, state sponsored terrorism, and increased Taliban insurgency, Leksin’s investigation takes him from Moscow to Turkmenistan, one of the world's most sinister countries right at the heart of Central Asia. Wherever he goes, someone tries to kill him; people who may be able to help him are assassinated; and information turns to misinformation. When at last he discovers the truth, he is no longer sure whom he can trust.

30 review for Corruption of Power

  1. 4 out of 5

    Catherine Putsche

    “Corruption of Power is an action packed political thriller that is beautifully written and artfully plotted, with events mirroring actual real-life conflicts.” Catherine Rose Putsche Book Blog This is the second instalment in the Leksin series and follows main protagonist, Alex Leksin, who is an independent trouble-shooter, recently recruited by Prime Minister Saidov and President Karpev, to investigate a planned pipeline deal that involves shifting Russia’s vast energy resources to the East. L “Corruption of Power is an action packed political thriller that is beautifully written and artfully plotted, with events mirroring actual real-life conflicts.” Catherine Rose Putsche Book Blog This is the second instalment in the Leksin series and follows main protagonist, Alex Leksin, who is an independent trouble-shooter, recently recruited by Prime Minister Saidov and President Karpev, to investigate a planned pipeline deal that involves shifting Russia’s vast energy resources to the East. Leksins mission is to check the pipeline deal is above-board. Saidov wants Leksin to give the project a clean bill of health. However, Leksin only has twelve days to report his findings before Karpev is due to sign the pipeline contract with the Turkmen President in Ashgabat. Leksin begins his investigation in Moscow only to discover that the heterogeneous group that are responsible for planning and funding the pipeline contract are his ex-partner and her spiteful brother, Max. Leksins further investigations lead him to Turkmenistan, one of the world’s most sinister countries and from this moment onwards Leksin must be on his guard as he finds killers on his trail who will stop at nothing to eliminate him by assassinating the only people who can help him and that the intelligence he is given turns out to be false and misleading. Leksins mission for the truth leads him from one terrifying situation to the next where the risks of surviving get considerably higher. This novel explores two governments, one Russia, the other Turkmen, both of which are corrupt and looking to expand their powerbases in different ways. Corruption of Power boasts an elaborate and complex plot, where the twist and turns are particularly surprising and plausible. The strength of the novel lies within the unfamiliar locations where it is based and gives the reader a real insight into the growth and culture there. Eccles has fashioned a suspenseful and engaging story against the backdrop of political corruption, state-sponsored terrorism and increased Taliban insurgency that I am in no doubt reflect the times in which we live in today. Congratulations Mr Eccles, for bringing us a fundamentally flawed hero who in the face of danger combats adversity through bravery. I look forward to reading more of Leksins adventures. My Ranking: 5 Stars My Review Sites: http://walkerputsche.wordpress.com/ http://catherineroseputsche.webs.com/ http://t.co/G0ExZgmlwc https://twitter.com/Putsche73 https://www.goodreads.com/author/show... http://www.amazon.com/gp/pdp/profile/...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra Engellmann

    Reading Corruption of Power, I knew that Eccles knew what he was writing about. Thefts, corruption, treason, pursuit, assassins, murders… politics. These are the keywords for this novel. The book colorfully pictures Russian oligarchs and governmental officials, assassins of the sinister countries of the Far East, political jugglery and much more. The main character is an independent troubleshooter, former MI5 investigator Alex Leksin, who will perfectly pass as James Bond. However, this Russian- Reading Corruption of Power, I knew that Eccles knew what he was writing about. Thefts, corruption, treason, pursuit, assassins, murders… politics. These are the keywords for this novel. The book colorfully pictures Russian oligarchs and governmental officials, assassins of the sinister countries of the Far East, political jugglery and much more. The main character is an independent troubleshooter, former MI5 investigator Alex Leksin, who will perfectly pass as James Bond. However, this Russian-English version of Bond has some remarkable flaws – he’s afraid of fire and he is a cocaine addict. Leksin’s task is to investigate the upcoming contract between the Russian and Turkmen presidents regarding construction of an oil pipeline. Oil means money and money means danger. When Leksin flies to Turkmenistan and starts his inquiries, it becomes clear as day that someone wants him out of the country, and the faster the better. But James Bond never gives up! So he slowly approaches the aim, the truth, struggling to stay alive. An English-speaking reader may find it hard to digest different Russian and Turkmen names, but you’ll get used to it, and the many-layered plot is worth your time and effort. *I received a free copy of the book for an honest review

  3. 5 out of 5

    G.W. Eccles

    Author in conversation with Lambert Nagle: Corruption of Power had always been premised on Russia’s quest to regain its former colonies. When I started writing it, the Russian occupation of Crimea hadn’t actually taken place. The Russian move into Crimea suddenly validated my whole premise, but of course the story then needed adaptation to reflect a major shift in the region’s dynamic. But it didn’t end there. Think what happened in the period 2013 to 2015: the Russian-encouraged civil war in the Author in conversation with Lambert Nagle: Corruption of Power had always been premised on Russia’s quest to regain its former colonies. When I started writing it, the Russian occupation of Crimea hadn’t actually taken place. The Russian move into Crimea suddenly validated my whole premise, but of course the story then needed adaptation to reflect a major shift in the region’s dynamic. But it didn’t end there. Think what happened in the period 2013 to 2015: the Russian-encouraged civil war in the Ukraine; the imposition of Western sanctions; the shooting down of the Dutch airline over Eastern Ukraine; Russia’s threat to strangle Europe’s gas supply; the energy pipeline deal between Russia and China; the collapse in the Rouble, the rapid decline in oil prices, increased volatility in the Middle East culminating in the rise of ISIS; and most recently Russia’s active support of the Assad regime in Syria. All of these required changes to the book – literally right up to the last moment. The last one went in at the proof stage!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Vicky

    I found that the oligarchs make for great evil characters in thrillers and so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to read Corruption of Power which centers on the oligarchs of Russia. Both the Russian and Ukrainian oligarchs obtained their wealth by taking advantage of the political and economic turmoil that occurred as a result of the fall of communism in the former Soviet Union. The Russian oligarchs in particular, took advantage of what is now termed the ‘loans for share’ scheme which happened I found that the oligarchs make for great evil characters in thrillers and so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to read Corruption of Power which centers on the oligarchs of Russia. Both the Russian and Ukrainian oligarchs obtained their wealth by taking advantage of the political and economic turmoil that occurred as a result of the fall of communism in the former Soviet Union. The Russian oligarchs in particular, took advantage of what is now termed the ‘loans for share’ scheme which happened under Boris Yeltsin’s regime. Yeltsin wanted to speed up privatization as quickly as possible, so he decided to auction off shares of the regime’s most desirable businesses in energy, telecommunication and metallurgy as collateral for loans to help the ailing government. If the loans were to go into default, the lenders would then gain the title to the shares. Only a handful of banks got in on the auctions and the government defaulted on the loans which meant only a handful of people acquired ownership of the most important assets of Russia which made them extremely wealthy as well as powerful. In Corruption, the oligarch in this novel is actually a brother and sister, Max and Vika, who have inherited their wealth from their oligarch father, Lev Usenko, who passed away. The Usenko family owns a corporation known as the Chestny Kombinat which has been the center of their wealth. In Corruption of Power, President Karpev is working in collaboration with Max Usenko on construction of an oil pipeline that will span from Turkmenistan to India to open up access of Russia’s oil to the Far East. This would be a lucrative deal for Russia as well as for the Usenko family and other investors. The big concern is that the pipeline must go through Afghanistan and the safety of the pipeline is in question. Max Usenko has guaranteed the safety of the pipeline to the government but he is being clandestine on how he plans to go about that. This is where Alex Leksin comes into play. Alex Leksin is an interesting character, much like a flawed James Bond. Born in Russia, his parents moved to England when he was young where he was raised and educated with degrees from Cambridge and Harvard. While at Harvard he was recruited by MI5, British Intelligence, to work in their financial forensic unit. Leksin left MI5 to go solo as a private investigator whose main client is the Russian government who pays him a tidy sum. He has all the makings of a superhero except for a couple of flaws; he has a substantial cocaine addiction and a phobia of fire. Both of these flaws have gotten him into trouble on more than one occasion. There is a lot going on in this novel with a number of characters in different locales, so there is a significant amount of skipping from one scene to another. Additionally, many of the characters don’t have names like Bob Smith and Laurie Williams, but more like Nicholai Korakov or Vika Usenko located in places like Garkent and Ashgabat, so for us mono language people who only speak English, it takes a little effort to get through the first part of the book. But once you become familiar with what is going on, the pace of the novel moves quickly and it is one exciting moment after another until the end.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Teri

    It's been a while since I've read a political thriller, so it was a nice change to dive into this novel. There are several characters and organizations in this book, making the glossary at the beginning very helpful and I found myself referring to it several times. Alex is an intelligent, sly protagonist who is not without his flaws, and I had the impression he's trying to atone for things in his past. The backstory on Alex is limited in this novel and I would have liked to know more about him to It's been a while since I've read a political thriller, so it was a nice change to dive into this novel. There are several characters and organizations in this book, making the glossary at the beginning very helpful and I found myself referring to it several times. Alex is an intelligent, sly protagonist who is not without his flaws, and I had the impression he's trying to atone for things in his past. The backstory on Alex is limited in this novel and I would have liked to know more about him to understand some of his actions and how he came be an 'independent troubleshooter'. When I looked up this author on Goodreads, I found an earlier Alex Leksin novel, so more of his past may be revealed in that book. This is a fast-paced, intriguing novel that causes the reader to second guess most of the characters' actions and wonder whose side they're on - and there are many sides and personal agendas in this story. Just when I thought I had it figured out, some unanticipated twists near the end proved me wrong. I enjoyed the different settings and vivid descriptions of the areas and the action sequences were tense and well-planned. The copy I read is an ARC, so some errors may be corrected in the final copy, but early on, one of the characters is referred to as a half-brother, then several chapters later, a step-brother. Another section had a character bound and gagged, on the next page talking to someone, and a couple of pages later, having the gag removed. If you're a fan of political thrillers, or just thrillers in general, Corruption of Power is a worthwhile addition to your reading list. I received a digital ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review through Rosie's Book Review Team.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Temple Williams

    Trust turns to dust in a cauldron of international intrigue. Corruption of Power by G.W. Eccles takes readers on a rollicking ride through corridors of intrigue and bloody chaos as the once powerful nation of Russia tries to recapture the strength of its greatness. Financial gain has replaced the manifesto of the Soviet Union with a long line of oligarchs. Money and power are real, and neither have a conscience. Into this cauldron walks an independent troubleshooter, Alex Leksin, whose task is to Trust turns to dust in a cauldron of international intrigue. Corruption of Power by G.W. Eccles takes readers on a rollicking ride through corridors of intrigue and bloody chaos as the once powerful nation of Russia tries to recapture the strength of its greatness. Financial gain has replaced the manifesto of the Soviet Union with a long line of oligarchs. Money and power are real, and neither have a conscience. Into this cauldron walks an independent troubleshooter, Alex Leksin, whose task is to cap the well of catastrophe raging in the middle east, washing up on the borders of Russia. Death stalks Leksin as he finds himself surrounded by corruption, terrorism, insurgency and assassination. Is he a pawn in a deadly game of chance, or an integral part of a carefully designed political machine that turns trust into dust in order to win against all odds? This a terrific thriller beautifully paced as it gets faster and more furious in the final third of the book. I give it five stars. – Temple Emmet Williams, Former Editor at The Reader’s Digest.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Whispering Stories

    Here’s a book that certainly lives up to its title. The lead character, Alex Leksin, is an independent trouble shooter working for the Russian President. The President wants Alex to report on a planned pipeline through Turkmenistan and Afghanistan. Set in the present day, many of the political implications are all too familiar to followers of current affairs. I have not read Eccles’ previous book ‘The Oligarch’ although I gather that some of the characters featured in that story. Personally, I foun Here’s a book that certainly lives up to its title. The lead character, Alex Leksin, is an independent trouble shooter working for the Russian President. The President wants Alex to report on a planned pipeline through Turkmenistan and Afghanistan. Set in the present day, many of the political implications are all too familiar to followers of current affairs. I have not read Eccles’ previous book ‘The Oligarch’ although I gather that some of the characters featured in that story. Personally, I found that it took some time to warm to the main character Leksin. The book starts with several chapters of scene setting and a confusion of players. I am not normally a fan of including a Glossary of Characters, but it certainly helped this time, with there being so many of them. The early chapters did however lack action, due to scene setting, but all that changes as the book develops and we are led through Turkmenistan in to an all action journey to find the truth. Eccles writes in an easy to read style, and like many modern action writers he uses short chapters to keep the reader’s attention, making page turning a must. I understand that Eccles has lived and worked in the area for many years, and that is evidenced by his detailed descriptions of Turkmenistan and its inhabitants. The comparisons between ancient and modern lifestyles, I found particularly interesting. There were some interesting peripheral characters, such as the President, who banned gold teeth, Batyr the shepherd and the fictitious President, who likes to be pictured semi-naked taking part in various sporting activities. I cannot imagine who Eccles could have based him on! I look forward to reading the author’s previous book, and the final part of the trilogy when it is published. I heartily recommend ‘Corruption of Power’ and I have awarded it four stars. Reviewed by Clive at www.whisperingstories.com

  8. 4 out of 5

    Peter Esterel

    I couldn't resist all the publicity surrounding Corruption of Power, especially since I had previously enjoyed the first in the series, The Oligarch. The hype is pretty much justified. It is a very fast-moving political thriller set in Russia and Turkmenistan, where nothing is ever as it seems and everyone has their own agenda. There is a great 'sense of place' conveyed by some excellent writing, and a background sense of unease as the hero, Alex Leksin, delves into a world of wholesale corrupti I couldn't resist all the publicity surrounding Corruption of Power, especially since I had previously enjoyed the first in the series, The Oligarch. The hype is pretty much justified. It is a very fast-moving political thriller set in Russia and Turkmenistan, where nothing is ever as it seems and everyone has their own agenda. There is a great 'sense of place' conveyed by some excellent writing, and a background sense of unease as the hero, Alex Leksin, delves into a world of wholesale corruption and State-inspired terrorism.

  9. 4 out of 5

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  10. 4 out of 5

    Lizzy Baldwin

    So you’ll have to forgive me a little because this is the second book in the series and I don’t believe I’ve read the first – it’s been one of those days. This book follows the protagonist Alex Leksin who is a trouble-shooter working for both Prime Minister Saidov and President Karpev. His job is simply to investigate and monitor the deal that will see Russia moving its vast energy resources to the East. Leksin is put in charge of making sure everything is above-board so to speak. However, there So you’ll have to forgive me a little because this is the second book in the series and I don’t believe I’ve read the first – it’s been one of those days. This book follows the protagonist Alex Leksin who is a trouble-shooter working for both Prime Minister Saidov and President Karpev. His job is simply to investigate and monitor the deal that will see Russia moving its vast energy resources to the East. Leksin is put in charge of making sure everything is above-board so to speak. However, there’s a bit of a time constraint, as Leksin only has twelve days to report back before Karpev needs to sign the contract with the President in Ashgabat – you still following? As Leksin continues his investigations he finds that there are people on his trail that will stop at nothing to take him off the grid and assassinate him and the knowledge that he has collected. So now we’ve got through the nitty-gritty plot onto the good bits. Did I enjoy this book? Yes, although I’m not sure I understood all of it. When it comes to political, action books I do struggle sometimes. There is a lot of plot to understand and to keep your finger on and at times I did find myself confused as to what exactly was going on. However Eccles has created a really strong character in Leksin. Easy to warm to and a strong exciting character I really enjoyed reading along and learning more about the corruption of powers and the dangers that were constantly playing with our main characters. It is also important to know that this book is incredibly well-researched. It appears that Eccles has spent a large portion of his life living and working in Kazakhstan Russia and it really shows. The descriptions and the detail put in is of a wonderful quality and it adds flair to the writing – you can tell that this really is a passion of the authors and it comes through strongly on the page. It’s not just seen in the action and the political parts but also in the parts that talk about culture and the lifestyles that are found in the different locations of the book – whether we’re in Russia or in Turkmenistan it’s got so much flavour and understanding that can only come from real-life experiences. Although it has a very real feeling to it there are parts that are a little, over-the-top. For me, this added to the plot because there were parts that were quite heavy and with these more exciting, action style interludes it helped to break-up the heavier bits of text. The book does include a lot of twists and turns and I enjoyed the juxtaposition between the two governments in Russia and Turkman and I think the author did a great job in explaining it in a way that was interesting and exciting. I’m sure there are bits that I missed in terms of detail but I felt I got a very rounded experience from the book as a whole. So would I recommend this? Yes, definitely. I not only really enjoyed this book but I felt that I learnt something. It’s been sold as a thriller but it is more than that. It’s a literary experience and one I really, really enjoyed. Thumbs up and can’t wait to see what the author writes next. *I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.*

  11. 4 out of 5

    Rajalakshmi Prithviraj

    Power corrupts, but having to cope up amidst corruption of power, is definitely not a happy place to be in. Corruption of Power is the second book in the Leskin series. I haven't read the first one, but now, would definitely look it up. The plot is interesting. It is an out and out political thriller set in Russia. The story addresses the impact of corruption and corrupt practises on political aspirations. It talks of oligarchs and privatization practices. George has ensured that the facts highlig Power corrupts, but having to cope up amidst corruption of power, is definitely not a happy place to be in. Corruption of Power is the second book in the Leskin series. I haven't read the first one, but now, would definitely look it up. The plot is interesting. It is an out and out political thriller set in Russia. The story addresses the impact of corruption and corrupt practises on political aspirations. It talks of oligarchs and privatization practices. George has ensured that the facts highlighted are right and hence, has used his experiences aptly in this fictional narration. George has a way with words. Though initially, it may take a while to get used to the names and terms, yet, the story doesnt lose its flavour. He brings out the factors affecting the present political scenario in Europe and Asia, but in a manner that does not hurt anybody's sentiments. He has also subtly hinted at how the world might change in the future thanks to depleting resources. And yes, as citizens of the world, we all have a major role to play towards conservation of resources and adoption of anti-corrupt practices. Alex Leskin is not the perfect protagonist. He has his flaws and personal issues. Yet, he is one character you would not want to forget. And yes, it is Leskin who has made me want to read more about him. There are other characters as well and each of them have an important part to play with regards to the development of the story. You have to read it in order to appreciate it. To sum up, the story is a gripping tale of grit and action amidst corruption and instability. It is a must read in case you are interested in geopolitics. P.S - George, this book opened up a whole new genre for me. Will definitely read your first book and I hope more are there to come!!!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mark Allen

    Eccles has spent much of his career as a financial advisor in Russia and surrounding countries. This book is written by someone who knows first hand how Russian commerce and politics works, which makes all the more believable and disconcerting. At heart it's a straightforward 'airport' type thriller. Our hero (Alex Leksin) is a troubleshooter, this time employed by the President to investigate problems on an overland oil pipeline that runs through central Asia. Relationships forged in previous Al Eccles has spent much of his career as a financial advisor in Russia and surrounding countries. This book is written by someone who knows first hand how Russian commerce and politics works, which makes all the more believable and disconcerting. At heart it's a straightforward 'airport' type thriller. Our hero (Alex Leksin) is a troubleshooter, this time employed by the President to investigate problems on an overland oil pipeline that runs through central Asia. Relationships forged in previous Alex Leksin thrillers (of which I'm not familiar) are rekindled and moved on. As he travels across several countries Leksin encounters spies, terrorists, politicians and ordinary folk. The characters have great depth and quirks of their own, including Leksin who has a dark habit of his own. There are surprises, decent chases and sharp dialogue. This book isn't from one of the mpre well known blockbuster publishing houses and it does show, but it's a decent yarn.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sophia

    While I’m a big fan of Crime and Mystery novels, I’m less keen on its brash excitable cousin, Thrillers. With this exception of The Bourne Trilogy, I have never really enjoyed action or thriller films or books. However it was with delight I received this book. I was excited by the prospect of reading a book that was potentially so well researched. I was looking forward to reading a book that was full of the sort of insights that you only get from experiencing a place first hand for a long period While I’m a big fan of Crime and Mystery novels, I’m less keen on its brash excitable cousin, Thrillers. With this exception of The Bourne Trilogy, I have never really enjoyed action or thriller films or books. However it was with delight I received this book. I was excited by the prospect of reading a book that was potentially so well researched. I was looking forward to reading a book that was full of the sort of insights that you only get from experiencing a place first hand for a long period of time. I wasn’t disappointed. COP was full of subtle nods to local cultures, ways of interacting and lifestyles that I, as a mere intermediate in world travel, just ate up. Think Jack Reacher meets Lonely Planet. Read the rest of my review on my blog.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Menton

    This is the second in the series. I read it before reading The Oligarch, though no matter - although some of the characters reappear (including the hero Alex Leksin) the story stands on its own. The main premise is that a Putin-like Russian President plans to carry out a land grab on territory that his country lost when the Soviet Union broke up, and whilst making preparations, something goes seriously wrong that threatens peace along Russia's southern border. Leksin is brought in to sort matter This is the second in the series. I read it before reading The Oligarch, though no matter - although some of the characters reappear (including the hero Alex Leksin) the story stands on its own. The main premise is that a Putin-like Russian President plans to carry out a land grab on territory that his country lost when the Soviet Union broke up, and whilst making preparations, something goes seriously wrong that threatens peace along Russia's southern border. Leksin is brought in to sort matters out. The story gallops along at a terrific pace, with good, complex characterizations along the way, and more twists than a corkscrew. I found the author's style very easy to read and the book difficult to put down.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Alison Cubitt

    Corruption of Power, the second book in the Alex Lexsin series is about as fine an example of a perfectly nuanced thriller, as you will read all year. Premised on Russia's quest to regain its former colonies, GW Eccles writes with the authority of an expert on the region, and he goes to great lengths to create an utterly convincing story world. The author puts the reader right in the middle of the Garabil Plateau in Turkmenistan, a place I had barely even heard of before I read this book. Fully Corruption of Power, the second book in the Alex Lexsin series is about as fine an example of a perfectly nuanced thriller, as you will read all year. Premised on Russia's quest to regain its former colonies, GW Eccles writes with the authority of an expert on the region, and he goes to great lengths to create an utterly convincing story world. The author puts the reader right in the middle of the Garabil Plateau in Turkmenistan, a place I had barely even heard of before I read this book. Fully realised characters, original action sequences and short chapters drive the pace of this outstanding thriller. Highly recommended.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Verona Mccoll

    A great read. The perfect page-turning thriller laced with the chilling truth of Russia today. This book keeps you engaged and guessing to the end. Well written, believable and likeable characters despite their flaws. The Russian oligarch is a complexity worth discovering and G.W. Eccles’s obvious in-depth knowledge and understanding of the situation, people and settings brings additional authentic to the story. Everything you want and more from a good thriller. I hadn’t read George Eccles’s fir A great read. The perfect page-turning thriller laced with the chilling truth of Russia today. This book keeps you engaged and guessing to the end. Well written, believable and likeable characters despite their flaws. The Russian oligarch is a complexity worth discovering and G.W. Eccles’s obvious in-depth knowledge and understanding of the situation, people and settings brings additional authentic to the story. Everything you want and more from a good thriller. I hadn’t read George Eccles’s first book The Oligarchs but I will now.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Tabitha

    It is rare that I finish a book in two days but Corruption of Power pushed me to do so. Fast-paced with unpredictable turns, it is exactly the sort of thriller I like to read. Further to that, it is set in Russia and Central Asia - both hot topic places at the moment - and gives accurate and eye-opening insight into these countries. Leksin is a Russian Bond with complexities which adds a depth of character rarely seen in the thrillers of today - another unusual feature is the smooth quality of t It is rare that I finish a book in two days but Corruption of Power pushed me to do so. Fast-paced with unpredictable turns, it is exactly the sort of thriller I like to read. Further to that, it is set in Russia and Central Asia - both hot topic places at the moment - and gives accurate and eye-opening insight into these countries. Leksin is a Russian Bond with complexities which adds a depth of character rarely seen in the thrillers of today - another unusual feature is the smooth quality of the writing. Thoroughly recommended.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway and I must say it is a page turner. It's been a long time since I read a book where I couldn't wait to find out what happens at the end. I found myself really liking the characters & was rooting for them every step of the way. The plot was very interesting and am now more knowledgeable about how things really are in Russia & surrounding countries. Even though this is fiction, I still learned something. I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway and I must say it is a page turner. It's been a long time since I read a book where I couldn't wait to find out what happens at the end. I found myself really liking the characters & was rooting for them every step of the way. The plot was very interesting and am now more knowledgeable about how things really are in Russia & surrounding countries. Even though this is fiction, I still learned something.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Dickie Fester

    Seen so much publicity about this book that I thought I ought to read it. It's a tour de force: fast moving, sinister and a great new hero for the thriller genre in Alex Leksin. The author gives you a real 'feel' of the settings to the extent that in some ways the locations themselves become actual characters in the books. Seen so much publicity about this book that I thought I ought to read it. It's a tour de force: fast moving, sinister and a great new hero for the thriller genre in Alex Leksin. The author gives you a real 'feel' of the settings to the extent that in some ways the locations themselves become actual characters in the books.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Semper Park

    Fast paced thriller, unusual settings, good characterisations, excellent twists.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Tome Marks

    One of the best thrillers I've read in years. The politics, the settings and the characters are all just right, and the constant flow of twists in the last 100 pages kept me on the edge of my seat. One of the best thrillers I've read in years. The politics, the settings and the characters are all just right, and the constant flow of twists in the last 100 pages kept me on the edge of my seat.

  22. 4 out of 5

    russell scott

  23. 5 out of 5

    John Berry

  24. 5 out of 5

    FlowersandRainbows

  25. 5 out of 5

    Tim Yearneau

  26. 4 out of 5

    Martijn Hartman-maatman

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ian

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nicole P

  29. 5 out of 5

    Charles Griffiths

  30. 4 out of 5

    Amber

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