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A frighteningly plausible, fast-paced thriller about a Russian cyberattack on America, involving fake news and anonymous hackers. The CIA has learned that the Kremlin is about to launch a sophisticated propaganda operation aimed at discrediting and disrupting the United States and ultimately restoring Russia to great nation status. Intercepted intelligence suggests that th A frighteningly plausible, fast-paced thriller about a Russian cyberattack on America, involving fake news and anonymous hackers. The CIA has learned that the Kremlin is about to launch a sophisticated propaganda operation aimed at discrediting and disrupting the United States and ultimately restoring Russia to great nation status. Intercepted intelligence suggests that the operation will hinge on a single, breaking news event in Eastern Europe, supported by a sustained campaign of disinformation and cyberattacks. Code-named the "Children’s Game"--a chess stratagem that leads to checkmate in four moves--it was probably conceived by a Russian billionaire and former FSB officer named Andrei Turov. For years Turov has been developing the infrastructure for a new kind of warfare that exploits weaknesses in western democracies and manipulates public opinion. His organization offers the Kremlin plausible deniability. But the United States has its own secret weapon: Christopher Niles, a former CIA intelligence officer, who understands Turov's ambitions and capabilities. It falls to him and his small team--composed of his journalist half-brother Jon, a special forces operative he would trust with his life, and Anna Carpenter, a resourceful US senator with deep roots in the intelligence community--to unravel Turov's plot and restore truth to a world spiraling into chaos. The Children's Game is a frighteningly realistic, timely thriller that delves into the secret corners of Vladimir Putin's Russia, exploring the shifting world order and the murky realm of US-Russia relations.


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A frighteningly plausible, fast-paced thriller about a Russian cyberattack on America, involving fake news and anonymous hackers. The CIA has learned that the Kremlin is about to launch a sophisticated propaganda operation aimed at discrediting and disrupting the United States and ultimately restoring Russia to great nation status. Intercepted intelligence suggests that th A frighteningly plausible, fast-paced thriller about a Russian cyberattack on America, involving fake news and anonymous hackers. The CIA has learned that the Kremlin is about to launch a sophisticated propaganda operation aimed at discrediting and disrupting the United States and ultimately restoring Russia to great nation status. Intercepted intelligence suggests that the operation will hinge on a single, breaking news event in Eastern Europe, supported by a sustained campaign of disinformation and cyberattacks. Code-named the "Children’s Game"--a chess stratagem that leads to checkmate in four moves--it was probably conceived by a Russian billionaire and former FSB officer named Andrei Turov. For years Turov has been developing the infrastructure for a new kind of warfare that exploits weaknesses in western democracies and manipulates public opinion. His organization offers the Kremlin plausible deniability. But the United States has its own secret weapon: Christopher Niles, a former CIA intelligence officer, who understands Turov's ambitions and capabilities. It falls to him and his small team--composed of his journalist half-brother Jon, a special forces operative he would trust with his life, and Anna Carpenter, a resourceful US senator with deep roots in the intelligence community--to unravel Turov's plot and restore truth to a world spiraling into chaos. The Children's Game is a frighteningly realistic, timely thriller that delves into the secret corners of Vladimir Putin's Russia, exploring the shifting world order and the murky realm of US-Russia relations.

30 review for The Children's Game

  1. 5 out of 5

    Drew Stevens

    Here's a novel that couldn't be more timely. Russia is waging a war against the United States and the US is only vaguely aware it is happening. The weapon of choice is disinformation, the "soldiers" are Russian cut-outs and scheming oligarchs with ties to Vladimir Putin. "The Children's Game" refers to beginner's mate in chess, a four-move game that ends with the US coming apart from internal conflict. This was a real page-turner with lots of twists and real-world ramifications, as ex-CIA man Ch Here's a novel that couldn't be more timely. Russia is waging a war against the United States and the US is only vaguely aware it is happening. The weapon of choice is disinformation, the "soldiers" are Russian cut-outs and scheming oligarchs with ties to Vladimir Putin. "The Children's Game" refers to beginner's mate in chess, a four-move game that ends with the US coming apart from internal conflict. This was a real page-turner with lots of twists and real-world ramifications, as ex-CIA man Chris Niles chases down an intricate conspiracy and a brilliant Russian antagonist named Andrei Turov. At stake isn't just Western democracy, but the "truth." This is a well plotted tale with some great and unusual characters and an intriguing ending.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Marialyce (absltmom, yaya)

    This is going into the DNF pile for me. It just was not my kind of book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Emma Donovan

    I give this 4.5 stars! **I received a free copy of this book in return for an honest review** I have to start this review by stating my LOVE for this book. OK, it's is EXACTLY my kind of thing (give me an American political spy thriller any day of the week) but even so, I was hooked from the moment I started reading! It has twists and turns and you think you are on the inside and know whats going on .. and then you don't. It has several different relationship dynamics (lovers/siblings/political/fri I give this 4.5 stars! **I received a free copy of this book in return for an honest review** I have to start this review by stating my LOVE for this book. OK, it's is EXACTLY my kind of thing (give me an American political spy thriller any day of the week) but even so, I was hooked from the moment I started reading! It has twists and turns and you think you are on the inside and know whats going on .. and then you don't. It has several different relationship dynamics (lovers/siblings/political/friendships/family/old war connections) and that's great! The author doesn't shy away from using acronyms and terminology which I loved and the other part of it is the fact that this could be true!  I mean, it's not because ... well I can't tell you or I will spoil something but it's kinda scary to read this and know that a lot of what is said in the book is based on fact. The characters are well written and even when you are following 'the baddies' you feel part of their lives and plans, and in a somewhat sympathetic way. I loved the relationships between all of the characters and finding out more about them as we go, but right from the start you feel like you know them and are invested in their adventure. I am so grateful for being given the chance to read this book and want to say thank you to RABT, the Publisher and Author for the free copy - I shall most definitely be telling anyone who cares to listen about this book and have even bought 2 of his other books to read now off the back of this!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    This was a goodreads win, thank you. Although I am enjoying the story line of this book, I am finding it hard to figure out what is going on with all the acronyms, and no, they have not been spelled out beforehand, so you know what they are. I worked in the government community for some years, so have, I thought, quite a good knowledge of many Acronyms, however, this is hard going. I am, as I read marking the book, and then coming back to a computer and finding out what each one means. Also, I am This was a goodreads win, thank you. Although I am enjoying the story line of this book, I am finding it hard to figure out what is going on with all the acronyms, and no, they have not been spelled out beforehand, so you know what they are. I worked in the government community for some years, so have, I thought, quite a good knowledge of many Acronyms, however, this is hard going. I am, as I read marking the book, and then coming back to a computer and finding out what each one means. Also, I am compiling a glossary at the back of the book, therefor when I pass this on to a friend, they will be able to read without wondering what they are reading. I went to the back of the book first, and was shocked to find there was no glossary there. One is, however, obtaining an education in Russian and American government acronyms! Finished. I hardly ever give a book five stars, and I probably would have given this book five stars had I not had to work so hard on the acronyms! Off to the story. This is a spy story, between Russia and America. The book is very appropriate as happening in this country right now, is a "War of Disinformation" with journalists and left wing liberals doing a outstanding job of feeding misinformation to the American Public. (I personally like to believe Americans are smarter than that). However, in this book, they are eating up the disinformation that Russia is feeding them, and asking for more! What is even worse, the President of the United States, is being feed misinformation from one of his closest advisors, and gobbling it up too! Hey ho, don't despair....we have the guy in the "White Hat", and he has a side kick and they are off to Russia to save the day! In walks Chris Niles, a prior CIA Agent, who has been called back in service to access the situation and solve the problem. He does too. But it is an exciting game that is being played, and Chris has a charming girl friend who just happens to be a Senator, who is not gobbling up the facade that is being perpetuated by Russia. Chris and his side kick Jake, end up in Russia to track down a former FSB officer. FSB being, a Russian Federal Security Service Officer, formally known as the KGB*. (Goodness, look what I learned looking up all those acronyms). Playing a game of cat and mouse, they do end up with a meeting. *KGB Russian Komitet gosudarstvennoĭ bezopasnosti (Russian Secret Service). Back in the good ole, US of A, Ann, the lovely girlfriend Senator has recruited a very smart journalist (yes this book has a smart journalist who wants to print the truth) and he just happens to be Chris Niles half brother Jon. Though they do not appear to be very close brothers, Jon listens to Ann and works with her. He has been feed misinformation for weeks, and it is Jon who actually figures out with Ann who the spy is within the government. Working with Ann's son, Jon discover where the misinformation is coming from within the USA and who is selling America down the river. Of course is is a person who has the Presidents ear and who has been having an affair with a Russian lass, who just happens to be the daughter of the person Chris has gone to find in Russia. Oh yes, she has changed her name, and no one in the CIA has put it together that this is the daughter of the Russian Billionaire who is a close friend of President Putin. It appears that the Russians are all over the place in the Capital, they are working out in the open as lawyers, in plain sight and no one is the wiser! What happens in the end? Does Chris and Jake make it back without getting bumped off? Can Jon help make the American Public believe that they have been feed a bunch of buffalo chips? Does the American who has the ear of the President get his just dessert? What happens to the lawyer spy? Gosh, you are just going to have to fight those acronyms yourself, but think how much smarter you will be. I am. Great cover by the way.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Carl

    This isn't a typical thriller, with a lot of shootings, fight scenes and a hero who's nearly invincible. It's a novel more concerned with ideas, and kind of a wake-up call about Russia's role in the world today. But it's also just an enjoyable read, a cleverly plotted, nicely paced tale geared to fans of classic Cold War thrillers. This isn't a typical thriller, with a lot of shootings, fight scenes and a hero who's nearly invincible. It's a novel more concerned with ideas, and kind of a wake-up call about Russia's role in the world today. But it's also just an enjoyable read, a cleverly plotted, nicely paced tale geared to fans of classic Cold War thrillers.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Olga

    The best parts are the scenes set in Ukraine, especially the ones that are obviously based on real events, such as the shooting down of the Malaysian plane. Those really came to life for me. Ukraine is the wedge, although this is basically a Russia versus United States cyber spy novel set in the present. The story is told through a varied cast of characters and it was amusing, if also sadly authentic, to see the same events interpreted so differently by the Russians and Americans. As someone who The best parts are the scenes set in Ukraine, especially the ones that are obviously based on real events, such as the shooting down of the Malaysian plane. Those really came to life for me. Ukraine is the wedge, although this is basically a Russia versus United States cyber spy novel set in the present. The story is told through a varied cast of characters and it was amusing, if also sadly authentic, to see the same events interpreted so differently by the Russians and Americans. As someone who knows both Russia and Ukraine, I was interested to see the conflict there incorporated into a thriller formal. A thoughtful and very relevant read. I give it four and half stars.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ray

    Reminiscent of Ludlum and Morrell.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lori L (She Treads Softly)

    The Children's Game by Max Karpov is a highly recommended geo-political thriller, both timely and insightful, involving a Russian cyberattack on America. Intelligence has learned that a cyberattack is imminent - perhaps already started. The attack is code-named the "Children’s Game," which is a chess strategy that results in a checkmate in four moves. The attack itself has been in the making for a long time and was the plan of Andrei Turov, a Russian billionaire and former FBS officer. He recruit The Children's Game by Max Karpov is a highly recommended geo-political thriller, both timely and insightful, involving a Russian cyberattack on America. Intelligence has learned that a cyberattack is imminent - perhaps already started. The attack is code-named the "Children’s Game," which is a chess strategy that results in a checkmate in four moves. The attack itself has been in the making for a long time and was the plan of Andrei Turov, a Russian billionaire and former FBS officer. He recruited operative Ivan Delkoff to organize the "game." In it public opinion will be manipulated by informants spreading misinformation and fake news about a breaking news event, which will be followed by hackers and a cyberattack. This propaganda attack, via Russian hacker "science farms," will allow the Kremlin to take advantage of the freedom our republic gives the media and citizens, and use it to twist the truth in an effort to destroy us while restoring Russia's greatness. Success is not a forgone conclusion, because the USA has a team to counteract the attack. Christopher Niles is called back to work on the case immediately. Niles, a former CIA intelligence officer, is on vacation in Greece with Anna Carpenter, a US senator and his significant other, when he is called away to talk to an informant in London. He ends up returning back to work from retirement Niles joins forces with Jon, his journalist half-brother who is also a special forces operative, and Anna, who has her own inside connections in the intelligence community, in order to uncover Turov's plot. This is a well-written, fast paced, and timely thriller that explores the relationship between the USA and Russia. I would point out to casual readers that The Children's Game is really for fans of geo-political espionage thrillers. Karpov (a pseudonym for James Lilliefors) spent years researching US-Russian relationships while writing this thriller, and the research and attention to details shines through. What is especially relevant and chillingly plausible is the whole concept of using a cyberattack to spread misinformation and fake news. Hello... During this time as the media twists things to suit their agenda already, how carefully do people check facts before spreading misinformation? How often do you pass on a meme or quick blurb before checking the validity of the information? If you are honest, not much... not much at all. And how susceptible are we to a similar attack of fake news happening and running out of control. Frighteningly, alarmingly close. Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of Arcade Publishing. http://www.shetreadssoftly.com/2018/0...

  9. 4 out of 5

    Rob

    I really enjoyed this book. It's a spy story that reads at times like a non-fiction account of a secret war between Russia and the United States. A page turner. What if a fake news story got loose and ended up changing the world? Food for thought. I really enjoyed this book. It's a spy story that reads at times like a non-fiction account of a secret war between Russia and the United States. A page turner. What if a fake news story got loose and ended up changing the world? Food for thought.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Stan Kusch

    Children’s Game, much better than expected! A really great read, hard to put down! Great story line and characters in plot that could have come from last weeks headlines. Well researched US vs Russia thriller.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Harold Kasselman

    This is a novel cut straight out of current headlines. This is a novel of intrigue, deception, and contemporary warfare. The plot is engaging, intricate, and plausible. I think this is a top notch espionage story with interesting characters to accompany a thoughtful story line.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Humphrey Hawksley

    A great read! Max Karpov takes us inside Russian power, peeling away the layers of corruption, ambition and broken dreams that is now becoming such a danger to the West. The scene in France is particularly chilling.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Turley

    I think the thing that struck me the most with this novel was the fact that Max Karpov was able to connect me to his characters from the get go. It really added investment in the story and what happened to the characters. The plot was very well paced and there were no aspects that I was able to out-rightly predict. This novel is jam packed with shocks and twists that will have you immersed in the story Karpov has created. The characters are very well developed and multi dimensional which allows the I think the thing that struck me the most with this novel was the fact that Max Karpov was able to connect me to his characters from the get go. It really added investment in the story and what happened to the characters. The plot was very well paced and there were no aspects that I was able to out-rightly predict. This novel is jam packed with shocks and twists that will have you immersed in the story Karpov has created. The characters are very well developed and multi dimensional which allows the reader to become invested.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Renée Gendron

    A great book that parallels reality. There's a cool and icy tone to the book that mimics many great Cold War thrillers. The characters are believable, the situation is a twist on recent international headlines, and tension exquisite. The actions of the parties involved are bang on. If you followed Russian politics in the 1990s and 2000s, this book rings true. It's the realism that makes it such a great read. A great book that parallels reality. There's a cool and icy tone to the book that mimics many great Cold War thrillers. The characters are believable, the situation is a twist on recent international headlines, and tension exquisite. The actions of the parties involved are bang on. If you followed Russian politics in the 1990s and 2000s, this book rings true. It's the realism that makes it such a great read.

  15. 4 out of 5

    R.K. Emery

    Get your thinking cap ready and make sure you don't have any pets that can make sudden noises while reading, this one may make you a bit jumpy. I really enjoyed the individuality Karpov brought to this novel. It manages to set itself apart from other Thriller novels I've read recently. There is a definite theme and setting that he wants his reader to understand when reading. A wonderful cast of characters and a mystery that will keep you on your toes. Get your thinking cap ready and make sure you don't have any pets that can make sudden noises while reading, this one may make you a bit jumpy. I really enjoyed the individuality Karpov brought to this novel. It manages to set itself apart from other Thriller novels I've read recently. There is a definite theme and setting that he wants his reader to understand when reading. A wonderful cast of characters and a mystery that will keep you on your toes.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ronnie Lent

    The Children's Game is a highly realistic and very human story of contemporary espionage. The book has all the intrigue of a classic Cold War spy story, but the threat here isn't nuclear annihilation, it's self-destruction brought on by a Russian disinformation blitz (the "children's game" of the title). It's the characters who give the story its greatest strength, in particular Chris Niles, the former-spy, and his fiancee Anna Carpenter, a US senator. But some of the lesser characters are just The Children's Game is a highly realistic and very human story of contemporary espionage. The book has all the intrigue of a classic Cold War spy story, but the threat here isn't nuclear annihilation, it's self-destruction brought on by a Russian disinformation blitz (the "children's game" of the title). It's the characters who give the story its greatest strength, in particular Chris Niles, the former-spy, and his fiancee Anna Carpenter, a US senator. But some of the lesser characters are just as compelling, in an off-center way, including the female Russian dissident Niles meets in Moscow, the veteran editor who helps figure out what Russia's really up, to and the bad guy Turov, a Putin crony who maybe isn't actually so bad. I read this novel slowly, because while it's inherently fast-paced, it's also a book about ideology, which lends itself to contemplation. A novel that seems uniquely suited to these political times.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Gina Stamper

    This novel is unlike anything I have read. I think that it is a great testament to the imagination of a writer that I can say that. This novel really kept me on my toes as far as expecting the unexpected. I think that Max Karpov really managed to keep his readers up to speed by giving them just enough along the way without making them feel lost or bogged down with information. It really shined light on to the characters and plot in general. This was a thriller novel that really made me think on a This novel is unlike anything I have read. I think that it is a great testament to the imagination of a writer that I can say that. This novel really kept me on my toes as far as expecting the unexpected. I think that Max Karpov really managed to keep his readers up to speed by giving them just enough along the way without making them feel lost or bogged down with information. It really shined light on to the characters and plot in general. This was a thriller novel that really made me think on a deeper level and second guesses every one of my theories.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Dave

    This was my first Max Karpov novel; I liked it and will look to read more of his work. This was a very up-to-date story of Russia's undercover meddling in shaping American and worldwide opinions. It was more of an intellectual puzzle than an action thriller. It kept me interested throughout, even though not sitting on the edge of my chair, as it were! The protagonist, CHris Niles, was a likeable and sympathetic figure - the reader wants him to succeed. This was my first Max Karpov novel; I liked it and will look to read more of his work. This was a very up-to-date story of Russia's undercover meddling in shaping American and worldwide opinions. It was more of an intellectual puzzle than an action thriller. It kept me interested throughout, even though not sitting on the edge of my chair, as it were! The protagonist, CHris Niles, was a likeable and sympathetic figure - the reader wants him to succeed.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Steve O'neill

    Fizzles at the end Ripped from the headlines, suspenseful page-turner for first eighty percent, but then an abrupt and improbable final action scene, followed by an inexplicable change in world opinion and about ten rambling final chapters that seemed like an overly long and uninteresting epilogue. It almost seemed like the author was rushing to meet a deadline and so couldn't come up with a polished ending. Fizzles at the end Ripped from the headlines, suspenseful page-turner for first eighty percent, but then an abrupt and improbable final action scene, followed by an inexplicable change in world opinion and about ten rambling final chapters that seemed like an overly long and uninteresting epilogue. It almost seemed like the author was rushing to meet a deadline and so couldn't come up with a polished ending.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Brandy Mulder

    The devil is in the details, and they can be so easy to miss. The phrase "noise at the expense of comprehension" caught my attention and stuck with me through the book. This story is a clever twist of espionage, lies, half truths told to reporters, and how easy it is to sway public opinion. The other things this book highlights is how hard it is to get people to believe the truth after they believe the lies, and how far people are willing to go to hide what they have done. The devil is in the details, and they can be so easy to miss. The phrase "noise at the expense of comprehension" caught my attention and stuck with me through the book. This story is a clever twist of espionage, lies, half truths told to reporters, and how easy it is to sway public opinion. The other things this book highlights is how hard it is to get people to believe the truth after they believe the lies, and how far people are willing to go to hide what they have done.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Pat Eroh

    An incredible story of the cold war or today, depending on how you look at it. I would say a bit of both. While the beginning was very difficult, it is necessary to understand the rest of the story. I was engrossed in this because it is so believable. It might've happened, it could happen. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review. An incredible story of the cold war or today, depending on how you look at it. I would say a bit of both. While the beginning was very difficult, it is necessary to understand the rest of the story. I was engrossed in this because it is so believable. It might've happened, it could happen. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Misspennylane

    I won this book--thank you! I'm so glad that I did, too. I thought it was well-written, with good characters, plot and a reasonable amount of suspense. It made you think about what was going on, rather than being trite & too easy to figure out the twists. Sadly, it is all too topical right now, and that made reading it a bit scary. I DO recommend this book. I won this book--thank you! I'm so glad that I did, too. I thought it was well-written, with good characters, plot and a reasonable amount of suspense. It made you think about what was going on, rather than being trite & too easy to figure out the twists. Sadly, it is all too topical right now, and that made reading it a bit scary. I DO recommend this book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Anthony Hanson

    Timely, insightful, plausible geo-political account of today's quagmire of what's news. Enjoyed it thoroughly. It was difficult in the middle to sort out the characters but smoothed out as it progressed. Exposed the possibility of the layers of deep state activity that exists in our government. Timely, insightful, plausible geo-political account of today's quagmire of what's news. Enjoyed it thoroughly. It was difficult in the middle to sort out the characters but smoothed out as it progressed. Exposed the possibility of the layers of deep state activity that exists in our government.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Blake Kanewischer

    There are some genuinely interesting twists and turns in this political thriller that hits a little too close to home, with Russian manipulation of global politics. Unfortunately, it's marred by an entirely too-neat ending. There are some genuinely interesting twists and turns in this political thriller that hits a little too close to home, with Russian manipulation of global politics. Unfortunately, it's marred by an entirely too-neat ending.

  25. 5 out of 5

    C. Gonzales

    I was hooked from the first couple of chapters. This book went by very quickly for me because the plot was intense and really fast paced. A good suspense novel that doesn't require much thought. It was a compelling storyline that kept the book interesting until the end. I was hooked from the first couple of chapters. This book went by very quickly for me because the plot was intense and really fast paced. A good suspense novel that doesn't require much thought. It was a compelling storyline that kept the book interesting until the end.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tanya

    The Russians are about to launch an attack on America by trying to ruin them. What are they planing? Will they succeed? Follow the story and see just what will happen and if the Russians will succeed I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Arthur D.

    Remarkably current This book examines the attempts by Russia to use fake news to influence policy and the world. Not a bad read although I did spend more time than I liked remembering who all the characters were.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Rob

    It dragged and the ending was obvious.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Monique

    A solid, timely thriller—I just didn’t get into the characters all that much.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    Starts slowly, but picks up nicely. Very timely read.

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