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It is 1999 and Russia is on the edge of total implosion. Social and moral order has collapsed and what small semblance of control there is, is being imposed by mafia-like criminal gangs. While public opinion in the West is largely indifferent, the political analysts are less sanguine - Russian meltdown will make the disintegration of the Balkans look like the collapse of a cup-cake. Out of the chaos, however, a single charismatic voice is starting to be heard - that of Igor Komarov, a visionary patriot who claims he can restore Russia's greatness and bring prosperity to the masses. He even woos Western political leaders with a rather more realistic analysis of the way forward for Russia. Komarov is set to win the next election when a document is smuggled into the British Embassy in Moscow. It's called The Black Manifesto and it appears to show Komarov's secret agenda - his political blueprint is really Mein Kampf, the rebirth of Russia will be as a New Third Reich with Komarov as Fuhrer. But can the document be authenticated? And what can the Western Alliance's most secret Trilateral Commission do about it if it is? They need to find another voice the masses will listen to and obey rather than Komarov - an icon they can cleave to and trust. Once, not that long ago, he was called the Tsar. And so develops a thrilling and increasingly frightening adventure - Jason Monk, ex-CIA, who used to run agents into the Soviet Union, is recruited and slips back into Russia, into the desperate Moscow world of poverty, luxury, gangsters and prostitutes and underneath it all, the titanic power struggle to ensure the outcome of the forthcoming elections.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 544 pages
  • 130 x 196 x 38mm | 519.99g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Corgi Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552139912
  • 9780552139915
  • 322,621

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"'A 100% copper-bottomed, no quibble guarantee of enjoyment. He is brilliant at suspense. The excitement and danger are desperately well done'" Daily Mail "'Vintage, action-packed Forsyth'" Mail on Sunday "'A great read...One that lives up to the standards he has set since The Day of the Jackal' " Daily Express "'One of his best...an all too real look at a chilling new millennium'" The Sunday Times "'A cunningly constructed action thriller...Forsyth's narrative surges along with great power; the story is terrifying and timely...grips you to the end'" Daily Telegraphshow more

About Frederick Forsyth

Former RAF pilot and investigative journalist, Frederick Forsyth defined the modern thriller when he wrote The Day of The Jackal, described by Lee Child as 'the book that broke the mould', with its lightning-paced storytelling, effortlessly cool reality and unique insider information. Since then he has written twelve novels which have been bestsellers around the world: The Odessa File, The Dogs of War, The Devil's Alternative, The Fourth Protocol, The Negotiator, The Deceiver, The Fist of God, Icon, Avenger, The Afghan, The Cobra and, most recently, The Kill List. He lives in Buckinghamshire, England.show more

Review Text

"'Vintage, action-packed Forsyth'"show more

Back cover copy

Russia 1999. A once great nation teetering on the brink of anarchy. A charismatic new leader offering hope to his country's disillusioned people - and an olive branch to his fellow world leaders. A secret document smuggled to the West sends a chill down the spines of all who read it... An ex-CIA agent returns to Moscow - his mission to prevent, at all costs, the tragedy of history repeating itself...show more

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6,490 ratings
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4 40% (2,594)
3 27% (1,743)
2 5% (301)
1 1% (52)
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