Lenin's Roller Coaster

Lenin's Roller Coaster

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Winter 1917: As a generation of Europe's young men perish on the fronts, British spy Jack McColl is assigned a dangerous sabotage mission deep in Central Asia where German influence is strong. Meanwhile, the woman he loves, Caitlin, is in Bolshevik Russia, thrilled to cover the Revolution. Caitlin knows Moscow is where she is meant to be - even if she is putting her life at risk. But years of bloody war have taken their toll on all of Europe, and Jack and Caitlin's relationship may become another casualty. Can a revolutionary love a spy? And if she does, will it cost one of them their lives?
Publisher: New York, NY : Soho Crime, [2017]
ISBN: 9781616956042
Branch Call Number: FIC Downi
Characteristics: 322 pages ; 24 cm.


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Aug 12, 2017

I hadn't realized until reading the author's notes at the end of the book that this was the fifth book in a series of six. Obviously I had not read the previous four. And I'm not likely not going back to read them. Don't get me wrong, this is a very interesting read and I look forward to #6. It is just that going back to the first four now that I know how the Jack McColl series turns out.
As to the story of Lenin's Roller Coaster, the narrative is a very good telling of what was going on in Russia in 1917 when the Romanov government was overthrown. Reds, Whites, Czechs, Left Socialist Revolutionaries (LSRs), Siberia, Persia, Moscow, Petrograd and much more are woven into a compelling plot.
Downing is a really good writer and story-teller.

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