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Anti-Soviet Activities: A Pyotr Kirov Detective Novel by [Williams, Jim]
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For Colonel Pyotr Andreevitch Kirov there is only one inescapable truth in modern Russia – if the old order does not change, it is impossible to bury the past.
When Kirov’s routine investigation into black market antibiotics is linked to the former head of the KGB – and Kirov himself is put under investigation by his own men – the course for collision is set.

As the old and new factions in the Soviet machine grapple for power, the stock in trade is the hardest currency known to the Socialist Republic … murder. Will Mikhail Gorbachev share the same fate?

Anti-Soviet Activities is the second of Jim Williams’s astonishingly prophetic novels about the decline and fall of the Soviet Union.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1577 KB
  • Print Length: 423 pages
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  • Publisher: Marble City Publishing (Dec 11 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00QXF6168
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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Beautifully written and prophetic of the future as it was to be. Evocative of a society so buried in deceit that it cannot recognize its own truth. Even the indirect language is fascinating. What is said is never what is meant and what is meant is never spoken. "Friendship carried its burden of responsibility and guilt which perhaps explained why Kirov preferred the company of strangers." So many of us do.
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Very uninteresting book
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Enjoyed the complex plot but takes some work in the early pages to keep all the characters and plot lines together. Just when things seem to be coming to a conclusion it ends. The reader is left wondering how events finished and what the end results were for the characters. It seems like the reader is left needing to read a second, concluding book but none is mentioned.
Would not recommend unless there is something me thing I missed. As being some what knowledgable about events in Russia during this time period I still could not fathom a guess about what happens to end the story.
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HASH(0x9c57d1f8) out of 5 stars Love the Soviet novels Feb. 28 2015
By Imogene L. Clymore - Published on Amazon.com
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The Kirov novels are enthralling. Well written, perceptive characterizations, and revealing historical information. I hope to read more of Kirov.
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HASH(0x9c57d444) out of 5 stars GOOD READ April 3 2015
By Cheryl B. Dale - Published on Amazon.com
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Gives a good snapshot of the changing Soviet Union in the late eighties as the hero Kirov, a policeman, tries to investigate a murder.

The authorities are preaching a new era of openness, but Kirov is skeptical. And for good reason. When the murder is tied to an old conspiracy -- the Great Jewish Antibiotics Ring -- Kirov begins to dig. And finds more than he's meant to discover. When he follows the evidence seeking who's responsible for the murder, threats and then attacks nearly kill him. Someone doesn't want the truth to come out.

But Kirov is dogged, reliving memories of his childhood and his dead father. He relies on his mentor, an aged comrade of his father, and his right-hand man to help him stay out of the coils of the various government agencies throwing obstacles in his way. All the while, knowing he can't trust even his own department despite the new mantra mouthed by his superiors.
HASH(0x9c57d408) out of 5 stars Anti-Soviet activities April 13 2015
By Keith Benjamin - Published on Amazon.com
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A fascinating approach to police work in the Soviet Union prior to Glasnost. The changes taking place in Russia affecting the approach to policing is skillfully juxtaposed against the old order. The narrative ends rather abruptly and leaves the reader wondering how it was finally resolved as some aspects of the narrative are incomplete. There are too many threads which does tend to slow the pace of the narrative considerably. Far too many loose ends which are not resolved adds further frustration. Generally, though, a book worth reading.

The characters are at times not really believable and it seems as though the author is trying too hard to make them fit into the changes taking place in Russia during the period of the narrative. Kirov, the main protagonist, comes across as doing solid police work but seems at times to be rather plodding in his approach.
HASH(0x9c57d6fc) out of 5 stars Heart Stopping, Gripping, Thrill ride of intrigue!! Won't be able to put it down! May 23 2015
By Debbie Petersen - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a thrillride suspense that takes you through the life of one man and how politcal powers and ideologies governed a nation at its most pivotal time in recent history. Because the story unfolds on such a personal level, the author allows us to feel, see and hear the world around
this troubled man. Heart stopping fear, at times, political intrigues and deadly ambushes trip him up at every turn as he seeks to find the truth of his own fathers' involvement and death.
I have always enjoyed books about Russian politics and government, and this was an excellent addition to my library.
HASH(0x9c57d75c) out of 5 stars Sienfeld June 24 2015
By bobsebrof - Published on Amazon.com
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As I ploughed through this book I kept hoping that it would get better. The main problem was that it reminded of Seinfeld. The book was a whole series of incidents that seemed related but always ended up in the air and made you think, "How do these things come together"? Every event ended inconclusively and failed to lead into the next event with any purpose. By the time I finished the book I had this burning question, "What was the point of it all"? Maybe that was the point.