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The true story of Bill Browder and his rise to financial success and his eventual battle witht Putin and the Russian oligarchs. Browder starts with his upbringing, his grandfather was twice a nominee fot president of the American comminist party and grew up in a very liberal family. Bill then went to boarding school in Colorado and began his his rebellious streak against his family by embracing capitalism.
Browder continues his education with a B.A. from U of Chicago and M.B.A. from Stanford and starts his career with a successful stint at Saloman Brothers bank being one of the first to invest in eastern Europe with some success. He then started
Hermitage Capitaol with help from billionaire Edmond Safra, they mad a fortune investing in oil after the fall of the Soviet Union and thought it would continue when Putin became president. Putin and the russian oligarchs began siezing companies and the downfall of Hermitage began. Browder was expelled from Russia, had his assets siezed and his lawyer arrested and beaten to death.
Browder then started a campaign against the Russian corruption that continues to this day. The book is fascinating and reads like a fiction thriller.
Radiant Angel
After a showdown with the Yemeni terrorist known as the Panther, John Corey returns to New York City to take a job with the Diplomatic Surveillance Group. John is expecting this to be a quiet job buat after being assigned to follow Russian diplomats he discovers a whole new threat.
John is covering a party for Russian oligarchs when Vasily Petrov, a Russian diplomat is taken from the party. John finds out there is a plan for the Russians to plant a dirty bomb on a Saudi Prince's yacht and have it blow up in New York harbor.
The stori is the 6th in the John Corey series and is typical fast paced writing by Nelson DeMille.
Forgotten Room
Professor Jeremy Logan is called to investigate the suicide of a well respected scientist at the prestigious think tank Lux in Newport, Rhode Island. Jeremy is a specialist in analyzing supernatural events, the scientist had been working on updating the west wing of the century old building when he started slowly going mad before killing himself. Logan finds that other members of the Lux have also had similar issues.
Logan soon finds a secret room in the west wing that had been sealed and was not shown on the original blueprints of the building. The room has been closed since 1935 and contains a mysterious machine that may hve been used in seance's to contact the deceased.
The book is fast paced with many twists and great sense of forboding, well written by Lincoln Child, this is his 4th with Jeremy Logan featured.
The long awaited sequel to "Power of the Dog", Don Winslow's epic novel about the drugwars set in the 1970's. The author picks up the story starting in 2004 with DEA agent Art Keller back to kill drug lord Adan Barrera who has just escaped from a mexican prison, much like the real "El Guapo".
The story shows Keller's relationship working with the DEA and with the mexican authorities, who he never knows who he can trust. The corruption rises to the top of the Mexican government and the power and influence of the cartels is all encompassing.
The parrallel story Of Adan and the cartel families is just as fascinating and truly frightening. A truly great novel, the Godfather of the war on drugs.
Serial killer Marcus Flynn had been caught and shot in the head but lived and was called the Hangman. Detective Abbie Kearney wasn't working during his reign of terror but now after a daring escape from prison he is back and ready to strike again.
Abbie is leading a desperate manhunt in Buffalo to stop the madman as the body count mounts. The killer and Abbie match wits and the predator is as brilliant as he is elusive. Stephan Talty tells a thrilling and intense tale of the power of a masterful killer and what Abbie must become to catch him. The authors first book Black Irish is also a good read.

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