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Winner of the Grandmaster Award from the Clive Cussler Society. Constantine can no longer hide in Europe. As he discovers a century-old secret, he must flee back to Moscow, chased by assassins. Only one man can save him. Eugene Sokolov: an officer in the world's most elite rescue unit, a martial arts legend… and Constantine's brother. They face an enemy unlike any other. Winner of the Grandmaster Award from the Clive Cussler Society.Constantine can no longer hide in Europe. As he discovers a century-old secret, he must flee back to Moscow, chased by assassins. Only one man can save him. Eugene Sokolov: an officer in the world's most elite rescue unit, a martial arts legend… and Constantine's brother. They face an enemy unlike any other. In a game run by a KGB spymaster, the fate of Russia will depend on their survival....

Title : The Russian Renaissance
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ISBN : 9781532964329
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Number of Pages : 330 Pages
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The Russian Renaissance Reviews

  • Kelly
    2019-03-15 16:54

    A very well written debut novel, the characters are believable and you cannot help but root for the Sokolov Brothers. Once you start it is near impossible to stop reading until the last page, and even then you are left hoping for a sequel.

  • Lara
    2019-03-18 16:03

    From someone who is from Italy and is a translator by profession, I found The Russian Renaissance to be both compelling and engaging from start to finish.A true revelation from a young and talented Author, who shows great promise.Action-packed book full of vivid characters that stay with you for a long time, a colourful description of the Russian Country that distinctly stands out from the pages of this fast paced debut novel. A real page turner that hooked me since the very first page.You can find whatever you expect from a good book: action, adventure, conspiracies, complex characters, deception.The Author perfectly mixed history, politics, spying to create an explosive story that keeps the reader glued to each page until the end.The writing style is fluent, smooth, well-structured. I definitely recommend The Russian Renaissance, and I think Ian Kharitonov is one of those emerging Writers to keep an eye on. Lara Marchesi from Parma, ItalyTranslator & Interpreter

  • Morris Graham
    2019-03-15 17:15

    I am a fan of Historical fiction novels. This book reminds me of the kind of quality I see in a Clive Cussler book. This was a real treat. Finally, a book on Russia, by a Russian! I was able to get an inside look of the country, the politics, the culture, from someone who knows what he's talking about.Eugene Sokolov is an officer in the Russian Army who is attached to an emergency rescue organization. His brother Constantine, is on the run. An old treasure of religious artifacts smuggled out of the Soviet Union during the German siege of Moscow. Betrayal, intrigue, political ambition abound. This plot is multi-layered, and it keeps you guessing, right up to the last part of the book. Why did the Russian President die? What secret does the Kazakhstan Presidents daughter hold. This is one case where she is not just another pretty face.I repeat, I believe Clive Cussler would be proud to put his name on a book like this.

  • Mark Allen
    2019-02-26 15:57

    This historical thriller is rich with bold, vivid detail and written in the kind of expert prose that borders on literary in quality, but without the stuffiness that usually accompanies anything with the "literature" label attached to it. While all the history and elaborate descriptions sometimes hobble the pacing--this book emphasizes history as much as it does adventure--there is simply no denying the skill that author Ian Kharitonov brings to the table. Sure, he wants to get your adrenaline pumping--and there are several sequences that accomplish that objective--but he also wants to engage your brain. While you'll walk away from this novel entertained by the treachery-laced treasure-hunting tale of the Sokolov brothers, you'll also walk away with a deeper understanding of Russian history, politics, and architecture. In other words, this book is not for the "all action, all the time" crowd, but for those who appreciate intricate plots and in-depth research.Bottom line, the awards and accolades are deserved, and if you provide shelf space for the likes of Tom Clancy and/or Dan Brown, then Ian Kharitonov deserves a place alongside them. "The Russian Renaissance" nimbly dodges trite tropes and stereotypes in favor of something different, something unique. If you have even a remote interest in historical thrillers, you need to give this one a shot.

  • sjnash
    2019-03-23 15:52

    If you are looking for a non-stop, shoot’em up thriller, this is not the book for you. If you like a modern-day thriller that is driven by the past, you will enjoy this book.While the action is compelling, you will also learn a great deal of Russian history concerning the Cossacks, Stalin, the Russian Orthodox Church, etc. While some may object to presentation of the historical information as slowing down the action, for me, it adds context to the story and the characters in the story.I do agree that at times, the historical information could have been presented in a more interesting manner but, for a first novel, Mr. Kharitonov did himself proud. A well-written, entertaining book!

  • Carol Bosselman
    2019-03-02 16:57

    Potentially great story pretty much overshadowed by a glut of detail. Characters were nothing more than a tool to toss out more information, until this felt like one giant textbook, endless lessons in mechanics, history, biology, etc. Should have been an action packed thrilled and was downright boring until I started skimming over huge paragraphs of explanations.

  • Deb
    2019-03-16 19:52

    I tried. I honestly tried! I even forced myself to get to 62% before throwing in the towel.I just couldn't bring myself to care about anyone in the book, or about anything happening. The characters were not well built and terribly shallow, and the 'voice' kept putting me to sleep.

  • Philip A. Guercio
    2019-03-21 20:08

    Soviet conspiracies and action to bootThis was a book filled with conspiracies, vibrant characters, and a plot believable due to its locations. I found it informative as well as entertaining.

  • Peter Koning
    2019-03-27 15:57

    A history lesson ! Much to much history at times overshadowing the plot AND the characters ! Also going into a lot of fine unnecessary detail....plot was very convoluted ...with no actual outcome.

  • Ed Terry
    2019-03-11 16:48

    Interesting semi history, weak ending I like a good interwoven story. Somehow this one got too tangled and lost a few threads by the end.

  • Alice Yeh
    2019-03-02 17:09

    A conspiracy theorist's dream, The Russian Renaissance ties together history, suspense, action, and a brief environmental interlude as three main characters are drawn together by forces beyond their control. As Constantine attempts to solve a centuries-old mystery, his brother, Eugene, tries to protect Asiyah from the demons that chase them both. Amidst heavy artillery and merciless manipulation, all three of them become involved in a revolution that may very well change the course of Russia's, and Kazakhstan's, future.The story jumps between all three relevant points of view, catching the characters just as they reach their "points of no return". Slow-moving, the author takes the time to introduce us to each one, elucidating personal histories and technical expertise. The information becomes vitally important later in order to understand motivations, reactions, and the reasons they were drawn into the complex web of intrigue that binds them. As a reader, I found it easy to relate to both Constantine and Eugene. They are likeable characters, and beyond that, they are more than fighting machines; they come across as genuine people, and I rooted for them through every last one of their confrontations with momentary enemies.With that said, I had immense difficulty connecting with Asiyah. Something about her personality just never seemed to resonate, and several of her behaviors — her sudden trust in Eugene, for one — had me arching a disbelieving eyebrow. Even in moments when all seemed lost, my worry for her safety never reached the level of concern garnered by the Sokolov brothers. This may be a matter of personal preference, or perhaps she is simply less complex of a person than I am trying to make her become.For history buffs, this book has a storyline that is well thought-out, weaving seamlessly into events ranging from the Russian Revolution to the constitutional crisis of 1993. For those with a less thorough grounding in Russian history, enough information is given so that you won't have to run off to the nearest encyclopedia in order to keep up. Even so, one of the story's greatest strengths is its ability to spark a reader's interest in real-life events, if only to determine the point at which the fiction begins.Towards the end of the novel, things began to get dicier. Information about various artillery was presented as "information dumps", which left my mind slightly boggled and more than a little bored. Also, the reveal of the entire conspiracy and the subsequent actions felt rushed, and the final denouement played out like a written version of Call of Duty (or a similar video game). In short, the last thirteen percent of the book was disappointing after the first eighty seven. The quality of the writing was similarly inconsistent, with typographical errors, most commonly "Asiayh" for "Asiyah", and awkward sentences peppering otherwise fluid prose. A personal irritant was the lack of indented paragraphs, though I didn't dock any points for it.As a whole, The Russian Renaissance comes off as an interesting take on Russian history. For those who savor slow-burning build-ups, interspersed with bouts of hand-to-hand combat, this just may be the book for you.Hide and Read(Review copy provided by the author)

  • Michael Gallagher
    2019-03-16 16:45

    Part Thriller; Part Historical RevisionismThe Russian Renaissance unravels a complex story with many interesting, well researched, aptly plotted, and beautifully described narrative and dialogue-based scenarios. At the start, the reader plunges headlong into a well-balanced script, in terms of the relationship between narrative and dialogue-based unveiling of the story. About 35% into the book the author digresses into a long-winded diatribe about the Cossacks and the Orthodox Church in Russia. As well, he spends an inordinate amount of time beating the dead horse of Stalinism. What he says may be true, but it has no place in the great thriller that takes up about 65% of the book.Exposing a kind of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde dichotomy in himself, the author repeatedly destroys the well-constructed momentum of his otherwise beautifully orchestrated story in the dialogue-based part of his thriller by insisting on falling back repeatedly on his pedantic history lessons for those who are or may be ignorant of Russian history from his perspective.The purely thriller aspect of the book repeatedly re-captured my interest and attention, after each expansive narrative-based exposition of his revisionist history. By the way, I started skipping the narrative passages because Kharitonov’s proselytizing became tiresome; however, my anxious anticipation of the exciting thriller parts that inevitably followed the repetitive revisionist history lessons kept me reading the book.This reader thinks that the author could chop about 150 pages out of the book, express, and build the same messages into the mouths and deeds of his characters without resorting to bashing the reader over the head with Soviet-style propaganda from a Cossack perspective. Be the great thriller writer you are! Forget the message mongering.

  • Bryan Murdock
    2019-03-19 17:02

    This book was kind of a mess. I saw it for cheap (maybe even free?) on Book Bub and the description reminded me of the Tom Clancy books I devoured in high school. It was indeed an espionage thriller type story. The main characters are Russian or from Kazakhstan and was mostly set in those countries too. The characters were all very flat and hard to tell a part. There was a little bit of humanity shown in each of them, but just not enough. How the two brothers got to be (reluctant) super spy ninja's was not explained well enough at all.The espionage thriller parts were pretty much what they should have been, and that was fun, but there was also a ton of exposition explaining Russian history and geography. That was kind of interesting to me, and I had to keep checking Wikipedia to see how much of it was real and how much was made up for this story. It turns out (minor spoilers) there really is an Amber Room, Renaissance Island, and Boris Yeltsin wasn't only the heroic Bringer of Russian Democracy that I remember from my middle school days.There's apparently a sequel, but I think I'll probably pass.

  • CA
    2019-03-01 13:01

    There was a lot of Russian history, while interesting, did start to drag a bit, probably in the way it was presented. I can't see these characters giving these long history lectures in the midst of all the action.And there was plenty of action! What made it more interesting to me, I had recently watched a television program about the Aral Sea, one of the sites mentioned in the book. I mostly enjoyed this book, there were some interesting plot twists, but I don't think I will seek out more from this author.

  • Emily
    2019-03-27 16:57

    This was a really quick read, a page-turner that I couldn't put down. The story is a thriller with lots of twists and turns, set in modern day Russia. The history of Russia and the Soviet Union cause ripples in the lives of brothers Constantine and Gene. The past is not over and done. In the end, though, there is hope for the future: "Such fundamental changes require either a lot of blood or a lot of time. It may take decades, a generation, but Russia will gradually recover."If you enjoy thrillers, this is a good one.

  • lynn
    2019-03-06 14:50

    The Russian Renaissance by Ian Kharitonov addresses the underhanded political machinations of post-Communnist Russia. The struggle to maintain control of the oil in the area is at the center of the novel's plot. I enjoy books that offers something new, something to learn. This book definitely did that. At times the description of the historical facts became a bit dry, but was necessary to the plot events. All in all a very good read.5 of 52

  • Kelley
    2019-03-09 15:08

    Historical, fast pacedLike the history lesson. Mystery fast paced and of course very neatly tied together at the end. I liked Gene but I'm still not sure why he was chosen for this task. But, overall enjoyable.

  • Shaun Putaine
    2019-03-27 18:01

    Fast paced and interesting An interesting and action packed story with good character and scene development. Fast paced with a few twists and turns that keep the reader eager for more.

  • Linda
    2019-03-15 17:59

    A Russian thrillerA lot of action and plot twists in this book . We also learn about Russian history, which can be fascinating. This story seems to be a mixture of a number of spy books I have read. Basically a man' s book.

  • Carole D Hutchison
    2019-02-26 16:02

    Good readOnly comment was with too much technical descriptions and not everyone understands them. I'm one of those people. Skipped over those poo parts. at least it wasn't a lot.

  • Tim Fairchild
    2019-03-20 19:57

    I love a good story woven into history, and Ian Kharitonov has satisfied me very much with his thriller, "The Russian Renaissance." Add some wonderfully developed characters; intrigue, and suspense and I was in action heaven. I look forward to Ian's future works.

  • Jeff
    2019-03-10 13:01

    This is the hottest debut novel I've read in a long time. Old secrets, new technology, estranged brothers, martial arts, and one hell of an action through-line. Remember that you heard it here first... Ian Kharitonov is destined to become a force to be reckoned with.

  • Robert
    2019-03-25 12:02

    1I enjoy the fact that it also gives info a bout the countries past historys and landmarks past and presents All for now will have more when I read the next segment thanksRight now going take a rest thanks

  • Sandra Casile
    2019-03-06 12:12

    Amazing readWhat to believe, is it true or is it all lies. The greed of others on humanity is so hard to comprehend.

  • Bryan Bigari
    2019-03-10 19:54

    Pretty good. not too deep but entertaining and I like all things Russia so it worked for me

  • Jennifer
    2019-02-28 12:13

    enjoyed this book. very interesting look into Russian politics. Very interesting story and loved the trip through Russia.

  • Gene Rosso
    2019-03-24 12:51

    Very good story. I highly enjoyed it and recommended it.

  • Nev Thomas
    2019-03-14 15:08

    Good Historical thriller

  • Judie
    2019-03-16 13:48

    The Russian Renaissance is a thriller with some very interesting history. It seems to be written with a movie deal in mind. For a first effort, it's good and I'll try the second in his series.

  • Fizous
    2019-03-03 15:13

    there are many flaws in the story that completely ruined my mood.the story came together too late. the espionage thriller does not have enough depth.