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The Siberian Dilemma

Narrated by: Jeremy Bobb
Series: Arkady Renko Series, Book 9
Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
4 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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From the internationally best-selling author of Gorky Park comes a new Arkady Renko story set against the harsh and forbidding landscape of Siberia. Renko must fight against his own demons as well as the larger global threat posed by Russian spies.

©2019 Martin Cruz Smith (P)2018 Simon & Schuster UK

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"Martin Cruz Smith makes tension rise through the page like a shark's fin." (Independent

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 28-04-2020

Half Baked Alaska

A soggy pudding of an Arcady Renko novel. I love this series about the maverick Moscow detective but not this one. Great research - Russian prison life; life in the frozen heart of Siberia; the overwhelming and overweening corruption underpinning Russian politics, business and power (and Putin) and the police but overall filled with scarcely believable scenarios of bear attacks; survival in the frozen wasteland of the oil snowfields; crashed and sinking helicopters on Lake Baikal from which only Tatiana escapes.... and he gets the girl in the end. I think the fatal flaw is that you either write a novel or a polemic but not try to conflate the two. The narrator tried his best to differentiate between the characters’ Russian accents but sometimes not easy to follow.

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  • Shaun
  • 30-01-2020

More of a novella than a novel

This book is ridiculously short! An Arkady Renko novel is always worth reading but I feel short changed with this one. And there's some sloppy writing: a bear which is 9 METRES high! Obviously it should be 9 feet. Enjoyable enough, but over too quickly.

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  • Sue ONeil
  • 30-12-2019

Wecome back, Arkady

The further and continuing story of Arkady Renko, the best investigator in fiction. Terrific story, excellent characterisation, spoiled only by the less than stellar reading. Never disappointing as a story teller, Martin Cruz Smith has not failed to hit the mark yet again.

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  • A. V. Whitmore
  • 21-11-2019

Disappointing

Weak plot with cop out finish.
Pseudo-Russian American accented narration detracted from what story there was.

Not up to his usual standard.