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The Hunted

3.98  ·  Rating Details  ·  789 Ratings  ·  110 Reviews
In 1987, Alex Konevitch was thrown out of Moscow University for "indulging his entrepreneurial spirit." But by 1991, he was worth $300 million. On track to become Russia's wealthiest man, he makes one critical mistake: he hires the former deputy director of the KGB to handle his corporate security. And then his world begins to fall apart. Kidnapped, beaten, and forced to r ...more
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Published (first published August 12th 2009)
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Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
Dec 18, 2009 Jeanette "Astute Crabbist" rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jeanette by: Bob
This is a complex international thriller. It takes place in the early 1990s, amid the chaotic capitalism and corruption of the "new" Russia after the failure of the Soviet system.

Alex is a very successful young Russian capitalist who provides extensive financial backing for Boris Yeltsin's rise to power. Former KGB goons are very unhappy about this. They want a return to the old ways, when the KGB had unlimited power. They torture Alex and then frame him for the theft of hundreds of millions of
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Anna
Mar 06, 2012 Anna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
First things first: This book took a really long time to get started. For the first hundred pages or so, I felt like I was in the middle of a history lesson, just being filled in on background information on both the situation in Russia and on Alex himself. I will be the first to admit the history lesson is sorely needed, and I'm exactly the type of reader who necessitates it. For better or for worse, I know very little about the situation in Russia in the early '90s. I was a kid at the time, an ...more
Matt
May 13, 2013 Matt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Haig moves away from his usual sarcastic wit and instills in the reader some much needed history lessons about the end of the Cold War and collapse of the Soviet Union. Those who want something shallow and simplistic ought to look elsewhere, as Haig pushes in deep and tells a story that is purported to have reality woven into its fictional plot. Telling the story of a young man who seeks to light the capitalist flame as the world around him crumbles to the in-depth destruction the Communists try ...more
Roberta
May 07, 2013 Roberta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book, with its extraordinarily well-written plot, is beyond a page-turner; more the category of something that embeds you into a hypnotic trance to continue reading to the conclusion.

It's described as a work of fiction, but based on a true story which occurred just after the fall of the Soviet Union. The main character is Alex, a young Russian financial markets wizard. His superior talent earns him millions & an affluent lifestyle while in Russia. However greedy members of the now-defun
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J.L.
May 14, 2012 J.L. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the 1980s, most of the spy/thriller novels pitted the U.S. versus the USSR. Now, many thrillers that I read deal with the Middle East, which makes sense given this genre often reflects geopolitical realities. As a result, I was looking forward to reading something different; a novel that takes place in post-Communist Russia.

Overall, this book was good, although I expected it to be better. Despite the interesting plot and sufficient KGB and Russian mob involvement to satisfy my taste for thril
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Shannon
Aug 05, 2009 Shannon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a fictionalized account of an event that really occurred - so none of the flippant sarcasm of Haig's past works of fiction. However, the characters, both the named public officials and the names-changed-to-protect-the-not-so-innocent, are well drawn and interesting. 22-year-old Alex and Elena, experience the terror of becoming political pawns to the thugs and crooks of the ex-KGB in the former Soviet Union. Their problems are exacerbated by the political desires of the head of the FBI. A ...more
Joe
Mar 06, 2014 Joe rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
The author takes a break from his excellent Sean "Bulldog" Drummond series with this stand-alone thriller. Based on/Inspired by a true story and set during the break-up of the Soviet Union, The Hunted tells the story of Alex and Elena Konevitch, (in real-life Alex and Elena Konanykhin). Alex, a financial wunderkind, capitalizes on Gorbachev's perestroika or restructuring of the Soviet/Russian economy and becomes wealthy - very wealthy. And after financially backing Boris Yeltsin, he becomes the ...more
Megan
Jan 05, 2012 Megan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holy crap -- this book is amazing. If you like thrillers, you need to read this one, mostly because it's based on a true story and it's absolutely unbelievable. That this really happened to someone (more or less -- I'm sure there was some poetic license here) is amazing. Russia during the Cold War is a truly frightening thought. Loved it. Glad to be an American, but there's a little shame with that, too. People suck.
Robert
Feb 02, 2014 Robert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
I really enjoyed the tense action that Haig twisted into this tale of an early 90s Russian millionaire. At the fall of Communism with the vacuum created many millionaires instantly sprang up by creating various new capitalist based businesses. As this story goes sometimes it was also extremely difficult to hold onto those millions. And sometimes you might be unlucky enough to lose it all and piss off the wrong people and become Hunted. Very good and sometimes a bit overly descriptive (easily ove ...more
Fredrick Danysh
Sep 23, 2011 Fredrick Danysh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alex and his wife are Russian millionaires. Former KGB agents and the Russian mafia rob them of their wealth and attempt to kill them. When the couple fless to America, the FBI cooperates with the corupt Russians and attempt to deport them. A good legal thriller.
Sandra
Feb 19, 2016 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Most fascinating about this tale is the fact that good deal of it is true and based on actual events in the life of Alex Konanykhin, a billionaire in early 1990s Russia. Brian Haig did a great job keeping this fresh and fast-paced - it was unputdownable for me.

Having enjoyed this as much as I did, I am now eager to read "Defiance : or how to succeed in business despite being hounded by the FBI, the KGB, the INS, the Department of homeland security, the Department of justice, Interpol and Mafia
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Robert Enzenauer
Brian Haig has definitely "turned the corner" from very good to great, having written an outstanding thriller that stands equal to the best work of my other favorite writers: Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, David Hagberg, Sean Flannery, and Ralph Peters. The characters are fascinating and the plot development is expert. The dialogue is rivetting. Brian's stories have consistently reflected current events. So the fact that THE HUNTED it is based on a true story makes it even more tantalizing. Like the ot ...more
Bob
Jan 24, 2010 Bob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is fiction, but its based on a real couple's experience. Alex and Elana Konevitch are a young couple in Russia during Boris Yeltsin's time in office. Alex is a up and coming business man, already earning in the millions with various companies no that Glasnost is in and the communists are out. In come a cabal composed of an old ex KGB General, the head Russian Mafia gang and the part time girl friend of the Russian General and a lawyer and confidant of Yeltsin's Chief of Staff. These three c ...more
Clarice
Jul 10, 2013 Clarice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was slow at first but once the freight train started running, it was on full speed. Definitely worth a re-read. Loved the whole fighting fugitive on the run hiding thing going on. I thought it was hopeless for the protagonist, what with all the very powerful forces coming down on him, but as he proved to be smarter and tougher than the most sly and burly as heck KGB, the unstable and flickering flame of hope became prominent and sure. The greediness and lack of trust among the so-called 'mast ...more
Bill
Feb 26, 2010 Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brian Haig moved away from opne of my favorite characters, Sean Drummond, to fictionalize a true story of a Russian businessman (and his wife)--after the fall of communism--who was kidnapped, tortured, and forced to turn his personal fortune of $250 million and his business empire over to an unscrupulous former KGB agent, a key figure in the Russian Mafyia, and a current high level government worker. The book moves from the couple escaping certain death to the U.S. seeking political asylum. It i ...more
Keifario
Oct 31, 2012 Keifario rated it liked it
The bad guys in this book are so bad that if they saw a little girl playing with a kitten they'd stomp on the kitten, eat it, and then fart in the little girls face. And that's when they're in a good mood. The bad girl is an ice queen who shoots razor blade ice cubes out of her vagina.

Interesting book though, particularly when I found out it's inspired by a true story. Brian Haig's writing is clean and relentless. There are quite a few sections which are riveting. And he doesn't pull punches, s
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Monique
Jan 14, 2015 Monique rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
A thriller about a Russian oligarch who got rich quickly as the USSR was being dismantled. He is forced by a former KGB general to forfeit his fortune and he escapes to the US where Russia accuses him of stealing money from the state.

Somewhat convoluted, with stereotypical characters. I found it hard to get engaged and did not finish the book.
KJR
Apr 18, 2014 KJR rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an interesting, complex story of a life no one could possibly imagine. Yet, the protagonist really exists, and wrote his own story of life being persued by the government. Sadly he lost his beloved wife, ally, supporter and reason for living. Check this out and then look at the real story.
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
In 1987, Alex Konevitch was thrown out of MoscowUniversity for "indulging his entrepreneurial spirit." But by 1991, he was worth $300 million. On track to become Russia's wealthiest man, he makes one critical mistake: he hires the former deputy director of the KGB to handle his corporate security. And then his world begins to fall apart. Kidnapped, beaten, and forced to relinquish his business and his fortune, Alex and his wife escape to the United States, only to be accused by his own governmen ...more
Kelly Stewart
Oct 21, 2014 Kelly Stewart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finished the Sean Drummond series and decided to try Haig's two stand-alones. First up was The Hunted and I was NOT disappointed! It was great! Reading his other one, The Capitol Game, now and it's great too! I am hoping to see more of Sean Drummond soon though.....Brian???Brian Haig
Mark McCrary
Jan 11, 2016 Mark McCrary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great book. Based on a true story. Makes one realize how good we have it being born an American!!! Little slow in the beaning but couldn't put it down when the story got going. Awesome book really highly recommended
Miriam
May 15, 2014 Miriam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this! the plot is fascinating and fast-paced. the characters are very believable (based on a real-life situation). the torture scenes are horrific! nightmare time. not a typical brian haig novel.
Nancy Banfield
Mar 21, 2014 Nancy Banfield rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Instead of Sean Drummond, Haig writes about Russian and US politicians and thugs using their power with extreme injustice. It was a slow reader to start, the story a bit complex, but good until the last page. Spoiler alert: the good guy wins.
Kylie Martinez
May 16, 2016 Kylie Martinez rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
This book was interesting, but it definitely dragged on. The story line was good, but it was poorly written. And seeing as this is based off of a true story, I had the impression that Brian Haig does not have much of an imagination. It all just seemed like regurgitated stories of the KGB, and trust me I've read a lot of historical fiction surrounding the topic.
Amanda Ainge
Aug 02, 2010 Amanda Ainge rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
I'm a huge fan of Brian Haig-I live for his books being released. I love the main character he follows in his books. This one was completely different, it wasn't part of his Sean Drummond series, which SERIOUSLY disappointed me. It took me a bit to get into it and I seriously debated not finishing it, but I am SO glad I did. I hadn't realized that it was based on a true story and I was blown away by it. Honestly, I can't stop thinking about the book a week later! I learned so much about Russia d ...more
carl clause
Sep 30, 2015 carl clause rated it it was amazing
Great Book

Great story. Incredible what we take for granted FREEDOM !!!! Great job of story telling by Brian Haig. Thanks, Carl Clause
David
Apr 03, 2015 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5. Not a four because I skipped few needless pages, plus had reread some as it failed to grasp my full attention several times.
Lori Underhill
Mar 11, 2014 Lori Underhill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great characters in this stand alone book. Interesting look at the fall of Communism in Russia from a Russian perspective.
Dawna
Sep 21, 2014 Dawna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dear Brian Haig - please write faster! Every book he writes is just thrilling and we need a new Sean Drummond book!
Bodosika
Jun 19, 2016 Bodosika rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The Hunted' was my second book by Brian Haig having read Secret Sanctions and I liked his writing style and i also like some of the characters he wrote about like agent Olga from chapter one
whom specialty is referred to as 'Honey Pot' operations i:e luring of victims into the sack for entrapments or the value of their pillow talk,Olga had never been turned down not once.
Though a true life story the narrative was never boring. Alex and Elena were something else and I love both characters,The wri
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Brian Haig is the son of former US Secretary of State Alexander Haig and has been born and bred in the American military.Since retiring from duty and has been a special advisor to the Joint Chiefs of Staff and now runs a large Helicopter company.

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