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Shadow of the Wolf: A Novel (Alexei "Volk" Volkovoy Mystery #2)

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He left the blood-soaked mountains of Chechnya behind to become a gun-for-hire in the new Moscow. But an international cabal is luring Alexei Volkovoy back to those mountains and toward a confrontation with his old nemesis.

The headquarters of an American oil company spits smoke into the Moscow night, the aftermath of an apparent terrorist attack. A Russian army captai

Paperback, 336 pages
Published February 2nd 2010 by Picador (first published July 8th 2008)
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After I read the first book in this series, "Volk's Game," I gave it to my brother. He loved it so much he went and bought this book, which he lent to me immediately upon finishing. I gave four stars to "Volk's Game" but only three to this book. Why? Volk, who appeared to be a flawed yet sympathetic criminal with honor -- or, perhaps, an honorable man who engaged in criminal enterprises -- in the first book, has climbed to the stratospheric status of superhero secret agent in this book. Less bel ...more
Volk's Shadow is the kind of book that while you are reading it, you are not sure what is happening; it is the kind of book where a dramatis personae would come in handy since you frequently end up wondering who the person they are referring to was...Yet, I could not put down this book. I finished it and I was not sure what had happened or who had done what, but yet I was oddly satisfied. I think the setting as a Moscow/Grozny noir is part of the allure. I did not find it as accessible as the Ar ...more
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Dec 19, 2014 John Grazide rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dark, violent and non stop! I really like this writing style, with all the doom and gloom "beautifully" portrayed, there is still an underlying hope. Always fleeting, but there.

It is very violent, as I said, but it really does lend to the story. So if you are not into the violence, really, this is not for you.

Knowing that this is book two, of five (I believe), I look forward to the development of the relationships of the General, Maxim, Vayla and Masha.
Gives an insight into a distinguishably Russian conundrum of politics, human behavior, backdrop, etc.

Took a while to read. But thats how it is recommended to be read sporadic bursts, technically each chapter representing an episode of an action sitcom.
Oct 14, 2011 Cathie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished
A suspense thriller based in Russia. It's all Hollywood likes blood, explosions, a love story. I liked how the book also had some history on the Chechen conflict as well. As well as the issues of the oil and what it's doing the Russian society. All in all a good book.
Dec 31, 2011 Matt rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wow. After "Volk's Game", I really thought this would be good to very good read. Unfortunately this book is just not that good. In fact, I have put in about 65 pages and not sure I will read anymore. Just not good enough.
Jan 08, 2008 Ami rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a fantastic thriller. It got me through the deadly O'Hare-LaGuardia connection after Xmas, which is really saying something.
Aug 21, 2008 Jessica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, russia
A brutal look at a brushed-aside war and the violent face of the new Russia. Not for the weak of stomach.
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May 07, 2010 Rob rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Another adventure story of Alexei Volkovoy as he tries to survive in the Russian underworld.
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