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The Black Pelican

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  7 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Finalist of the 2015 National Indie Excellence Award for Literary Fiction

"The Black Pelican exceeded my wildest expectations" - Readers' Favorite

They fear it more than death, they desire it above all else - those who are able to imagine it in their dreams. It's a myth that is no myth. It's a quest that must be undertaken. It is the Black Pelican.

When Vitus, driven to the
Kindle Edition, 514 pages
Published December 13th 2013 by Ergo Sum Publishing
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For someone who has never read Vadim Babenko, it was with much trepidation that I decided to try out The Black Pelican, lured by the blurb of the book. It was a chance well taken. The Black Pelican by Vadim Babenko is a masterfully crafted story which is gripping, enjoyable and compelling. Readers are in for a suspenseful ride from start to finish as Babenko constructed a superb plot which is just simply incredible!

In The Black Pelican, Babenko explored the subject of fear, pain and desperation
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There are books and there are conquests. This is a conquest.

Unfortunately, despite all of the glorifying reviews of this book, I'm the only one who did not like it. I found it confusing and could not relate to anything in the book. The writing is convoluted with flashbacks intertwining with present in a confusing mess that makes you forget where the main character was at the start of the flashback. The writing is beautiful, but it takes a bit of time to understand what the author is intending t
Erik Bailey
Jan 17, 2021 rated it it was ok
I didn't like this book. I tried so hard, it gets excellent reviews and there's a reboot comparing this to a meal. Perhaps I meal I didn't enjoy. This is a book about a man who feels entitled to kill someone because they have had a better life. He's entitled to sleep with women because he's so deep. And then women sleep with him because they feel bad and then explain why they did. I stopped because honestly I didn't like a single character. Poor mouth feels across the board ...more
Feb 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
`Real things don't reveal themselves right away'

Vadim Babenko has written a quintessentially Russian novel in THE BLACK PELICAN and nothing could be as welcome a return to the magic of the great Russian novelists who more than any other group of writers have been able to plumb to the kaleidoscopic explorations of human feelings of love, sadness, happiness, sadness, revenge and yes, even humor. Think Gogol, Pushkin, Dostoevsky, Chekhov and ...Babenko. For those who have had the pleasure of readin
Bronsen Hawkins
Mar 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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The first thing that grabbed me about “The Black Pelican” by Vadim Babenko were his captivating descriptions. Babenko has a way with words that I have not seen since Tolkien. The first few pages, just describing the ride into the mysterious City of M, are so expertly crafted that I had a solid image of the scene right from the very start. The second thing that grabbed me were the characters that filled the world around Vitus, the main character. They are creative, eccentric, and for a lack of a ...more
Heather Bennett
Feb 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the second Babanko novel that I've read. I have enjoyed both of them. I currently have a third novel on my Kindle and am looking forward to it as well. I find all his characters to be very human, prone to making mistakes and not perfect. As a result I believe in them and sympathize with them. The mystery element in the Black Pelican is engrossing, and the settings Babenko creates really add to the story's poignancy. Great job, Mr. Babenko. Another great novel. ...more
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Vadim Babenko left his career in science and business to pursue his lifelong goal of writing novels. Born in the Soviet Union, he earned master’s and doctoral degrees from the Moscow Institute of Physics & Technology, Russia’s equivalent to MIT. As a scientist at the Soviet Academy of Sciences he specialized in biophysics and artificial intelligence. After moving to the U.S. he co-founded a high-t ...more

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