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Moscow Bound

(The Puppet Meisters Trilogy #1)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  55 ratings  ·  35 reviews
Ekaterina Romanova, the estranged wife of Russia's wealthiest oligarch Konstantin Gravchenko, asks Scott Mitchell, an idealistic young English human rights lawyer who is being intimidated by the authorities, to find the father she's never met. She believes he's been languishing for decades without trial in the Gulag system. Meanwhile, General Pravda of military intelligenc ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published April 15th 2014 by Silverwood Books
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May 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A riveting read and a chilling political thriller in the vein of John Le Carré, Frederick Forsyth with the geo-political conspiracy laced edge of a Robert Ludlum or Tom Clancy.

All in all, the book is informative, the dialogue sparkles and you will not be disappointed by the various plot twists and thrills. All characters are well rounded and three dimensional, and the Anglo-Russian political drama is an interesting concept and pertinent to modern day current affairs. I found the main character
Yvonne Ella
Aug 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was gripping from the first page, the type of book you just can't put down! I hope the next one is here soon.
Toni Osborne
Nov 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Book 1, in “The Puppet Meisters” trilogy.

This is an engaging story that surely will please anyone who is interested in reading thrillers set in contemporary Russia and enjoys navigating the complexities of its law, its bureaucracy and are concerned about the ever-growing abuses of state power. Scott Mitchell, the fictionalized idealistic human rights lawyer, is one of the messengers in this suspenseful and very captivating novel that revisits Cold War themes.

The story opens with an electrifying
Jessica Bronder
Feb 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Scott Mitchell has just won a case against the Russian military. Needless to say he has made a name for himself but he has not made many friends. Ekaterina Romanova is on the hunt for her missing father and she turns to Scott to find him. But every where they turn they run into trouble.

General Pravada was assigned the task of watching over some men years prior and has learned the Scott and Ekaterina are interested in one of those men. So, he tries his best to detour them from finding him. But he
Shruti Ramanujam
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Originally posted in This is Lit - Book Blog.

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I didn’t give this book’s sequel a glowing rating because I had problems with the plot. Moscow Bound, however, is so much better and was definitely intriguing to read. Ekaterina, one-dimensional in the next book, sounds a little more alive in this one.

This book has excellent writing. One problem some readers may have is pronouncing and remembering the Russian names in this
Rosie Amber
Oct 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Moscow bound is a mystery set in and around Moscow in 2013. It begins with a murder of a lone man. The rest of the tale is spread over a time period of just over a week, filled with plenty of action. We meet Scott Mitchell, a human rights lawyer who has just won a case in the European courts against the Russian military.

Scott bravely returns to Moscow where he works, but he's upset a powerful enemy and his return to Russia is not an easy one. The publicity he has gained sends a new client to him
Robert Intriago
Dec 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, mystery
The story is complex and captivating. Having been to Moscow the descriptions of the city are fascinating. I wanted to give it a 5 star because of the lovely plot and the fact that the thread of the story kept you wanting to read on and on but the characters lack context. Maybe as one of my reader friends stated: "I need to be patient as this is a trilogy". I do believe that it is important that the main protagonists in a story are given a background in order to fully appreciate them, like why is ...more
John Mccormick
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am very grateful to Netgalley for providing a kindle copy of this book to read and honestly review, particularly in view of the fact that this a quite brilliant read.
Ekaterina Romanova the estranged wife of Russia's wealthiest oligarch, employs Scott Mitchell English civil rights lawyer based in Moscow, and considered public enemy number one following his success defending Chechen's in European court of human rights. She wants him to find the father she has never met and believes is languishin
Jeremy Reppy
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the second book in the series first, not realizing at the time that it was part of a series. As a result, going back and reading the first book provided me with the back stories of many of the characters in the second book and helped explain the dynamics between some of the characters. Similar to the second book, the first book had an intricate and compelling plot with lots of twists and turns, as well as interesting and colorful characters. It was an enjoyable read. I look forward to the ...more
Mia Darien
Oct 28, 2014 rated it liked it
(I received this book in exchange for an honest review. It received a 3.5 on my blog.)

I’ve been struggling to try to write this review and try to properly express my views on the book, because my opinion is rather conflicted.

This was not a bad book. The writing is competent, and there was a fairly steady feeling of suspense through out. Our author did well with the history and the setting, to really give you that picture and keep both your interest and your intrigue. So, this story hit the marks
JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)
Feb 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: supense, thriller
There are two things I need to tell you about this book before you read it: If you don't care for political thrillers you won't like the book. However, if you find them not only interesting, but intriguing and thought-provoking, you will enjoy the book.

The story begins with Scott Mitchell and his friend Charlie aboard a plane that has just landed in Russia. Before anyone is allowed to depart, however, Scott finds himself in the hands of the FSB, in a small room, being held but not interrogated.
Aug 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Moscow Bound reads like a movie script – full of suspense and action. Churchward has done an excellent job in researching this novel. I enjoyed the unfolding of the mystery. Although the mystery itself is very believable as it is based on actual events, I found the interaction between the various Russian agencies and oligarchs farfetched. Although I’m (unfortunately) certain that there is plenty of corruption in the modern Russian state, the animosity between the various organizations seemed unr ...more
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Ekaterina Romanova, wife of a Russian oligarch, asks Scot Mitchell for help. Scott, a Moscow based English human rights lawyer, has just come back from a great success and had a nasty encounter with Russian authorities who eye his doing with suspicion. Ekaterina wants to find her father whom she has never seen and whom she suspects to be hidden in one of the forbidden secret cities. At the same time, General Pravda is also on a tricky mission and when their ways cross and several murders are com ...more
Natasha Piana
Sep 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As a fan of Jeffrey Deaver, I have to say that I'm not hopeful about novels promising twists and complex plots. Deaver is hard to beat. However, this is one of the few books I've read that I had to read in one sitting - I couldn't put it down.

The political and geographical aspects of it make it stand out, and even whet your appetite for more knowledge of Soviet life.

As a story it's a great page-turner, and as a novel it's a book that just leaves you wanting to learn more about what's going in th
Margaret Millmore
Sep 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a complex story told from two different points of view: Scott Mitchell, a British human-rights lawyer who is returning to his home in Moscow after winning an epic case against the Russian Army in the European Court and Lieutenant-General Pravda of the GRU, military intelligence who’s tasked with protecting a secret that dates back to the Vietnam War.

When Mitchell is hired by a beautiful Russian woman to find her father, a man she’s never met and has very little information on, he is sk
Jay Williams
Aug 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
This story connects on so many levels. It uses the post cold war Russia as a backdrop to show that the human nature involved in cruelty to and exploitation of your fellow man never changes. Through the first half of the book, the basis for the violence and murder is not known. The reader can't tell the good guys from the bad, and your opinion keeps changing as the story unfolds. The bitter cold of Russia is a solid allegory for the cold hearts of all the major players. The central character, a h ...more
Sep 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I don't often read books like this, but I'm glad I gave it a go - from the first page you are drawn into intrigue, mystery and espionage, the author's obvious first hand knowledge of the location's described in the book make you feel like you could turn up and know exactly where to go (only one other author has done that, that time being Sweden). You do have to concentrate on what you are reading, it's not a complicated storyline but the use of authentic Russian names along with everything else ...more
Eris Field
Jan 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read Moscow Bound over a period of 4 days and evenings. I didn't want to put it down. I especially liked the building of tension all the way through the story with one event setting the stage for the next. The descriptions--locations, how long it would take to get from one crisis to the next by car, and problems such as parking or cars that would not start because of the cold--grounded the reader. Relief from tension was provided by mention of similarities between the situation and things fami ...more
Aug 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
read as a free ebook. Sorry to say this was a dnf, so I couldn't give it 3 starts for the Moscow setting. The book started ok, with a depiction of Moscow, and Russian spy services. But the female lead character, a beautiful wife of an oligarch, a woman with two graduate degrees, with fancy clothes and cars and a disappeared father was little much. Then a GRU lieutenant general sneaking through the snow into a secure nuclear site, being captured at gunpoint...Also, too many names to keep track. R ...more
Dec 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
If you have ever been in a place where you are constantly having to look over your shoulder, you will identify with Scott Mitchell and Ekaterina Romanova and the Post Glasnost, modern day Moscow they inhabit. Evocative scene setting phrases are situated throughout the book, for example from Chapter 10: "...the cold weather was colonizing the capital with a vengeance..." This is a promising, suspense riddled debut by an author who successfully depicts the startling aftermath of twentieth century ...more
Tina Tamman
Jul 16, 2016 rated it did not like it
The story is quite interesting, although for the benefit of any future readers I should perhaps not give too much away. But the way the story is told is unsatisfactory. Not only did I fail to engage with any characters; none of them acquired enough flesh on the bones to become plausible, let alone interesting. For me they remained mere cardboard cutouts who went through the motions.
It is perhaps of lesser importance that the author has only a sketchy understanding of Russian names; it is the wa
Ronnie John
Oct 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My colleague wrote this book so I felt obliged to read. Despite not being my normal preference in genre Moscow Bound delivered on all fronts and could easily transfer to film. The dynamic between Ekaterina and Scott is full of twists and turns which compliments the story line perfectly. This novel will leave you wanting more and keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout. Cannot wait for the second instalment, a series I believe could go very very far.
Kim Broadis
Jan 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable read. The plot makes you realise just how corrupt the world was and still is to some extent.
The characters were believable especially Scott Mitchell.
Very obvious the author had firsthand knowledge of Russia. It keeps you guessing and can't wait for the next instalment.

I found myself shortening the Russian names as I got further into the book as couldn't wait to read further.

Tom Cobley
Apr 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
A really exciting read!

If you enjoy a fast moving and exciting read you will revel in this book. You will also learn the workings of some of the security agencies, which is very enlightening. The various plots and turns in this story are so gripping you just need to know what happens next and the suspense is such that you’ll find you just can’t put the book down.

I’m really looking forward to the next part of this trlogy.
Aug 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic read, especially if you have an interest in Russia (both Cold War and modern day). I loved the historical references scattered throughout the book. Only problem was that this was my bedtime reading which I use for winding-down and it was a bit too much of a fast-paced page-turner! Looking forward to the next part in the trilogy.
Anita Yancey
Aug 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
This novel is set in modern day Russia with ties to the past. It has lots of characters, and is full of suspense and action. I would say it is a real page turner with a surprising twist. Some readers may have problems pronouncing all of the Russian names and places.
Nigel Bedford
Oct 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, particularly the description and detail of the Moscow location. It is a complex tale with enough twists to keep you guessing, and a compelling read. I hope the rest of the trilogy is as good.
Nov 17, 2014 rated it liked it

"The Russian Government has a secret that dates back to the Vietnam War. When Ekaterina's mother dies, she doesn't expect the news that her father is still alive. Somehow the two are connected."
Jul 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I won a free copy from the Goodreads First Reads Giveaway Program and think that it interesting. I would recommend it to everyone.
Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
A great story that pulls you in from the first page and keeps you there until the last.

Thoroughly enjoyed this book and cannot wait to read the next part of this trilogy.
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Between 1984 and 1998 Adrian Churchward lived and worked in Moscow, Budapest and Prague as an East-West trade lawyer, representing British, American and German corporations. During this period he became proficient in
translating Russian commercial and legal texts into English. He was one of the few Western lawyers working in the day-to-day arena of President Gorbachev's liberalisation process of p ...more

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