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Revenge of the Kremlin

(SAS #200)

3.38  ·  Rating details ·  108 ratings  ·  17 reviews
The 3rd of Gerard de Villiers's novels published by Vintage Canada finds Malko Linge secretly helping the CIA investigate the suspicious death of Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky--a death which may have been ordered by Vladimir Putin himself.
In March 2013, Boris Berezovsky is found dead in his home in Berkshire, apparently the victim of a suicide by hanging. MI5 commence
Paperback, 240 pages
Published April 14th 2015 by Vintage Crime/Black Lizard (first published October 2nd 2013)
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Mar 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Revenge of the Kremlin by Gérard de Villiers is a tightly woven story of suspense and espionage surrounding the suspicious death of exiled oligarch Boris Berezovsky. MI-5 opens the case after it is believed Berezovsky’s death was not a suicide, however no sooner does MI-5 begin poking around when PM Cameron shuts down the official investigation, an act which alarms the CIA, as the fear of old KGB tactics and the new and closer ties between Britain and Russia are formed. The CIA sends Malko Linge ...more
Apr 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: from-publisher
This is the third book in Gérard de Villiers’s Malko Linge series that is available in English in the US and Canada. Malko Linge is a very popular series in Europe, but since Gérard de Villiers died a couple of years ago, there won’t be any new books in the series in French.

Revenge of the Kremlin is a typical spy thriller with a lot of action and sex thrown into the mix. The story feels rather formulaic and the characters are pretty flat. The story is somewhat interesting, since it is very curre
Jul 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Revenge of the Kremlin “A Malko Linge Novel”
By Gerard DeVilliers
Vintage/Black Lizard, U.S.; 2015

In Gerard DeVilliers newest novel “Revenge of the Kremlin” comes another tale that could have been ripped from today’s headlines! Russian citizen Boris Berezovski had been living in London and his very recent death had been declared a suicide. Problem is, not everyone believes he killed himself; rather, that his death had been a well planned execution by the Russians.
When the American CIA call in Malk
On the one hand, de Villiers writes a compelling and well-researched story about Russian score-settling and British willful blindness. He gets inside Putin's head pretty darn well.

On the other, there's a ridiculous amount of "getting inside," and I'm not talking thought patterns. The sex scenes are so unlikely that they'd be more at home on 3 AM pay-per-view starring the artificially-enhanced housewife, the musclebound plumber, the tattooed and pierced pizza guy, and the big black cable guy.

Dec 08, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-for-school
One of the worst books I've ever read. The writing is terrible and every 1-2 chapters de Villiers throws in an equally badly written pornographic sex scene because his main character is a self-insert for dudes reading his book who fantasize about having wild sex with nymphomaniac Russian women. The entire thing is straight up Male Gaze shit. When his Bond knockoff male lead isn't having sex, he's probably rattling off a laundry list of every stereotype about Russia and Russians that has ever exi ...more
Baptiste Briet
200eme ouvrages de la collection SAS, qui nous plonge dans un complot politique de la Russie sur le territoire Britannique dans les années 2012-2013. Avec comme acteur principale, le FSB (service secret Russe) et ainsi que les millieux proche de V. Poutine. Malko Linge, enquête sur le décès de Berezovski, un oligarque russe caché en Angleterre. Une enquête qui nous mène en Angleterre, Russie passant par Israël. Ce fût le dernier ouvrage de G. De Villiers avant sa mort.
À la fin, des articles de p
Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is my 3rd Malko Linge book. I like them because they're quick as easy to read, no fluff, no boring parts. They're almost like novellas, nothing deep, nothing major, almost like a surgical spy operation, in and out quickly. Great for an airport wait or a long flight.

This one deals with a Russian oligarch assassination. The Russian oligarch is now in England but killed anyway. Linge is tasked with finding the killer. The plot is based on the real FSB agent Litvinenko who was poisoned in Engl
Theodore Kinni
Nov 19, 2017 rated it did not like it
Chucked it 50 pages in. This guy wrote 200 of these and sold millions?!? My regard for French culture is badly shaken.
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Apr 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
There are 200 of these Malko Linge novels, but only three of them have been translated to English so far. Often compared to Ian Fleming’s James Bond series, deVilliers’ Linge features a freelancer CIA agent with hardly the advance technological weaponry of MI5, but has all the suave of a debonaire secret agent. DeVillier has been known to jump ahead of the news. Meaning, he seemed to have the premonition for current world affairs even before it happens. You can tell his journalist roots by readi ...more
Charles Green
Nov 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Revenge of the Kremlin is the second of De Villiers' Malko Linge novel I have tackled, having previously enjoyed The Madmen of Benghazi. As with 'Benghazi', which was set around the collapse of the Ghadafi regime in Libya, in 'Kremlin' De Villiers takes another real life, contemporary event, this time the death of exiled Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky, and weaves his fictional tale around it.

The result is a somewhat strange book, as it’s an espionage thriller that lacks much in the way of gen
Kayla A.
Dec 09, 2016 rated it did not like it
I read this book for a class I'm currently in, The Cold War and the Spy Novel. This is the last of 14 books we read, and I was looking forward to it as the only book that mixed contemporary politics with espionage. The book features Vladimir Putin, and the very real death of businessman Boris Berezovsky.

However, I was supremely disappointed. Even though this was the most recently written book featured on the class syllabus, it was the most sexist of them all. Pretty much half the book is devote
R.W. Clark
Oct 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: pulp-and-mystery
What a dog.

“Hello, Malko!” he said. “We met briefly about two years ago. I’ll be here for another year before I head back to Langley."

“I won’t forget this, Sir George. Do I have your permission to inform Malko himself?”

"What the hell are you going to do in Moscow, anyway?”
“Pull the lion’s tail,” said Malko

"You realize you’re walking into the lion’s den, don’t you?”

She respected him, and he was secretly in love with her.

He hadn’t realized that Irina Lopukin had friends in such high places. I
Nov 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: spy-thriller
It wasn't very imaginative or well written or anything, but I liked the 'plucked from the headlines' concept of investigating the Berezovsky killing. And to think de Villiers was pumping five of these out per year at one point! Apparently they're fairly accurate, too, in the sense of the author doing his homework. Evidently he predicted the assassinations of Anwar al Sadat and Indira Gandhi, plus he once accidentally outed the CIA's Madagascar station chief and the fact that he worked from the t ...more
nikkia neil
Feb 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
thanks Knopf Doubleday and netgalley for arc.

I've been having good experiences so far with translated books this year. Its crazy to think this was in french first, I guess what they say about the french having a time set aside each day for the bedroom is something this author took to the bank and damn good crime mystery too.
Jul 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Nice intrigue and suspense, with some good characters. I don't think I like the current fact/fiction mix (Putin as a character for example), but it wasn't too terrible. ...more
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