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The Kremlin Conspiracy

(Marcus Ryker #1)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  4,917 ratings  ·  545 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Joel C. Rosenberg returns with a high-stakes political thriller set in Russia.

Everything he learned to protect the president, he must use to take out theirs.

With an American president distracted by growing tensions in North Korea and Iran, an ominous new threat is emerging in Moscow. A czar is rising in the Kremlin, a Russian president fev
Hardcover, 470 pages
Published March 6th 2018 by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
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Brett I believe that Joel Rosenberg recently announced a sequel release date of March 2019. The sequel is titled 'The Persian Gamble'.
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Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Joel C. Rosenberg is back with another stellar novel that explores the current international political climate with stunning accuracy, leaving the reader to wonder just how close to non-fiction the story might become over the next few years. Aleksandr Ivanovich Luganov is the prime minister of Russia in 1999 when numerous apartment bombs have been exploding across Moscow. With an ailing president, Luganov assumes the role and chooses Oleg Kraskin to be one of his senior aides. Kraskin, shocked b ...more
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Well done. I listened to #2 before #1 and found this first story better. 9 of 10 stars!
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Well dang. This book had a lot going on. Conspiracy and spying was just what you would expect. I was caught off guard on all the family dynamics. You had issues with the extended family, loss of loved ones, betrayal, etc. Even though it sounds like too much going on, it wasn’t. It actually added so much more depth to the story. I’m not too big on spy thrillers of sorts but really did enjoy this one.

My quick and simple overall: packed with so much! Great read!
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
Wow! Action packed!! Especially the final quarter of the book. At the beginning I had no idea where the book was headed, but the dual story lines kept my interest. Highly recommended for those that enjoy political novels awash in action and honorable main characters.
The Real Book Spy
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Rosenberg’s latest thriller opens in 1999. A young Russian lawyer named Oleg Kraskin plans to ask the father of his longtime girlfriend, Marina, for his permission to propose to his daughter.

There’s just one problem. . .

Marina’s father is Aleksander Luganov, the former head of the Russian Federal Security Service, current prime minister, and the man chosen to be the next president of Russia.

Jumping forward a few years, twenty-one-year-old Marcus
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books, thriller
4.5 stars. Rosenberg has written another excellent thriller about an oligarch Russian President, dedicated to restoring all of the satellites for Mother Russia. Aleksandr Ivanovich Luganov, ex-KGB, rises to prime minister, when a series of apartment bombs give him the right to attack Chechen rebels, and lead to his election as President. He recruits a lawyer, Oleg Kraskin, his future son-in-law, to become a senior aides. He is horrified as Luganov plans an attack on the NATO-member Baltic countr ...more
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Rosenberg knows how to create a political thriller that could very well parallel today's headlines. A Russian leader who wants to be a czar over a restored glory of Russia is pitted against an unpredictable U. S. president. With the existence of NATO on the line, an ex-secret service agent tries to prevent a possible global disaster.

I really like how Rosenberg has crafted his characters. The Russian president is a conniving man, lying to the public while secretly making preparations for military
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cia-thriller, series

The Kremlin Conspiracy had me intrigued from the first chapter till the very end! The book is a perfect blend of high-stakes political conspiracy and non-stop action!

Never heard of this author before. Went on a whim, or maybe because this was a 'freebie' from amazon prime :) Either way, the risk of reading an unknown author paid major dividends, as The Kremlin Conspiracy kicked some major 'thriller' ass, and had me flipping the pages like it was business!

The plot on its surface is very straigh
Steve Sparks
First, if you are anyone other than an evangelical Christian, DO NOT READ THIS BOOK. Throughout there are numerous references to God, Jesus, etc. While they are not offensive, they are unnecessary and clearly the thinking of an author bringing up religion when it isn’t an integral part of the situation. Second, this book was downright boring in the first half. There was way too much character exposition, and they didn’t do anything. The third problem was the ending. I won’t give it away, but rea ...more
Kelly Lyn
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a hunker of a book and it is told in parts. So I am going to read one part at a time and then I am going to give a little summary or my thoughts of that part, maybe like a line or two and then move on to the next part. It is also told in dual perspectives which is sometimes a hit or miss for me.


We learn that a series of bombings is taking place around Russia and we are introduced to a slew of characters but the main character is named Oleg. He is a lawyer who has just been hired
I enjoyed this book almost as much as the author’s other books. A lot of build up time to get backgrounds of the main characters made it a bit longish to me. Still, I look forward to seeing what happens in Book 2. There is a book 2, right???
Mike Sarratt
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another thriller from Joel. Will there be a book two for the Ryker series?
Christian Fiction Addiction
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oleg Kraskin, a brilliant young lawyer who happens to be in love with the daughter of the Russian president, finds himself brought into the inner workings of the government, and privy to secrets that threaten to change the course of human history. Retired Marine and former Secret Service agent Marcus Ryker is recovering from personal tragedy when he agrees to accompany a U.S. Senator to Europe. When Oleg and Marcus' lives intersect, it sends them down a path that neither of them ever expected, p ...more
Gail Welborn
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews
***former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum writes, Rosenberg delivers
“page-turning pictures of worst case scenarios…you pray never” come to pass.***

New York Times bestselling author Joel C. Rosenberg, well-known for writing prophetic fiction, releases “The Kremlin Conspiracy” March 6, a fascinating, multifaceted, multi-layered, political thriller that shifts Rosenberg’s attention to Russia. A nation of dynamic power struggles, tense political intrigue and collusion where the author “draws parallels
A wonderful author and narrator. Fast paced and intriguing. Looking forward to more by this author.
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
I was a little surprised to see this one on my bookclub list, because we've never read political thrillers before (or at least I don't remember it if we did). Then when I picked up the book from the library, I was a leery about it, as I saw that it was published by Tyndale House, a well-known conservative Christian publishing house. As a progressive Christian, I am (perhaps) overly critical about Christian novels and movies, because I often find they are too over-the-top in their attempt to conv ...more
Molly Jaber (Cover To Cover Cafe)
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-reads
I will be honest and tell you, this is not my normal type of book to read. I prefer romantic suspense or romantic thriller, not political thrillers. I am just not a big political person. That said, I have to say, Mr. Rosenberg is extremely, extremely talented, and really knew what to put into a phenomenally written novel. This book truly surprised me at how well it captivated me.

The great detail and research that Mr. Rosenberg has put into this novel is incredible. It really helped draw me to t
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was great - although not quite as thrilling as some of Rosenberg's books. I enjoyed the storyline, the plot, and all the unexpected things that took place. A couple things I did not like - some chapters were just plain boring (too much detail), I didn't like the references to drinking or alcohol, and there was also a scandalous affair in this book. All that aside, parts of this book were super exciting (especially the beginning and end) and I'm looking forward to the next book coming o ...more
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
A good book that doesn't trash the whole Russian nation. This exemplifies there are good people in countries we have conflicts with. I also give credit to Rosenberg for coming out with a "Russian" based novel in 2018 instead of 2019 ha ha :) I probably would have given this 5 stars if 3 out of my last 4 novels hadn't been about Russians...poor planning on my part.
Nick Woodall
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read it in 2 days! Joel Rosenberg is one of the best authors on the planet. He writes a rip-roaring, page-turning, in-your-face-headline-making, phenomenal book! Is that enough adjectives for you?
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Joel’s books never cease to amaze me. He ups the ante with each book. A great read for sure!
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
New York Times bestselling author Joel C. Rosenberg returns with a high-stakes political thriller set in Russia.

Everything he learned to protect the president, he must use to take out theirs.
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Enemy of My Enemy…..

Please read this review on my blog: Thank you

Two men, one American and one Russian, are unaware their lives are on a collision course with each other. Despite not knowing one another, different occurrences in the lives of each man brings the intersection closer. Marcus Ryker is a good-looking guy from Colorado who marries his high school sweetheart and starts a family. He is also an American Patriot and a dare-devil. Marcus has s
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another Rosenberg winner - he is an amazing writer, he can take you to a place where you feel like you're actually in the story alongside the action. Once you reach a certain point you won't be able to put it down so get ready for an all nighter!
Maria Eriksen
Dec 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Joel C. Rosenberg does NOT disappoint. I could not put this one down! The culture of Russia and the characters offer a fascinating look at what could be a possible world power scenario. Joel will have you wondering how much this story, truly, could be reminiscent of what might possibly happen on our world stage in real life. Great book!
Jim A
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
Really good, entertaining, story from Rosenberg. Right up until the cliffhanger ending. Really hate it when authors do that.
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Once again, he leaves us with a cliffhanger! Such a thrilling, fast-paced read. If you've never read Rosenberg, this is a great one to start with!
Sara Wise
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
** “(My grandmother) used to say, ‘Jenny, God always knows what we need, and if we’ll just trust him, he’ll provide from the most unlikely of sources.’ ” **

Fans of geopolitical thrillers will love Joel C. Rosenberg’s latest novel, “The Kremlin Conspiracy,” which takes on the political hotbed of American-Russian relationships.

With his newest story, Rosenberg steps away from his usual Middle Eastern theme to focus on new areas of drama within the world. As he writes in his Acknowledgements: “Afte
Rebekah Gyger
Jul 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Political thrillers are not my typical read, though I do like to pick them up from time to time for a change of pace. And usually, Rosenberg's novels are a good fit. I had read and really enjoyed The First Hostage, fully engaged with the action and suspense that was unfolding. The down side of that novel for me had been the main character, who was not as engaging as the rest of the story. And my critique this novel is much the same.

Both Marcus Ryker and Oleg Kraskin play leading roles in the bo
Marie Bungard
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Intrigue and lies at the upper levels of world leadership...  Men and women killed senselessly...  Life choices...  God's presence...

I don't usually like books of this genre.  But The Kremlin Conspiracy had me from the first chapter.  With well-developed characters and a storyline that simply doesn't slow down, I couldn't wait to turn the pages.  From the mountains of Colorado to Russia's Red Square the action continually transports one into the lives of the characters.

Political upheaval is caus
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Joel C. Rosenberg is the founder of The Joshua Fund and the New York Times best-selling author of THE LAST JIHAD (2002), THE LAST DAYS (2003), THE EZEKIEL OPTION (2005), THE COPPER SCROLL (2006), EPICENTER (2006) and DEAD HEAT (2008) with m

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