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The Hunted by Brian Haig
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In the 1980s, most of the spy/thriller novels pitted the U.S. versus the USSR. Now, many thrillers that I read deal with the Middle East, which makes sense given this genre often reflects geopolitical realities. As a result, I was looking forward to reading something different; a novel that takes place in post-Communist Russia.

Overall, this book was good, although I expected it to be better. Despite the interesting plot and sufficient KGB and Russian mob involvement to satisfy my taste for thrillers of yore, the characters came off flat, making it difficult to care about any of them.

The book started off strong, lagged in the middle, and then picked up toward the end. The ending seemed rushed, however, as if the author wanted to hurry up and finish the book.

I did not realize that The Hunted was based on a true story and would have preferred to know that beforehand. It would have made some of the unbelievable sections of the book—believable.
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