Title: The Kremlin Conspiracy
Author: Joel Rosenberg
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
Marcus Ryker is a Secret Service Agent, serving his country in this way after leaving the military a decorated hero. He loves his job and travels all over the globe, but it takes him away from his wife and young son all too often. Tragedy strikes Marcus, causing him to resign his position. He now works odd jobs at his church and meets with the pastor weekly. He is repairing the roof when he is summoned to the pastor’s office. He meets someone from his past who is in the political arena and wants Marcus to go with him on a trip to the Baltics. Marcus has vast experience in security for VIPs, but he has no interest in going on the trip. He is soon convinced by a friend and former soldier who served with Marcus to go on the trip. Once he arrives, his training takes over as an imminent threat to the United States and her people is uncovered. Marcus steps up to serve his country again.
Oleg Kraskin who lives in Russia. He is a lawyer who has married the daughter of the Russian president. He is given a job as part of the president’s staff taking notes and transcribing them. He does a good job and works his way up the ladder to become a trusted advisor/counselor to the president himself. He, like Marcus, spends a lot of time away from his family in service to his country. Oleg spends some years obeying the president, who is also his father-in-law. Oleg learns all is not as it appears to be behind the scenes. What is told to the public and what the reality is are two different things.
Wow! This was one terrific story! It took a little bit of time for me to get involved in the story as they author spent time telling the history of the two main characters, but I kept reading as I knew my efforts would be rewarded. I stayed up late into the night to finish it. I thought the characters very believable and realistic. The writing was excellent. The tension wound up to a high level and kept me there, even at the end. The two main characters each have difficult choices to make and must wrestle with what they feel is the right thing to do. This one is going on the “keeper shelf” for sure! I can’t wait for this author’s next book due out this month!