1/07/09 - MOSCOW RULES - Daniel Silva/ Crime Thru Time

Todays Blog/Website of the Day is the official Crime Thru Time website: http://www.crimethrutime.com/. This is the companion to the Yahoo group of the same name. The site states, "Crime Thru Time is a web site dedicated to Historical Mysteries.We began as a discussion list and have since grown to a web site complete withinformation about upcoming releases, series/author book lists, timelines, and links of interest.Est. March 5, 1999."

I've been on a Veronica Mars binge, watching the last six episodes of the first season in 24 hours. Many times I gasped, said "Holy Crap!", and "Yes!" and had to know what happened next. This is one excellent series. Now I can't wait to watch the first episode of the second season to find out who was at the door.

Next to read will be MOSCOW RULES by Daniel Silva. This is the 8th book of a series of eight featuring Gabriel Allon, an art restorer and Israeli secret agent. This book was published this year and has 433 pages. Here is a description:

"The death of a journalist leads Allon to Russia, where he finds that, in terms of spycraft, even he has something to learn. He’s playing by Moscow rules now.This is not the grim, gray Moscow of Soviet times but a new Moscow, awash in oil wealth and choked with bulletproof Bentleys. A Moscow where power resides once more behind the walls of the Kremlin and where critics of the ruling class are ruthlessly silenced. A Moscow where a new generation of Stalinists is plotting to reclaim an empire lost and to challenge the global dominance of its old enemy, the United States.One such man is Ivan Kharkov, a former KGB colonel who built a global investment empire on the rubble of the Soviet Union. Hidden within that empire, however, is a more lucrative and deadly business: Kharkov is an arms dealer—and he is about to deliver Russia’s most sophisticated weapons to al- Qaeda. Unless Allon can learn the time and place of the delivery, the world will see the deadliest terror attacks since 9/11—and the clock is ticking fast."

I've enjoyed this series throughout the last year but I had to take a break until now as I may have read them too closely together. When that happens, one notices similarities in plot or style or overuse of words so sometimes breaks are needed to refresh the brain and appreciate the author and the works again. Otherwise, I'm reading a website usability book.

Ran a couple errands today and took Tug with me after our walk. The weather is strange -- it felt like Spring in January. The temp got over 50, the wind was blowing in the 30 mph range and the 2 inches of snow that fell last night turned to mush and standing pools of water. The drive tomorrow will be slick when all this freezes again overnight. Knowing all this is going to happen, I wanted to get my running around done today.

Another day gone by....

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

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Comment by I. J. Parker on January 10, 2009 at 8:27am
Good for you!
Comment by PK the Bookeemonster on January 10, 2009 at 6:08am
Yes, I'm on CTT but I don't comment much. I love histmyst but somehow I never get much satisfaction through that group. I dunno what it is. So I just go about my own thing; reading and enjoying. :)
Comment by I. J. Parker on January 10, 2009 at 4:40am
Oh, you do? Did we meet on CTT? I notice the argument over what constitutes "historical" rages thyere periodically. I have trouble seeing anything from WWII onward as anything but modern. And the earlier 20th century strikes me as quaintly oldfashioned rather than historical.
Thanks for having some of my books. The next one's a doozie. :)
Comment by PK the Bookeemonster on January 10, 2009 at 2:06am
MOSCOW RULES, you mean? No, not historical though I do love that subgenre best. And I do have a couple of yours. :)
Comment by I. J. Parker on January 10, 2009 at 12:58am
Does the book qualify as "historical"?

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