The collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 was sudden, quick and chaotic. Getting-rich-fast schemes, which included a manipulative privatization of assets and natural resources, spun out of control, leading to unprecedented corruption and lawlessness. On a fertile ground of overall permissiveness and impunity, crime lords and oligarchs seemed to take over the Russian economy and politics; nevertheless, feeling unsafe in their own country, they began moving capital overseas, preparing to seek asylum in countries that were traditionally hostile to their homeland. As Russian organized crime, now in America, spun out of control, U.S. law enforcement agencies had no choice but to fight back with the formation of a special task force. Choosing intuition over procedure, Agent Knox abandoned the force, convincing his superior that he would rather act on his own plot and seek non-traditional methods of bringing down the boss and recover the money. Winning the mobsters over with a convincing act of corruption and the ability to survive in live-or-die situations, all while balancing on the edge of breaking the law, seemed to work for Agent Knox...until he met Sergei Volkov, the underboss. Agent Knox's investigation came to an abrupt end with the conclusion of a hide-and-seek game involving Cuban intelligence. Close to ending his life as a self-inflicting punishment for his personal failure, the agent suddenly discovered that he had plenty of reasons to be excited about the outcome of his so-called keen plot, even more so as he opened a surprising, confidential and highly amusing envelope from Moscow.
|Publisher:||Outskirts Press, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.87(d)|
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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite Keen Plot of Agent X: Classified by Eugene Balakirov is the story of Agent Knox. Chasing the Russian mafia in the USA was getting too much, especially because he had to play by the book. He knew that it was not going anywhere. People are capitalizing on the misfortune of others and he thinks it is high time he did something. He trusts his intuition more than the system, so he takes on the war like he wants to. His methods are unorthodox and not really legal, but he is a man on an agenda to bring the big boss down. However, his mission comes to a halt when he encounters the under boss, Sergei Volkov. He is not an enemy you can easily trifle with. But something changes Knox's pursuit and makes his agenda even stronger. Sometimes what you need is the will to go on and fate will be on your side. Is Knox too confident and will his life become just another notch on the Russian mafia’s belt? Or will he finally bring it to an end? Boy, do I love the action in this novel. It is intense, nail biting, and makes your blood rush even faster. Knox is a smooth character; he gradually enters your heart and makes you think about him all the time. I wasn’t his biggest fan in the middle of the novel, but that just makes him a rounded character and shows his development. This novel will actually make a great movie.