The Kremlin Conspiracy

The Kremlin Conspiracy

by Joel C. Rosenberg
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The Kremlin Conspiracy by Joel C. Rosenberg

New York Times bestselling author Joel C. Rosenberg returns with a high-stakes political thriller set in Russia.

Everything he learned to protect our 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 feverishly consolidating power, silencing his opposition, and plotting a brazen and lightning-fast military strike that could rupture the NATO alliance and bring Washington and Moscow to the brink of nuclear war. But in his blind spot is the former U.S. Secret Service agent, Marcus Ryker, trained to protect but ready to kill to save his country.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781496406170
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date: 03/06/2018
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 6,347
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

Joel C. Rosenberg is the New York Times bestselling author of 12 novels—The Last Jihad, The Last Days, The Ezekiel Option, The Copper Scroll, Dead Heat, The Twelfth Imam, The Tehran Initiative, Damascus Countdown, The Auschwitz Escape, The Third Target, The First Hostage, and Without Warning—and five works of nonfiction. Joel's titles have sold nearly 3 million copies. Visit www.joelrosenberg.com.

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CHAPTER 1

MOSCOW — 9 SEPTEMBER 1999

Louisa Sherbatov had just turned six, but she would never turn seven.

The whirling dervish had fallen asleep on the couch just before midnight, still wearing her new magenta dress, still wearing the matching ribbon in her blonde tresses, having finally crashed after a sugar high. Snuggled up next to her mother, she looked so peaceful, so content as she hugged her favorite stuffed bear. The two lay surrounded by the dolls and books and sweaters and other gifts Louisa had received from her aunts and uncles and grandparents and cousins as well as her friends from the elementary school just down the block at the end of Guryanova Street.

Strewn about the room were string and tape and wads of brightly colored wrapping paper. The kitchen sink was stacked high with dirty plates and cups and silverware. The dining room table was still littered with empty bottles of wine and vodka and scraps of leftover birthday pie — strawberry, Louisa's favorite.

The flat was a mess. But the guests were gone, and honestly her father, Feodor, couldn't have cared less. His little girl, the only child he and Irina had been able to bear after more than a decade and four heartbreaking miscarriages, was happy. Her friends were happy. Their families were happy. They were happy. Everything else could wait.

Feodor stared down at the two most precious people in his life and longed to reschedule this trip. He had loved planning the party with them both, had loved helping shop for the food, had loved helping Irina and her mother make all the preparations, had loved seeing the sheer delight on Louisa's face when he'd given her a shiny blue bicycle, her first. But business was business. If he was going to make his flight to Tashkent, he had to leave quickly. So he gently kissed mother and daughter on their foreheads, picked up his suitcase, and slipped out the front door as quietly as he could.

He stepped out the main entrance of the apartment building, relieved to see the cab he'd ordered waiting for him as planned. He moved briskly to the car and gave the driver his bag to put in the trunk. The night air was crisp and fresh. The moon was a tiny sliver in the dark sky, and leaves were beginning to fall and swirl in the light breeze coming from the west. Summer was finally over, Feodor thought as he climbed into the backseat, and not a moment too soon. The sweltering heat. The stifling humidity. The gnawing guilt of not being able to afford to provide his family a simple air conditioner, much less a little dacha out in the country, where he and Irina and Louisa and maybe his parents and hers could retreat now and again, somewhere in a forest, with lots of shade and a sparkling lake to go swimming and fishing, far from the traffic and pollution and frenetic pace of the capital.

"Autumn — finally," he half mumbled to himself as the driver slammed the trunk shut and got back behind the wheel.

Growing up, Feodor had always loved the cooler weather. The shorter days. The start of school. Making new friends. Meeting new teachers. Taking new classes. Fall meant change, and change had always been good to him. Autumn was a time of new beginnings, and he wondered what this one might bring. He was not poor, exactly, but he was certainly not successful. Still, he was content, even hopeful, perhaps for the first time in his life. Maybe one day, if he continued to work very hard, he really could save enough money to move his family away from 19 Guryanova Street, away from this noisy, dirty, run-down, depressing hovel on the south side of Moscow, and find some place quaint and quiet. Some place worthy of raising a family. With a bit of grass, maybe even a garden, where he could till the soil with his own hands and grow his own vegetables.

As the cab pulled away from the curb, Feodor leaned back in the seat and folded his hands on his chest. Autumn. He smiled. He found himself reminiscing about the autumn day he'd first laid eyes on Irina. It was the first day of middle school, twenty-two years before.

At that moment, Feodor Sherbatov — so caught up in his own world, his own memories — barely noticed the two burly men dressed in black leather jackets and black leather gloves emerging from the basement of his own building. He paid scant attention to the car parked just down the street, the white Lada with its headlights off but its engine running, to which the two men headed. The driver was smoking a cigarette and tapping on the dashboard, but Feodor would never recall the face, shrouded in shadows and a hat of some kind. When the police later asked about the men and the car, this was all Feodor could tell them.

What he did remember — what he would never forget — was the deafening explosion behind him as the taxi gained speed along Guryanova Street, heading to Domodedovo International Airport. He remembered the searing fireball. He remembered his driver losing control and crashing into a lamppost. He remembered his head smashing against the Plexiglas screen dividing the front seat from the back, and the ghastly sensation of heat as he kicked open the back door of the cab. He remembered jumping out into the street, blood streaming down his face, heart pounding furiously, and looking back just in time to see a secondary explosion as his home — the drab nine-story apartment building at 19 Guryanova Street — collapsed in a blinding flash of fire and ash.

(Continues…)



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What People are Saying About This

Porter Goss

Joel Rosenberg has an uncanny talent for focusing his story-telling on real world hot spots just as they are heating up. He has done it again in The Kremlin Conspiracy. Russia is back in the headlines above the fold as a macro-mischief maker and Joel’s new thriller presents a worst case scenario that must never come to pass. All Americans—especially the President, Members of Congress and our national security team—should be mindful of the threat an out-of-control Moscow poses to peace and freedom.

Brigadier General (U.S. Army

Marcus Ryker rocks! Breakneck action, political brinksmanship, authentic scenarios, and sharply defined characters make Joel C. Rosenberg’s Kremlin Conspiracy a full throttle and frightening ride through tomorrow’s headlines.

Sean Parnell

The Kremlin Conspiracy is my first Joel C. Rosenberg novel, and I am absolutely blown away by how good this guy is. The story moves at a blistering pace, it’s crackling with tension, and you won’t put it down until you reach the end. Guaranteed. Simply masterful.

Mark Greaney

Joel C. Rosenberg writes taut, intelligent thrillers that are as timely as they are well-written. Pairing a fast-paced plot with an impressive understanding of the inner workings in the corridors of power of the Russian government, The Kremlin Conspiracy is a stellar novel of riveting action and political intrigue.

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The Kremlin Conspiracy 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Joel knocks it out of the park with his new novel. As with all his books I could not put it down. Can't wait for what comes next.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Read all of his books. They get better and better. Can’t wait for the next one.
NadineTimes10 10 months ago
Marcus Ryker, a U.S. military veteran and former Secret Service agent, is dead set on preventing what is likely to become nuclear war in The Kremlin Conspiracy, a novel by author Joel C. Rosenberg. So. This is the third thriller I've read by this author, and given that I see a needed sequel in this one's future, I'm not ready to say too much about what's in it. Indeed, I'm barely even ready to exhale, after the ride this novel took me on. I finished it in much less time than it usually takes me to read books of this length, but that's happened with me and a Rosenberg read before. I almost didn't like how "on edge" I was through a good deal of this one, as there were times when I practically balked at turning a page, not feeling ready to see what would happen next. But, of course, I couldn't hold out for long. Had to keep turning pages. I will say this, though. The storylines of two key players (Marcus, along with Oleg Kraskin, a senior aide of the Russian president) progress simultaneously through the years in this book, and I somewhat prefer Oleg's storyline, considering how it develops/affects his character. Marcus's storyline, though it even went so far as to make me cry in the middle of it, seems to suffer a bit more from the chunks of years that pass. The story briefly brushes over what must be some major turning points in his family and spiritual life, and it does so after the fact, more than once. But on the whole, this thriller had me all in. Now I'm waiting to see what more must be coming... __________ Tyndale House provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Don’t want to put it down!
Anonymous 1 days ago
The book was fast pace. Lots of twists and turns. I did not want to put it down.
summer_no9 11 days ago
This book has a very sharply story writing and compelling to read with also had a talent for a newly time for us to focusing and compare from of this story to one of the most to interesting all the media and from a part of the real-world international politic as the author was heating us with a thriller story, extremely exciting dangerous from all of the character had to be and with all the most important and very hard decision of their life had to be make will be risk his life or it will make they a hero or conspiracy to a new history of the world. The story of this book will keep up and going with a greatest of suspense of the secret agency and the part of politic that we haven’t knew about it. This will be challenging to discovery from the begging to the end all I can say that as soon as you start read this you will don’t want to put till finished it. I highly recommend to everyone must to read this book. “ I received complimentary a copy of this book from Tyndale House for this review”.
Anonymous 17 days ago
Couldn't put it down. I think the end could be a little different given more to unravel.
UpstateNYReader 3 months ago
Joel Rosenberg has put together another thrilling espionage thriller. The new President of Russia has the singular goal of making Russia great again. The new US President is a bit of whimp that has a similar goal for the United States of America. Together they are pushing the world toward a thermonuclear meltdown. It will take Markus Ryker, former US Marine and Secret Service agent, and Oleg Kraskin, senior aide and son-in-law to the Russian President, working together to find a way to pull these two superpowers away from the brink of cultural annihilation. I could not put the book down. I had to - but did not want to. I stayed up nights to get more reading done. If I woke up at night,m I would pick up the book to get another chapter under my belt. The author has done a wonderful job of blending life, faith, and a political thriller that tracks with current events. My hope is that Markus, Oleg, and Jenny (an unwitting CIA operator), are brought together again for more adventures. ______________ This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions are mine alone.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Great read! Can’t wait for the next one!
Anonymous 5 months ago
It is enough possible to make it seem realistic. The suspense kept me so engaged I couldn’t quit reading. I could visualize the action as the author describes it, making it more realistic.
Anonymous 6 months ago
I love this genre it allows you to think. My favorite thing is to try to decipher fact from fiction. To see where the situation possibly fits into real world events. I am waiting for the next book.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Another great read. Very hard to wait for the next book.
MelissaF 6 months ago
What a great book. The scariest part of this book is that it could be real. So many of the events have taken place and could take place. The deception, the hurt, the wounds, all of this will draw you into the story. Some parts of the story drew me in more than others but overall I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I found myself having sympathy for both Marcus and Oleg and I wondered how their lives would intersect and what would happen. If you enjoy political thrillers I am sure you will like this one. A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own.
ChatWithVera 7 months ago
The stakes can't get much higher than this political thriller set in Russia. The story runs with two parallel story lines set in two vastly different countries and political atmospheres. Following the youth to maturity of a rising Soviet man and an American who serves in the military and secret service, Rosenberg brings the two together in averting a catastrophe of world shattering magnitude. The scenario is such that it is mind-boggling to conceive that such action could actually occur or be conspired into actual being. With veiled shadows of currently living major players in the world scene, it is a piece of fiction. But could it happen? Let's prayerfully hope not. Rosenberg has previously written stories of political intrigue and events that, though fiction, seemed to be ripped straight from the newspaper or evening news broadcast. This is no exception and you almost feel like turning on the news to see if it has really happened. The building story is a fast paced read that climaxes with such intensity that you hold your breath as you turn page after page. Landing on the last page you wonder, where next? Surely this doesn't end here? I found this a fascinating book to read and highly recommend it. I look with anticipation toward a sequel to The Kremlin Conspiracy and resolution of these uncharted and strange waters. DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher to read and review. Opinions are solely my own and are freely given.
susanwalkergirl 8 months ago
You Won’t Want To Put This One Down Joel C. Rosenberg is one of my favorite authors. If he writes a new book, I want to read it. So glad that I had the opportunity to read his latest book, The Kremlin Conspiracy. What newspaper can you pick up today where you aren’t reading another article about Russia? Do the headlines about the Russian President, Russian journalists being murdered or former Russian spies being poisoned grab your attention? If so, you will want to read Joel’s newest book, The Kremlin Conspiracy, which seems to have been ripped from today’s headline news. The Kremlin Conspiracy is a novel about the increasing tensions and threat of a military show down between the United States of America and Russia. Why in the world is Russia making a bold, but irrational, overreach of power? Though set on the world stage, Joel make this story personal by following the lives of Marcus Ryker and Oleg Kraskin through their relationships, work and the people that surround them, some of whom are powerful and influential world leaders. When their lives intersect how will they be changed? The reader comes to know and care about these people as their countries come closer to being on the brink of war. From page 1 until the very end Joel holds the reader’s attention. One way I can tell if a novel is really good, is when I put the book down I’m still thinking about the characters and wondering what will happen next. There are some surprises in this story and you will be kept on the edge of your seat. I’m already looking forward to the next book in this series. I sure hope that Joel writes it quickly! Something I especially appreciate about Joel’s books is that he weaves the Christian faith into some of the characters. I like that he is able to write an interesting story that doesn’t include filthy language or details about sexually immorality. If you like suspense novels or fast-paced political thrillers that keep you up at night, you will want to read Joel C. Rosenberg’s newest novel, The Kremlin Conspiracy. You won’t want to put this one down! I would like to thank Tyndale House Publishers, Inc for the opportunity to read The Kremlin Conspiracy for free in exchange for an honest review. I was under no obligation to give a favorable review.
Pooke 8 months ago
The Enemy of My Enemy….. 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 steadily advanced from an active combat solider to one of the members of the Secret Service guarding The President. Oleg Kraskin has two loves, Marina and his native land, Mother Russia. When he marries Marina, he becomes the son-in-law of The President of Russia, Aleksandr Luganov. The president creates a job for Oleg, and as time goes on, Oleg is exposed to an increasing amount of secret information. Eventually he is trusted enough to be exposed to most of The State secrets. Because of this, Oleg learns his father-in-law’s plans for Russia will cause the needless deaths of many of his countrymen. While the rest of the world is tricked into believing Luganov will help decrease weapons of mass destruction, especially in North Korea, Luganov plans just the opposite. Since Oleg knows the truth, he is frantic to prevent a possible nuclear war. But how can he do this without his family or himself being hurt? This page-turner is a fast-moving story of intrigue that will keep you on the edge of your seat. The reader will be taken to the inside of the Kremlin, the White House, and the inner workings of a Senator--who would like to be the next president. In the midst of it all, Marcus and Oleg meet. At the time, they are unaware of the importance that meeting will be to their future, as well as, the world’s. The author writes a very realistic story, one that will cause the reader to think, “this might happen!” The characters are shown in both their best and worst lights, and are believable. Even though some of the story takes place in dangerous or highly tense situations, the story is clean, wholesome, and written from a Christian point of view. This is the first installment of a series, with a bit of a cliff-hanger ending. I recommend this 5-star book to anyone who enjoys political intrigue, suspense or well-written fiction. Tyndale House Publishing has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of The Kremlin Conspiracy, for the purpose of review. I have not been compensated in any other manner. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
Anonymous 8 months ago
A very well written book that holds the readers attention and wouldn't let go. A plot that any news hound could relate to. A book that I highly recommend.
MzKCKitty 9 months ago
This book is one you won’t want to put down once you pick it up. It keeps building right to the end. This is about two men, one in Russia and one in the United States, who reach the highest levels of Government service. They have similar life stories, albeit in different countries and forms of government. Their paths cross in the course of their work but they suddenly become directly involved when their countries are in the midst of an International crisis. This is the second political thriller I have read by Joel Rosenberg and both were well researched and could have been plucked out of current news headlines. I loved how the personal lives of the two men were established and how Joel wove the main character’s faith into the story. I received this book from Tyndale in exchange for a review.
SemmieWise 9 months ago
** “(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: “After nearly sixteen years of writing thrillers about worst-case scenarios in the Middle East, it was time to shift gears and focus on new threats.” “The Kremlin Conspiracy” follows the stories and rise of two men — American Marcus Ryker who was inspired to join the Marines after 9/11 and Oleg Stefanovich Kraskin, a man who rises through the governmental ranks of Russia after marrying the daughter of the man who would himself rise from Prime Minister to President. Written chronologically, passing back and forth between each man’s story, “Kremlin” spans almost 20 years, beginning with mass bombings in Russia in 1999 and ending in the present. Oleg must deal with President Aleksandr Luganov’s insane ideologies to reclaim Mother Russia’s glory … at any cost. And Marcus must overcome the strain military life, and eventually the life of a Secret Service agent, takes on his family — as well as overcome incredible loss. As each man faces trials in their lives, they must learn lessons about loyalty, faithfulness, overcoming tribulations and forgiveness. This story takes us through bombings, murder, assassination attempts, invasions and military coups — it’s a story that could be taken right off the front pages of our newspapers. It is so timely it’s scary. Rosenberg does a great job developing his characters, especially Marcus and Oleg. You truly learn the “meaning of the man.” He also develops a great supporting cast of characters — from the crazy and power-driven Russian leaders, to Marcus’ military buddies who have also found themselves in the political arena. But besides a great geopolitical thriller, “The Kremlin Conspiracy” also offers many gems and life lessons — the difficulty of balancing family versus duty; going through the valleys of life, yet knowing you are going to come out OK; the ability to “love your neighbor, not your work”; starting new chapters in life; forgiveness of one’s self and others; assuming (wrongly sometimes) that there is always more time; and the fact that we should never resist God’s plan. Rosenberg reminds us, through a heart-pounding, action-packed novel, that God always has a plan for us … even when we can’t immediately see it. Even in a new political arena, Rosenberg offers another great novel that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Based on the story’s ending, I’m guessing there will be another book coming. I’m certainly hoping so! Five stars out of five. Tyndale House Publishers provided this complimentary copy for my honest, unbiased review.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Fast paced. Exciting. A good read. The characters are real. And so is our hope in Jesus.
amybooksy 9 months ago
The Kremlin Conspiracy is an exciting read! I was not sure what to expect at first. I am not a huge fan of political thrillers, but this kept me on the edge of my seat. I just could not put it down. The suspense kept me interested and wondering on what would happen next. The ending was one I would not have predicted. Loved it! I highly recommend The Kremlin Conspiracy and would give it 100 stars if I could. Well done, Mr Rosenberg! I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
Pattistep 9 months ago
Joel Rosenberg’s books are always well-researched, well-written, and make you feel as if he has the ability to have next week’s newspaper in his hands today. He has changed his setting in this book from the Middle East to Russia. This change of scene in no way lessens the tension that characterizes his books. The opening sentence is an example of what to expect all throughout this book: “Louisa Sherbatov has just turned six, but she would never turn seven.” The first part of the book follows the separate lives and careers of Marcus Ryker in the United States and Oleg Kraskin in Russia and continues until their lives intersect in a world-changing encounter. I am already looking forward to the next book to continue this exciting story of espionage and suspense. I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher. I was not required to give a positive review. This is my honest opinion about this book.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Can't wait for next book
connywithay 9 months ago
“It’s time, Oleg Stefanovich – we are going to war,” President Luganov tells his son-in-law in Joel C. Rosenberg’s novel, The Kremlin Conspiracy. ~ What ~ At four-hundred-and-eighty pages, this hardbound targets those who enjoy Christian contemporary fictional suspense involving Russia considering invading three NATO countries. Topics of adultery, physical abuse, and murder may not be appropriate for immature readers. The beginning includes a list of characters and preface while the ending has acknowledgments, the author’s biography, and advertisements for other authored books. In this fast-paced tale, two men’s lives intersect unexpectedly when the president of Russia decides he wants to restore the glory of Mother Russia. While American Marcus Ryker is recalled into helping the United States protect three Baltic states from possible infiltration by Russia, Oleg Kraskin, who is married to the Russian’s president and confidant of his inner circle, feels there is no way out of a growing nuclear exchange. As one trusts in God for guidance, the other must decide where his loyalty lies to save the world. ~ Why ~ Those who like action-packed current day espionage stories of possible nuclear war will appreciate this book. I enjoyed the short chapters that were to the point, showing both protagonists struggle with their personal and private lives while patriotically and loyally serving their countries. The eternal plan of salvation is added. ~Why Not ~ Those who do not like graphic violence, murder, and death will avoid this read that mimics people and places in current day political history. Some may not like the story’s predictability and abrupt ending. Others may consider the book a little too close to reality regarding Russia and her leader. ~ Wish ~ My husband and I both read this book, accurately guessing the end before it happened. I wish it did not contain loose ends that may lead to a sequel. I prefer all pronouns of God capitalized for reverence. ~ Want ~ If you enjoy a game of political chess between countries that involve plots of terrorism, espionage, and assassinations in Christian fiction, this read will keep you engaged while questioning the news when you watch it the next day. Thanks to Tyndale House Publishers and the author for this book that I am under no obligation to review.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Just as good as one would expect from Joel Rosenberg.