Corruption of Power

December 25, 2015

28104692Corruption of Power is a novel by G.W. Eccles and it was send to me as an ARC, requesting a review. It is part 2 in the Leksin series, Alex Leksin being an independent troubleshooter who is available for hire and can solve all your problems if you pay him enough.

In this novel he is hired by Russian Prime Minister Saidov to aid in a plan that will make Russia less dependent on Europe, since they think Europe is an unreliable partner in every way. President Karpev wants to shift the balance of power by placing his energy market to the east and not the west. In order to do so he needs to build a pipeline through Turkmenistan and Afghanistan to be able to access these markets.

In 12 days the contract for the pipeline will be signed, but some people are hell bent on not letting in get that far. The stakes are high and tensions are constantly close to explosion level. And to make things worse, wherever Leksin goes to investigate, somebody wants to kill him and make sure he doesn’t reach his goal.

Saidov wants Leksin to find out who is behind all of this, why and then to put a stop to it all. The investigation begins in Moscow where the company that will build the pipeline is based. The head of the company used to be Lev Usenko, but it is now run by his daughter. A woman once to be married to Leksin.

Against a background of political corruption, state-sponsored terrorism and increased Taliban insurgency, Leksin moves on to Turkmenistan, one of the world’s most sinister countries, right at the heart of Central Asia. Initially his enquiries reveal nothing to cause alarm. Other factors, though, suggest otherwise: people in a position to help him are assassinated; and information turns out to be misinformation.

And when at last he discovers the truth, he finds himself unsure of whom he can trust as the stakes get frighteningly higher.

I am not used to reading these kinds of books, but I must admit I was fascinated once I started reading it. It took me a little time to get into the story and I am so glad there was a summary of all names and people in the front of the book because all those names are hard to remember…. If you like political intrige and thrillers, this book is the one for you.

G W Eccles 

George Eccles, writing as G W Eccles, graduated from the London School of Economics with a law degree and subsequently became a partner in one of the major international financial advisory firms.

In 1994, George left London to move to Russia and Central Asia during the tumultuous period that followed the breakup of the Soviet Union. His work involved extensive travel throughout Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan – often to places with restricted access to foreigners. During his time there, he advised a number of real-life oligarchs how best to take advantage of the opportunities that became available as regulation crumbled and government became increasingly corrupt. Against this background, while his novels are fiction, many of the anecdotes and scenes are inspired by actual events.

His first thriller: The Oligarch, was awarded a Silver Medal both at the Global E-book Awards 2013 and at the Independent Publishers Book Awards 2013, as well as being selected as IPPY Book of the Day.

George is married and now lives with his wife in a hilltop village not far from Cannes in the South of France.






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