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A Summer Revenge

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E learns that what Natasha is carrying is worth far than a damaged reputation Discovering the truth plunges him into a deadly game that means he might never return to Kyrgyzstan at least not alive This is a great series come on book 4

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S The beautiful Natasha Sulonbekova has disappeared in Dubai with information that could destroy the Minister's careerBut when Borubaev arrives in Dubai straight into a scene of horrific carnage h This is the third novel in the author’s series featuring Akyl Borubaev of the Bishkek Murder Suad While the previous two novels have been set suarely in Akyl’s home country of Kyrgyzstan Bishkek is the capital this third outing pulls him from his comfort zone Not only is Akyl now firmly ex police after events that transpired in the previous book but his old protectornemesis the powerful Minister of State Security has very much made him an offer he cannot refuse The Minister’s mistress Natasha Sulonbekova has disappeared apparently run off and Akyl must travel to Dubai to find her Succeed and he stands to get his old job back Refuse or fail and he’s likely to find himself in an early graveFrom the outset Akyl guesses that there’s to the Minister’s tale than a case of a foolish older man falling for a younger woman only to be embarrassed when she runs away He wonders whether she’s stolen money from him but thinks that even this might be not the whole truth His task is further complicated by the fact that in Dubai he will be operating alone with none of the official jurisdictional authority that he’s used to Should he be arrested by the authorities or fall foul of criminal actors then no one will come to the rescueA Summer Revenge is an atmospheric novel and the author clearly either knows Dubai well or has done his research This isn’t the Dubai of the superrich and glossy holiday brochures rather it is a seedy underbelly full of dingy strip clubs and populated by prostitutes gangsters and hustlers As with the previous two volumes in the series Akyl proves to be a likeable protagonist while the other characters are all well drawn The exception remains Saltanat Umaroza a femme fatale Uzbek assassin a recurring character who I still find a little too clichéd for my likingAs with the previous two novels the plot of A Summer Revenge is multifaceted Akyl’s suspicions that the Minister’s concerns for his mistress’s whereabouts stretch to than that of a lover spurned or mere financials are borne out The tale that unfolds involves corruption greed and Chechen terrorism The author does a neat job of juggling the various plates he spins and tying up all the various loose ends That all said I enjoyed this outing of Akyl’s a little less than his previous adventures This might be that the peril never seems particularly high Yes if Akyl fails the Minister might have him shot but compared to A Killing Winter book 1 and a Spring Betrayal book 2 where he was battling the perpetrators of ritualistic killings international corruption and child prostitution rings the plot of A Summer Revenge just feels a little tame That said this is still a cut above many other novels in the genre and the depiction of Dubai is fresh and intriguing

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Having resigned from Bishkek Murder Suad Akyl Borubaev is a lone wolf with blood on his hands Then the Minister of State Security promises Akyl his old life back if Akyl finds his vanished mistres This is the third in the excellent Inspector Akyl Borubaev series set in Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan Akyl is now an ex member of the Murder Suad having resigned after events in A Spring Betrayal He is living hand to mouth missing his old job when he is summoned by Mikhail Tynaliev Minister for State Security a powerful brutal and ruthless man who wants Akyl to retrieve a memory stick from Natasha Sulonbekova Natasha was Tynaliev's mistress who has run off to Dubai after apparently stealing state secrets This is a poisoned chalice of a mission which Akyl knows endangers his life for if he succeeds he will acuire information that will threaten the Minister Arriving in Dubai with diplomatic status he is greeted with a grisly and macabre scene of carnage an omen of what awaits him Dubai is a shock to Akyl's system with its brutal relentless and oppressive heat making him feel homesick The Dubai Akyl encounters is less the place of luxury consumer brands wealth overwhelming consumerism glass and steel skyscrapers; it is the seedy underbelly of Dubai with its dismal sleazy bars and the poverty of trapped and abused women Salman Kulayev is Akyl's contact although he wonders how far he can be trusted Akyl's search for Natasha takes him to the Vista Hotel where he finds her only to find himself drugged and having compromising photographs taken of him He discovers it is not state secrets that Natasha has stolen but access codes and information of bank accounts where Tynaliev has suirreled away £10 million of his ill gotten gains Unfortunately there are others who are interested in getting their hands on that money that results in a rising tide of the dead in a city that prides itself on its low crime rates The deadly and dangerous Saltanat is in Dubai as a member of the Uzbek Security Forces looking to eliminate Chechan terrorists planning mayhem and mass killings The two join forces when it becomes clear that there are connections between their separate missions Akyl finds himself fighting to stay alive as danger and the dead swirl all around him Will he be able to negotiate the trickiest of jobs and surviveThis is an action packed thriller set in Dubai a place I have little knowledge of other than the obvious The author is closely acuainted with oil rich Dubai which is apparent in his detailed knowledge of the place in the story I really enjoyed reading this fast paced book with its short chapters that often end on cliffhangers However I missed what I loved most about this wonderful series which is location of Bishkek and Kyrgyzstan itself The character of Akyl remains as compelling as ever he still mourns but finds his memories of his dead wife are beginning to fade and his ambiguous relationship with Saltanat does not prevent his growing love for her although a happy resolution of this seems out of reach He has to be at his wiliest and deploy a subtle guile to extract himself from the multiple threats he faces and ensure a certain form of justice prevails A great and entertaining read of a tremendous series I recommend beginning at the first A Killing Winter as there are so many references to what has happened previously

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About the Author: Tom Callaghan

Tom Callaghan was born in the North of England and educated at the University of York and Vassar College New York A creative group head at Saatchi & Saatchi for many years he has worked in London New York Singapore and DubaiHe attended the 2011 Emirates LitFest Crime Workshop given by Mark Billingham the result is A Killing Winter the first novel in a series featuring Kyrgyz Murder Suad I


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