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The Russian
2019
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"This new series has me very excited." --Brad Thor

As the brutal Russian mafia becomes the most powerful and deadly criminal enterprise in the U.S., it's up to covert operative Rob Tacoma to fight back, in a new series by New York Times bestseller Ben Coes.

Ruthless, clever, and unbelievably violent, the Russian mafia has rapidly taken over the criminal underworld in the U.S. and law enforcement has been unable to stem the tide. When a powerful Russian mob family declares war by publicly executing two high-profile American politicians, the message is unmistakable - opposition will be met with overwhelming deadly force. With no other viable options, the President creates a clandestine assassinations team to find and eliminate the unreachable men running this deadly criminal operation.

The CIA recruits two Tier 1 operators - former Navy SEALs Billy Cosgrove and Rob Tacoma. But before they can even get started, the Russians act - murdering Cosgrove in his own home. Now Tacoma is on his own against an organization with endless resources and no boundaries. Step one requires the near impossible - find and kill the hidden mob boss behind Cosgrove's death. To do this, he'll have to take on an army in a battle where there are no rules and no limits.

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The opening pages of this fine spy thriller can jolt one, just for a delirious moment, into thinking that Ian Fleming is among us again. A superspy guns his Italian sports car through Washington, D.C., trading it later for a Ducati 1199 Panigale. The villain surveys his corrupt world from a sailboat ""built by McConaghy Boats out of Sydney, Australia."" The name brands give way soon to a world far meaner than James Bond's. The collapse of the Soviet Union has loosed Russian crime syndicates on the world, and early on we learn how they handle opposition: in two well-wrought scenes, popular politicians are executed in public. This calls for ex-SEAL Rob Tacoma, recruited by the CIA to kill the killers and bring down their handler. Bond's license to kill is upped here to permission to kill anyone who gets in the way. Readers should be patient with the ""head-hopping"" too many points-of-view in the beginning, and wait for the ramped-up display of Tacoma's ""raw skills as an assassin,"" which are on full display in the finale. For those who still enjoy the kind of cordite-fueled adventure in which a good guy wipes the floor of bad guys.--Don Crinklaw Copyright 2010 Booklist
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