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Man on Edge

Severn House. Mar. 2020. 288p. ISBN 9780727889140. $28.99. THRILLER
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There are layers upon layers of deceit in this second action-packed “Rake Ozenna” thriller by former BBC correspondent Hawksley (after Man on Ice). Rake, of the Alaskan National Guard, is once again loaned out to the CIA to extract a Soviet admiral with information for the West. What follows is a whirlwind of assassinations and near-assassinations, kidnappings and general mayhem, all well presented and fun to read. Unlike most novels about the West vs. Russia, the adventure takes place in the frozen North, as Russia, the United States, and Britain prepare to meet on a battleship off the Norwegian coast. Rake is aided by his former fiancée Carrie Walker and assorted other players, not all of whom can be trusted. Furthermore, the Russians are out for Rake’s blood: a previous operation (detailed in the first book) left nine Russians dead. Behind Russia’s machinations is a secret brotherhood, the Kolovrat, dedicated to restoring Slavic greatness in the Western world.
VERDICT A hard-as-nails hero, an out-of-the-ordinary location, and oodles of high-action encounter—it’s everything readers want in a political thriller.

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