Location(s): Berlin, Kaliningrad (Königsberg)
Era(s): 1945 and modern
Herr Parker, bitte folgen Sie mir. Wir haben nicht viel Zeit. Die Kanzlerin muss Berlin in einer Stunde verlassen – und will Sie vorher sehen.” Königsberg, 1945. Die Rote Armee rüstet sich zum Sturm auf die Stadt, in der...
Location(s): Moscow, St Petersburg (Leningrad)
Devil’s Acre is a novel about love, Russia and forbidden architecture. Moscow, 1982. The oppressive Soviet regime is solidly in place: Leonid Brezhnev is praised to the skies for the brilliance of his unreadable memoirs: and the KGB is...
Genre(s): Fiction, Mystery
Era(s): Present day
One August afternoon, on the shoreline of the north-eastern edge of Russia, two sisters are abducted. In the ensuing weeks, then months, the police investigation turns up nothing. Echoes of the disappearance reverberate across a tightly woven community, with...
Location(s): Iran, Russia, Sweden, Turkey
Slaughter in the Balkans, corruption, amorous women, an insurgency in the harsh wastes of a Central Asian failed state, murderous henchman, insufferable natives, interrogation by the enemy, theocratic megalomania, treachery, a sinister crime lord and pursuit by bloodthirsty maniacs...
Location(s): Kinshasa, London, Montevideo, Moscow
Genre(s): Fiction, Suspense, Thriller
From Leopoldville, to Antwerp to the quiet South American capital of Montevideo, Uruguay, Doomed Spy is a psychological spy thriller set in an unconventional distant posting at the height of the Cold War. At the center of the intrigue...
Location(s): Central Asia, India, Russia
Levison Wood was only 22 when he decided to hitch-hike from England to India through Russia, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan, but he wasn’t the conventional follower of the hippy trail. A fascination with the deeds of the early explorers,...
Location(s): England, North America, Russia
Genre(s): Biography, Fiction
Era(s): World War Two (1940s)
When World War Two splits Fred Read-Jahn and his English bride, Molly, she is forced to face the Blitz alone while he carries out secret missions on an epic journey from London to Moscow, travelling through North America, Canada,...
Location(s): Germany, Russia
Genre(s): Historical, Mystery
Era(s): Early 20th Century
Russia, July 17, 1918 Under direct orders from Vladimir Lenin, Bolshevik secret police force Anastasia Romanov, along with the entire imperial family, into a damp basement in Siberia where they face a merciless firing squad. None survive. At least...
Thubron has written extensively about this part of the world. Post Soviet Union he decides to take public transport and explore Siberia. This is a very readable book, travelling through exotic cities, deserted villages and meets a vast array...