Quiller Balalaika – Adam Hall
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Quiller Balalaika – Adam Hall
Name: Quiller Balalaika – Adam Hall
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Title: Quiller Balalaika
Author: Hall, Adam
Subjects: organized crime, Quiller (Fictitious Character), Intelligence Officers, Unknown, Mystery & Detective, Westerns, British, General, Men’s Adventure, Thrillers, Traditional British, Fiction, russia, Espionage
Total pages: N/A
From Publishers Weekly
First published in the U.K. in 1995, shortly after the pseudonymous Hall’s death from cancer, the 19th book about the British secret agent known only as Quiller, set in Boris Yeltsin’s Russia, contains the same reliably exciting mixture of the exotic, the erotic and especially the dangerous as its best-selling predecessors. Hall was a smooth and accomplished craftsman who could set up an action scene with a few deft strokes and then pay it off without a wasted word. Authors of some of today’s bloated thrillers could learn a lot from this book’s opening pages, as an extremely reluctant Quiller finds himself being coerced into taking on a British-born criminal, Basil Seckes (aka Vasyl Sakkas), who has risen to head up the Russian mafia. Slipping into a notorious Siberian labor camp to rescue the one person with the key to a mission code-named Balalaika provides Quiller’s ultimate challenge. Wonderful touches abound, from fighting techniques and the internal politics of Quiller’s ultrasecret outfit to the way a small mistake (using a literal Russian translation of an American phrase, "Don’t miss this great opportunity") puts Quiller in great peril. Eight years doesn’t seem like such a long time, but this last Quiller outing sadly reminds us of how far we’ve come from a golden age of adventure fiction.
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The detritus of the cold war in the former Soviet Union comprises self-serving bureaucracies, opportunistic ex-KGBers, and organized criminals who make their U.S. mafioso counterparts seem like mischievous delinquents. Into the mix drops pseudonymous Brit agent Quiller, with the intent of taking out a British national–Basil Seckes, aka Vasyl Sakkas–who is secretly heading up the burgeoning Russian criminal empire. To bring down Sakkas’ empire, Quiller needs the help of one Marius Antonov, currently residing in a Gulag prison. Freeing Antonov entails Quiller making his way into the prison and then escaping with his target, no small feat because the prison is virtually escape proof. Author Hall, whose real name was Elleston Trevor, died in 1995. This is the first U.S. publication of the last Quiller novel, which appeared elsewhere in 1996. The book is a typically atmospheric, exciting Quiller adventure. The author’s son and daughter provide moving codas describing their father’s courageous battle with cancer and his determination to finish one last novel for his many fans. Wes Lukowsky
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