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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (156 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Brent Ghelfi Narrator: Stephen Hoye Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The explosive debut introducing Russian gangster Alexei Volkovoy delivers at every turn, announcing Volk as the boldest hero of a new generation.

A firefight reverberates through Moscow’s dark, rain-soaked streets; shattered glass and screams echo in the air. In the lawless ways of Russia’s capital city, the gunmen melt away into the night. Two men are dead, the targets not what they seem. A shadowy figure lopes along the riverbank outside the Kremlin walls. Known to all as Volk, a battle-hardened veteran of Russia’s brutal war in Chechnya, he prowls Moscow’s grim alleyways, a knife concealed in his prosthetic foot at all times.

As both a major player in the black market and a covert agent for the Russian military, Volk serves two masters: Maxim, a psychotic Azeri mafia kingpin with hordes of loyal informers; and a man known only as the General, to whom Volk is mysteriously indebted. By his side is Valya, an exotic beauty charged with protecting her lover from his unsavory associates. Valya is the most dangerous weapon in Volk’s arsenal. Together they are commissioned to steal a long-lost da Vinci painting called Leda and the Swan from St. Petersburg’s Hermitage Museum. Leda’s ethereal radiance is undeniably captivating and incalculably dangerous. Volk must choose which powerful man he will betray in order to escape with the painting—and with his life.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Brent Ghelfi writes like Dostoevsky’s hooligan great-grandson on speed. Volk’s Game is hard, fast, and a truly excellent debut. Highly recommended.”

    Lee Child, New York Times bestselling author of the Jack Reacher series

  • Volk’s Game is no ordinary thriller: it’s a 500-horsepower Mercedes blasting through the Moscow night…I’m ready to read the next installment NOW.”

    Greg Iles, New York Times bestselling author of Turning Angel

  • “Everything we look for when we read—freshness of setting, intriguing characters, vivid prose, new understandings—is well and truly here. Brent Ghelfi may not know Vincente Huidobro’s work, but in his own he does exactly what that poet counseled: invent new worlds, and be careful what you say.”

    James Sallis, author of Drive

  • Nominated for a Barry Award

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Mom | 2/16/2014

    " Violent, dreary Russian story where the theft of immensely valuable art and jewels is worthless to anybody and the hero's dearly held but mostly misplaced values lead him to reject his only love for no reason I could comprehend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Shaunna | 2/11/2014

    " A good Russian mystery. Volk gets around for having a prosthesis foot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Wendroz | 2/4/2014

    " Thriller about a Nazi plan in the war to infiltrate American troops "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Stephanie | 1/19/2014

    " Another book I thoroughly enjoyed. While it is a dark novel & at times a little confusing I really enjoyed it & have already checked out the next book in the Volk series. "

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About the Author
Author Brent Ghelfi

Brent Ghelfi is the author of the critically acclaimed Shadow of the Wolf and The Venona Cable as well as Volk’s Game, which was nominated by the International Thriller Writers for Best First Novel of 2007 and by Mystery News and Deadly Pleasures magazines for a Barry Award for Best Thriller.