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4.4 out of 54.4 out of 54.4 out of 54.4 out of 54.4 out of 5 4.40 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Brent Ghelfi Narrator: Stephen Hoye Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Volk Series Release Date: July 2008 ISBN: 9781400177622
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The headquarters of an American oil company hemorrhages chemical-pink smoke into the Moscow night, the aftermath of an apparent terrorist attack. A Russian army captain carrying a priceless Fabergé egg and digital evidence of horrific wartime atrocities is murdered and relieved of both these prizes. And in the snowy mountains of southern Russia, a terrorist named Abreg—who once held Volk captive in a Chechen mud pit—hatches a plan to lure him back into his grasp.

Volk’s Shadow finds Colonel Alexei Volkovoy—covert agent of the Russian army and major player in the Moscow underworld—once again struggling to stay afloat in the swirling currents of Russian political and economic intrigue. This time, however, he is without his sidekick and lover, the ethereal Valya Novaskaya. Aching for the soul mate he pushed away, Volk begins to doubt himself, becoming even more detached from the brutality of his actions. When he takes out his inner pain on the wrong man, he gains a powerful enemy in the highest reaches of the Kremlin, and only after he travels back to Chechnya to eliminate his old nemesis, Abreg, is Volk’s debt finally repaid.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Volk is less Arkady Renko than a Russian Jack Reacher, making Volk’s Shadow as noir as a winter night in Saint Petersburg.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Mesmerizing…Crisp characterization and strong visual prose keep the story moving to its harrowing climax.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Narrator Stephen Hoye handles the intrigue well and displays his wide-ranging vocal abilities with realistic Eastern European accents.”


  • “Ghelfi [is] a master at painting a modern Russia so dark and scary that it would give Stalin pause…Quite thrilling.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rob | 5/7/2010

    " Another adventure story of Alexei Volkovoy as he tries to survive in the Russian underworld. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Veach | 7/17/2009

    " A nice follow up to Volk's Game. I enjoy this author's complex multi-layering of subplots. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amber | 1/21/2009

    " The story drags a bit but the characters are so intriguing you have to keep reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ami | 1/8/2008

    " This is a fantastic thriller. It got me through the deadly O'Hare-LaGuardia connection after Xmas, which is really saying something. "

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