Department Thirteen by James Houston Turner
Paperback: 314 pages
Publisher: Comfort Publishing (September 15, 2011)
Department Thirteen – the assassination and sabotage unit of the KGB – never officially existed, but retired KGB colonel Aleksandr Talanov knows that it did. It s but one of the many secrets he s worked hard to forget.
Now living in Australia, Talanov and dozens of dinner guests are suddenly the target of assassins. Talanov and his wife are mistakenly spared, but soon find themselves running for their lives, hunted by the killers, blamed by the police, increasingly pivotal to an invisible network of death about which they know nothing. But someone thinks they know.
For in 1983, a second Department Thirteen was created, and Talanov discovers they have but one purpose: to kill him, whatever the cost.
Department Thirteen has been honored as a Winner in the “Fiction: Thriller/Adventure” category of the USA Best Books 2011 Awards and a Gold Medal from the 2012 Independent Publisher Book Awards for best Suspense/Thriller of the year!
This was a faced paced book with lots of twists and turns that kept me wanting to read. The characters were all well written and you either like them or you don’t. There was a lot of action and it reminded me of a James Bond movie. I’m not crazy about JB, but loved Talanov. He was unstoppable, and there was nothing I didn’t like about him.
This is the first book I’ve read that had the KGB in the story line, and I loved reading about their involvement with Talanov. It added so much to the book.
If you’re looking for an action book, read this! Very good!