The Oligarch

By G W Eccles

Action & adventure, Thriller, Crime & mystery | eBook


Following his controversial election for a third term amid widespread protests and allegations of vote rigging, the Russian President is determined to destroy the oligarchs before they destroy him. When the global economic meltdown decimates their wealth, the President seizes this chance to demolish their power base. His greatest opponent - Anton Blok, owner of the mighty Tyndersk Kombinat - has a secret agenda and faces far more than just financial ruin as his empire threatens to fall apart, and the President knows that his old enemy will stop at nothing to avoid catastrophe. With battlelines drawn, he turns to ALEX LEKSIN, an independent troubleshooter, to thwart Blok's plans. Against the challenge of hostile Arctic conditions, Leksin must tread a dangerous path through a labyrinth of corruption, terrorism and obfuscation until the exciting and unexpected denouement takes place in Russia’s northernmost seaport. Set in Moscow, Ingushetia (Chechnya’s neighbour), and Tyndersk, a Siberian mining town inside the Arctic Circle and geographically cut off from the rest of Russia, this thriller's plot twists and turns within an authentic and disturbing background.


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Following his controversial election for a third term amid widespread protests and allegations of vote rigging, the Russian President is determined to destroy the oligarchs before they destroy him. When the global economic meltdown decimates their wealth, the President seizes this chance to demolish their power base. His greatest opponent - Anton Blok, owner of the mighty Tyndersk Kombinat - has a secret agenda and faces far more than just financial ruin as his empire threatens to fall apart, and the President knows that his old enemy will stop at nothing to avoid catastrophe. With battlelines drawn, he turns to ALEX LEKSIN, an independent troubleshooter, to thwart Blok's plans. Against the challenge of hostile Arctic conditions, Leksin must tread a dangerous path through a labyrinth ...


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George Eccles, writing as G W Eccles, graduated from the London School of Economics with a law degree and subsequently became a partner in one of the major international financial advisory firms. In 1994, George left London to move to Russia and Central Asia during the tumultuous period that followed the breakup of the Soviet Union. His work involved extensive travel throughout Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan - often to places with restricted access to foreigners. During his time there, he advised a number of real-life oligarchs how best to take advantage of the opportunities that became available as regulation crumbled and government became increasingly corrupt. His first thriller: The Oligarch, was awarded a Silver Medal both at the Global E-book Awards 2013 and at the Independent Publishers Book Awards 2013, as well as being selected as IPPY Book of the Day. His second novel, Corruption of Power, was published by Peach Publishing on 14 December 2015. George is married and now lives with his wife – together with a cat called Lenin and a bulldog puppy called Boris - in a hilltop village in the South of France.


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George Eccles, writing as G W Eccles, graduated from the London School of Economics with a law degree and subsequently became a partner in one of the major international financial advisory firms. In 1994, George left London to move to Russia and Central Asia during the tumultuous period that followed the breakup of the Soviet Union. His work involved extensive travel throughout Russia, Kazakhst...


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Extracts from Amazon Reader Reviews

4 January

Overall Amazon Reader Rating: 4.7 (out of 5) "Eccles takes on a controversial subject with the balls required to do it justice and pulls no punches with the plot and its revelations. A vein of love woven through the meaty flesh of the action brings the characters off the page and makes this book one to watch for the discoverers!" "Appointed not to investigate a crime, but to work out how Blok can muster the resources to topple the Government, the novel's protagonist detective, Leksin, together with his Russian and American confederates, is drawn into a Russia of irresistible venality, nuclear proliferation, slave labour camps and interethnic war. One hopes these things are Eccles's fiction. But the way he depicts them - with an academic understanding of the complexities involved - they appear frighteningly realistic." "An absolutely engrossing read!!! It has never happened before that I have read a book in one go." "In Alex Leksin GW Eccles has created a protagonist for the ages. A believable lead with a troubled past, he is very much Russia's answer to James Bond. The plot is a roller coaster that leaves the reader on the edge of their seats and unsure our hero's fate until the spectacular finale with a twist ending that will leave you shaken. Eccles should also be praised for the insight that he provides into modern day Russia, and the intricacies and corruption of central command. It it clear that the author has done his research, and to create such a thrilling book within such a rich and immersive environment is truly a tour de force of literature, and one that marks him out as one to watch for the future." "Reading this book made me immediately to think in terms of a movie. The story goes on with incredible speed - never a dull moment." "A great read. I enjoyed the characterisations and the obvious experience of the author in Russia, its people and the difficult circumstances after the end of the Soviet era. The harsh environment of Siberia is also superbly described." "A very, very good read. It gallops along at a cracking pace and it's one of those books you just can't put down. The plot is intricate and kept me enthralled right to the end." "Eccles is a highly engaging storyteller and this is a skilled and assured debut. It's so skilfully written that you can't tell that this is a first novel." "Take a fast moving adventure, an in-depth knowledge of Russian life and politics, and a skilful writer - mix together - and you have a fascinating book which is hard to put down. It is clearly fiction, but you are never quite sure that it could not happen in Russia today. Thoroughly recommended!" "Ambiguity reigns in this book based in reality where nothing is as it seems." "The Oligarch is a terrific read, brisk, well written, atmospheric and brilliantly conceived." "Written in an earlier style and with a well-crafted plot, I enjoyed this spy thriller. Superbly researched, it is frighteningly believable."


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Overall Amazon Reader Rating: 4.7 (out of 5) "Eccles takes on a controversial subject with the balls required to do it justice and pulls no punches with the plot and its revelations. A vein of love woven through the meaty flesh of the action brings the characters off the page and makes this book one to watch for the discoverers!" "Appointed not to investigate a crime, but to work out how Blok can muster the resources to topple the Government, the novel's protagonist detective, Leksin, together with his Russian and American confederates, is drawn into a Russia of irresistible venality, nuclear proliferation, slave labour camps and interethnic war. One hopes these things are Eccles's fiction. But the way he depicts them - with an academic understanding of the complexities involved - they...


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