The first Ruslan Shanidza novel
He can follow his dreams or he can stay true to everything he has ever believed in and the people he loves. But he can't do both.
That is the stark choice faced by Ruslan Shanidza, an athlete from the southern fringes of the Soviet Union. He dreams of Olympic glory but despises the ruling Communists and longs for independence from Russia. Something has to give, especially after a fight with the son of a leading Party member brings him to the attention of the secret police.
Set in the final decade of the Cold War, this political thriller reads like historical fiction. It takes the reader to a world still traumatised by the poisonous legacy of Hitler and Stalin, a time of dissidents, state repression and, as Communist rule begins to crumble, the revival of long-suppressed ethnic conflicts.
"…will keep you turning the pages…Prepare to be sucked in with gripping characters and political intrigue until the very end."
OnlineBookClub.Org Official Review
"Highly enjoyable, gripping page turner, solid story and characters, political intrigue; what's not to like?"
E.P. Goodreads reviewer
"…takes you in, grabs a hold of you and does not let go until the very end where you are left wanting more."
N.A. Goodreads reviewer