This is the story of a boy named Aleksander, who was raised by an abusive and alcoholic father, in Moratovo, Russia, during the cold war era. When Aleksander is faced with a decision of survival, he is launched into the biggest fight of his life â€“ one that leads him to Leningrad and propels him from boyhood to the life of a skilled mercenary for the KGBâ€™s Department 13, dealing in â€œwet affairsâ€ such as spying, kidnapping and assassination. It is in this organization that Aleksander’s every kill, or decision not to, unknowingly impacts the events of the cold war itself.
There is a nice flow to the narrative in this story – the build up is so nice and happy until the last couple of pages. I am pleased that the writer resisted the temptation to rush the plot as mentioned in the synopsis. This has a lot of merit to it and would be an interesting ongoing. I’m not sure if this is a winner, but i’m going to add this to my favourites to see how it goes.