The action of the book starts just after the controversial election for a third term of a Russian President amid widespread protests and allegations of vote rigging, and is set in Moscow, Ingushetia (Chechnya’s neighbour), and Tyndersk, an Siberian mining town inside the Arctic Circle and geographically cut off from the rest of Russia. 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 - 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 ex MI6 investigator of Russian descent, 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.
'The Oligarch: A Thriller' is available on Amazon, Apple iTunes, Barnes & Noble and Kobo.
George Eccles lived in Russia and Central Asia for ten years during the tumultuous period that followed the breakup of the Soviet Union. As a Moscow-based partner in one of the major financial services firms, his work brought him into regular contact with the murky world of real life oligarchs as they struggled to get to grips with the fallout of Yeltsin's controversial 'loans for shares' scheme. He now lives in the South of France.
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