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The Magnificent Siberian

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In Russia, everything has a price.

In Far East Siberia, Russia, a sense of independence from the central government prevailed, even under harsh Communist rule. Now, with the nation in political turmoil, poachers operate in brazen defiance of the law. Their targets—rare Siberian tigers—fetch hundreds of thousands of dollars on the black market.

American biologist Chris Harmon is part of a joint Russian-American research team investigating the tigers’ survival in the Sikhote-Alin preserve. Harmon’s recent discovery of a tiger and her three young cubs is threatened by a politician’s lucrative thirty-year logging contract, which could destroy their habitat. His petition to oppose the deal is dismissed, but Harmon’s efforts to protect the endangered animals are getting someone’s attention.

Former KGB hit man Sergei Lemenov is a dangerous man, not just a hunter of unusual animals, but of men too. He saves a piece of each of his victims—man or beast—giving him the gruesome nickname, The Collector. He’s been ordered to obtain the tigers and to silence Harmon, permanently. Now, Harmon must navigate a labyrinth of bureaucratic red tape, ruthless Communist sympathizers, and a complicated international trafficking ring to save the tigers, and himself.

From Publishers Weekly

Apr 03, 1995 – One would expect a good read from a novel with the following elements: an idealistic, unsappy young American hero trying to save the few remaining Siberian tigers in their habitat; a brave young Russian woman reporter, who's really a Russian military intelligence agent; and a Russian nationalist official plotting to overthrow the government of president Boris Yeltsin. There's also a coolly efficient ex-KGB assassin with a penchant for collecting body parts as trophies; the title character, a female tiger intent on protecting her cubs and avenging her wounding by the assassin; and various bit players--bureaucrats, the new Russian criminal class, a colorful old game warden and three adorable tiger cubs. But it all adds up to disappointment. The writing is flat and occasionally embarrassing (``He's an apparatchik, what we would call a career bureaucrat''), the pacing pedestrian and the characters barely breathe. It's quite like the attempted coup, a fizzle. Veteran Charbonneau (White Harvest and 35 other novels) has done better.
The Magnificent Siberian
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  • Category: Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Published: Mar 10, 2014
  • Publisher: JABberwocky Literary Agency, Inc.
  • Seller: INscribe Digital
  • Print Length: 320 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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