With the most recent bioterrorism threat against the United States neutralized and it's architect, Dr. Anatoly Reznikov, in custody, CIA Deputy Director Karl Berg proposes a more permanent solution to prevent future attacks: A covert raid by General Sanderson's Black Flag unit against Vektor Labs, deep inside Russia...to destroy a bioweapons program that should have ended with the Cold War.
The United States isn't the only nation looking to tie up loose ends. The sudden abduction of a CIA officer in Stockholm exposes the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service's (SVR) ruthless campaign to discover the truth behind the massacre of an elite Spetsnaz team sent to silence Reznikov. When the SVR investigation takes a turn that could threaten the mission against Vektor, Berg goes "off the books" like never before. Through an intricate web of unsavory alliances, deviously orchestrated political maneuvers, and shockingly brutal black-ops sanctions, Karl Berg will set in motion an unstoppable chain of events with the potential to ignite a new cold war.
Black Flagged Vektor continues the series' tradition of gritty, unapologetic storytelling, plunging listeners even deeper into the murky, shark-infested waters navigated by covert operators and their puppet masters.
©2013 Steven Konkoly (P)2015 Steven Konkoly
Gives a fairly good impression of how drab and different Russian cities and apartment buildings, and life in them, can be. It can be an amazing country, but sometimes also very grey.
The narrator's characters are very good. The story bits between characters are not so good, a bit wildlife documentary. One thing I can't get past, and the reason for this review is I hate his consistent mispronunciation of Spetsnaz - its an S (from the cyrillic C, pronounced Ss) not Shhhhpetsnaz. Its really annoying. The SF group in Russia is Vimpel, not Vymepel, but that's less annoying as it doesn't get used as much. There are some other Russian words which are a bit off too, which is sort of understandable - but you'd think with key storyline elements such as how you say 'special forces' correctly in Russian would be kind of important.
History, historical fiction and mysteries are my faves, but a fan of all genres.
If i Heard Novosibirsk like i had no clue where it was was pedantic, a Vince Flynn wannabe.
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