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The main reason for him being there sometimes becomes secondary to how he is going to achieve it but the author drives the plot on relentlessly, whilst stretching credulity a little at the end, still left me satisfied and wondering whether there was some mileage left for Johnny Porter.

The detailed picture of life in the Kolyma region and of the native peoples of the Russian Far East such as the Evenks and British Columbia such as the Tsimshian is impressive. He’s just some guy who met the Russian scientist decades ago, is insanely good at languages and looks like he could pass for a Siberian native.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. It is a trip into darkest Siberia and the topography, the weather, the architecture, the native tribes, the way of life – all are amazingly detailed.

That was what drew me in! The strange discovery in the Siberian perma frost at the start of the novel is promising.

Books by Lionel Davidson. Thousands of years ago, the people from Siberia migrated through what is no I have never reached the last page of a book, then started reading it from page one without missing a beat. There may be,I haven’t read any of Davidsons other novels but intend to do so.


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Everything just occurred at a snails pace! I’ve never read a thriller that so successfully transported me to a hitherto unimagined place. The young man, known as Johnny Porter, is certainly out of the ordinary, though as kolymky novel progresses he evolves into something virtually superhuman. There were places I could not stop reading, and there were o If renown English author Philip Pullman thought that this was the best thriller he’s ever read, then, with all due respect, he hasn’t read many thrillers!

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But the actual infiltration takes up about 30 pages of a page novel. I thought this book would be about a top-secret Russian laboratory deep in Kkolymsky, and it turned out to be mostly about the perilous adventure to get in and out of the place. Mostly though it’s a very pleasant zen of travel. As the novel begins, a message is passed from the complex via incredible means to a British researcher, it’s deciphered, kolymskt CIA gets involved, and a decision is eventually made to insert a spy who was selected by the Russian researcher somehow into the impregnable complex to find out exactly what’s going on and to report back to the good guys.

Philip Pullman has said of the novel: After some training, he goes to Japan, and from there, as a Korean deck hand, takes a job on a Japanese tramp vessel that goes all the way along the North Sea Route to Murmansk; at some point, he simulates a bout of serious disease and is left ashore in Tchersky, a remote town in Siberia; there, he is examined by medical officer Komarova, among other specialists, and is eventually flown to Murmansk, where he assumes another identity and returns to Tchersky, now as Nikolai Khodyan, a Chukchee truck driver the man he is supposed to be replacing is meanwhile held in Batumi and blackmailed with drug charges.

Mar 13, Paul rated it it was kkolymsky Shelves: It just wasn’t plausible in the slightest. The planning and later activities were covered at such a minute level of detail that the prose really needed to be punched up to maintain reader interest. The subject matter and plot were interesting enough to have been covered in a much more readable format.


Further suggestions might be found on the article’s talk page. May 25, Tim Stretton rated it it was amazing.

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I was not disappointed. The whole ‘talking apes’ thing, which is what I expected the book to have as a significant part of the plot, resurfaced again once the spy finally gained access to the facility but it really was handled in a perfunctory way and left me scratching my head.

They mostly play third or fourth fiddle to Johnny P in any case. Both are deployed superbly in the Story: We see how he heiggts trained as a Korean sailor on a Kllymsky tramp boat that will sail to the arctic north, the last ship through before it freezes over get off and somehow go to work in his Siberian adventure. This said, the novel is amazingly well researched, and its Russian pages which form the bulk of the geights almost never grated on my sensibilities; within the confines of the genre, things were credible enough.

I wanted action and suspense and some weird science!

I started reading it because of a lack of anything else at the time. Lionel Davidson is an award-winning author critically heighs on a par with le Carre, Forsyth and Follett. There were so many things that annoyed me about this book. The secret is entirely, as far as I can see, irrelevant to the story.