Thoughts on: The Silent Oligarch by Chris Morgan Jones

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The Silent Oli­garch by Chris Mor­gan Jones is a fic­tional book about those in the shad­ows which hold the strings of power.
Arti­cle first pub­lished as Book Review: The Silent Oli­garch by Chris Mor­gan Jones on Blogcritics.

  • 336 pages
  • Pub­lisher: Pen­guin Press HC, The
  • ISBN: 1594203199

My rat­ing for The Silent Oli­garch — 4

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1: gov­ern­ment by the few
2: a gov­ern­ment in which a small group exer­cises con­trol espe­cially for cor­rupt and self­ish pur­poses; also : a group exer­cis­ing such con­trol
3: an orga­ni­za­tion under oli­garchic control

The Silent Oli­garch by Chris Mor­gan Jones is an inter­est­ing book filled with great detail about Lon­don, Moscow and Berlin as well as the lifestyle of rich Rus­sians. The story is filled with inter­est­ing atmos­pheric nuances about the new Rus­sia.

The book is some­what com­plex, read­ing it was like walk­ing through a maze and the reader had to pay atten­tion. Jones writes like an insider, not only in the com­plex details of shell com­pa­nies but also into the mind­set of those who con­trol them and those who are being con­trolled. The reader can feel the boss’ is calm, col­lected, reserved yet men­ac­ing demeanor while being able to relate to the gen­uine panic of others.

What I liked about this book is that the bad guy, Kon­statin Malin, is a very sin­is­ter fel­low and even though he doesn’t have a big role in the book, his pres­ence is cer­tainly felt on almost every page. The novel moves for­ward at a decent pace and seemed, at least to me, very close to reality.

There are no big bat­tles, heroic acts or moral absolutes. The oppo­site actu­ally, just like in real life there are plenty of moral ambi­gu­ity for every char­ac­ter in this story while keep­ing the actual vio­lence to a min­i­mum.
While the book is about Rus­sia, once can draw par­al­lels to the US when it comes to oli­garchy. I cer­tainly don’t think it’s as bad as it is, or was, there but we can all see who pulls the purse strings in Con­gress (pizza is a veg­etable?).

Books in sim­i­lar vein:
Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith
The Secret Speech by Tom Rob Smith
Eye of the Red Tsar by Sam East­land
The Trinty Six by Charles Cumming

So tell me, do you think we are mov­ing towards oligarchy?

Eng­lish lawyer Richard Lock owns a com­pany, but the Russ­ian oli­garch Kon­statin Malin owns Lock. The com­pany is a front to laun­der money in a com­plex web which enables Malin to con­trol the Russ­ian oil industry.

When a com­peti­tor tries to destroy Malin, Lock finds him­self stuck in the mid­dle. For the first time in his life Lock is being pushed to the edge in a very dan­ger­ous game with sin­is­ter peo­ple who con­trol it.

Great price on this book in paper or elec­tronic for­mat
through the Man of la Book Affil­i­ate Account

TLC Book Tour for The Silent Oli­garch:
Tues­day, Jan­u­ary 17th: Jen’s Book Thoughts
Thurs­day, Jan­u­ary 19th: Man of La Book
Fri­day, Jan­u­ary 20th: My Two Bless­ings
Mon­day, Jan­u­ary 30th: Mys­ter­ies and My Mus­ings
Wednes­day, Feb­ru­ary 1st: Life in Review
Wednes­day, Feb­ru­ary 8th: Ted Lehmann’s Blue­grass, Books, and Brain­storms
Thurs­day, Feb­ru­ary 9th: Mrs. Q: Book Addict
Mon­day, Feb­ru­ary 13th: Walk­ing With Nora
Tues­day, Feb­ru­ary 14th: The Year in Books
Wednes­day, Feb­ru­ary 15th: Mary’s Cup of Tea
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Zohar — Man of la Book
Dis­claimer: I got this book for free as part of the TLC Book Tour pro­mo­tion.

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