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Another nice read, especially if you like to read about Moscow and Russia A few nice twists in the book, but the first half was slow going, but then it really picked up in the second half The main character was from Rockville, Maryland, which also gave it some attraction in that I lived there twice during my moves with GE When you know an area it certainly is easier to visualize the environment Also got an inspiration from the novel to check out a few things, which is a secret project fo Another nice read, especially if you like to read about Moscow and Russia A few nice twists in the book, but the first half was slow going, but then it really picked up in the second half The main character was from Rockville, Maryland, which also gave it some attraction in that I lived there twice during my moves with GE When you know an area it certainly is easier to visualize the environment Also got an inspiration from the novel to check out a few things, which is a secret project for the moment Was completely disinterested in the book until page 188shouldn t an author try and hook you a little sooner.I suppose I ll slug it out until I m finished, but I can t recommend this to anyone Go read Le Carre instead. @Free Kindle Ö The Unpossessed City º In this taut, atmospheric novel by the author of The New York Times bestseller The Geographer s Library, a young American finds himself adrift in Russia amid murderous bureaucrats, Central Asian mobsters, and a conspiracy to sell Soviet bioweapons to the highest bidder Jim Vilatzer was going nowhere working in his parents restaurant, sleeping in his childhood bedroom, until he ran up gambling debts that forced him to go somewhere far away, fast He uses his Russian language skills learned from his migr grandparents to cadge a job in Moscow finding and interviewing survivors of the Gulag At first, he only finds that they are well hidden and leery of sharing their horrific stories, but he also discovers that he s falling in love with their homeland He is intoxicated by Moscow s brooding, ironic atmosphere, its vast reservoir of entrepreneurial energy, its otherworldly churches and majestic subways On any given day, petty indignities are than offset by random acts of kindness Jim s taste for gambling is satisfied merely by living in a city that teems with risk and promise So he blithely accepts a big win when a chance meeting with a lovely aspiring actress leads not only to romance but also to her grandfather, a concentration camp survivor who does actually want to share his story Soon Jim is on a roll, scoring interviews with four other survivors in as many days, learning harrowing and fascinating things about bygone atrocities and feeling like he has finally found where he belongs But his apparent success has earned him the attention of Russia s Interior Ministry and the CIA Jim has become an unwitting cog in a scheme to spirit Soviet scientists and their deadly secrets out of Russia and into the hands of the highest bidder Pursued ruthlessly by both sides, he must flee again, this time to the lawless border country, where an economist cum mobster is preparing to peddle the world s most dangerous technologies to whichever terrorists can muster the cash first Like Donna Leon s novels of Venice or John Burdett s Bangkok series, The Unpossessed City makes of its setting an intricate, irresistible character With taut, ingenious plotting and incisive prose, Fasman engages our most visceral fears and throws brilliant light on our most primal drives, to feel that we belong, to find love, to become better than we are An uninspired going nowhere guy has to flee his home in Maryland where he lives to get away from some gambling debts He decides to go to Russia as he knows the language He ends up really liking being there, but becomes entangled in a case of espionage unbeknown to him So he has to decide what to do next It was an ok read. Beautifully written and paced, and so descriptive While it s termed an international thriller, I honestly felt that this was mucha character study of Jim, and a look into Post Soviet Russia itself with the thriller part thrown in for extra interest One particular quote really caught my interest, as it s very descriptive of how I feel about my job sometimes I ve come back to it several times now Jim is talking of his boss and how she deals with the survivors of the Russian labor camp Beautifully written and paced, and so descriptive While it s termed an international thriller, I honestly felt that this was mucha character study of Jim, and a look into Post Soviet Russia itself with the thriller part thrown in for extra interest One particular quote really caught my interest, as it s very descriptive of how I feel about my job sometimes I ve come back to it several times now Jim is talking of his boss and how she deals with the survivors of the Russian labor camps, and he thinks, it posed a particular problem of soul steerage cry over every tragedy and you would have no time left to do anything else Ignore them all and you would rot from the inside This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I saw this mentioned somewhere and resisted putting it on my to read list because I am so often disappointed with novels set in post Soviet Russia Then I found it on the new books shelf at my Arlington County VA branch library and decided it looked like it might be good.The story is around 2000 a version of Russia that I know better I spenttime there then I haven t been in Russia for several years The action starts in Rockville, MD and then moves on to Moscow for most of the re I saw this mentioned somewhere and resisted putting it on my to read list because I am so often disappointed with novels set in post Soviet Russia Then I found it on the new books shelf at my Arlington County VA branch library and decided it looked like it might be good.The story is around 2000 a version of Russia that I know better I spenttime there then I haven t been in Russia for several years The action starts in Rockville, MD and then moves on to Moscow for most of the remainder.The American author who has a background descended from Russian Jews much like his lead character and who speaks Russian chooses as do many Americans writing about foreign settings to include fardetails about the different places mentioned in Moscow than necessary almost enough that it begins to interfere with the story s progression He does the same thing for the Rockville locations at the beginning, which is amusing.I guess this is a thriller The story development was good and the characters believable until about half way through when everything he thinks he knows is right begins to be revealed to be wrong An innocent forced to participate in a nefarious plot in order to save himself and a girl, too, of course And the girl s grandfather And his parents The second half was too unbelievable for me, I m afraid.In the first half of the book, in addition to dropping numerous references to different Moscow locations to demonstrate he visited them, the author makes observations about Russian life at that time, mostly as asides or via the descriptions of different characters These all rang true and some were interesting anyway, these kept me into it Such observations weren t so frequent in the second half and the unbelievable main story line made it harder to enjoy them.In the acknowledgments the author mentions that he has no experience with Embassy types or spy types well great, but he has 180 pages of a novel heavily describing the activities of such characters and perhaps that is why that part of thing reads the way it does Not that I know anything about spies Given the other reviews, which differ from mine substantially, I feel I should explain It was a decent book, written with empathy and experience But I felt that it was bouncing between journalism and literature from one paragraph to the next In fact, it could have been two books the story of Jim purely from his perspective, OR the story of contemporary Russia andspecifically Moscow, which is practically a different country from St Petersburg told through the many intricate character Given the other reviews, which differ from mine substantially, I feel I should explain It was a decent book, written with empathy and experience But I felt that it was bouncing between journalism and literature from one paragraph to the next In fact, it could have been two books the story of Jim purely from his perspective, OR the story of contemporary Russia andspecifically Moscow, which is practically a different country from St Petersburg told through the many intricate characters with whom Jim interacts So my rating is less a function of how much I enjoyed reading it as much as it is a rating of what I feel this novel could have been Either way, I thank the author for an absorbing story Reading this book now and enjoying it It is about a 32 year old guy from Washington, DC area One minute he is working in his Dad s delicatessen and the next he is on his way to Moscow for a job interviewing former political prisoners of the former Soviet Union It is full of characters who will intrigue you I will let reader know my score and whether I really liked the book when I finish it I am savoring the book and not devouring it as I usually do with books The Unpossessed City A Novel Reading this book now and enjoying it It is about a 32 year old guy from Washington, DC area One minute he is working in his Dad s delicatessen and the next he is on his way to Moscow for a job interviewing former political prisoners of the former Soviet Union It is full of characters who will intrigue you I will let reader know my score and whether I really liked the book when I finish it I am savoring the book and not devouring it as I usually do with books The Unpossessed City A Novel I loved Fasman s first novel, The Geographer s Library, and was looking forward to his next book Unfortunately, The Unpossesed City did not live up to my expectations It s about an American on the lam in modern day Moscow who unwittingly becomes involved in an espionage ring with some very corrupt Russians and a beautiful woman.I didn t mind the formula, but the plot was completely disjointed Villians introduced in the first couple of chapters didn t reappear until so much later that I had co I loved Fasman s first novel, The Geographer s Library, and was looking forward to his next book Unfortunately, The Unpossesed City did not live up to my expectations It s about an American on the lam in modern day Moscow who unwittingly becomes involved in an espionage ring with some very corrupt Russians and a beautiful woman.I didn t mind the formula, but the plot was completely disjointed Villians introduced in the first couple of chapters didn t reappear until so much later that I had completely forgotten who they were and what they had done There is too much back story of the reasons the protagonist had fled his home in Maryland and this subplot kept interfereing with the action and pacing of his adventures in Russia.I think Fasman is very talented and certainly knows the contemporary Moscow scene, but he did the confused young man with the unreliable girlfriend thing much better in The Geographer s Library Makes me wonder which book was really written first I only vaguely remember the Geographer s Library, and I am guessing there is a reason why it was kind of boring I did finish it, however I could not get into this book enough to finish it, though I liked the description of Moscow and Russia, but the plot was flimsy and the characters were not interesting to me Perhaps if I had made myself keep reading, it would have improved, but since I am writing a dissertation, that s not an option.