Thursday, June 4, 2015

Review 8: Checkmate Run

Checkmate Run. Allan Alexander. 2015. [April] Paradigm Shift Press. 483. [Source:Bostick]

First sentence: The single light bulb above the cell door suddenly came to life.

Premise/Plot:  From Amazon - The KGB agents are vicious, and they are closing in... His odds of escaping are bleak... Will he prevail although everything is muddled in a treacherous love triangle? Whom can he trust? The inevitable checkmate could bring him freedom ... or death. Checkmate Run is an adrenaline rush of a story about a precocious young man's deadly struggle to survive the brutal Soviet regime. Alex Loevsky is a medical student and an inspiringly rebellious poet. He becomes enmeshed in a breakneck battle against the rampant cruelty of the totalitarian state, where just the desire to think freely is nearly a crime on par with treason, and being born Jewish is more than a mere hindrance.

My thoughts:  This book left me with several different feelings.  It started rather slow but I am extremely glad that I followed through and finished it to the end!  This was an amazing story following Alex Loevsky a Russian Jew and his trials and tribulations of finding a way to get out of the country that decided to turn it’s back on a whole religion.  I have never read a book set during the Cold War on the communist side of the Iron Curtain.  As I said this book was a sow starter for me but I am glad that I have the philosophy that if I start it I will finish it because for me the 10th chapter onward was some extremely riveting storytelling.

Rating 7.5/10

Recommendation:  If you enjoy fiction set in the 60’s and 70’s during the cold war then this is for you!

*I received a digital review copy for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.*

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