The Russia Account (Tommy Carmellini #9)
Stephen Coonts’ newest novel The Russia Account pits CIA officer Tommy Carmellini against a murderous, international financial conspiracy that leaves a trail of death and corruption, extending from a small bank in Estonia, to the highest reaches of the Kremlin, to the halls of the Congress, and perhaps even to the CIA itself -- putting Admiral Jake Grafton, the head of the CIA, in the crosshairs of an assassin.Burglar turned CIA warrior Tommy Carmellini has starred in eight previous Coonts’ thrillers, from Liars and Thieves to Coonts’ latest from Regnery, The Armageddon File. Realistic, passionate, in love with life, Tommy struggles in our turbulent age. Critics have labeled him a “hip, modern hero.” With the help of his mentor Jake Grafton, up to now Carmellini has always managed to foil his enemies. Discovering and defeating the powerful forces behind this massive, blood-stained financial conspiracy that threatens the very foundations of the United States government will be his most difficult challenge. Perhaps, he suspects, an impossible one.

The Russia Account (Tommy Carmellini #9) Details

TitleThe Russia Account (Tommy Carmellini #9)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 13th, 2019
PublisherRegnery Fiction
ISBN-139781621576600
Rating
GenreFiction, Thriller, Suspense

The Russia Account (Tommy Carmellini #9) Review

  • Glen
    January 1, 1970
    I won this book in a goodreads drawing.Probably the final book in the Tommy Carmellini series starts with a kidnapping. The daughter of an official in a minor bank in Europe is kidnapped. This attracts the attention of the state department and the CIA. It turns out this bank was used to launder billions of dollars for the latest scheme by Putin.Tommy and the boss have get to the bottom of things before the US is in another Civil War.Humorous, and entertaining, but possibly not for those on the L I won this book in a goodreads drawing.Probably the final book in the Tommy Carmellini series starts with a kidnapping. The daughter of an official in a minor bank in Europe is kidnapped. This attracts the attention of the state department and the CIA. It turns out this bank was used to launder billions of dollars for the latest scheme by Putin.Tommy and the boss have get to the bottom of things before the US is in another Civil War.Humorous, and entertaining, but possibly not for those on the Left.
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  • Kevin. McKernan
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed it Very good summer read
  • Charlie
    January 1, 1970
    Incredible story. It is today's story. Names have been changed to - yeah, you know the rest. The story starts out with a BANG and ends with a BANG. It is a political event about an enormous amount of money fed thru various banks around the world and many millions going to Universities and the like. The Russians are suspect in this money- laundry business. Money talks. Death, snitches, and coverups are in every corner. The whole idea is for the Russians to weaken and practically destroy America.W Incredible story. It is today's story. Names have been changed to - yeah, you know the rest. The story starts out with a BANG and ends with a BANG. It is a political event about an enormous amount of money fed thru various banks around the world and many millions going to Universities and the like. The Russians are suspect in this money- laundry business. Money talks. Death, snitches, and coverups are in every corner. The whole idea is for the Russians to weaken and practically destroy America.Warning ----- do not fast skip pages for you will miss the twists and turns in this UP TO DATE current adventure. Also, it doesn't take a genius to figure out who the fictional characters are in real life.Yes, I did receive this book thru Goodreads.com for an honest review.
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  • Jeff Bailey
    January 1, 1970
    I just finished The Russia Account by Stephen Coonts. This was my kind of spy/intrigue/thriller. Every time I thought I had the story figured out, the plot line morphed into something more suspenseful and unexpected. I’ve always been a fan of the slow story burn, that is, the slow escalation of suspense. I find myself reading faster and faster. With Stephen Coonts, it’s the ending that I like best. He is a master of the clutch last scene that I would not have thought of myself. Five stars for St I just finished The Russia Account by Stephen Coonts. This was my kind of spy/intrigue/thriller. Every time I thought I had the story figured out, the plot line morphed into something more suspenseful and unexpected. I’ve always been a fan of the slow story burn, that is, the slow escalation of suspense. I find myself reading faster and faster. With Stephen Coonts, it’s the ending that I like best. He is a master of the clutch last scene that I would not have thought of myself. Five stars for Stephen Coonts and The Russia Account. My kind of read. Jeff Bailey, author of Not On My Watch.
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  • Alicia
    January 1, 1970
    I won an advance copy of this book through Goodreads.This is my first book with this author. I've had him, and this particular series, on my future read list for a while now. So I was very excited to receive it. The storyline is scarily real. It could happen in today's world.We start off quickly with a kidnapping of a bank employee in a small branch in Estonia. She inquires to higher ups about strange activity. The bank is moving millions of dollars every week. It definitely doesn't fit.The head I won an advance copy of this book through Goodreads.This is my first book with this author. I've had him, and this particular series, on my future read list for a while now. So I was very excited to receive it. The storyline is scarily real. It could happen in today's world.We start off quickly with a kidnapping of a bank employee in a small branch in Estonia. She inquires to higher ups about strange activity. The bank is moving millions of dollars every week. It definitely doesn't fit.The head of the CIA is approached to look into the kidnapping and the unusual bank activity.They start off trying to save a young girl, but end up uncovering a very complex scheme staring at the Kremlin, and ending in the halls of Congress in the good old USA. The story takes many twists and turns and is an easy read.The only thing lacking is the action. I am a fan of the Scott Harvath's and Mitch Rapp's of the thriller world. I would of liked to see a little more "justice", particularly in the ending. Other than that, it was a good book and I am looking forward to reading more of the series.
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  • Jackie Rogers
    January 1, 1970
    Love this author. Mr. Coonts has a way of writing about todays political messes without using real names. He sure hits the nail on it's head. This novel will not be out til August so prepare to read it. Thanks Stephen Coonts and thanks to the publisher who sent me an arc copy. Regnery.com.
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  • Joan
    January 1, 1970
    Review of uncorrected page proofA highly suspicious volume of money moving through a small bank branch in Estonia throws CIA officer Tommy Carmellini into a conspiracy that may have roots in Congress or the Kremlin or perhaps even the CIA itself. As Tommy doggedly pursues the investigation, what he uncovers may put his life . . . and Jake Grafton’s . . . in jeopardy. Can Tommy and Jake unravel the web of conspiracy before they become the targets of an assassin?This gritty yet compelling tale, th Review of uncorrected page proofA highly suspicious volume of money moving through a small bank branch in Estonia throws CIA officer Tommy Carmellini into a conspiracy that may have roots in Congress or the Kremlin or perhaps even the CIA itself. As Tommy doggedly pursues the investigation, what he uncovers may put his life . . . and Jake Grafton’s . . . in jeopardy. Can Tommy and Jake unravel the web of conspiracy before they become the targets of an assassin?This gritty yet compelling tale, the ninth in the Tommy Carmellini series, grabs the reader from the first page and races along, the tension skyrocketing as the ever-present threat of an assassin’s attack ratchets up the suspense and gives rise to unexpected revelations. As the plot twists and turns in surprising directions, readers will find much to appreciate in the riveting tale. This-edge-of-your-seat thriller doesn’t disappoint; the ripped-from-the-headlines narrative is a complex, skillfully-woven tapestry. Strong, well-defined characters and a frighteningly plausible plot guarantee readers will find it difficult to set this one aside before turning the final page. It’s a must-read for thriller fans . . . don’t miss this one.Highly recommended.I received a free copy of this book from the publisher
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  • Coleen
    January 1, 1970
    This is another thriller by Stephen Coonts starring Tommy Carmellini and some other folks from the prior CIA -FBI - type novels. I recently read the author's 'Liberty Last Stand' and enjoyed it and can write the same about enjoying this one. It is an easy read and moves quickly. Not difficult to follow and an interesting theme. What is particularly interesting about the theme is that a friend of mine very shortly before I started reading the book, described a worrisome [to her] similar scenario This is another thriller by Stephen Coonts starring Tommy Carmellini and some other folks from the prior CIA -FBI - type novels. I recently read the author's 'Liberty Last Stand' and enjoyed it and can write the same about enjoying this one. It is an easy read and moves quickly. Not difficult to follow and an interesting theme. What is particularly interesting about the theme is that a friend of mine very shortly before I started reading the book, described a worrisome [to her] similar scenario to the one that is presented in the book. No. She had not read, nor heard of, the book, nor had she in any way [I am positive] suggested the idea to the author.I can't wait to tell her about the book and the story! I won this uncorrected proof book in a Goodreads giveaway.
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  • Suzan Turley
    January 1, 1970
    Easy read with intriguing characters. Enjoyed it, but prefer more twists and turns as plot was predictable about halfway through. I did enjoy Mr. Coonts writing style.
  • Randy M.
    January 1, 1970
    Stephen Coonts is a master at quickly transforming current events within our socio-political landscape into partisan novels featuring his recurring characters, Jake Grafton and Tommy Carmellini. The Russia Account is no exception. It is published by Regnery Publishing, whose tag line is “Great Conservative Books. Great Conservative Authors.” It’s not rocket science to figure out which side of the political spectrum this will fall. And it falls with the weight and force of a sledgehammer.For a th Stephen Coonts is a master at quickly transforming current events within our socio-political landscape into partisan novels featuring his recurring characters, Jake Grafton and Tommy Carmellini. The Russia Account is no exception. It is published by Regnery Publishing, whose tag line is “Great Conservative Books. Great Conservative Authors.” It’s not rocket science to figure out which side of the political spectrum this will fall. And it falls with the weight and force of a sledgehammer.For a thriller, The Russia Account did not inspire much optimism for an action-packed read. Money laundering as a central premise just doesn’t trip my trigger. The plot concerns Russia destabilizing our democracy with the surreptitious infusion of tremendous amounts of dirty money (i.e. billions of dollars) into the pockets of those in power and with much to lose. As pessimistic as that had me feeling, I must say Coonts successfully added the necessary intrigue, jeopardy, and bloodshed to grab my attention and hold it.In the real world, I believe Russian interference with our 2016 elections is pretty well established at this point. The great liberal conceit is that it was a vast conspiracy concocted and carried out with the aid of then candidate Donald Trump and his campaign staff. Au contraire in Coonts’ world.The author does not attempt to disguise the real-world identities of his fictional doppelgangers. Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Elizabeth Warren, even George Soros are all easily identified, and their intentions and motivations in this story will not be appreciated by those on the left. Suffice it to say Coonts really knows how to grind the gears of his liberal friends. However, if you can set aside your political leanings this book can be a lot of fun, though I get that is easier said than done.I have read a handful of Coonts’ Grafton/Carmellini thrillers and I enjoy them. I do recognize, though, that they are almost parodies of the absurd polarization in our society. While the stories take themselves seriously, they really play on the “if you disagree with me you are evil and must be silenced” mantra that social media has done so much to engender in our society. The reviews for this book will be equally polarizing; 1-star and 5-star reviews will be given based on political ideologies and both will be of equal value to the overall success of this novel.
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  • Jim
    January 1, 1970
    This is a not-so-subtle political thriller based on today's political situation in the United States. The President is clearly Trump; the Speaker of the House is clearly Pelosi; the Minority Leader of the Senate is clearly Schumer. The 2016 Democratic presidential nominee is clearly Clinton. The author clearly leans to the political right in what has become (and is) a very politically polarized society. The heroes of the novel, if there are any, is the Director of the CIA and members of his agen This is a not-so-subtle political thriller based on today's political situation in the United States. The President is clearly Trump; the Speaker of the House is clearly Pelosi; the Minority Leader of the Senate is clearly Schumer. The 2016 Democratic presidential nominee is clearly Clinton. The author clearly leans to the political right in what has become (and is) a very politically polarized society. The heroes of the novel, if there are any, is the Director of the CIA and members of his agency.As the book begins, the CIA Director is informed by a U.S. senator that the daughter of a close friend has been kidnapped in Talinn, Estonia. The kidnapped child's mother is manager of a branch of the Bank of Scandinavia, through which U.S. currency has been routed at the rate of over $1 billion a week! This, obviously gets the Director's attention. Where is the money coming from, where is it going, and what has happened to the kidnapped child?The story develops into a political drama within the U.S. - a society that is already fragile and could easily break into civil war should impeachment of the president occur, should certain secrets be exposed regarding transferred funds, etc. Unfortunately, this scenario is not all that far-fetched given today's political world in the U.S.The book has an interesting plot, but the political bias of the author seriously detracts from the story line.
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  • David Hibberd
    January 1, 1970
    When a nine-year-old American girl is kidnapped in Tallinn, Estonia CIA operative Tommy Carmellini is tasked with finding her. What he discovers is that the girl's mother is manager for a small branch of the Bank of Scandinavia and that about 50 billion dollars are flowing through the branch each year. The money comes from Russia and goes to individuals in many countries with most going to the U.S. Those people then distribute it to numerous people and organizations including churches, schools, When a nine-year-old American girl is kidnapped in Tallinn, Estonia CIA operative Tommy Carmellini is tasked with finding her. What he discovers is that the girl's mother is manager for a small branch of the Bank of Scandinavia and that about 50 billion dollars are flowing through the branch each year. The money comes from Russia and goes to individuals in many countries with most going to the U.S. Those people then distribute it to numerous people and organizations including churches, schools, businesses, and politicians.CIA director Admiral Jake Grafton assigns his top people to learn where the money is coming from, who it is going to, who is behind this, and why it is being done. Many of the characters are taken from today's political world. We have a wealthy president with a bad hairdo and a beautiful wife who, in spite of all predictions, won the 2016 election. There is the Senate Miniorty leader and the Speaker of the House who both want to see the president impeached. There is another senator who claimed to be a Native American is involved. We also have former Secretary of State Hinton and her husband, former president Willy Hinton. The river of money brings with it a trail of assassination attempts, murders, and other killings. We learn about tools the CIA uses in keeping tabs on those involved and which Americans are working with the Russians.Today's political events are brought into play in the story. It is well written, entertaining, and makes one wonder if something like this could really happen. I enjoyed the novel and highly recommend it.
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  • Marcia
    January 1, 1970
    I was sent an ARC by the publisher because I have read & reviewed many of Coonts' books. I love this book! I enjoy reading about places I have visited such as Capri. The details of places are very well done. Tommy Carmellini is one of my favorite characters. Jake Grafton also is in the story; he is the one who ultimately figures out who started the problem. The premise is interesting. Russia has sent "fake", not counterfeit, but fake wire transfers of money through a small bank in Estonia. F I was sent an ARC by the publisher because I have read & reviewed many of Coonts' books. I love this book! I enjoy reading about places I have visited such as Capri. The details of places are very well done. Tommy Carmellini is one of my favorite characters. Jake Grafton also is in the story; he is the one who ultimately figures out who started the problem. The premise is interesting. Russia has sent "fake", not counterfeit, but fake wire transfers of money through a small bank in Estonia. From there, the money is transferred throughout Europe and the US. Vast amounts are sent and show up primarily in political campaigns and charities. The point was to destabilize Western economies. Other authors have suggested that very rich people and conglomerates have tried to control governments. It is easy to believe that it could happen. At the climax, Jake Grafton reveals who had the original idea, which was expanded by the Russians exponentially. In the end, Jake & Tommy both have had enough of the CIA and have moved on with their lives. Rats! I could read the further adventures of these two for a long time. Maybe they'll be lured back to action when the next crisis occurs.
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  • Dennis L.
    January 1, 1970
    Funny Money Tsunami?Beginning with Tommy Carmellini bringing off a “black bag” job in the offices of a European Bank at midnight, this new thriller from Stephen Coontz starts with a bang, just as his readers have a right to expect. The plot grows from a political kidnapping, and evidence that said bank is engaged in massive money laundering. The plot accelerates in the usual Coontz fashion, and the specter of Russian involvement with all the attending complications takes center stage. The plot t Funny Money Tsunami?Beginning with Tommy Carmellini bringing off a “black bag” job in the offices of a European Bank at midnight, this new thriller from Stephen Coontz starts with a bang, just as his readers have a right to expect. The plot grows from a political kidnapping, and evidence that said bank is engaged in massive money laundering. The plot accelerates in the usual Coontz fashion, and the specter of Russian involvement with all the attending complications takes center stage. The plot thickens when Carmellini is dispatched to the Mediterranean, to ascertain in his usual sneaky fashion, the identity of the shadowy character responsible for moving massive amounts of cash around the world. Meanwhile, back in D.C., Admiral Grafton, DCI, and Sarah Huston master hacker for the CIA, arrive at the essential question: Is all of this cash real. No spoilers here, you have to read this story to find out! Don’t miss this one.
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  • Stephenee
    January 1, 1970
    I usually enjoy the Tommy Carmellini series, however, this one was a bit of a disappointment for me. it left me feeling unsatisfied and a bit bored at times. This is not my favorite in the series, even though I wanted it to be.This one had some really slow parts for me...the action didn't really pick up for me until the last half of the book and even then it wasn't action packed. The characters all go through an emotional ringer, but the bad guys don't really ever become super clear or give us t I usually enjoy the Tommy Carmellini series, however, this one was a bit of a disappointment for me. it left me feeling unsatisfied and a bit bored at times. This is not my favorite in the series, even though I wanted it to be.This one had some really slow parts for me...the action didn't really pick up for me until the last half of the book and even then it wasn't action packed. The characters all go through an emotional ringer, but the bad guys don't really ever become super clear or give us the satisfaction of seeing them brought to the type of the justice that the reader has come to expect from author Stephen Coonts. The ending is just EH - it really leaves the reader wanting more and wondering how the author chose the path that he did. It is not his best, but not his worst either. It is just an in between sipping stone...
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  • Christopher Geraghty
    January 1, 1970
    Full disclosure-I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. I have not read any of the other books in this series. I entered the Giveaway because the premise of a thief (Tommy Carmellini) working for the CIA (Admiral Grafton) reminded me of one of the coolest spy shows of the 1960s It Takes a Thief.Noah Bain-"Oh look Al. I'm not asking you to spy. I'm just asking you to steal."Alexander Mundy-"Let me get this straight. You want me to steal?! I've heard of stealing from the government! But stealing Full disclosure-I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. I have not read any of the other books in this series. I entered the Giveaway because the premise of a thief (Tommy Carmellini) working for the CIA (Admiral Grafton) reminded me of one of the coolest spy shows of the 1960s It Takes a Thief.Noah Bain-"Oh look Al. I'm not asking you to spy. I'm just asking you to steal."Alexander Mundy-"Let me get this straight. You want me to steal?! I've heard of stealing from the government! But stealing for the government?!"This book was enjoyable. Not a lot of action but quite a few twists. I don't know if there will be another book in this series but if so I will give it a try. I will also try some of Coonts earlier books in the series particularly Liberty's Last Stand which apparently is very controversial.
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  • Donna Hines
    January 1, 1970
    A young girl is kidnapped. Her mother has ties to Russia funneling money through her Bank of Scandinavia.Now all hands are on deck trying to uncover where this money is coming from and how this operation is being played out with our major CIA Op Tommy seeking to find the young girl in Estonia while the CIA director Grafton assigns his men to find out the sequence of the money changing hands from the bank through the local churches and organizations.Many of the characters are a direct play out of A young girl is kidnapped. Her mother has ties to Russia funneling money through her Bank of Scandinavia.Now all hands are on deck trying to uncover where this money is coming from and how this operation is being played out with our major CIA Op Tommy seeking to find the young girl in Estonia while the CIA director Grafton assigns his men to find out the sequence of the money changing hands from the bank through the local churches and organizations.Many of the characters are a direct play out of our current political nightmare in the highest office(s) of the land.Sadly it's not all that far fetched especially with the enablers who will blindly follow the Prez off a cliff.I would've like a more lively ratcheted up version of thrills but this was good.
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  • Joseph Carano
    January 1, 1970
    The publisher sent me a ARC of this novel in the hope that I would review it. The fact of the matter is I reviewed Stephen Coonts last offering and enjoyed the heck out of it. We live in an age where the liberal media brainwashes us on a day to day basis with pro-socialist garbage. As a reader, you will not find that in Coonts writing. He writes as a conservative, pro American, which is very rare these days, as about half of Americans have been convinced to hate their country today. To avoid sp The publisher sent me a ARC of this novel in the hope that I would review it. The fact of the matter is I reviewed Stephen Coonts last offering and enjoyed the heck out of it. We live in an age where the liberal media brainwashes us on a day to day basis with pro-socialist garbage. As a reader, you will not find that in Coonts writing. He writes as a conservative, pro American, which is very rare these days, as about half of Americans have been convinced to hate their country today. To avoid spoilers, I will only reveal that there is a plot to create money from a small bank in Estonia to bankrupt the United States economy. A great intricate plot and good interesting characters make this a book to read in your future.
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  • Rachel Sakitis
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book as a give away from Good Reads. It is a page proof book, with publication due in August.This is a thriller about Tommie Carmellini and his boss Admiral Jake Grafton. A small bank in Estonia is seeing a huge influx of activity. Along the way to finding out where all this money is coming from and going to, people are getting killed. The attempted assassination of Jake is the turning point that is needed to find out who is behind this world wide disaster. If the Russians succee I received this book as a give away from Good Reads. It is a page proof book, with publication due in August.This is a thriller about Tommie Carmellini and his boss Admiral Jake Grafton. A small bank in Estonia is seeing a huge influx of activity. Along the way to finding out where all this money is coming from and going to, people are getting killed. The attempted assassination of Jake is the turning point that is needed to find out who is behind this world wide disaster. If the Russians succeed it could be the end of the America as we know it.I really enjoyed this book. It took a while into the book to get the characters all straight, but the ending does bring it all together. I would certainly recommend this book to others.
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  • Caroline
    January 1, 1970
    When you start unraveling a suspected money laundering scheme, who knows where the money came from and where it ended up? CIA Officer Tommy Carmellini and CIA Director Jake Grafton are at their best in Stephen Coonts latest thriller. The plot is fast paced, the action brutal and the story line implications will make the reader sit back and ask themselves, "What is legal? What is ethical? What is moral?" How far should public servants go to live up to their oath to "protects and defend the Consti When you start unraveling a suspected money laundering scheme, who knows where the money came from and where it ended up? CIA Officer Tommy Carmellini and CIA Director Jake Grafton are at their best in Stephen Coonts latest thriller. The plot is fast paced, the action brutal and the story line implications will make the reader sit back and ask themselves, "What is legal? What is ethical? What is moral?" How far should public servants go to live up to their oath to "protects and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic?" Read this page turning thriller to find out! A big "thank you" to Regnery Fiction for offering me a free ARC of "The Russia Account." Can't wait to read the next Tommy Carmellini thriller in this great series!
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  • Irene
    January 1, 1970
    Received an ARC from the publisher and I thank them very much.The book grabs the reader from page one. It's almost like reading from today's headlines. The plot twists and turn throughout with some surprising revelations. The characters are well defined and the plot is definitely plausible. (only "the names have been changed to protect the innocent")Well written, entertaining and very believable! Mr. Coonts has a way of writing that probably won't appeal to everyone, especially some of those on Received an ARC from the publisher and I thank them very much.The book grabs the reader from page one. It's almost like reading from today's headlines. The plot twists and turn throughout with some surprising revelations. The characters are well defined and the plot is definitely plausible. (only "the names have been changed to protect the innocent")Well written, entertaining and very believable! Mr. Coonts has a way of writing that probably won't appeal to everyone, especially some of those on the left, but as far as I am concerned the plot is very believable. Hope there are more to come.Definitely recommend.
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  • Chris Yorgason
    January 1, 1970
    *I received a copy of this book through a Goodreads giveaway* I have not read every Stephen Coonts offering, but I have enjoyed the books that I read in the past. This is a CIA/FBI thriller set against the backdrop of what appears to be a money laundering scheme instigated by the Russians, using a small branch of a Swedish-owned bank in Estonia. The fact that the book is influenced by modern American political climate will not be lost on the reader. From patriotic spies, to scheming Congressmen *I received a copy of this book through a Goodreads giveaway* I have not read every Stephen Coonts offering, but I have enjoyed the books that I read in the past. This is a CIA/FBI thriller set against the backdrop of what appears to be a money laundering scheme instigated by the Russians, using a small branch of a Swedish-owned bank in Estonia. The fact that the book is influenced by modern American political climate will not be lost on the reader. From patriotic spies, to scheming Congressmen and women, all the way to the White House, Coonts creates a tale that could easily occur today.Chris
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  • Patricia Zashkoff
    January 1, 1970
    A very believable story of the Russian government trying to undermine the US government. They secretly start flooding our country with suspicious large monetary donations to various institutions such as colleges. Tommy Carmellini, CIA operative, and his mentor have their work cut out for them. Why was so much money being transferred from a small Swiss bank in Estonia? Was it counterfeit? Who is behind it? The story unfolds with twists and turns, with murder and intrigue and with some unexpected A very believable story of the Russian government trying to undermine the US government. They secretly start flooding our country with suspicious large monetary donations to various institutions such as colleges. Tommy Carmellini, CIA operative, and his mentor have their work cut out for them. Why was so much money being transferred from a small Swiss bank in Estonia? Was it counterfeit? Who is behind it? The story unfolds with twists and turns, with murder and intrigue and with some unexpected conclusions. I would recommend this book to any one who loves a good story with a lot of action.
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  • Geof
    January 1, 1970
    The publisher sent me an ARC of this book in exchange for this review. I was pleasantly surprised by this book as I have never read Coonts before. It is a good light read that captures your attention and has humorous moments. The book takes place in the present day and parallels some of the absurd political things going on today. Many of the characters are based on real people making this thriller interesting in a way. The author makes little effort to hide who some of his characters are based o The publisher sent me an ARC of this book in exchange for this review. I was pleasantly surprised by this book as I have never read Coonts before. It is a good light read that captures your attention and has humorous moments. The book takes place in the present day and parallels some of the absurd political things going on today. Many of the characters are based on real people making this thriller interesting in a way. The author makes little effort to hide who some of his characters are based on.I am glad that I read this book and will read Stephen Coonts again.
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  • Steve
    January 1, 1970
    The investigation of the kidnapping of a friend of a Senator leads to the discovery of massive amounts of Russian cash flowing through an Estonian branch of the Bank of Scandinavia by the CIA. Investigation leads to a plot to destabilize the USA with a group of worst case versions of current liberal politicians and other characters that goes farther than even they expected. I enjoyed the action sequences and the two main characters Jake Grafton, director of the CIA, and wildcard former thief Tom The investigation of the kidnapping of a friend of a Senator leads to the discovery of massive amounts of Russian cash flowing through an Estonian branch of the Bank of Scandinavia by the CIA. Investigation leads to a plot to destabilize the USA with a group of worst case versions of current liberal politicians and other characters that goes farther than even they expected. I enjoyed the action sequences and the two main characters Jake Grafton, director of the CIA, and wildcard former thief Tommy Carmellini. I received a free ARC through Goodreads First Reads Giveaways.
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  • Linda Schmidt
    January 1, 1970
    Having read all of Steven Coonts’ Jake Grafton novels, I can’t imagine a year without the latest episode in the admiral’s/CIA director’s illustrious career. Having Tommy Carmellini narrate The Russia Account makes my pleasure complete because of Tommy’s humor, albeit it grows more x-rated. This latest caper is a real who-dunnit with real certainty even at the end. The Russians engage in a brilliant financial scheme to have Americans at each other’s throats over money. If readers are politically Having read all of Steven Coonts’ Jake Grafton novels, I can’t imagine a year without the latest episode in the admiral’s/CIA director’s illustrious career. Having Tommy Carmellini narrate The Russia Account makes my pleasure complete because of Tommy’s humor, albeit it grows more x-rated. This latest caper is a real who-dunnit with real certainty even at the end. The Russians engage in a brilliant financial scheme to have Americans at each other’s throats over money. If readers are politically astute, they will recognize the main actors in Coonts’ drama and appreciate it even more.
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  • Linda Haas
    January 1, 1970
    This thriller is about an ingenious plot to wreck havoc with the financial sector. It’s the first book of the Tommy Carmellini series that I’ve read but I hope to read more books in this series because this book had it all: suspense, humor, romance and very likable characters. It kept me guessing about what would happen next and there were a number of twists which made the book very enjoyable. It was a lot of fun to read!
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  • Dav Roth
    January 1, 1970
    Well written as usual from Coonts.. but he went off on a weird MAGA rant for most of the book. Incredible levels of vitriol aimed at a thinly veiled Clinton character "Cynthia Hinton". So badly I see a libel suit. Used "nigger" just to make a Democratic character look bad.. Being Canadian I found the whole thing in incredibly bad taste. Author should stick to writing good mindless action books and leave his political bent out of it.
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  • Sandra
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Regnery Fiction for my ARC. This is an amazing storyline about today's political games with the names changed. It is well written, easy to read and moves quickly and so very interesting. I love the main characters Tommy Carmellini and Jack Crafton. This book is great from page one and only gets better from there. It was so good that I didn't want to stop reading. I would recommend this book to others who appreciate a good fast paced story, or any Stephen Coonts fan.
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  • Donald Peschken
    January 1, 1970
    Won this book on Goodreads as an advanced uncorrected page copy and really enjoyed it. Love the way Coonts writes and even though the characters are fictional, I seem to know who he's talking about. Was really surprised at the ending and was not expecting it. Hope to see a lot more of Grafton & Carmellini! Russia getting involved with US politics and trying to destroy the country. Doesn't get any better!
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