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Rising blood /
James Fleming.
imprint
London : Jonathan Cape Ltd, 2011.
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328 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0224091352, 9780224091350 (hbk)
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imprint
London : Jonathan Cape Ltd, 2011.
isbn
0224091352
9780224091350 (hbk)
abstract
Lenin may have just seized power for the Bolsheviks, but Charlie Doig has just seized twenty-eight tonnes of Lenin's gold. For two days he's the richest man in the whole of Russia. However, on hearing that the Red armies have cut off his escape to the west, he decides to hide the gold for a later day.
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7778565
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Lenin may have just seized power for the Bolsheviks, but Charlie Doig has just seized twenty-eight tons of Lenin’s gold. For two days he’s the richest man in the whole of Russia. However, on hearing that the Red armies have cut off his escape to the west, he decides to hide the gold for a later day and with Kobi, his Mongolian henchman, to make his way east along the Trans-Siberian Railway to the Pacific, and freedom. Russia’s in a state of chaos. People are fleeing the Reds in their millions. Charlie has to fight his way past refugees, bandits, murderers and shamans, only to discover when he gets there that the Japanese have invaded Siberia. He falls in with an old flame, a New Yorker now calling herself Countess Cynthia von Zipf. He saves the life of her protector, General Sato. As a reward, Sato offers him the position of Prince of Siberia – provided that he first goes to Nagasaki and eliminates a rival of Sato’s. He accepts. With him travels one of Sato’s men, a Doctor Hijo, who’s been experimenting on Bolshevik prisoners in order to confect a vaccine against typhus. Charlie finds Japan a paradise after Russia – until Hijo tricks him into being the guinea pig for yet another gruesome experiment. Having survived that, he comes to suspect that he’s welcome to the Japanese only because of his gold. As an added twist, he’s offered marriage by the daughter of the man he’s been sent to kill. In an unforgettable final scene, Charlie, clothed in a samurai’s blue and green robes, strides through the wood to the pavilion where Mimosa awaits him. She’s after a share of his luck. But what can she offer Charlie, one of fiction’s truly great adventurers?
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Guardian UK, July 2011
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Praise for Cold Blood ‘Extraordinary use of plot and pace and language& this is a thriller, no bones about it. For anyone who feels that there aren’t enough armoured trains in today’s popular fiction, or enough murderous White Russians with God and destiny on their side – and I am one – this book is a must.’ Giles Whittell, The Times ‘This bitterly gruesome novel& Doig’s ultra-masculine, semi-brain-rotted character will surely exercise a mesmeric power over most readers&James Fleming’s text sings with finely tuned nature notes.’ Andrew Barrow, Literary Review ‘Set during the Russian revolution and its bloody aftermath, this is as much tongue-in-cheek historical romp as page-turning cliffhanger... If writers can be divided into minimalists and maximalists, then Fleming is out there on the militant wing of the maximalists& relentless energy and garrulous black humour& Cold Bloodhas an original and talented voice behind it.’ Adam Lively, The Sunday Times
Back Cover Copy
Praise for Cold Blood ‘Extraordinary use of plot and pace and language& this is a thriller, no bones about it. For anyone who feels that there aren’t enough armoured trains in today’s popular fiction, or enough murderous White Russians with God and destiny on their side – and I am one – this book is a must.’ Giles Whittell, The Times ‘This bitterly gruesome novel& Doig’s ultra-masculine, semi-brain-rotted character will surely exercise a mesmeric power over most readers&James Fleming’s text sings with finely tuned nature notes.’ Andrew Barrow, Literary Review‘Set during the Russian revolution and its bloody aftermath, this is as much tongue-in-cheek historical romp as page-turning cliffhanger... If writers can be divided into minimalists and maximalists, then Fleming is out there on the militant wing of the maximalists& relentless energy and garrulous black humour&Cold Blood has an original and talented voice behind it.’ Adam Lively, The Sunday Times
Bowker Data Service Summary
Lenin has just seized power for the Bolsheviks, but Charlie Doig has seized 28 tonnes of Lenin's gold. But on hearing that the Red armies have cut off his escape to the west, he decides to hide the gold for a later day and with Kobi, his Mongolian henchman, to make his way east along the Trans-Siberian Railway to the Pacific, and freedom.
Bowker Data Service Summary
Lenin has just seized power for the Bolsheviks, but Charlie Doig has seized 28 tonnes of Lenin's gold. However, on hearing that the Red armies have cut off his escape to the west, he decides to hide the gold for a later day and with Kobi, his Mongolian henchman, to make his way east along the Trans-Siberian Railway to freedom.
Main Description
Lenin may have just seized power for the Bolsheviks, but Charlie Doig has just seized twenty-eight tonnes of Lenin’s gold. For two days he’s the richest man in the whole of Russia. However, on hearing that the Red armies have cut off his escape to the west, he decides to hide the gold for a later day and with Kobi, his Mongolian henchman, to make his way east along the Trans-Siberian Railway to the Pacific, and freedom. Russia’s in a state of chaos. People are fleeing the Reds in their millions. Charlie has to fight his way past refugees, bandits, murderers and shamans, only to discover when he gets there that the Japanese have invaded Siberia. He falls in with an old flame, a New Yorker now calling herself Countess Cynthia von Zipf. He saves the life of her protector, General Sato. As a reward, Sato offers him the position of Prince of Siberia – provided that he first goes to Nagasaki and eliminates a rival of Sato’s. He accepts. With him travels one of Sato’s men, a Doctor Hijo, who’s been experimenting on Bolshevik prisoners in order to confect a vaccine against typhus. Charlie finds Japan a paradise after Russia – until Hijo tricks him into being the guinea pig for yet another gruesome experiment. Having survived that, he comes to suspect that he’s welcome to the Japanese only because of his gold. As an added twist, he’s offered marriage by the daughter of the man he’s been sent to kill. In an unforgettable final scene, Charlie, clothed in a samurai’s blue and green robes, strides through the wood to the pavilion where Mimosa awaits him. She’s after a share of his luck. But what can she offer Charlie, one of fiction’s truly great adventurers?
Main Description
Lenin may have just seized power for the Bolsheviks, but Charlie Doig has just seized twenty-eight tonnes of Lenin’s gold. For two days he’s the richest man in the whole of Russia. However, on hearing that the Red armies have cut off his escape to the west, he decides to hide the gold for a later day and with Kobi, his Mongolian henchman, to make his way east along the Trans-Siberian Railway to the Pacific, and freedom.Russia’s in a state of chaos. People are fleeing the Reds in their millions. Charlie has to fight his way past refugees, bandits, murderers and shamans, only to discover when he gets there that the Japanese have invaded Siberia. He falls in with an old flame, a New Yorker now calling herself Countess Cynthia von Zipf. He saves the life of her protector, General Sato. As a reward, Sato offers him the position of Prince of Siberia – provided that he first goes to Nagasaki and eliminates a rival of Sato’s. He accepts. With him travels one of Sato’s men, a Doctor Hijo, who’s been experimenting on Bolshevik prisoners in order to confect a vaccine against typhus.Charlie finds Japan a paradise after Russia – until Hijo tricks him into being the guinea pig for yet another gruesome experiment. Having survived that, he comes to suspect that he’s welcome to the Japanese only because of his gold. As an added twist, he’s offered marriage by the daughter of the man he’s been sent to kill. In an unforgettable final scene, Charlie, clothed in a samurai’s blue and green robes, strides through the wood to the pavilion where Mimosa awaits him. She’s after a share of his luck. But what can she offer Charlie, one of fiction’s truly great adventurers?
Main Description
Lenin may have just seized power for the Bolsheviks, but Charlie Doig has just seized twenty-eight tons of Lenin's gold. For two days he's the richest man in the whole of Russia. However, on hearing that the Red armies have cut off his escape to the west, he decides to hide the gold for a later day and with Kobi, his Mongolian henchman, to make his way east along the Trans-Siberian Railway to the Pacific, and freedom. Russia's in a state of chaos. People are fleeing the Reds in their millions. Charlie has to fight his way past refugees, bandits, murderers and shamans, only to discover when he gets there that the Japanese have invaded Siberia. He falls in with an old flame, a New Yorker now calling herself Countess Cynthia von Zipf. He saves the life of her protector, General Sato. As a reward, Sato offers him the position of Prince of Siberia u provided that he first goes to Nagasaki and eliminates a rival of Sato's. He accepts. With him travels one of Sato's men, a Doctor Hijo, who's been experimenting on Bolshevik prisoners in order to confect a vaccine against typhus. Charlie finds Japan a paradise after Russia u until Hijo tricks him into being the guinea pig for yet another gruesome experiment. Having survived that, he comes to suspect that he's welcome to the Japanese only because of his gold. As an added twist, he's offered marriage by the daughter of the man he's been sent to kill. In an unforgettable final scene, Charlie, clothed in a samurai's blue and green robes, strides through the wood to the pavilion where Mimosa awaits him. She's after a share of his luck. But what can she offer Charlie, one of fiction's truly great adventurers?

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