Victor Lansky is a rich, successful man. But when he's approached by a Russian offering the chance of billions of dollars, how can he resist it? He's drawn into the circle of shady industrialist billionaires, fixers and ultimately politicians as well. Somebody is going to die, before this is over.
Czar Rising is a work of fiction, but with the author's background knowledge, it offers a stark what-might-have-been look at the crazy world of Russian wealth and power.
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Czar Rising is a novel set against the background of the aftermath of the break-up of the Soviet Union and the grab for resources and money that ensued. The catalyst to the action is the availability at a knockdown price of an aluminium smelter in a Siberian gulag city. Given the bankrupt nature of the country at the time, foreign investment has to be brought in. But on what terms, and at what cost? The story follows the British (actually half-Polish)investor as he faces up to the reality of what he has got into. The rules are different from what he is accustomed to and he gets in over his head, in the end no more than a pawn of the unscrupulous. The politicians are involved as well, as the stakes escalate for both Moscow and London.
"This strong grasp of the language and dynamics of business and negotiation, the tightly-wound plot and the fictional depiction of the aluminium wars of the 1990s combine here in Sambrook's book to highly readable effect."
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