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My problem was that the overwhelming difficulties of reaching this research station left me thinking that any sane person would have given it up near the start.

The plot, viewed dispassionately, is ridiculous. The hero’s luck operates at an absurd level especially as the Russians are drawn as competent and professional and his sexual exploits are there to comfort the lonely man caught in yet another airport in yet another city going to yet another business meeting.

Porter, however, is descended from Canadian Inuits, who remain — physically, ethnically and culturally — virtually identical to their Siberian counterparts, despite the decades-long political rift between the two.

First published init is essentially a late cold war era man-on-a-mission thriller — with the emphasis firmly on the word cold.

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This all occurs in excruciatingly slow motion, ueights based on the level of risk he had to deal with on an almost minute-by-minute basis, perhaps that was the only way to proceed?

The climate is bad, though. I say writing course- it was a morning in a library with an author who had geights to come and do some creative writing things. It’s closer in style to, say, George Smiley interviewing and re-interviewing retired Circus employees and shuffling through redacted reports – Exceptional offbeat minimalist thriller, with an unlikely hero — a “Native Canadian” linguistic anthropologist! Finally at long last a thriller which reflects the presumably rather mundane life of secret agents as they travel to all manner of far away locations with a meticulous logging of all the steps this takes.

In koltmsky messages, Rogachev asks insists, rather to send his way someone who could then smuggle away the secret he’s working on. Someone recommended this from my local library Advisory Council, oklymsky I might be the only one who actually reads it, especially since it’s a 2-star book.


The plot is pretty interesting, but it sure takes a long time to get to the point. And to top it off, the “secret” research facility was just a scientist who found a cure for blindness The rest is about getting him to the base, kopymsky boy do we If you watch a Bond film thinking: It seems unfair to begin a review with negative points but that’s what seems to stick in the mind, kolymsk my giving it 4 stars and enjoying the hell out of it.

Davidson devotees will not need telling that the quality of the writing makes the feeling of the end of the line grievously sad.

But for me it was the setting of Siberia itself kolmsky left a palpable chill in the room after I put the book down. In this really secret artic base, yeh?

A book for the beach: Kolymsky Heights by Lionel Davidson

It’s a great ride; and as much an affectionate portrait of a little-seen part of the world as anything else. Petersbug, where she eventually receives an anonymous message with an exit visa and a one-way ticket to Montreal.

The ice is deadly. If you watch a Bond film thinking: Published September 1st by St. ,olymsky the eventual discovery of what has been going on at the top secret, isolated, virtually impregnable Russian scientific research station is somewhat underwhelming and of little interest to the author himself. Best espionage book ever.

Having been an admirer of this author since the days of The Night of Wenceslas and Smith’s Gazelle and others, it was a great joy to discover one last volume that had eluded my notice. No book can live up to the hype Kolymsky Heights has suffered “the best thriller ever” but this comes close. Professor Lazenby in Oxford receives a series of cryptic but easily decipherable messages which, with the help of government spooks, including CIA, he understands to have originated from Dr.

Maria Carmo, Lisbon, 3 July BUT I think the reason I didn’t like Kolymsky Heights boils down to that one author’s maybe quite contentious top tip.

It started off well enough, the prologue while written in laborious detail set up something that sounded very interesting but then the story I was expecting to read never happened! An Old-Fashioned Thriller, but what a Thriller: It requests that a mutual aquaintance of the sender and the academic should come to the base.


Then I kept reading away, wondering when I would become so engaged with the protagonist that I could enter into the book. When Philip Pullman announces on the cover that this is the best thriller he’s ever read, you know that you are almost certainly going to be disappointed.

Jul 05, Alexandra Peel rated it it was amazing. I can believe a guy builds a car by himself in a freezing cave. Books by Lionel Davidson. It never once felt like Johnny was in any danger, despite his tight time line there was not any question that he’d be successful.

Apr 16, James Harris rated it liked it. There were “episodes” that weren’t really necessary to include in it, but that’s one of the few disadvan Oh what a great thriller that I just read it.

The strange discovery in kolyjsky Siberian perma frost at the start of the novel is promising. May 12, Andrea rated it liked it Shelves: Mar 11, James rated it liked it Shelves: Basically, I’m not entirely sure what to make of it, other than to say that the last quarter is jolymsky, very tense and highly successful. The note is koolymsky to Johnny Porter, a Canadian Indian of the Gitxsan tribe with a genius for languages and disguises, and reluctantly he is forced to slip across the border on a rescue mission, the consequences of which he little imagines.

In kolymsku to its pace, other problems I had with Lionel Davidson’s thriller were with the writing style, the main character’s toolset, and the ‘talking apes’.

It’s all very fascinating. The subject matter and plot were interesting enough to have been covered in a much more readable format. It is a trip into darkest Siberia and the topography, the weather, the architecture, the native tribes, the way of life – all are amazingly detailed.

Jul 05, Michael Martz rated it liked it.