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By Kevin Doherty

Russia. The 1980s.

The Cold War is still raging.

Mikhail Gorbachev’s strict vision for Russia is driving out the economic corruption that riddled the Soviet regime.

Nikolai Serov watches as traitors in positions of the highest authority are forced into revealing their hands, knowing that he does not want to fall victim to the same fate of arrest and execution.

As head of the KGB’s First Chief Directorate and one of Moscow’s leading black marketeers and drug kings, Serov recognises that he has only one chance to construct a sophisticated plot which will ensure his own freedom.

Serov’s intricate plan unfolds in a calculated web of murder and betrayal as he activates a Russian mole who has lain dormant for the past twenty years and now is at the top rung of Britain’s MI5.

His vision for the future stretches far and wide as his secret master plan succeeds in influencing East and West policy and dictates the fates of their respective governments.

‘Patriots’ takes the reader right to the heart of Russia. Meticulously researched, complexly plotted, explosively violent and ruthlessly authentic, it is the first novel to deal with the darker side of Gorbachev’s programmes of perestroika and glasnost.

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