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One and a half billion dollars vanishes out of a numbered account into a cyberspace maze. But the thief who stole it lies dead on the tracks of Hong Kong’s Mass Transit Railway, his access codes having perished with him. If this were simply a matter of missing money, the United States would not be concerned. But a Hong Kong crime boss named Dragon Head wants the money to f One and a half billion dollars vanishes out of a numbered account into a cyberspace maze. But the thief who stole it lies dead on the tracks of Hong Kong’s Mass Transit Railway, his access codes having perished with him. If this were simply a matter of missing money, the United States would not be concerned. But a Hong Kong crime boss named Dragon Head wants the money to fund an army of hackers, one of whom has already penetrated America’s GPS network. The result: a midair collision that kills more than a thousand people. With national security at stake, the Director of National Intelligence becomes very interested in the whereabouts of that money. He wants the funds to remain lost. But Dragon Head wants them found. And Colonel Aleksandr Talanov is caught in the middle. Both sides think Talanov knows where the money is. But Talanov doesn’t have a clue. So both sides threaten to kill his closest friends unless he locates and surrenders the money. It’s an impossible situation when impossible is not an option, because whatever choice Talanov makes, someone will die. AUTHOR'S NOTE: Dragon Head is the longest of my Talanov novels, and is written specifically for those who enjoy lingering in Talanov's world. The book is not a quick sprint to the finish line, but a puzzle that unlocks gradually while building speed. I purposely lingered on one theme in particular - family (and who constitutes "family") - because of what I've personally experienced over the last ten years, which is how long it's taken me to finish writing this book. One reason is the loss of some of my own family members. Many of us have experienced that kind of pain, so I'm not unique in that regard, and like many of you, I understand how it changes us in ways we don't comprehend for months and sometimes years. In Dragon Head, Talanov experiences a similar loss, and while he's already been through this before, in Dragon Head his loss amplifies the blessing and triumph of what happens as a result. Thus, Dragon Head is not a story of loss and sadness, but of exciting new beginnings. I hope you enjoy the ride.


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One and a half billion dollars vanishes out of a numbered account into a cyberspace maze. But the thief who stole it lies dead on the tracks of Hong Kong’s Mass Transit Railway, his access codes having perished with him. If this were simply a matter of missing money, the United States would not be concerned. But a Hong Kong crime boss named Dragon Head wants the money to f One and a half billion dollars vanishes out of a numbered account into a cyberspace maze. But the thief who stole it lies dead on the tracks of Hong Kong’s Mass Transit Railway, his access codes having perished with him. If this were simply a matter of missing money, the United States would not be concerned. But a Hong Kong crime boss named Dragon Head wants the money to fund an army of hackers, one of whom has already penetrated America’s GPS network. The result: a midair collision that kills more than a thousand people. With national security at stake, the Director of National Intelligence becomes very interested in the whereabouts of that money. He wants the funds to remain lost. But Dragon Head wants them found. And Colonel Aleksandr Talanov is caught in the middle. Both sides think Talanov knows where the money is. But Talanov doesn’t have a clue. So both sides threaten to kill his closest friends unless he locates and surrenders the money. It’s an impossible situation when impossible is not an option, because whatever choice Talanov makes, someone will die. AUTHOR'S NOTE: Dragon Head is the longest of my Talanov novels, and is written specifically for those who enjoy lingering in Talanov's world. The book is not a quick sprint to the finish line, but a puzzle that unlocks gradually while building speed. I purposely lingered on one theme in particular - family (and who constitutes "family") - because of what I've personally experienced over the last ten years, which is how long it's taken me to finish writing this book. One reason is the loss of some of my own family members. Many of us have experienced that kind of pain, so I'm not unique in that regard, and like many of you, I understand how it changes us in ways we don't comprehend for months and sometimes years. In Dragon Head, Talanov experiences a similar loss, and while he's already been through this before, in Dragon Head his loss amplifies the blessing and triumph of what happens as a result. Thus, Dragon Head is not a story of loss and sadness, but of exciting new beginnings. I hope you enjoy the ride.

53 review for Dragon Head (Aleksandr Talanov thriller, #4)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Christi M

    Money. It’s all about money. Actually, a lot of money (1.5 billion). The boss of a Hong Kong crime syndicate named Dragon Head wants that money and he almost has it in his reaches when he hits a snag. This particular snag requires Talanov and so “associates” of Dragon Head are sent from Hong Kong to hunt him down and bring him back. In Dragon Head, Talanov’s story begins in the DC area, where he is going through the process of becoming a consultant to the CIA. The effort is grueling and he and hi Money. It’s all about money. Actually, a lot of money (1.5 billion). The boss of a Hong Kong crime syndicate named Dragon Head wants that money and he almost has it in his reaches when he hits a snag. This particular snag requires Talanov and so “associates” of Dragon Head are sent from Hong Kong to hunt him down and bring him back. In Dragon Head, Talanov’s story begins in the DC area, where he is going through the process of becoming a consultant to the CIA. The effort is grueling and he and his friend Bill Wilcox are spending hours in interviews and giving testimony with various committee members who are attempting to determine if Talanov’s services are needed. Some are very vocal that they do not believe Talanov should consult. While others believe he could be a valuable asset. It is during this period he goes on a planned vacation to the west coast to visit a friend – another ex KGB agent – who now runs a community center. While there Talanov gets a chance to relax and spend time with the social workers at the center and three foster children/teenagers that his friend watches over. However, it is also there where his two worlds collide as the Dragon Head associates find him and end up kidnapping one of the children to use as leverage. Upon finishing this book, I realized I had two distinct and separate thoughts and reaction to the story. First, I’ve always seen or thought of spy thrillers as being predominantly plot-driven. It’s about the action and what leads to the crisis, what the bad guys do or plan to do that must be stopped by the main character. Often you get to know the main character’s and find them likeable, but you don’t necessarily spend a lot of time getting to know them and the supporting characters, except perhaps in crisis management mode. So, it was rather nice that there are a lot of moments where you are given an opportunity to get to know characters in the book – especially the three kids, who are still learning to trust that they have a home. I’d wager that the community center is really at the heart of the story because every reason that Talanov has for his actions are driven by his desire to save one of the children from Dragon Head. But for the reader it isn’t all about saving the child, but also about how the three kids stories are intertwined within the thriller. The other distinct thought and reaction I had to the story is about plausibility with parts that I found were a little hard to believe and other parts a little cliche. Although, I do suspend my belief in thrillers, I still find it a little difficult to believe two of the teenagers found their way onto a CIA spy plane without anyone seeing them and even before our main characters had made it to the plane. How did they know which plane? How did they know how to find the hanger? But this wasn’t the only time I wondered this, there were other moments I thought to myself “would that really happen?” Then, there was the good U.S. intelligence actors vs bad U.S. intelligence actors portion that felt a little unexpected and expected at the same time. Sometimes I felt like that portion was kind of cliche and other times it wasn’t an issue I noticed. Overall, I found it a nice story, but just be aware it is not necessarily a spy/international thriller where you are constantly in action. A few moments spent out of action where you get to know supporting characters isn’t necessarily a bad thing – some folks like a little breathing room in their thrillers and like breaks from constant action. And don’t get me wrong, there is lots of action within the story that includes murder, theft, chases, airline collisions, being tracked… Thanks to Netgalley and Regis Books for the advanced reader copy and opportunity to provide an honest review. Rating: 3 stars

  2. 5 out of 5

    Glen

    I won this book in a goodreads drawing. This is a Dolph Lundgren movie in print. Former KGB agent, suspected by powerful people in Washington of being a mole goes to San Francisco. After a little bonding at a community center with his former KGB CO, a little girl is kidnapped to Hong Kong, Talanov has to get to Hong Kong and figure out what is happening, and rescue the girl while aided by her siblings. Well put together.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Joan

    What a ride. It starts out innocently with Talanov, an ex-Russian KGB operative now potential CIA agent, visiting an old friend. Suddenly, there are assassins and bodies and Talanov is on the move. It is not until well into the book we find out, along with Talanov, that a powerful Hong Kong crime boss wants money Talanov had been given during his KGB days. While Talanov had forgotten about the extra money he had been given for operations, it has grown to over a billion dollars. The situation bec What a ride. It starts out innocently with Talanov, an ex-Russian KGB operative now potential CIA agent, visiting an old friend. Suddenly, there are assassins and bodies and Talanov is on the move. It is not until well into the book we find out, along with Talanov, that a powerful Hong Kong crime boss wants money Talanov had been given during his KGB days. While Talanov had forgotten about the extra money he had been given for operations, it has grown to over a billion dollars. The situation becomes more deadly when we find out there is a powerful person in America who wants the money too. I found it interesting that the plot included a couple of tech savvy teens. So this action filled international adventure is sort of a combination of highlighting young characters while providing a fast paced plot. The teens had been taken under the care of Talanov's old friend so there are some themes of relationships in the midst of the action. Some of what the teens accomplish seems a little beyond belief but makes for a fun aspect of the novel. This is the first book I've read in the Talanov series but enjoyed it. There is enough backstory woven through the plot that it can certainly be read on its own. While the novel is definitely in the adult thriller genre, the writing style and involvement of the teens made it seem like a YA novel, so young readers would enjoy it too. I received a complimentary digital copy of this book through Partners in Crime Virtual Book Tours. My comments are an independent and honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rina (whatsrinareading)

    Thanks to NetGalley for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.⁠ I went into "Dragon Head" by James Houston Turner, thinking the story could be like the Jack Ryan series of books, but I was disappointed. This is my first Aleksandr Talanov, and it's going to be my last.⁠ The story revolves around money that went missing, a Hong Kong crime boss, the CIA, Talanov, hackers, and two teenagers that are tech-savvy.⁠ The plot was weak, and I'm not too fond of stories where teenagers do t Thanks to NetGalley for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.⁠ I went into "Dragon Head" by James Houston Turner, thinking the story could be like the Jack Ryan series of books, but I was disappointed. This is my first Aleksandr Talanov, and it's going to be my last.⁠ The story revolves around money that went missing, a Hong Kong crime boss, the CIA, Talanov, hackers, and two teenagers that are tech-savvy.⁠ The plot was weak, and I'm not too fond of stories where teenagers do things and fool adults, adults who work for the CIA nonetheless. It's not plausible, and it ruins the mood for the rest of the book. It ruined mine for sure. It's supposed to be a thriller; thrillers are quick, engaging, fast.⁠ This was boring, and the only interesting character is the main protagonist. Not enough to keep me glued to its pages and definitely not enough to read the previous books. "Dragon Head" it's a book that can be read on its own, though, if you want to give it a try. The book would have benefitted ENORMOUSLY from the absence of the teenagers; if I wanted to read a YA thriller, I would have looked for a different book. Turner is a great writer; there is no doubt, I found myself thinking, "This sentence is SOOOO good!" more than once, but the book didn't blow me away.⁠

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sue Wallace

    Dragon Head by James Houston-Turner. One and a half billion dollars vanishes out of a numbered account into a cyberspace maze. But the thief who stole it lies dead on the tracks of Hong Kong’s Mass Transit Railway, his access codes having perished with him. Really enjoyed this book. Lots of action. Great story. Some good characters. Although a big book I did enjoy it. I hope there is more to come. 4*.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Robert Sullivan

    The action sequences are well written and exciting; the locations are exotic; and the last third of the book, when the action takes off, is enjoyable. But a lot of disbelief has to be suspended to follow the plot (2 adolescents sneak onto and stow away on a CIA jet? A Hong Kong gangster finds a community center in San Francisco faster than CIA analysts?), many if not most of the characters have the emotional maturity of toddlers, and those characters' decisions are often baffling. The action sequences are well written and exciting; the locations are exotic; and the last third of the book, when the action takes off, is enjoyable. But a lot of disbelief has to be suspended to follow the plot (2 adolescents sneak onto and stow away on a CIA jet? A Hong Kong gangster finds a community center in San Francisco faster than CIA analysts?), many if not most of the characters have the emotional maturity of toddlers, and those characters' decisions are often baffling.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Bookish Bullsh*t

    I received an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Dragon Head is an Aleksandr Talanov novel. Genre- Thriller. So, here's the tea. The Hong Kong crime boss aka Dragon Head wants money. 1.5 billion dollars. He does stuff that gets the US involved. USA points finger at China and the (almost) squabble. Apparently, Dragon Head needs Talanov (who has no idea of what's up) to access the money. The CIA wants to interrogate because of shenanigans. Oh, btw he needs to save a little girl in I received an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Dragon Head is an Aleksandr Talanov novel. Genre- Thriller. So, here's the tea. The Hong Kong crime boss aka Dragon Head wants money. 1.5 billion dollars. He does stuff that gets the US involved. USA points finger at China and the (almost) squabble. Apparently, Dragon Head needs Talanov (who has no idea of what's up) to access the money. The CIA wants to interrogate because of shenanigans. Oh, btw he needs to save a little girl in the middle of this. Can he? What grasped my attention about this book is that the MC is in the dark about what's going on. You see, I love to see how characters react. So the premise of the book really intrigued me. I actually found this thriller a bit thrilling so there's that. As always, I will just point out my likes and dislikes. Beginning with the dislikes, in order to leave it in a positive note. - The Beginning. I disliked the beginning of the book. The first 10 chapters specifically. The first chapter being the most annoying for me. My problem with it is that the direction in which a character moves is WAY too specific. I really don't feel like knowing if the character is going left, then right, right again then left again. And this specific line makes me want to scream for some reason. "A few dings on his bell caused pedestrians to stop long enough for him to bicycle across the side walk into the bicycle lane, where he turned left and began pedaling with the flow of traffic." On the note of the first chapter, Wu Chee Ming's name is repeated in like... Every other line. Please just use pronouns. This chapter makes me appreciate the existence of pronouns. - Pacing. I'm sorry but I feel like is a MAJOR factor that makes a thriller thrilling. Long sentence in a supposedly (preferably) faster paced scenes are not appreciated. I really enjoyed some scenes while I felt estranged in others. There isn't much to say here so let's just move on. - The Repetitiveness. This makes me outraged. Some of the phrases are REPEATED. SO. MUCH. Example- "Talanov and Bluetooth did the same." Is repeated 3 times in a paragraph. I didn't bother to record the others. Onto What I liked. - The Characters. OMG the characters. I lived Jing Fei and Kai. What I love more is the relationship between them. It's safe to say I loved almost ALL of the character dynamics, but here are my favorites- - Friendship between Alex and Zak. - Banter of Alex and Jing Fei. - Relationship between Zak and the three kids. There's nothing to love about the relationship of Zak and Emily, but I seriously found it interesting. - This book has a solid rising action. I was on the edge of my seat, unable to put the book down. Desperate to know what happens next and to know how it will all play out in the end. Truth to be told, the pay out was really great. Not everyone comes out squeaky clean. I was dreading that they would. But they didn't so I loved that. (I'm a terrible person, I know) -The Climax. I obviously loved it. Nothing new about it. But what IS new is how the author pulled it off. It was like a roller coaster. So here's what's up: we follow different threads of plot through different POVs. Each of these reach it's own climax at different points in the story. I was NOT expecting that. This left me shook. In conclusion, here's there of my personal pros and cons. It's 100% my subjective opinion. Read the book if you're interested. Happy reading :D

  8. 4 out of 5

    Justin

    This book really reminds me of Ted Bell's Alex Hawke series. We have a strong, suave protagonist with ties to foreign government spy work who now assists America in her interests. This book weaves together personal stakes with an international crisis. I feel like the action scenes and personal drama were extremely well written and fully fleshed out. However, I felt the international plot was lacking, and would have either enjoyed more depth to it or having it be eliminated. One thing about the a This book really reminds me of Ted Bell's Alex Hawke series. We have a strong, suave protagonist with ties to foreign government spy work who now assists America in her interests. This book weaves together personal stakes with an international crisis. I feel like the action scenes and personal drama were extremely well written and fully fleshed out. However, I felt the international plot was lacking, and would have either enjoyed more depth to it or having it be eliminated. One thing about the actual formatting of the book to note - the perspective sometimes changes in the middle of a chapter without a line break, which sometimes makes it confusing to follow. This was an ARC copy, so perhaps that will be fixed before final publication. This book is also part of a larger series, which I haven't read the first three. Yet, my interest is piqued enough to try to locate and read the first three. Well worth the read and I look forward from more from the author.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Erin Britton

    Wu Chee Ming thought he had chosen well when he decided to disappear into the backstreets of Hong Kong after pulling off an audacious theft, but he had severely underestimated his adversary. Crime boss Dexter Moran – better known as Dragon Head – is the supreme leader of the Shi bei organized crime family, and he’s definitely not someone to take the theft of one and a half billion dollars lying down. Wu Chee Ming doesn’t live long after Xin Li, Dragon Head’s girlfriend and top enforcer, tracks h Wu Chee Ming thought he had chosen well when he decided to disappear into the backstreets of Hong Kong after pulling off an audacious theft, but he had severely underestimated his adversary. Crime boss Dexter Moran – better known as Dragon Head – is the supreme leader of the Shi bei organized crime family, and he’s definitely not someone to take the theft of one and a half billion dollars lying down. Wu Chee Ming doesn’t live long after Xin Li, Dragon Head’s girlfriend and top enforcer, tracks him down, but he does at least manage to end things on his own terms, which poses a big problem for Dragon Head. Wu Chee Ming’s death is going to pose an even bigger problem for Aleksandr Talanov, former KGB colonel and potential new consultant for the CIA, although he doesn’t know it yet. The missing money is hidden in an old bank account that the KGB opened in Talanov’s name, and now that Wu Chee Ming is dead, and his access codes having perished with him, Dragon Head believes that Talanov is the only one who can get his money back for him—money that he intends to use to fund a massive wave of cyberattacks. While Talanov is somewhat reluctantly going along with his friend Bill Wilcox’s plan to get him a job with the CIA, Dragon Head, Xin Li, and a host of Shi bei fighters are on their way to the US to “persuade” him to assist them… Dragon Head is the fourth book in James Houston Turner’s Aleksandr Talanov series. Although you don’t have to have read the previous books to enjoy this one, doing so would help to fill in some important background detail, particularly concerning the death of Talanov’s wife and his relationship with former hooker Larisa. This latest outing for Talanov is another thrilling, action-packed story of truth and lies. The world of the spy is a murky one, and although Talanov has turned his back on the KGB and certainly done his best to protect the interests of the United States, people are still not sure where his loyalty truly lies. And can he really trust those around him? Convinced that his past condemns those close to him to fear, danger, and perhaps even death, Talanov generally shies away from relationships, whether romantic or platonic, but encountering an old acquaintance during the events of Dragon Head prompts him to consider that maybe there could be another kind of life out there for him, maybe even a family. Yet, Talanov has a knack for being in the wrong place at the wrong time, and with both the Shi bei and the US government keen to get their hands on the stolen money, it seems that his self-imposed isolation might not have been such a bad idea after all. It seems that whichever side ultimately secures the money, someone that Talanov has hesitantly grown to care about will get hurt. Dragon Head is an explosive story packed with plenty of action and excitement. Like all good spy stories, it’s unclear exactly what everyone is up to and who can actually be trusted. Dragged into the business of the missing money against his will and facing threats on all sides, Talanov encounters dangers and deception at practically every turn. He’s a great hero to follow, tough and quick to dive into the action, but also smart and more than capable of outmanoeuvring his enemies, which is just as well really because the bad guys are particularly bad this time round. Dragon Head is a fast-paced and exhilarating story that tackles a number of important contemporary issues. It’s a top-notch thriller that’s sure to entertain espionage fans.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I received a Kindle copy of this book in a Goodreads' Giveaway in exchange for an honest review. This international thriller involves "Dragon Head," a ruthless Hong Kong mob bent on stealing 1.5 billion dollars "hidden" in a fallow Chinese bank account that they have attempted to access--money which they covet to fund their plan to hack into the U.S. and China's aeronautic GPS networks and create a series of deadly airplane crashes for which the two furious nations will blame one another and comm I received a Kindle copy of this book in a Goodreads' Giveaway in exchange for an honest review. This international thriller involves "Dragon Head," a ruthless Hong Kong mob bent on stealing 1.5 billion dollars "hidden" in a fallow Chinese bank account that they have attempted to access--money which they covet to fund their plan to hack into the U.S. and China's aeronautic GPS networks and create a series of deadly airplane crashes for which the two furious nations will blame one another and commence serious saber rattling. This is the smokescreen the mob hopes to use as a cover as they continue to refine and implement their evil cyber plots. Aleksandr Talanov, a former Cold War KGB spy turned American agent, is the ostensible "owner" of this bank account, a fund the KGB created decades ago for his use, but which Talanov subsequently forgot about, assuming the KGB had cleaned it out. Not so. Over time it accumulated enormous interest, hence the mob's plot to steal it using in-house "moles." But their plot failed, and their only hope now of getting the money is to lure Talanov to Hong Kong and force him to hand it over. Of course, the plot is far more complicated than that; there are several interesting subplots and many players at cross-purposes going for a personal win. That being said, the book, for me, would have been a satisfying thriller if not for the annoying insertion of a couple of smart-mouthed, headstrong and obnoxious adolescents who think more of themselves than they ought and whose shenanigans, like clockwork, create unnecessary mayhem. The elder teen thinks that, because of her super duper (not really) techno-smarts that they absolutely NEED her to thwart the money grab, save her kidnapped sister, outsmart all the expert technocrats on each side of the aisle, and take down Dragon Head. If I had five dollars for every time she spat the epithet "dinosaur" in Talanov's face, my own bank account would enjoy a healthy infusion of funds. The other teen, her brother, adds to the mess they leave in their wake. Talanov and his CIA sidekick, two hardened, seasoned agents with decades of heavy duty front-line experience, inexplicably put up with these obnoxious urchins, causing them no end of headaches. They act more immature and irresponsible than these two uncontrollable pipsqueaks, even accepting the notion that they are inadequate to their task! Not cute. Maybe in a YA thriller featuring adult-confounding teens doing extraordinary things, but this was not that. Sad to say, it was a chore to finish the book. I was not able to achieve the suspension of belief required for me to overlook the aforementioned and enjoy the book for its other merits. There were many compelling subplots and characters, and the author does have a knack for suspense. If a savvy editor had suggested that he eliminate the unnecessary sidetrack and stick to writing an adult thriller that didn't stretch the bounds of believability, I know I would have given this book more stars and a more kindly review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    mowgliwithabook

    🐉 Action-packed, Asian, Amazing 🐉 Dragon head by James Houston Turner is a thriller published earlier this month. Before I talk about the book, let me tell you guys about the Author! I had the privilege of chatting with him while I was reading this book and he is just so down-to-earth and awesome. Check out his other books too guys. . Coming to Dragonhead, this book is definitely a good read. . 1.5 Billion dollars vanishes in a cyber crime. There is an assassination attempt on Congresswoman Gustaves 🐉 Action-packed, Asian, Amazing 🐉 Dragon head by James Houston Turner is a thriller published earlier this month. Before I talk about the book, let me tell you guys about the Author! I had the privilege of chatting with him while I was reading this book and he is just so down-to-earth and awesome. Check out his other books too guys. . Coming to Dragonhead, this book is definitely a good read. . 1.5 Billion dollars vanishes in a cyber crime. There is an assassination attempt on Congresswoman Gustaves. The American air traffic GPS is hacked, causing the collision of 2 flights mid-air with 1000s of casualities. All the incidents seem to have a common denominator-Alex Talanov - a former KGB agent turned American spy. While Talanov tries to figure out the incidents, He is being hunted by Dragonhead-a crime Lord in Hong Kong. . This book is packed with action sequences. And they are put on paper so well, it was a breeze for me to visualize the stunts performed. The story is fast-paced and there is never a dull moment. A combination of political leaders, CIA and FBI agents, Chinese spies and Russian military personnel –this book has all the makings of a super serious thriller. And that it is, but with the ocassional exception of sarcasm & humour added in by 3 Kids, who form a large part of the narrative. Unexpected for a thriller, but it worked out rather well. I really like the mood the kids brought out, but I thought Jingfei call Talanov a Dinosaur way too many times! . The chapters are small, easy to read and have got deadly cliffhangers. A good thriller for folks of all ages. . Thanks to the Author for gifting me a copy of this book. All thoughts and content are my own.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sunny Book Reviewers

    Dragon Head by James Houston Turner 3* Fast paced thriller set in the world of Hong Kong's criminal under world. Money is missing lots of it. Dragon Head Hong Kong's crime lord wants it back and Talanov a former KGB agent who now works with the CIA might have the answer only he doesn't know it. To persuade him to do what they want both the CIA and Dragon Head threaten his nearest and dearest. Can Talanov save them all and also do the right thing? Not my normal type of thriller but I enjoyed it and i Dragon Head by James Houston Turner 3* Fast paced thriller set in the world of Hong Kong's criminal under world. Money is missing lots of it. Dragon Head Hong Kong's crime lord wants it back and Talanov a former KGB agent who now works with the CIA might have the answer only he doesn't know it. To persuade him to do what they want both the CIA and Dragon Head threaten his nearest and dearest. Can Talanov save them all and also do the right thing? Not my normal type of thriller but I enjoyed it and it kept my attention but didn't blow me away. There are previous Talanov books and I think knowing the back story would help with the relationships in this story and the complexity of the character. Tamarindo @sunnybookreview received a free copy for an honest review

  13. 5 out of 5

    Marissa

    Goodreads Kindle Copy Win A half billion goes missing in Hong Kong and everyone wants it. It attracts the head of a mob boss who has his own plans for the money. The only one who has access to the codes lies dead on the railway tracks. Enters Colonel Alexsandr Talanov who becomes a target as he must choose sides as friends are taken hostage and will be killed from his choice as they believe he knows where the money is. It is a no win situation he faces. An action pack read.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    What do you want in a book? Mystery, good guys, bad guys, spies, adventure? How about love, cute kids, mouthy kids, computer nerds? What about an adrenalin rush with laughter tossed in? Don’t give me that look. You’ll laugh when you get to the part about marshmallows. This book really does have it all. I want more books about Talanov. Don’t let me down, Mr. Turner. (Or is that supposed to be Mr. Houston Turner?) ***Book provided without charge by PICT.***

  15. 4 out of 5

    Diane Griffiths

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway It is all about the money.. isn't that how is always goes? The thief that stole 0.5 billion dollars vanishes, and is dead on the tracks of the mass transit system. With him dead no one knows his access codes. It was a good story with some good action. Enjoyable read I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway It is all about the money.. isn't that how is always goes? The thief that stole 0.5 billion dollars vanishes, and is dead on the tracks of the mass transit system. With him dead no one knows his access codes. It was a good story with some good action. Enjoyable read

  16. 4 out of 5

    Flo

    Fast-moving. Loved the characters -- very visual. It will make a terrific movie!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Samuel

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ben Carson

  19. 5 out of 5

    fred farmer

  20. 4 out of 5

    Richard Green

  21. 5 out of 5

    Yvonne

  22. 4 out of 5

    Henry Smith

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

  24. 4 out of 5

    Shoshanah Tov Naiman

  25. 4 out of 5

    Cindybrucknerymail.com

  26. 5 out of 5

    Karen Mitchell

  27. 4 out of 5

    Caren Rich

  28. 5 out of 5

    Reading Reindeer 2021 On Proxima Centauri

  29. 5 out of 5

    John

  30. 4 out of 5

    Shantel

  31. 5 out of 5

    Maude

  32. 4 out of 5

    Douglass Abramson

  33. 5 out of 5

    AC

  34. 4 out of 5

    Melisa Dowling

  35. 4 out of 5

    John Lapierre

  36. 4 out of 5

    Traci

  37. 4 out of 5

    Kim Ellis

  38. 4 out of 5

    John

  39. 5 out of 5

    Joann 'bartunek' prashek

  40. 5 out of 5

    lou brown

  41. 4 out of 5

    Micielle

  42. 4 out of 5

    Steff

  43. 5 out of 5

    Denise

  44. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Carroll

  45. 4 out of 5

    amy

  46. 5 out of 5

    Karyn Palmer

  47. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

  48. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

  49. 5 out of 5

    Ronald

  50. 5 out of 5

    Dave

  51. 5 out of 5

    Alex Helm

  52. 4 out of 5

    Amber Davila

  53. 4 out of 5

    Diana

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