Moscow Bound by Adrian Churchward

Title: Moscow Bound (The Puppet Meisters Trilogy)

Author: Adrian Churchward

Published on: April 15th, 2014

Genre: Mystery and Thrillers

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Scott Mitchell is a young English human rights lawyer who has won critical acclaims for his support to the Chechnyans. He is despised by the Russians for being anti-Russian and for supporting Chechnyans.

Ekaterina Romanova is the wife of the Russian Oligarch Konstantin Gravchenko. Ekaterina comes to Scott with a request – her mother’s dying words revealed that Ekaterina’s father is alive somewhere in the Gulag (prison camp). He was sent to the Gulag without a fair trial – a very common issue during the USSR era. Ekaterina wants Scott to find her estranged father.

General Pravda of GRU is determined to protect a covert operation that he’s been running for the past couple of years. The hostility between the FSB (Federal Security Service) and the GRU(Main Intelligence Directorate of Russia) turns bitter when Pravda ventures into a secret location. Pravda is hell-bent on saving men he’s been hiding – someone is murdering them all, one by one.

Pravda hinders Scott and Ekaterina at every turn and they have no other option but to hide when they are charged for a murder that they did not commit. Meanwhile, Ferlito, an American Embassy attache` interferes, making Scott and Ekaterina’s search even tougher.


Moscow Bound is a gripping, engaging and chilling thriller. Set in the post-USSR and in the Putin era, Moscow Bound is a story of dark and dirty secrets of the cold war.

The concepts are well-defined. I loved the story! Cold-war, spies, secrets, Russia, USA, CIA, KGB … phew! That was one hell of a read!

The story is a mix of politics, murder, and familial ties. The ideas and concepts are well-developed. The concluding chapter was convincing – all’s well that ends well. The story takes an interesting turn in the second half. I just couldn’t put the book down! The book keeps the reader hooked on to the story until the end.

I am not going to choose one favorite character because each and every character played an important role in the story. Be it Sophie (lawyer and Scott’s friend), Scott, Ekaterina, Pravda, Konstantin, Ferlito, Rashid (Scott’s gofer) and Tolik(Ekaterina’s cousin) – all are my favorites. Each character in the book plays the role of a strong and dynamic human being.

The author’s writing style is excellent. Moscow Bound is a part of The Puppet Meisters Trilogy and I cannot wait to read the next book in this series! If you are a fan of stories set in Russia, especially those set during/after the Cold War, then you will definitely like Moscow Bound.

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.

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