Greco’s Game, James Houston Turner

Colonel Aleksandr Talanov – the “ice man” – is married to a woman he wishes he could love. But he can’t, and it’s an ugly consequence of his training with the KGB. Even so, no one should have to experience what Talanov experiences: the brutal murder of his wife in front of his eyes.

Wracked with guilt and suspected of plotting her death, Talanov spirals downward on a path of self-destruction. He should have been killed, not her. He was the one whose violent past would not leave them alone. Months tick by and Talanov hits rock bottom on the mean streets of Los Angeles, where he meets a hooker named Larisa, who drugs and robs him.

But in the seedy world of human trafficking ruled by the Russian mafia, Larisa made the mistake of stealing the ice man’s wallet. In it was Talanov’s sole possession of value: his wedding photo. Talanov tracks Larisa down to get that photo because it reminds him of everything that should have been but never was, and never would be because an assassin’s bullet had mistakenly killed his wife.

Or was it a mistake?

The answer lies in Greco’s Game, a chess match played in 1619 that is famous for its queen sacrifice and checkmate in only eight moves. In an unusual alliance, Talanov and Larisa team up to begin unraveling the mystery of what Talanov’s old KGB chess instructor regarded as the most brilliant example of how to trap and kill an opponent. The question is: who was the target?

Greco’s Game … where do I begin book lovers? Greco’s Game is an incredible read and a novel that should not be missed! Greco’s Game is written by James Houston Turner, an author whose work I have grown to love and so I was excited to read his third book in his Aleksandr Talanov series, Greco’s Game! Now that I have finished Greco’s Game I can happily write that this book did not disappoint, it lived up to every expectation I had and thrilled, shocked, and captivated me just like his previous books have!

Greco’s Game is the thrilling third book in the Aleksandr Talanov series written by James Houston Turner and wow, this novel did not disappoint! In Greco’s Game the reader will be reunited with the star of the series Colonel Aleksandr Talanov, aka the Ice Man, who is now trying to live a quiet life. Talanvov is now married and although he wishes he could love her, he can’t bring himself to thanks to all he has seen and done and his training with the KGB.

Talanov however tries his best but soon things take a heartbreaking turn for him when his wife is brutally murdered in front of him. This forces Talanov into a downward spiral of depression and leads him to some very dark places. Along the way troubling truths will be revealed while he tries to make sense of what happened to his wife and this book lovers is the short premise of the incredible Greco’s Game!

Greco’s Game is a fast-paced, somber thriller that is shocking as well as captivating, and although the novel terrified me at points because of the shocking nature, it was still bewitching! This is thanks to Turner’s combination of his flawless literature and his fast-paced narrative that had twists and turns galore!

The story of Greco’s Game is an intriguing one and one that left me shocked at many points. I am not talking about a small amount of shock to book lovers but rather a massive shock because Greco’s Game provides a host of them and they are big ones! The twists and turns and the numerous shocking moments throughout the story thrilled me from start to finish and kept me entertained and turning the pages with haste. It is tough for an author to keep their readers engaged, especially when writing a thriller, so the fact that Turner was able to do this and so effortlessly shows us that he is an incredibly talented author whose work should not be missed!

Overall Greco’s Game is a superb novel that has everything a reader would want in a story; it has a thrilling narrative, magnificent plot development, and excellent characterization that will thrill and excite its readers so of course, I have to award this impressive piece of literature five stars!

Thank you so much for reading book lovers! I appreciate it so much. Here is a preview of the book for all of you lovely readers to enjoy! Please have a read of the preview and if you find that you have loved what you have read then all you need to do is follow the links below!

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Thank you SOOO much for your gracious review, Aimee! You made my day … make that my week! This has been a hard week of research and writing, so your remarks came at a particularly great time. Thank you again!