Siren of the Waters

Siren of the Waters

eBook - 2008
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Jana entered the Czechoslovak police force as young woman, married an actor, and became a mother. The Communist regime destroyed her husband, their love for one another, and her daughter's respect for her. But she has never stopped being a seeker of justice. Now, she has risen to the rank of commander in the Slovak police force and is based in the capital, Bratislava, a crossroads of central Europe. She liaises with colleagues across the continent to track a master criminal whose crimes include extortion, murder, kidnapping, and the operation of a vast human trafficking network. This investigation takes her from Kiev in Ukraine to the headquarters of the European Community in Strasbourg, France; from Vienna to Nice during the Carnival, as she searches for a ruthless killer and the beautiful young Russian woman he is determined to either capture or destroy. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Publisher: [S.I.] : Soho Press, 2008.
ISBN: 9781569477403
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Jan 10, 2012

This is book #1 of an intended series set in Bratislava, Slovakia and featuring a Commander Jana Matinova; the book is severely Americanized (the author lives there and not in Slovakia) and is full of capitalist propaganda silliness from the Cold War era. The silliness starts on the very first page, with idiocy about how Czechoslovak communism had faults that capitalism allegedly does not have, such as distorted values, the habit of promoting people to get rid of them and rigid compartmentalism in government agencies, as though that’s not also true of governments and societies throughout the non-communist world; this annoying use of political and social blinders, coupled with the pouring out of unnecessary propaganda so very early on in the book, caused me to stop reading after only a few pages of it; I was glad I had not actually spent money to buy my own copy of the book. I give it half a star only because there’s no way to give it zero stars.

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CB2295
Jan 10, 2012

This is book #1 of an intended series set in Bratislava, Slovakia and featuring a Commander Jana Matinova; the book is severely Americanized (the author lives there and not in Slovakia) and is full of capitalist propaganda silliness from the Cold War era. The silliness starts on the very first page, with idiocy about how Czechoslovak communism had faults that capitalism allegedly does not have, such as distorted values, the habit of promoting people to get rid of them and rigid compartmentalism in government agencies, as though that’s not also true of governments and societies throughout the non-communist world; this annoying use of political and social blinders, coupled with the pouring out of unnecessary propaganda so very early on in the book, caused me to stop reading after only a few pages of it; I was glad I had not actually spent money to buy my own copy of the book. I give it half a star only because there’s no way to give it zero stars.

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