Eric Almeida's Live from Moscow is an entertaining thriller packed with mystery, politics, sex, and drugs--all set before a backdrop of international intrigue. Almeida fuses his reservoir of career experiences--working as a newspaper reporter and in international business--to worthwhile effect, with a style that is engaging and flows unhindered by superfluous characters. His protagonists, Claire Bradford and Steve Conley, develop multi-dimensional personas through imaginative dialogue and a captivating storyline.
Doing credit to the journalism profession--in the hazardous terrain of Tajikstan--American journalist Peter Bradford is slain in the line of duty. Bradford's assignment was to investigate the international heroin trade. As a result, his wife Claire is left to fend for herself--no children, no stable job, and no family, aside from Peter.
In a bizarre turn of events, the bodyguards that shoot Bradford are themselves killed. Throughout the book, there is a feeling that "something is not adding up," building anticipation and suspense.
As a tribute to Peter Bradford's professional dedication, Arthur Gallagher, the Managing Editor, sends Steve Conley to re-enact of Peter's final assignment. More importantly, Conley's mission resurrects Claire from the abyss of despair and gives her life a new meaning, and a much needed purpose. From Prague to Moscow to Dushanbe, Conley encounters compelling and enigmatic characters, including high-ranked officials of several governments--and realizes that there is a major conspiracy in the works. Gradually, against his better reflexes, he also finds himself attracted to Claire, while unearthing facts that point unmistakably in the direction of danger.
Live from Moscow is a fascinating tale that melds the intrigue of a mystery novel with contemporary dilemmas that often plague foreign countries. This is an absolute must-read page- turner that delivers a bit of everything: romance, suspense, and thrill.