Hetzer, Michael The Forbidden Zone

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The Forbidden Zone

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The Soviet Union, 1984. For One Man, The End May Be Nearer Than He Knows.

World-renowned astrophysicist Victor Perov had always prided himself on being a loyal Communist with an unwavering allegiance to Party ideals and a lifelong commitment to the state. But that was before Katherine Sears, the American scientist he has fallen hopelessly in love with, risks her life to reveal a shattering secret. Victor's twin brother, Anton, supposedly killed in action in Afghanistan, may be alive in a brutal government psychiatric gulag--a dissident with explosive information that could bring those in power to their knees.

Desperate to outwit the KGB and save the woman he loves, Victor searches for the truth--a dangerous journey that will lead him into a forbidden zone where trust is scarce and freedom only a dream; a place where a corrupt old guard desperately fights to keep the truth forever classified, no matter what the cost.

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Tolstoy would have approved of the way Michael Hetzer uses large chunks of recent Russian history to build his strong and poignant first thriller. Hetzer--who edited an English-language newspaper in Moscow from 1990 to 1995 and witnessed the vast changes that swept the country--begins his story in the 1980s, as American astrophysicist Katherine Sears and Russian colleague Victor Perov join for a research project and a love affair. Their relationship, already complicated by the fact that Victor's mother is a top government official, becomes even more dangerous when Katherine discovers that Victor's brother, Anton, didn't really die in Afghanistan but is a dissident being held prisoner in a psychiatric gulag.

Aided by a disillusioned KGB agent, Katherine and Victor begin a search for Anton that takes them not only to the vast wastes of Siberia but also back in time, into a mystery that began 40 years before. Hetzer uses the 1940s poetry of the marvelous Anna Akhmatova like background music--"We're not good at saying good-bye / We wander around, shoulders touching. / It's begun to get dark already, / You look vacant, I say nothing"--and it sets the perfect tone of guilt and regret. --Dick Adler

About the Author:

>Michael Hetzer was the founding editor of The Moscow Times and The Moscow Guardian. He now writes full time and lives in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

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