So when I saw this book at the Book Train I thought it was going to be a Cold War spy/espionage novel. Well it turns out that my mind fooled me as the famous KGB prison is Lubyanka not Lubchenko. Lubchenko is an underworld character who we are really not sure whether he is good or bad. In Michael Simmons’ The Rise of Lubchenko a group of American teenagers find themselves in the middle of some international intrigue…as it turns out for the second time as this is a sequel. The story, while entertaining, is really quite far-fetched and it took a while for me to accept the first person narrative especially considering that the first person is a self-admitted self-absorbed teenager.
Again the novel is entertaining and is rather short. It might be a good plane novel as you could probably finish it on moderately long flight and pitch it as you get off of the plane.