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  • Author:
    Michael Cumpsty,Donald James
  • ISBN:
    0679460608
  • ISBN13:
    978-0679460602
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    Random House Audio; Abridged edition (July 29, 1997)
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FREE shipping on qualifying offers. The new Russia, 2015: Nationalist forces have finally defeated the Anarchist rebels, but it is an uneasy peace.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. Provincial police inspector Constantin Vadim is plucked from backwater Murmansk to head up a murder investigation in the decaying.

Michael Cumpsty (born 28 February 1960) is a British actor. He has been acting since childhood. He has worked extensively performing Shakespeare, as well as both musicals and dramas on Broadway. He also performs in films and on television

Michael Cumpsty (born 28 February 1960) is a British actor. He also performs in films and on television. Cumpsty was born in Wakefield, West Riding of Yorkshire, and moved to South Africa with his family when he was 9. Cumpsty attended Haileybury College in Hertfordshire and received a Bachelor of Arts in English from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1982.

Used availability for Donald James's Monstrum. August 1999 : USA Hardback.

com User, December 9, 2000. This book was such a pleasant surprise that I couldn't let go of it for weeks after I read it - and ended up going back to it at least twice since then. Donald James creates an entirely believable landscape in 2015 Moscow, and tells the possible story of the country through the eyes of his characters.

This book is so full of twists that you start to realise that Donald James must have met Russian police/Militia officers who had stories from the soviet era and the politicians of the day and their nasty little hobbies. I found that Vadim (main character) sums up the stoic mentalty of police officers across the world who have their hands tied officially in red tape.

In the suspenseful tradition of Gorky Park and Fatherland, Donald James's Monstrum is a political thriller that also . Replete with vivid characters and an audacious, unforgettable plot, Monstrum is the sort of thriller that redefines the genre.

In the suspenseful tradition of Gorky Park and Fatherland, Donald James's Monstrum is a political thriller that also features a hunt for a brutal murderer. And, in Inspector Vadim, James has created a cynical but all-too-human hero, who navigates across a Russian terrain at once familiar and frighteningly new. Vadim unwittingly discovers governmental intrigue and conspiratorial deceptions so terrible they threaten to undermine the revamped Russia.

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Cumpsty: Oh I loved him; and my impression was supported because he had very recently worked with a director . Cumpsty: Honestly, we were blessed to have the opportunity to go to Hartford for four weeks and learn the rhythms with each other

Cumpsty: Oh I loved him; and my impression was supported because he had very recently worked with a director, and after the director said to me ‘he’s fantastic and he can turn on a dime. He’s a great person to play against-we are literally like juggling with each other. The scene I look forward to playing in with him the most each night is: Crane: There are so many. Maybe the first one about the picture of the soldier. Cumpsty: Honestly, we were blessed to have the opportunity to go to Hartford for four weeks and learn the rhythms with each other. That process of finding the groove in front of an audience was frankly horrifying to begin with then really thrilling.

2 cassettes / 3 hoursRead by Michael CumpstyRussia, 2015: Nationalist forces have finally defeated the Anarchist rebels; it is an uneasy peace. Provincial police inspector Constantin Vadim is plucked from backwater Murmansk to head up a murder investigation in decaying, crime-ridden Moscow. His task: to solve a succession of unspeakable crimes committed by a serial killer who has become a terrifying local legend and cult symbol. His name is graffittied on concrete walls, emblazoned on the jackets of young men, stamped on the tee shirts of reckless girls in cellar discos: The Monstrum.While conducting the murder investigation and moonlighting as the new Democratic VP's stand-in, Vadim not only moves closer to identifying the killer, but uncovers high-level government intrigue and deception. As The Monstrum's profile comes together, the political scene begins to disintegrate--and Vadim begins to realize that the two are inextricably bound.Past and present, criminal and political--these worlds begin to collide, threatening to crush Vadim before he can capture the killer. Replete with vivid characters and an audacious, unforgettable plot, Monstrum is a thriller that redefines the genre.

Risteacor
Service fine, but did not like the book.. donated it
Browelali
In the year 2?015 , The National Democracy forces under Leonid Kobra ended the civil war by defeating the Anarchist/Marxist forces, taking back the city of Moscow. Cheka (secret service) official Roy Rolkin asks for the transfer of his friend, Inspector Constantin Vadim, from his home grounds of Murmansk to Moscow. There, Vadim should find a serial murderer who kills and carves up young women. He is placed in the worst possible district of the city, completely bombed out and destroyed,without water or electricity, and the meager population reduced to fighting for the barest survival. Slowly and energetically, he burrows his way into this underground of absolute human misery. He finds that the promised amnesty for the anarchists brings a one way ticket to Siberian hell once they surrender. Dr. Imogen Sheperd, the American supervisor of the program, is more interested in the luxury life the party bosses lead in another part of town. Vadim is also interested in the fate of his ex-wife Lydia, the anarchist commander of a regiment of women, and of their son Misha. He visits the buildings where bands of teenage robbers and murderers congregate, and goes into the underground passages where Father Alexander celebrates his libidinous church. Nothing ever is what it seems to be. The former enemies surface as top party officials of the new government. The people at the bottom of the ladder are persecuted as before, tortured and murdered. Everything has changed, and yet nothing is different.
Mr. James published this book in 1997 when Jelzin was in power. His previous book, ?the Fortune Teller?, places Vadim in the hopeless harbor scene of Murmansk. His next one, ?Vadim?, plays in 2?020 and will be published shortly. A fourth one, ?the Benefactor?, is scheduled for next year. Mr. James wrote the 10-part series on Russia for PBS. He also published a book on modern Russian history. To compare the present book to ?Gorki Park? does it an immense injustice. The author uses the form of a mystery to tell us about Russia, and he comes through very loud and clear.
Mr James makes a very strong point: The lot of the Russian citizen is a sad one. In command is the Cheka, the KGB, or whatever name it gives itself. And no matter how much they smile and act human they still imprison, torture and kill. At this point we should remember that Vladimir Putin is a product of the KGB.
Cemav
Being a Russian living in Moscow I have a certain advantage over the readers who were not brought up in Russia and have no knowledge of the Russian literary tradition.
You can believe me - this book is superb if you see it in a way that makes the enjoyment unhindered. Please do not compare it to Gorky Park and the schlock of this kind. Also it's unwise to test the novel's characters and events against the patterns of the real life. Just see it as a modern Russian fairy tale.
I am sure the author is familiar with the Russian fantastic tradition of Bulgakov, Odoevsky, etc.- the authors inspired by E.T.A.Hoffman.
If you'll read these tales you will see that usually they start with quite veritable everyday happenings and the characters occupation and rank is stated. But a few pages later the fabric of reality is torn and the world of supernatural is shining through the gaps.
The mood of the novel is dark - it's definitely Russian. Cowards turn into heroes and the heroes are traitors, former classmates are united by vodka but one of them is the chief of the secret police and another - the prime suspect.
I was amused that one of the reviewers could not buy the fact that the rebellious general's husband was recruited as the dictators body double. What would you say about Stalin's comrade Molotov, who had his wife rotting in a death camp and still stood at the Mausoleum near his boss, flinching at his jovial inquiries about the woman's health?
So see this novel as a perfect opportunity to experience the life very different from your own and even if you do not care for the Russian literary tradition the novel's beautiful(and mostly evil) heroines, courageous underdogs and exotic settings will make a couple of your evening very enjoyable.
Llathidan
I know very few books that have managed to capture the drudgery, hopelessness and dreams of modern Russia as Donald James did in the excellent MONSTRUM. It is simultaneously a love story, police procedural and political drama.

It is 2015, post civil war Russia in which the Nationalists - Democrats finally defeated the Anarchists - Communists in a war that nearly destroyed the country. Although a democrat becomes president, real power rests with a Nationalist general. The story concerns 3 people from Murmansk, childhood friends and their lives. Julia became a leader in an all-women's Anarchist brigade, Roy joined the military wing of the Nationalist party, Constantin became a policeman, married Julia and split over politics.

In Moscow a depraved killer known as the Monstrum is slicing open young girls. Constantin must play roles - he is ordered to Moscow where he will play a police chief in charge of the case. His real job is portraying the General (he is a double). Torn between his former wife (Julia), a ravishing American woman newly arrived and Natalya, a police doctor, he discovers betrayal from two of them. The story is almost perfect in that each of the themes - serial killer, romance and political intrigue - blend almost effortlessly, none outweighing the others. The ending is very satisfying if bitter sweet - a good read.