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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
If you love comedy that is laced with humor, then the boisterous novel Back to Sovietsky by Michael and Danny D'Agostino will be the best read for you. The authors have masterfully combined elements of humor and adventure in a brilliant kind of way to create characters that are enjoyable to follow and a story that is hard to put down. Everyone who knows Vladimir Ruska is stunned by the unbelievable fact that he of all people would get a visa to settle in the US, but he does get one, and he is in the US to create his own story of success.
However, things don’t seem to work out so well for him. Vladimir loses his janitor’s job, violates his visa, and gets many unpaid traffic tickets than can be allowed. Soon, the lazy man finds himself repatriated. But this is just the beginning of the adventures of a man who will start a successful business in Russia and be back in the US with an even better plan to make it to the top of the American dream. The reader will have to read on to discover the marvelous surprises that await them.
Michael and Danny D’Agostino have created a wonderful character in Vladimir, a character who reflects the Russian reality in memorable ways. The reader could take the protagonist for a lazy fool at the start of the story, but as the story develops, they understand that he is shrewd and determined. The way the Russian flavor comes out in the natural-sounding, beautifully crafted dialogues is brilliant and readers will undoubtedly be entertained hugely. The writing is superb, the pacing swift, and the entire story balanced and deftly written. Back to Sovietsky is the kind of comedy I’d love to watch on screen. A story with powerful themes like family, patriotism, dreams, and many others neatly woven into the plot.