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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
The Count is a historical fiction thriller by Rod Taylor. It's 1975, and Nicholas Cameron, a British national with Russian heritage, discovers financial discrepancies in the bank he works for. Meanwhile, he learns of his own links to the Cossacks through his recently deceased mother's journals and finds out he has a half-brother living in Russia. When a CIA agent offers to find his brother in exchange for delivering a package in Moscow, Nick travels to Moscow, only to find himself charged with smuggling and sent to a labor camp in Siberia. A decade of harsh camp conditions take a toll on Nick until a former Nazi soldier helps him escape. After unexpectedly coming across a fortune, Nick, with the help of a woman named Anna, is ready to take revenge on the people who ruined his life.
Author Rod Taylor spins a captivating yarn of betrayal and revenge set against the backdrop of the Cold War. Divided into three parts, The Count takes you on a rollercoaster of a ride following a man on a journey of self-discovery and revenge. Taylor uses a jam-packed plot that continues to throw curveball after curveball at you until the end. You constantly feel the rug being pulled from under your feet at regular intervals. There are shocking reveals and unexpected twists and turns that make for an absorbing read, and you never want to take your eyes off the pages. Personally, I learned a lot about the Cossacks and a bit of Russian history from this novel. I recommend it to fans of revenge thrillers and historical fiction enthusiasts alike.