Sorokin, his wife and daughter, Faina, seem to have made a
good life in post modern Russia, but some comforts can turn
to cold comforts. Without warning the family are kidnapped
by Victor, a highly trained operative from the old Soviet
Union with an agenda of his own. With the family in danger
and the economic fate of the world at stake, APO swings into
action. But is their intel correct or have they underestimated
the real reasons behind the kidnapping..?
Faina is another original novel based on the successful
Alias television series. Written by Rudy Gaborno and
Chris Hollier, it's a real page turner. Not surprising when
you discover that they are writers assistants on the show
and have already penned the episode Façade for season
It's difficult to say why the book is so good without giving
away some of the major plot twists. Gaborno and Hollier are
obviously comfortable with the format of the show and so they
include just enough background information, hints really,
to explain the relationships between the various characters.
Thankfully they have not felt the need to be overly referential
to the parent show and thus putting off the casual reader.
plot is laid out well with tension arising less from big set
pieces that would be impractical or overly expensive to produce
for the small screen, and more from the type of slight of
hand writing that keeps the reader guessing as to the eventual
outcome. We all know that the major players are never in any
real danger, can't see Alias agreeing to any book killing
of any of the central characters, but there are a hell of
a lot of other uncomfortable things you can do to them to
keep the tension going.
character of the APO operatives are drawn well, with some
fleshing out, all the shows favourite characters Sydney, Vaughn,
Nadia etc. are included, but Faina does not fall into
the mistake of making the book one long dull introspection.
real joy of the book, though, comes from the characters of
Victor and the Sorokin family. These characters are fleshed
out so well that you actually get to care what happens to
them. They have understandable motivations and emotions which
raise them above the old villain and victim of the week syndrome.
if you don't know the show this is a good stand alone thriller
and well worth a couple of hours of anyone's time.
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