Defiance

  • by Alex Konanykhin
  • Narrated by Jeffrey Kafer
  • 5 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

How to Succeed in Business Despite Being Hounded by the FBI, the KGB, the INS, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, Interpol, and Mafia Hit Men
Alex Konanykhin was a wanted man. The Russian mafia took out a contract on his life. The KGB, the FBI, the U.S. Justice Department, and the Department of Homeland Security were also on his trail. With paid assassins and two governments in hot pursuit, Konanykhin was running out of time and places to hide.
What happened to Konanykhin, once one of Russia’s wealthiest entrepreneurs who by his mid-20s amassed a $300 million empire and bankrolled Boris Yeltsin’s rise to power, is, as one U.S. judge noted, “a tale worthy of a spy novel”. It is a true-life story so riveting, only Konanykhin himself can tell it.
This is a hair-raising account of betrayal, corruption, conspiracy, kidnapping, high-speed chases, as well as secret government cover-ups. The book goes behind the press headlines Konanykhin’s case has generated for the past 10 years; the case The Washington Post called “a spellbinding seminar on international intrigue.”
In Defiance Konanykhin, the founder of KMGI, a thriving high-tech agency located in New York, describes in gripping detail his against-all-odds ascent from a poor but industrious science student in the former USSR to a powerful tycoon in the post-Communist Russia, who lived in the mansion built for the former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and was protected around the clock by the Russian Secret Service. But when trusted members of his own security team betrayed him, and the U.S. government became a willing accomplice in an illicit pact with the KGB, the lives of Konanykhin and his wife Elena became a terrifying roller coaster of desperate attempts at survival, vindication, and search for justice.

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"Justice" Dept. Colludes with KGB

Would you consider the audio edition of Defiance to be better than the print version?

I don't know.


What was one of the most memorable moments of Defiance?

Alex and Elena (the Russians the DOJ and INS are trying to kidnap and betray to the KGB) are almost out and get arrested at the US/Canada border bridge.


What about Jeffrey Kafer’s performance did you like?

He conveys excitement, fear and joy.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Not extreme, but it does make me angry that our government acted like jack booted thugs to toady to the Russians. They almost destroyed two innocent people whose only crime was to aggravate Putin and the KGB.


Any additional comments?

This story is so dramatic and suspenseful it's like a well crafted fictional thriller. It has clear heroes and villains. Had it not been for a US District Judge named T.S. Ellis and the two lawyers who defended Alex and Elena, they would have been turned over to the KGB and disappeared. They came within minutes of being put on a plane to Moscow.

We all know how wretched and brutal communism is, but this story shows how it crushes any human dignity and ambition. The protagonists' crime was to be successful business people when the USSR was collapsing and draw attention to themselves. Alex was one of Yeltsin's first backers. Yeltsin had the guts to stand in front of tanks and almost single handedly stop a coup. The communists never forgave him or his backers.

Those of us who are US citizens don't know how lucky we are. Non-citizens, no matter how long they've lived here and how productive and law abiding they've been, can get snatched and subjected to 'extraordinary extradition' and have no rights at all.

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- Richard

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-20-2010
  • Publisher: SpringBrook Audio