The Turkish Gambit : Erast Fandorin

  • by Boris Akunin
  • Narrated by Paul Michael
  • Series: Erast Fandorin
  • 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It is 1877, and war has broken out between Russia and the Ottoman Empire. The Bulgarian front resounds with the thunder of cavalry charges, the roar of artillery, and the clash of steel on steel during the world's last great horse-and-cannon conflict. Amid the treacherous atmosphere of a 19th-century Russian field army, former diplomat and detective extraordinaire Erast Fandorin finds his most confounding case. Its difficulties are only compounded by the presence of Varya Suvorova, a deadly serious (and seriously beautiful) woman with revolutionary ideals who has disguised herself as a boy in order to find her respected comrade, and fiance, Pyotr Yablokov, an army cryptographer. Even after Fandorin saves her life, Varya can hardly bear to thank such a "lackey of the throne" for his efforts.
But when Yablokov is accused of espionage and faces imprisonment and execution, Varya must turn to Fandorin to find the real culprit...a mission that forces her to reconsider his courage, deductive mind, and piercing gaze.
Filled with the same delicious detail, ingenious plotting, and subtle satire as The Winter Queen and Murder on the Leviathan, The Turkish Gambit confirms Boris Akunin's status as a master of the historical thriller, and Erast Fandorin as a detective for the ages.


What the Critics Say

"Akunin provides readers with vivid historical detail, witty dialogue, and colorful characters. Those who love historical mysteries and Russian intrigue will be delighted with his latest offering." (Booklist)


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A pleasure to find this author

This is my first Boris Akunin novel and I consider it a wonderful find. Refreshing as it presents a non-anglo view of world events. Based on this I will be reading more of this authors work.
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- K. Jarosch

Third Book of Erast Fandorin Series

This book is the third in the Fandorin Series. This series is quite remarkable, in sense that Akunin tries different styles of a mystery in each part: the Leviathan story is written in A. Christie's style, for instance – the Oriental express comes to mind immediately. This one is a war espionage story told by a young woman who ran to the frontline to see her fianc?. As any other Fandorin story, it is enchanting – the language and the main character are quite captivating.
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- Svetlana

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-18-2005
  • Publisher: Books on Tape