I haven't read any of his books before which made me feel a little lost at times in reading this book. This apparently isn't the first time the "Prime Minister's Private Army" has been used to perform some sort of top secret operation. I had a hard time keeping everyone straight so if you are interested in this book I suggest reading some of his others first.
Alex Kurbsky is a Russian war hero, a veteran of the Afghan and Chechen wars. He is also an accomplished writer, having written books of his experiences. He decides to defect to the west which he does rather easily. In actuality, he has become a spy, forced to do so in order to free his sister Tania.
The book is easy to read, the action flows well for the most part. The dialogue is stilted at times but since it is an action novel it doesn't seem to matter much. The problem is the language. Like so many other books of the type, there are too many f-words. I was unable to finish the book. Rated R for language, sex scenes, and violence.