I was born in the Soviet Union and had spent most of my life in Russia before relocating to Vancouver, British Columbia. I have been writing - and discarding - little bits for almost as long as I can remember myself.
"Firebird" (2013) is just out. It's an attempt in the retro spy-action genre, set in the 1980s Hong Kong. There's a bunch of bad guys, a slightly less bad guy, a muted love interest, - and a black box that everyone thinks is so important. I started drafting it as a low-budget film script back in 2007-2008 and then abandoned it until late last year.
"Fifty Below" (2012) is a short novel, a winter action thriller in Siberia, and an obvious attempt in the Die Hard I, II tradition.
"The Colonists" (2012) is the first novella I have completed to a somewhat publishable state. I was vaguely planning to get back to and fix the bugs.
"Barbershop Otto and Other Mysteries" - in progress, sort of. The first story is already available to download as a free sample. A few more stories are coming soon, and the collection will be uploaded when I have about 10-12 short stories. They're going to be mostly dark, Twilight Zone kind of stories. At the rate I am writing it could take a couple of years. A few more ideas are in the pipeline.
I like hiking, drawing sketches, exercising, punching the bag, eating well (but not a foodie). I don't really enjoy running long distances but that's another thing that I do.
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In October 1986, a businessman goes to Hong Kong to sell an advanced device prototype to a foreign industrial conglomerate and finds himself in a game he can't win.
UPDATED: Uploaded another sample story to the upcoming collection of mysteries. Now includes:
- Private Investigation
- Barbershop "Otto"
Fifty Below (A Winter's Tale)
It's Christmas time in Yakutsk, the coldest city on the Earth, and Captain Tsoi of the Moscow police is looking forward to visiting his parents. On the night of his arrival, the city is sent into a blackout and a deep freeze by a gang trying to get away with an unprecedented bounty of diamonds. (Fifty Below. A Winter's Tale).
In the not-so-distant future, when the world economy is crippled and the Earth seems damaged beyond repair, a group of friends dream of escaping the unemployment and despair to the mysterious world of Mars-17, the first Earth-like exoplanet in the binary star system of Alpha Centauri... (The Colonists, a novella)
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