I read the e-book over two days. It's a review of recent historical events as well as an on-going story that melds religion/politics/human relations/ and institutional corruption.
Do Jehovah's Witnesses meet the current definition of a cult? Are they 'dangerous' to Russian society? To law enforcement agencies? To families? To individuals? Read actual arguments - from both sides. Violent ISIS members and JW's are nowhere near each other on any plane or spectrum. Yet Russian authorities have been manipulated to believe they are akin to one another.
Tom is a good story teller. He writes in the voice of an older generation. His vocabulary is diverse and sometimes folksy. The book would benefit from shorter, more concise sentences but then you'd lose the folksy voice. Maybe it would benefit from becoming an audio book.
The trouble comes with the translation of the Russian parties quoted and the clumsy Google Translation to English. Harley couldn't edit the AI translation because changing their words even to make them easier to comprehend in English would've altered the original intent and meaning. The translation is clunky and stifles the flow of the story - but the story is intriguing so I encourage you to take the time and power through those portions.
Russian culture likes paranoid conspiracies and urban legends. From before Soviet times this has been true. When someone draws a conclusion first and then must manufacture evidence to match it, Russians with historical memory don't lift an eyebrow. Western readers will be frustrated by the Russian Federation's version of a 'justice' system.
(review of free book)