The Cossack

Rated 4.29/5 based on 7 reviews
Winter 2014. Daniel Brooking is a photographer on the eve of his latest show. The disappearance of his Ukrainian assistant upends his routine and pitches him into a world of competing international interests, where the life of one photographer is considered a small price to pay to maintain a secret that has lain hidden for over two hundred years. More

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Review by: LaylaM1 on Jan. 18, 2018 :
"The Cossack” is a great piece of action/police-espionage/ suspense/ thriller fiction no one should miss reading if they are looking for an adventurous, entertaining read that has high stakes and an unpredictable plot…If you're looking for a work completely lacking in cliché then I suspect you might have a bone to pick with this, as there were many ‘familiar’ elements that made me almost feel at times that I had read it before (I haven’t). But I believe the author's job is not to be completely original (for is there such a thing as true originality, especially in the crime game?), but rather to tell a powerful story that stays with you. For I believe that the true future for the genre lies not in becoming ‘newer’ but rather by taking familiar ideas and telling them better. This is done nicely here and I am impressed with the way that KJ Lawrence can tell a story in her own way with characters that we love, or love to hate. I looked forward to my reading time each evening and was sad when it was over, although the ending did provide the satisfaction I look for in a great book. I’d be interested in reading more novels from Ms. Lawrence.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: NicolaFlood on Jan. 18, 2018 :
This was the first book I’ve read by this author KJ Lawrence, but I certainly hope it’s not the last. She has a gift for writing descriptive and life-like scenes that make us feel like we are really there inside the story, as opposed to it all just being “told” to us, as so many authors make the mistake of doing. I like that this book didn’t feel stale or derivative of every other thriller/spy book out there, but instead like a new niche of political action and suspense that serves well to help diversify a somewhat cookie-cutter genre (in my opinion). Daniel and Yana were great, and I also really liked Mikhail and Vladimir (yes, I know…). But they were interesting characters that kept me engaged and interested. It was fast paced and creepy and shocking at times, but overall the entire novel was one that I thought was well-crafted and delivered an emotional win in the end. Recommend.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Jhonni Parker on Jan. 17, 2018 :
4.5 stars
Wow, what did I just read? Almost non-stop drama and a fast-moving plot kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish. The writing was excellent, very few errors as far as I could tell which is always a huge plus on my end. I hate sloppy editing! Really enjoyed the mix of crime, art, secret treasure, and authentic, flawed characters infused with a compelling storyline – makes it feel that much more believable. I was impressed with KJ Lawrence’s writing style, her brisk pacing and strong word choice works well in this genre, and it seems like she’s done her homework on many aspects, as the level of detailing was impressive. I liked how it all came together in the end, even if a little bittersweet and I did still have a few questions on things (but I’m glad we see where the title of the book comes from). Way too much to get into here… this is a book that a simple summary can’t do it justice – you have to read and experience it for yourself! I was surprised to see that this is Ms. Lawrence’s debut, and definitely think she is an author to watch for in the future. Highly recommend for mature fans of suspense and thrillers.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Jenna Brewster on Jan. 5, 2018 :
I read a lot of action and thriller books, so this is a genre I’m familiar with. I’d never read anything from KJ Lawrence, but the premise seemed intriguing and I’m always on the lookout for fresh new talent, so I was curious to see how she would deliver in this one “The Cossack”. While not a perfect book (a bit too much narrative ‘telling’ and character backstory at times) Ms. Lawrence is unarguably a very talented and creative writer, but more than that she genuinely impressed me with her thorough world-building and interesting characters and inventiveness on many levels. Descriptive details gives this story authenticity and we are transported into this complex, epic tale from the very beginning, and feel like we are ‘in’ the various characters heads (mostly Daniel and Mikhail, but others as well) and experiencing all the crazy drama with them, for better or worse. All too often I read works that feel clearly derivative of other books (especially in thrillers/espionage), and although I appreciate literary influences (as is felt here as well), when something this original comes along it is a refreshing change of pace from the norm! It wasn’t predictable or cliché, and sometimes it was cutthroat and harsh, and other times I was nearly breathless from the intensity and violent passion (especially toward the end – don’t think I put my Kindle down once in the last quarter of the book or so). Other times there were unexpectedly emotional or sentimental moments that really helped give the characters, especially the antagonists, some much appreciated humanity. For such a long book I finished it in less than a week, and went through so many highs and lows, it felt like a rollercoaster. I enjoyed the ending and was actually hoping that this might be the beginning of a series but I don’t think so… But it’s not a cliffhanger (thankfully) and everything wraps up well. Lots of violence and action and language and dead bodies, but it’s not graphic or overly gratuitous. Works with the genre well. Recommend to fans of action/thriller/suspense.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Steph Coleman on Jan. 3, 2018 :
I certainly enjoyed “The Cossack” by author KJ Lawrence, even though ‘political espionage thriller’ isn’t usually one of my more preferred genres (don’t dislike it, just don’t generally gravitate). But I liked the sample and the style of Ms. Lawrence’s writing…. This felt more like a compelling character drama with heavy thriller and crime elements to me than anything, so I gave it a shot. I was genuinely impressed! I really liked the action-packed world she created here and thought that she did such a wonderful job with the descriptions of the storytelling of the events and with the dynamic of Daniel and his unexpected plight, and liked that it had such a big, international vibe with some parts that feel almost ripped from news stories (or could be). I thought the main characters were very well done – and I especially liked Yana too—but some of the supporting cast felt a bit thin on occasion, and there were some scenes that I thought could use some trimming (or be cut entirely). But there was great action from start to finish, and I was SO shocked at some things that happened (no spoilers!). I liked how easy it is to read and this is such an unusual book I can’t even compare it to anything else. Some violence (as to be expected in a book like this) but nothing horrific. Recommend for fans of international crime, action thrillers.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: LeoG009 on Dec. 19, 2017 :
there is much to be said about a novel that reads well. I've mentioned this before in other reviews I’ve written, but a book that keeps you reading long after you plan on putting it down ranks high for me. Not only is it entertaining, but you look forward to getting back into the story each and every time you pick it up, if you have the self-control to ever put it down. That is what reading “The Cossack” by KJ Lawrence has done for me. Typical of many spy/political/action thrillers I’ve read, “Cossack” has much in the way of grittiness and intense drama, almost ‘cat and mouse’ maneuverings, yet it remains inventive. With twists and turns, you won't know who… or what… to believe. The plot moved quickly and even though some traditional thriller archetypes show up, it is not in the usual way, which is refreshing. Was impressed that for a book that was so dark and edgy at times, it also has an emotional element with the strenuous relations between characters/siblings, and internal conflict that gave it more depth than the usual thriller, which relies mostly on shock and violence (or threats of). This one also felt very creative in the sense how everything ties together, even in ways we wouldn’t think they could… A very strong effort by KJ Lawrence and I will be looking forward to reading more from her soon!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: SherriWarner on Dec. 19, 2017 :
fast paced, emotional, eye-opening and thought-provoking… and with strong characters and intense narrative, once I started reading “The Cossack” by KJ Lawrence I didn’t want to put it down until I’d finished! Seemed never a good place just to stop for a while as the action continued to build and build. Liked the juxtaposition of the international mystery infused with the characters’ personal drama and development, although I personally feel that there could have been a bit more depth to some of them, and some scenes seemed a bit too rushed (like toward the end). Liked the international setting and the characters, though, and didn’t expect some things to happen that did. For those who enjoy realistic crime drama and political action/adventure this is a good one for you.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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