Review: "Biest" by Jenk Saborowski

Title: Biest [Solveigh Lang #2]
Author: Jenk Saborowski
Publication:  2012
Genre: Crime, Thriller, Political
Stars: 3.6/ 5

Disclaimer: This is another book, where I couldn’t find an English edition, so here is the German synopsis.

Das gefährlichste Computervirus der Welt gelangt in die Hände von Terroristen. Ein Anschlag, der bis gestern noch undenkbar schien, steht unmittelbar bevor. Mitten im Herzen Europas. Welche Rolle spielt der ehemalige Stasi-Funktionär, den der Journalist Marcel Lesoille in Tel Aviv fotografiert? Gemeinsam mit Agent Solveigh Lang von der europäischen Geheimpolizei ECSB verfolgt er eine Spur bis nach St. Petersburg und Berlin. Können sie gemeinsam die Katastrophe verhindern?

My Thoughts
The book is about a group of terrorists, or let’s say some terrorists and some rich Russians who have the money and the means to destroy nuclear power plants all over Europe with the help of the most dangerous computer virus.
The man behind this group is called the beast and the only reason why he wants this chaos is simply to make Europe dependent to Russia’s oil and to gain the most profit out of it.

The book is divided in short chapters, which take place in the different locations like Amsterdam, Moscow, Tel Aviv and Berlin. Every location has its own main protagonists who build the two opposite groups throughout the book.

Every character is in his or her way very sympathetic and lovable (especially the Russians are очень симпатичная :D) even if you think that they are one of the evil ones. Throughout the book you also get some background information about the protagonists which makes them even more interesting.

Furthermore the book is written in the view of the main protagonists in each location. That means that you have the view of special agent Solveigh Lang, Marcel, her boyfriend and journalist, Dimitrij, the IT specialist, the beast and the German terrorists. To read the book from so many perspectives makes it very interesting on the one hand, but on the other hand I have to say that it was too much at some point. Throughout half of the book I was only interested in the things that happened to Solveigh and Dimitrij.
All the chapters about the German terrorists were not that interesting and to my mind not really important because you will read in another perspective later again.

Moreover the content was very predictable at some points but the fact that it was written in 2012 makes it really up to date when it comes to political topics and atomic catastrophes.


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