A review on Mortal Showdown by Nik Krasno

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Book Name  
    Mortal Showdown        
                :       Nik Krasno
Genre                      :       Thriller
Number of Pages    :       250
Publishing Date  
  :       1st
June 2015
               :       Kindle

Rating : 3.5


Mortal Showdown
is an action packed thriller sending the reader on a kaleidoscopic race through
violence, sex, scamming and anti-scamming, political upheaval and murder. 

Michael (Misha) – a Ukrainian oligarch who was
rapidly climbing the Forbes rich list, wakes from a coma caused by an
assassination attempt and realizes that he’s in the thick of a multilayered
attack on him and his business empire. Making things even worse – among his
numerous adversaries is one of Russia’s most influential strongmen. From rich
and powerful, Michael very quickly becomes a fugitive, struggling for survival.
Counting on his wits and a handful of loyal associates, he searches for a way
to even the score with each of his adversaries and to save his country from the
Russian bear’s grasp. 

In order to have the slightest chance in a
face-off with his prime nemesis, Michael needs to attack head on, undertaking
the greatest risk of his entire life. Unfortunately, the dangerous mission goes
wrong from the very beginning…


Michael Vorotavich(Misha)- Ukranian Oligarch, Protagonist
Sasha Vorotavich- Misha’s brother
Masha  – Micha’s friend
Oleg, Boris- Misha’s friends and accomplices
Arthur – Misha’s Bodyguard
Colonel Alexander Korbalyov- Puppet Master, who is after Misha’s life
Sarah- Masha’s mother
There is a long cast, Johnny,Denis,Aqsaqal , the list is unending.


Michael Vorotavich resurrects from coma to know that his brother is kidnapped. Through reliable sources, he gets to know that Puppet Master is behind the abduction. Misha sets out to meet Kasakhstan president, whose friendship is used to release Sasha. After the release, Misha and Sasha sets out for a fun trip to Thailand. When he is back, Misha’s world goes upside down to know the long story of betrayal and he finds himself as a fugitive. He begins his come back by finishing his enemies one by one.


I must
counter-attack, I realized, otherwise with the scale and multifaceted nature
of attacks, I could be finished by the end of the year.
This is an out and out
boy’s book. As the blurb says, it’s an action packed thriller explaining the
Geopolitical insights of Ukrainian Civics in a fictitious background. The
storyline is strong, with a chance of evoking a political storm. The first and foremost
thing that struck my mind is the disclaimer in the beginning, for the
under-aged. The book is well edited. The language is crisp and tight. For the
lovers of the underworld drama with violence, sex, scams, politics, and murder,
this is a perfect book and worth the money.


A Major drawback of the
book is portraying women as a fun material. Being a woman, this really
disturbed me. Michael shows concern about his wife but the feeling of love and
passion towards his wife was missing. In an unending tendency to portray the
protagonist as a larger than life human being, the story became unnecessarily

One Liner

out and out boy’s book for action lovers

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About the Author

Nik Krasno was born in Kiev, USSR in the
seventies. At the age of 17, seeing the enormous Soviet Empire crumbling around
him, Nik immigrated to Israel, where he became a lawyer at the age of 23. 

Returning to now independent Ukraine in the late
nineties as an Israeli citizen, Nik established with partners an international
law firm and managed it during its first years. He built the firm’s reputation
and later supervised its work from an Israeli law office. As a lawyer Nik
counselled a wide range of multinational sovereign, corporate and individual
clients, engaged in diverse areas and industries. 

Simultaneously with promoting his law office,
Nik worked for an international business group and took part in different
projects primarily in real estate as well as in privatisation, defence,
medicine and telecommunication in Ukraine and some other countries, such as
Moldova, Russia, Poland and Lithuania. He has been sharing his time between
family in Israel and work and business mostly in former USSR countries. 

Witnessing the meteoric rise under new
capitalist rules of a small number of individuals from modest Soviet citizens
to mighty billionaires, who often neglected any rules or laws, Nik felt
compelled to expose to the world the unique phenomena taking place in a less
familiar part of the globe. The fictional plot combines real and imaginary
events with some ‘lawyers’ folklore’ and known and made up corruption and
criminal schemes customary for Ukraine and other former USSR republics. The
author also tried to portray some cornerstone events in the history of Ukraine
and to share some insight into the glorious and simultaneously tragic events of
2013 uprising resulting in ousting of the president, ensuing Russian aggression
in Crimea and tensions and war in the Eastern regions of Ukraine. The imaginary
characters are designed to reflect real behaviour and mentality and provide
decent entertainment for the readers.

People are always curious how someone made
countless fortunes. Many followed with interest picturized bio of Facebook’s
founder or that of Apple’s. Their stories may just look trivial when compared
with those of their Eastern peers…. 

After selling his share in the law office, Nik
currently resides and works as an independent legal practitioner and an author
in Israel.

Nik is married + 4
Reviewed for the author

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book as a complimentary copy
from the Author in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a
positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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