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by Richard Hoyt

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ISBN: 0727814095
ISBN13: 978-0727814098
Category: Mystery
Author: Richard Hoyt
Language: English
Publisher: Severn House Publishers Ltd; First Edition edition (1987)
Pages: 320 pages
ePUB size: 1468 kb
FB2 size: 1343 kb
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 790
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Having read this and the author's "The Manna Enzyme," which wasted a funny premise - an overweight, middle-aged and clean-shaven Fidel Castro decides to go on a covert operation in the countryside of Ronald Reagan's America - I have concluded that Richard Hoyt is a hack, a mediocre writer of second-rate, reactionary, Cold War thrillers.

"Trotsky's Run" centers on the presidential candidacy of a KGB sleeper agent who thinks he is the reincarnation of Leon Trotsky, a Leon Trotsky whose fondest memory seems to be of having served as the cold-blooded warden of a prison after the October Revolution. I'm not even certain that Trotsky ever did oversee a jail, but I've read enough Trotsky and enough about him that I can say that Hoyt's characterization of this reincarnation of Trotsky is only recognizable if you have bought hook, line and sinker into the Stalinist AND Capitalist slanders about him (which are usually one and the same).

I could forgive the politics if the story was engaging and the writing had some style - for an anti-Bolshevik masterpiece, see Yevgeny Zamyatin's "We," and for an anti-left hoot-and-a-half, Frederick Rolfe's "Hadrian VII" - but my memory is that "Trotsky's Run" never broke a sweat.
OK, so it isn't great literature. It is a fun read and definitely will have your truning the pages at the end.
And, I learned some things about the whole USSR/USA cold war and its players I didn't know. Well worth at least theree stars.
I think I've read and re-read this book four times. The writing is strong and funny and, until this year, the plot amusing and entertaining. But in the final days of 2016, it's more like a cautionary tale for our times. I strongly recommend this for any Christmas list.