Trans-Siberian Express by Warren Adler

Trans-Siberian Express

"An epic tale about a land and a people Winston Churchill declared, “a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.”American cancer specialist, Dr. Alex Cousins is on a covert mission to the USSR. He is tasked with prolonging the life of Soviet Politburo Chief, Viktor Moiseyevich Dimitrov, who is suffering from advanced stage leukemia. But the tenuous confidence between the unlikely colleagues is shattered one night as Alex accidentally disc...

Details Trans-Siberian Express

TitleTrans-Siberian Express
Release DateJun 17th, 2016
PublisherCreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
GenreFiction, Thriller, Mystery, Cultural, Russia

Reviews Trans-Siberian Express

  • Daniel
    Slow Cooker, not a Pot BoilerThis book was first published in 1977, during Carter's administration. Russian politics were very different then from today, and this book will make little sense unless that is kept in mind. The missles that Russia was most immediately concerned with at that time were not in the West, but along their Southern border with China. The missles were short-range, but promised to get better.The main plot involves the America...
  • Barb
    When I read a book for review, I usually don’t read much about the book before beginning to read. I do read the short blurb the publisher gives but nothing more. So, when I opened “Trans-Siberian Express” to find at the very beginning a long list of characters and who they are, my optimism vanished. Whenever I come across a list like this I think “if you have to have a scorecard to keep track of the players, I will never be able to keep u...
  • Regina
    This book highlighted to me the oppression of the Eastern block years. The things the people suffered through and the callousness they were forced to endure was brought into sharp focus. From being sent to a gulag at an early age for standing up to a corrupt official to being brainwashed into spying on the train passengers you are supposed to be assisting and serving to being pressed into service as a seductress to gain information from the Ameri...
  • Lynn
    I found this in an old box of books and was intrigued by the idea of a story set on a train, so even though I wasn't sure of a Cold War story, I decided to give it a try. I got caught up in the story easily, getting to know the characters and their background stories. A book set on a train in Russia is not your typical story and it was quite fascinating but as others have said, ended abruptly and somewhat unsatisfying. But I am glad that I read i...
  • Clark
    Another Adler GemOnce again Warren Adler combines an intriguing story with an education of the Trans-Siberian Railroad, including a geography lesson detailing all the cities and towns along the route. Well done!
  • Sue
    Worth the time It was a good read. I likedseveral of the characters, including some that were despicable. It kept me interested, and I kept reading to find out what was going to happen next.
  • Glenda Bixler
    Always wanted to travel across country by least got to in book!http://gabixlerreviews-bookreadershea...
  • Schuyler Wallace
    In his novel TRANS-SIBERIAN EXPRESS, Warren Adler has written an intriguing story and wrapped it in the rattling confines of a supposedly first-class Russian train. If you are a train travel fan, you’ll be intrigued with the details of train travel on Russian Railways, the largest in the world. It is a lengthy trip made enjoyable by interesting and devious characters and the details about an infamous train. Dr. Alex Cousins, a renowned leukemia...
  • Zohar -
    See review at: Express by Warren Adler is an early novel of this famous author. Mr. Adler recently released his 33rd book and has written multiple scripts as well.Victor Dimitrov, Russian head of state, is suffering from leukemia. Not trusting the doctors in Russia to keep his secret from his political enemies, he requests an American doctor to treat him. Dr. Alex Cousins is hand picked for the job...
  • Lis Carey
    It's the late 1970s, Mao is dead, and tensions are rising between the USSR and China. The US is set on a policy of detente, and doesn't want war between the two major communist powers--especially not a nuclear exchange. The cloud of radioactive fallout would reach the west coast of the US, with potentially major consequences.The current Communist Party Chairman, Dimitrov, has convinced the President and the Secretary of State that he agrees with ...
  • M.H. Vesseur
    A grand train voyage with intrigue and romance — It's the title that drew my attention in the first place. That legendary train moving slowly through that enormous, secret land. That allure, similar to that of the other imagination fuelling train, the Orient Express. If you're as attracted to the title as I was, you'll probably not be disappointed by this novel. Buckle up for a grand train voyage through the immensity of Siberia, with cold war ...
  • Marie
    I received Trans-Siberian Express from NetGalley and I think I only clicked on it because it had a train on the cover. I love trains. Turns out I love this book, too!Trans-Siberian Express is totally not my usual type of book. It's adult instead of YA and it's got spies in Russia. Russian politics and place names and people names can get really confusing, you know? But Warren Adler gave us a character list right in the front of the book for refer...
  • NancyHelen
    Other reviewers have commented upon the fact that this book is dated and that it has so many characters that one gets lost but frankly, I didn't think that either was the case. Yes, the book was first published in the late 1970s when the threat from the Soviet Union was very real and the machinations of the political elites in the Politburo were deadly, even so long after Stalin's death. But I found that didn't detract at all from the tension of ...
  • Gee-Gee
    I received an advanced review copy of Trans-Siberian Express by William Adler through Netgalley. I have not received any other compensation.This book was originally released in 1977, and re-released this past Dec as a Kindle book. It is a story of the cat and mouse game between the three world powers: USA, the Soviet Union and China. And most of the story takes place on the train, a seemingly confining space. But as the train rumbles across Russi...
  • Bames
    I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. The story takes place before the fall of the Soviet Union. Dr. Alex Cousins is a leukemia specialist who is asked by the US government -- specifically the President -- to help a Russian named Viktor Moiseyevich Dimitrov who is the ailing General Secretary of the Politburo. Dimitrov has leukemia and may not have long to live, but he is the least undesir...
  • Norma
    (audio version)"into the wilderness of his grandfather's memories"This book was first written during the time of the Cold War, when fear of a nuclear conflagration and suspicion between the West and the Soviet Union was rife. For those of us old enough to have lived through this time, it evokes memories of that constant underlying terror. For those who did not experience this, the tensions are still readily apparent, the story still fresh and so,...
  • Hannah
    I won a copy from NetGalley for an honest review.This has all the components I like in a novel: intrigue, mystery, romance, suspense, and a cast of interesting characters. Throw in a setting of a Siberian trans-continental train ride during the Cold War, and I’m hooked. The main character is Dr. Alex Cousins, American-born and Russian-speaking leukemia specialist. He has been summoned by the President to attend to the Secretary General of the P...
  • Jay Williams
    I rarely am overcome by emotion at the ending of a book, especially when I know how it must end. This book was the exception. I met so many interesting and complex characters in the book and I could understand and appreciate all of them. Dr. Cousins, the main character, was richly developed as he gained a new sense of relationship to the world as a result of his experiences. The train itself became a character as it hurtled across Siberia bringin...
  • Cathleen
    I received an ARC copy of Trans-Siberian Express by William Adler through Net Galley in exchange for my honest review.I was unaware that this book was originally released in 1977, and in December a kindle version was released. The story centers around the cat and mouse political games played between USA, Soviet Union and China. The story mostly takes place on a train.Dr. Alex Cousins is asked by the President to go to Russia to treat Soviet Polit...
  • J.J. Parsons
    Reminiscent of a classical Agatha Christie novel, Mr. Adler's Trans-Siberian Express takes the reader on an adventure-filled journey across Russia on creaky Soviet-era trains. There is romance amidst the intrigue--perhaps a bit gratuitous. The main character, Dr. Alex Cousins, holds the fate of thousands of Chinese in his hands. His decisions were somewhat inexplicable to me. As a medical doctor, I would have expected him to be more pragmatic and...
  • Lori Tatar
    It was easy to become immersed in this tale of intrigue, passion and revenge while traversing Siberia. The exploration of the human psyche and what motivated each of the characters was shown with clarity. Each of the characters, including the protagonist, was flawed in some way or other, which added to the richness of the story. Warren Adler also did a fine job of comparing and contrasting national consciences of the United States and Russia thro...
  • Dottie Resnick
    Interesting concept of an American physician, of Russian heritage, sent by the U.S. President to treat a ranking Soviet official, in Russia. After months of treatment and the Soviet official seeming to be in remission, the doctor is sent on a trans-Siberian train trip so that he can see the country from which his grandfather left and be kept from exposing a diabolical plan/legacy that the Soviet official is planning. Many intriguing and varied st...
  • Deb Novack
    The storyline of the book is about a doctor who is American and a cancer specialist and a Soviet Politburo Chief who has leukemia. The U.S. sends the doctor to Russia to try to keep the Chief alive long enough to finish negotiations on an important treaty. The storyline skips between characters and kind of reminded me of From Russia with Love a James Bond movie.***I received this book in exchange for an honest review***
  • Kat
    Unconvinced by the love affair between protagonist and femme fatale. Prose and dialogue is ponderous, narrative is jerky and lacks cohesion. The story itself is absorbing enough to keep me reading, but I'll sure be glad when I'm done with this book. It's a third as long again as it should have been.