Stelian Munteanu has had enough of fixing other people’s problems: all he wants to do is make the long-distance relationship with his wife Sofia work. But when a notorious Romanian businessman asks him to investigate the death of his daughter in the north of England, he reluctantly gets involved once more.
This time it turns into a tangled web of shady business dealings and international politics. Moving rapidly between London, Newcastle, Bucharest and Iasi, Resilience shows just how easy and dangerous it is to fall prey to fake news and social media manipulation.
Bogdan Hrib was born in Bucharest, Romania in 1966.
Former journalist, civil engineer by training and now professor at a Bucharest university, Hrib is the co-founder of Tritonic Books (1993). He has been instrumental in bringing foreign crime writers to a Romanian audience, but also introducing Romanian crime writers to the English-speaking world.
He was the vice-president of the Romanian Crime Writers Club (2010-2012), and the director/organizer of the International Mystery & Thriller Festival in Râșnov (2011-2015), as well as the PR coordinator of the History Film Festival also in Râșnov.
He is the author of the crime fiction series featuring Stelian Munteanu, a book-editor with a sideline doing international police work. Kill the General (2011), the fourth book in the Munteanu series was Hrib’s first novel translated into English, won the Special Award of the Bucharest Writers Association (2012). The Greek Connection is Hrib’s second novel to be translated into English.
The novel Resilience, the sixth of the series, was published in May 2020, by Tritonic.
Marina Sofia was born in Romania but has lived in the UK for half of her life. She was a reviewer for Crime Fiction Lover for more than seven years and has also worked for Asymptote Literary Journal. Her previous translation for Corylus Books was Sword by Bogdan Teodorescu. She is on Twitter and https://twitter.com/MarinaSofia8 and blogs at https://findingtimetowrite.wordpress.com/
I really enjoyed this story of political intrigue, the obsession that we all have with social media and the ‘image’ we feed to people who are watching and the story of what actually happened to a young woman on a visit to Newcastle. It shows how well the public are manipulated by the media into believing and doing whatever it wants. An extremely astute look at the world we live in today, and hardly even a footstep away from it!
From the beginning I wondered if we were being led astray, as there are so many characters that could be doing something other than what they seem.
The characters are likeable and believable and you are carried along with the plot woven around them quite easily, and I also found there was a thread of humour running through the book which made it so readable.
Anyone who is a fan of spy thriller, political thriller and general mystery stories will definitely find something in this book. As will anyone who likes looking at relationships between people. A thoroughly enjoyable read from Bogdan Hrib. My first, I hope from this author and from a Romanian author.
With thanks to the publisher and the author for the advanced reading copy of this book.