Black Sun

A Novel

by Owen Matthews

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  • 9780385543408
  • 9780385543415
"Black Sun is fascinating and has fearsome authenticity."
--Frederick Forsyth, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"Thrilling and suspenseful."
--Simon Sebeag Montefiore, New York Times bestselling author of The Romanovs

"To call the novel chilling is an understatement."
--Booklist (starred review)


It is the dawn of the 1960s. In order to investigate the gruesome death of a brilliant young physicist, KGB officer Major Alexander Vasin must leave Moscow for Arzamas-16, a top-secret research city that does not appear on any map.
     There he comes up against the brightest, most cutthroat brain trust in Russia who, on the orders of Nikita Khrushchev himself, are building a nuclear weapon with 3,800 times the destructive potential of the Hiroshima bomb. RDS-220 is a project of such vital national importance that, unlike everyone else in the Soviet Union, the scientists of Arzamas-16 are free to think and act, live and love as they wish...as long as they complete the project and prove to their capitalist enemies that the USSR now commands the heights of nuclear supremacy.
     With intricately plotted machinations, secrets and surveillance, corrupt politicos and puppet masters in the Politburo, and one devastating weapon, Owen Matthews has crafted a timely, terrific, and fast-paced thriller set at the height--and in the heart--of Soviet power.
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  • 9780385543408
  • 9780385543415

In The Press

“This thrilling and suspenseful and original thriller of murder and power is a compelling voyage into the darkest secret city of the soviet nuclear project by an expert on all of Russian life.”
Simon Sebag Montefiore, New York Times bestselling author of The Romanovs and Stalin

“There are some authors who have gone out into the world to observe the good, the bad and the ugly. Owen Matthews is such a novelist. Black Sun is fascinating and has fearsome authenticity.”
Frederick Forsyth, #1 New York Times-bestselling author

“A stunning debut. Matthews writes enviably well and knows Soviet Russia inside-out. Fantastic.”
Charles Cumming, New York Times bestselling author of The Trinity Six

"To call the novel chilling is an understatement...If you think you already know about the Soviet drive for world dominance via nuclear supremacy and the extent to which it was enforced by brutality, secrets, and surveillance but foiled by ideological conflict and a corrupt Politburo, think again."
Booklist (starred review)

“Matthews is especially adept at limning the bureaucratic infighting and political double-dealing that permeate Soviet society...The persistence of history is a powerful tidal presence.”
Kirkus

About The Author

Owen Matthews reported on conflicts in Bosnia, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Chechnya, Iraq and Ukraine and was Newsweek Magazine's Bureau Chief in Moscow from 2006-2016. He is the author of several nonfiction books including Stalin's Children, Glorious Misadventures and An Impeccable Spy.

Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9780385543408
  • 9780385543415