After a while the story does tend to give a feeling of too much happening to too few people - something I often get when I enjoy a new episode of the brilliant TV-series "24"... I thought another similarity with the Kiefer Sutherland starrer is the fact "Vodka" has characters that have to sometimes do bad stuff in order to get things done.
All in all, the book made me want to learn a little more on the fall of Soviet Union and on what happened during the transition to capitalism. Coincidentally, a few days after I finished the book I read a twin interview to Gorbachev and to the guy who organized the coup that erased him from the political scene. I was grateful to Boris Starling for giving me a fictional background to give some context to the period.