My rating: 3 of 5 stars
We like FF for his original and plausible plots. When you read him the line between fiction and reality blurs, as he seamlessly blends the both. You know that this is imaginary work but still want to believe it. But the same can not be said about the Icon. The premise is so far fetched and the climax is so bizarre you feel like reading a fantasy book. (view spoiler)[Jason Monk is given the task of installing British style parliamentarian system where the symbolic head of government is King/ Queen who is the Icon of national integration. Thus the name "the Icon". And by god he achieves the impossible by the end of this novel. Establishes a parliamentary system of democracy in Russia and Installs a symbolic head from Russian royalty. (hide spoiler)]. But fantasy is enjoyable too. Go figure our for yourself and share your views.
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