Monday, April 15, 2024

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 Sasha's eyes were set in a huge pan-shaped head and he studied Arkady as someone who might share his misery. The bear was a towering beast but his customary roar was weakened by alcohol. His mate, Masha, sat on her rump, a half-empty bottle of champagne pressed to her breast. A plaque on the zoo guardrail read "Sasha and Masha, American Brown Bear (Ursus arctos horribilis)." That sounded about right, Arkady thought.

- From The Siberian Dilemma: An Arkady Renko novel by Martin Cruz Smith

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