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I just felt like everything took so long to occur that I actually lost track of how many days had gone past in the story and when it finally came up it seemed too short a time considering how long I felt it took to get there.

Jul 21, M. Bell rated it it was amazing. Though this book has a horrible cover and just as unappealing of a title, and I would never have picked it up if hadn't been free at Denver Comic Con, it was an exceptional book! Such a surprise and not a science fiction story that I was expecting, either.

The main character of the story is Nadia, a young woman from New York, who finds herself in trouble with mob-like men. They're demanding she pay them money they lost when the FBI raided their business after she wrote an article exposing them. If she doesn't, she loses her life. She has no money, though, and the only way she sees to get out of her mess is to find an uncle who had reported stolen ten million dollars decades earlier. From there, Nadia sets out on a wild adventure, traveling to Ukraine, Russia, and Siberia. The tension is great, the pacing is fast, and the outcome is perfect.

May 11, Grace Harwood rated it really liked it. I thought this was a well-written, really enjoyable crime caper novel. The action was fast and I thought that to keep the pace up, the short chapter style worked well I know some readers haven't liked that element of the book, but it worked for me. The heroine, Nadia, was stylish, resourceful and cunning, and she bears a good likeness to "the fox" to which her fellow characters compare her. Adam is a good hero too - I liked the fact that he had his background in "the Zone" and I felt he offere I thought this was a well-written, really enjoyable crime caper novel.

Adam is a good hero too - I liked the fact that he had his background in "the Zone" and I felt he offered something different than the usual standard run-of-the-mill hero. I really enjoyed reading the section in the book which is based in the Ukraine itself. It was a fascinating window into another world and I found it so interesting to read about Chernobyl and "the Zone" in the aftermath of nuclear meltdown. Some of the other characters aren't quite as strong as the leads - the Mafia characters are a bit more stereotypical, but there's a good twist at the end.

Also "Specter" as a name for a spy? Bit obvious, but there you go. At least it turns out that it's not his real name. It's a real page turner this one, and it didn't take me long to get through at all. At the end I was racing through it faster than the hero and heroine are racing away from their pursuers. One criticism: the author puts the wrong character name on page - he refers to "Nadia and Damian" boarding a train, when, of course, it should be "Nadia and Adam".

Damian we had last seen dying in "the Zone.

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When a book reaches this stage it should be as polished as it is possible to be, and not contain basic, silly errors. This - very minor point aside - I can recommend this one - there's not much substance to it, but the pace and action is good and it's very, very readable. Sep 16, Linda rated it liked it.

This story takes us virtually around the world in a flash of flight, fury and intrigue. Opening in New York City, the main character, Nadia Tesla of Ukranian descent, is personally delivered a message from a man who is immediately shot and killed. The story quickly goes to the underground in a whirl of dangerous characters that threaten her life at every turn. The depiction of Ukraine and the culture there is fa This story takes us virtually around the world in a flash of flight, fury and intrigue.

The depiction of Ukraine and the culture there is fascinating to this American reader.


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Various characters—whether trustworthy or seedy—people the pages with lifestyles that illustrate a country where the bad guys and government officials form a maze of deceit as they work together for nefarious purposes. Although a fast read in the second half of the book, the beginning throws a lot of characters on the table that are difficult to differentiate for lack of character depth.

Additionally, while the plot is certainly quite interesting, the book cries out for much better editing. These two reasons keep my rating below four stars. The Boy from Reactor 4 is a very entertaining and informative read allowing for a little history along the way. Mar 18, Dan Mayland rated it it was amazing. As entertainment, The Boy From Reactor 4 is a spectacular success. The pacing is breakneck, the action unrelenting, the spare use of language well-suited to the genre, and our underdog heroine—Nadia Tesla—is plucky, likeable, and easy to root for on her dangerous quest to uncover a secret of vital importance to the world.

But this book is more than just an entertaining thriller. As the novel circumnavigates the globe, his insights into Siberia and the people that live there add even more depth to the story. Where others might see only misery and cruelty, Stelmach finds beauty, and—sometimes—even kindness. The final revelation, the promise of which relentlessly propels this story, confirms that The Boy From Reactor 4 has a heart of gold. The novel is the first of a series; I look forward the next.

Mar 28, Katherine Coble rated it did not like it Shelves: audio-version , skim-skim-skim-to-the-loo , kindle-unlimited. Since it's April 1 I feel like I should write a review praising the book for how interesting it is, how well-developed the characters are and how straightforward the plot is. I think this book might be meant for the type of people who enjoy stock characters faffing about in one increasingly improbable scenario after the other. It reminds me very much of twenty other generic thrillers that hope to accomplish Dan Brown style popularity by flinging the char Since it's April 1 I feel like I should write a review praising the book for how interesting it is, how well-developed the characters are and how straightforward the plot is.

It reminds me very much of twenty other generic thrillers that hope to accomplish Dan Brown style popularity by flinging the characters around the globe after macguffins. Sadly, they aren't as good as fan brown. And that means they are very bad indeed. Mar 19, Sally rated it it was amazing. I'm giving it a 5 because of the way the book moved so quickly from place to place. I really liked reading about the Zone as I know nothing about Chernobyl.

Damian was a terrific character who never left his death bed but accomplished so much. Nadia is an interesting character and I'm looking forward to reading more about her. Sep 02, Andrew Mueller rated it liked it. This was a quick read and a solid first effort from Stelmach. I found the first portion of the book a little erratic, but I enjoyed it more as I progressed. The scenery was a nice change of pace; I've always been fascinated with Chernobyl. It definitely setup what appears to be a series based on his next novel coming out in early and I will be tuning in.

Apr 14, Alicia rated it it was amazing. Not my usual style, but I couldn't put it down. It keeps you guessing until the end. Highly recommend it. Jul 07, Dave Carroll rated it liked it. There is a strange synchroncity that occurs when you begin to expand your reading horizons personified in the final pages of this book. A few years ago I became conscious of the American and British centric narure my reading had become over the years so I ventured into a project of reading works from authors from every nation.

In an effort to try to read representative work from each country I decided to orient towards celebrated authors which, in some nations with long literary traditions can b There is a strange synchroncity that occurs when you begin to expand your reading horizons personified in the final pages of this book.

In an effort to try to read representative work from each country I decided to orient towards celebrated authors which, in some nations with long literary traditions can be challenging to narrow down. Using both a chronological list of Nobel Laureates for Literature and and alphabetical list of nations, I had made steady success through the A's and was working through the B's when I reached Belarus. I expected a long list of literary notables but was surprised to find the list of celebrated Belarusian authors rather small, particularly those with works translated into English.

Thus, my discovery of Svetlana Alexievich, the first ever Nobel Prize winner for literature awarded in I picked up one of her seminal works, "Voices From Chernobyl" which turned out to be a rather haunting study of the survivors of the nuclear reactor explosion that still plagues the people in the border region of Belarus and Ukraine.

I won't go into too much detail of either work other than to suggest that the depopulating of a vast swath of industrial and natural resource rich Soviet countryside breed both tragedy and opportunity. While the Soviet Union tried to literally and figuratively bury the tragedy and erase the signs of tragedy, the people who knew it only as home could not be stopped from returning and settling off the grid to live off the land as they always have. Along with them are a unique breed of scientists, engineers, maintenance people and a cottage adventure tourists who can't resist the lure of "The Zone.

Stelmach weaves a fun and intriguing tale of adventure and treasure hunting with a journey into the Russian and Ukrainian underworld that tells a modern immigrant's tale. In the acknowledgements I discovered that the reason for Stelmach's stellar discription of "The Zone" was his studying of Svetlana Alexievich's haunting writing. I encourage the reading of both and congratulate Stelmach on an excellent first novel. I look forward to more from him in the future. Jan 26, Anna rated it liked it Shelves: thriller. This backdrop makes for a startling read for anyone who's unfamiliar with this culture.

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The action is top-notch and the twists and turns will leave you gasping. Overall, it's very well-written. But, view spoiler [ the prologue, which has Bobby playing hockey in America with Nadia as his guardian, gives away so much of the story that the tension isn't there. You know that everyt More than anything, The Boy from Reactor 4 is a look into Ukrainian culture and history, both in Ukraine and America. You know that everything is going to work out and the two of them will make it back to the States before you even meet Bobby. For me, that made the entire chase lose some interest, since there weren't really high stakes.

Entertaining book rating 3. This is a fast read. I was not bored at all! None stopped action. Chapters were short and learn a lot of history of the Ukraine and Chernobyl. Then why the so so rating. Well I like books that have character development. I felt there is no depth to the characters what so ever. Nadia Tesla is an unemployed former Wall Street employee whose parents immigrated from Ukraine. But that is about all you know from these characters. No feeling from any characters what so ever just we gotta get from point A to point B without the mafia catching us.

I you like a fast read with no character development I recommend this book. If I ever wanted to be a savvy "detective" and narrowly escape the grasping fingers of evil men, hell bent on doing me harm, this was the adventure to do it in. I've had a goal to read a series of books and I think I picked a winner. The protagonist's mindscape is revealed as she plans and reflects on clues and experiences from assorted nefarious characters.

And I found my heart pounding at times as "we" narrowly escaped with our lives. A great book that also gave me a flavor of the Ukraine - a If I ever wanted to be a savvy "detective" and narrowly escape the grasping fingers of evil men, hell bent on doing me harm, this was the adventure to do it in. A great book that also gave me a flavor of the Ukraine - a place I know absolutely nothing about. My only stumbling block, was the Ukrainian names of people and places - not my strength - so a challenge.

I also knew very little about Chernobyl and this was an eye opener on that front too. Fun read! Twists, turns, surprises and a few touching moments too! Enjoyed the heck out of this book right up to the very last page. May 25, Alistair rated it really liked it. This book is a wonderful story that traverses non-traditional landscapes whilst an American woman seeks a treasure buried in Ukraine and escapes through Russia.

All the while she is pursued by an eclectic mix of shady characters. The book had wonderful little twists throughout, and the shorter chapter lengths allowed for clear delineation between the multiple storylines. The only downside is that the prologue ruins the ending of the book, however that can be easily overlooked.

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Overall I would holy This book is a wonderful story that traverses non-traditional landscapes whilst an American woman seeks a treasure buried in Ukraine and escapes through Russia. Overall I would holy recommend this for a great piece of escapism with a very large dose of Eastern Europe thrown in for good measure. Fascinating Thriller I know nothing about Ukraine, but this book which mostly took place there and in Russia as well as places in Siberia has become one I highly recommend. A first generation American woman is lured into going to her parents ' homeland to find a long lost uncle who supposedly died years ago.

With the promise of much wealth, she is followed by Ukrainian mobsters. Her search takes her into Chernobyl. A long and exciting hunt and escape goes on from there. Nadia is resourceful and c Fascinating Thriller I know nothing about Ukraine, but this book which mostly took place there and in Russia as well as places in Siberia has become one I highly recommend. Nadia is resourceful and clever. She is a hero to watch. I look forward to reading the next book in this series. Thumbs-up For a first novel, this was very good. I deducted from 5 stars because there are references where the main character previously broke up a fraud ring, and I thought I was reading Book 2 in a series, rather than Book 1.

Also, for the longest time, I felt misled by the description of the book. That being said, it was still very captivating, and at about the halfway point, became Thumbs-up For a first novel, this was very good. That being said, it was still very captivating, and at about the halfway point, became a real page-turner for me.

I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series. Jun 30, S. Gregory rated it did not like it Shelves: fiction , unfinished. It's rare that I become so disinterested that I can't even bring myself to finish. I got a little over halfway through but I was forcing myself. I found that I didn't care much for any of the characters, I couldn't identify with them and I wasn't sucked into the plot.

I constantly felt like I was being strung along on a trip I tried my best to avoid. I hate bashing another author's work as I'm sure a lot of effort went into this as with any novel but it wasn't I really wanted to like this book. I hate bashing another author's work as I'm sure a lot of effort went into this as with any novel but it wasn't for me.

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