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Publication Date: 2009
Series: Russian Trilogy
A shrewd investigator and an expert marksman, Special Agent Alexandra LaDuca can handle any case the FBI gives her. Or can she? While on loan from the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Alex is tapped to accompany a Secret Service team during an American Presidential visit to Ukraine. Her assignment: to keep personal watch over Yuri Federov, the most charming and most notorious gangster in the region. Against her better judgmentand fighting a feeling that shes being manipulatedshe leaves for Ukraine. But there are more parts to this dangerous mission than anyone suspects, and connecting the dots takes Alex across three continents and through some life-altering discoveries about herself, her work, her faith, and her future. Conspiracy in Kievfrom the first double-cross to the stunning final pagesis the kind of solid, fast-paced espionage thriller only Noel Hynd can write. For those who have never read Noel Hynd, this first book in The Russian Trilogy is the perfect place to start.
As Alexandra first begins her mission, she isnt sure what to think. She is torn between doing her duty and feeling manipulated. But when she finally meets Yuri Federov, she doesnt have time to be torn. Federov is a powerful gangster who stands as tall as any athlete in the NBA, with a Russian build to boot. Not only that, but hes charming and calculating. Alexandra manages to get what she needs out of Yuri, but at a price. He asks her to go with him to a nightclub, and in spite knowing the extreme risks, Alex agrees to go. But will she be ready for what lies ahead? On top of this intriguing plot, readers will be able to share in Gian Rizzos investigation of several disturbing murders. The plot gets thicker and thicker with every page.
The book is written well, with most chapters being short, ranging from 3-5 pages. This makes for a seemingly fast-paced plot, despite the length of the book. Readers who hold a disdain for long, drawn out chapters will find the setup of this book refreshing. They will also meet many characters, all crucial to the main plot without holding the story as their own. Some of the story may be a bit clichéd, but it doesnt take away from the enjoyment.
What if the Lord had not been on our side? (Psalm 124:1). Alexandras faith and prayer life grow as she meets her challenges, and one might ask what might have happened to her if the Lord hadnt been with her. Thats one of the messages of this book: God is with us in all that we face, and because of this we have reassurance. What would happen if He was not?
Noel Hynd did not write this book for young audiences, not because of gore or language but because of the sheer knowledge and maturity one must have to get the most out of this book. Hynd certainly knew what he was writing about! With an interesting plot, good writing, real characters, and a Christian message, Conspiracy in Kiev is a book worth reading. Joshua Wagner, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
midwestmomAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great story!! A real pageturner!!January 23, 2011midwestmomAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Spy novels usually arent my thing, but this was a terrific book. Lots of twist and turns with engaging characters. Eager for the next book in the trilogy!!
Aleisha Vinson1 Stars Out Of 5June 18, 2010Aleisha VinsonI found this book unfit to be considered Christian. Just because people believe there is a God out there doesn't qualify them for Christianity. Not only was it more graphic in violence, it also contained drunkennes and profanity (by the "Christian".) I was definitely disappointed that it was even marketed by Zondervan and CBD. Even the secular market carries better books than this.
Linda Brandau5 Stars Out Of 5February 27, 2010Linda BrandauDuring the preparation for a United States presidential trip to Ukraine, Department of Treasury Special Agent Alexandra LaDuca was approached by the Secret Service for a special assignment. Her assignment was to keep an eye on organized crime leader Yuri Federov. Although conflicted, she accepted the job that would be a challenge to her both professionally and personally. Before the action ends, Part Two of the book changes the location and Alex finds and uneasy alliance.Conspiracy in Kiev is the first in this trilogy of international intrigue. I read these out of order, and although each of them was perfect as a standalone book, the three of them together are captivating.Alex is a smart woman of faith who can handle herself well in tough situations. The locations in the book are well described, so I had a sense of being there with the action. The characters are interesting and there is ample information to get to know and understand them. There is a perfect blend of narration and conversation without either being overdone. Plenty of action and adventure held my interest until the end.Although Alex is a person of faith. Her feelings of conflict in her faith and moral dilemmas are worked out in the book, but she is far from a perfect person. I highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys a good thriller, adventure, and story of international intrigue.
Hershel Clark1 Stars Out Of 5January 7, 2010Hershel ClarkI thought that the book was fairly interesting, but by no means great. I got this book at a discount bookstore and am glad that I didn't pay full price for it. I don't usually review books , but this one was so offensive that I could not keep guite. There is entirely too much profanity for a book that is being marketed to Christians. Also, the drinking of alcohol is presented as normal Christian activity. I definetly would not recommend this book. And I am disappointed that CBD would even carry It.
Carol Schultz5 Stars Out Of 5December 1, 2009Carol SchultzI really enjoyed "Conpiracy in Kiev" It kept me on the edge of my seat. I didn't want to put it down. I just started "Midnight in Madrid" that is how much I enjoyed this book!