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Number of Pages: 384
Publication Date: 2008
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