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Gold Train (Accidental Spy Russia Adventure Book 2) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Lada Ray

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Présentation de l'éditeur

2012 Amazon/Kindle bestseller! Based on true historic events! 
Begin your secret love affair with Russia! GOLD TRAIN is a fast-paced thrill ride, complete with deadly conspiracy, FSB spies, dangerous romance and an unexpected mystical element.
Think Jason Bourne & Russia House fusion with a mystical twist...

1918: Civil War in Russia. The entire Gold Reserve of the Russian Empire vanishes without a trace.
Today: Jade Snow, international journalist and stay-at-home mom turned spy extraordinaire, travels to Russia to reconnect with the half-forgotten country of her ancestors and investigate tantalizing mystery of the Gold Train. Instead, she lands in the midst of a deadly international conspiracy threatening to change the fate of one of the world's most powerful nations, and finds forbidden love that she had never looked for. Embroiled in a net of intrigue, secrets and royal glamor, and refusing to be a pawn in a struggle of forces beyond her control, Jade must choose between her worst friends and best enemies... and the world's future just might depend on her choice!

A close-up look at Russia's turbulent history and its fast-evolving present, this spy thriller is in fact a love story. Yes, there is an intense love intrigue between the two protagonists, Jade and Alexei. However, there is also something much more profound. The secret love developing between Jade and Alexei is a symbol of the forbidden and confusing love affair, which has always existed between some people in the West and Russia. The mysterious Russian soul and the mystical attraction of this country is what Jade experiences fully during her Russian adventure.

Those who are looking for more Russia-bashing - you won't find it here. You will find an honest look at Russia's history and today's challenges. And you will find a respectful, albeit straight, look at Russia's authorities and FSB from someone who grew up in Russia. Gold Train is a fast-paced thrill-ride adventure based on real historic and recent events. As such, it is geared towards all those who want to know the truth and who are not afraid to look it in the eye!

Genre: historical mystery, geopolitical/spy thriller, action/adventure. For readers 16+ due to a couple of steamy (but tasteful) romantic scenes. NO adult language or overt violence. Spectacular setting and tons of valuable information about history and Russia.

Note: While each book in the Accidental Spy Adventure Series stands on each own, it is advisable to read them sequentially to fully appreciate plot twists and character development.

Also by Lada Ray
Stepford USA (Accidental Spy Small Town Adventure #1)
Green Desert (Accidental Spy Iraq prequel) - FREE on Amazon
The Earth Shifter, a prophetic mystical thriller
Catharsis (Legend of the Lemurians) Companion to The Earth Shifter

Follow Lada:
Author blog: LadaRay.wordpress.com
FuturisTrendcast.wordpress.com - predictions, geopolitics, mystical futirism
Twitter: @LadaTweets
Youtube: EarthShift TV with Lada Ray

Biographie de l'auteur

Living her life in the fast lane, Lada Ray, M.A., always wanted to write cool stories, which she'd been imagining in her head ever since she can remember. Instead, she listened to her well-meaning parents and started her life in a more traditional way (for her, that is). Born in Russia, she is a world traveler, linguist, financial consultant, Feng Shui Master, shaman, and futurist. Lada holds a Master's Degree in comparative linguistics (graduated summa cum laude,) is fluent in several languages and has traveled to over twenty six countries. She had worked in Havana, Cuba as an interpreter for the Russian educational exchange delegations, including a couple of interviews with the man himself - Fidel Castro. Later, she worked as financial consultant for AIG and Smith Barney/Citigroup. She studied Feng Shui in Hong Kong and Malaysia, and received her Feng Shui Master Practitioner's certification from the famed Asian author, Lilian Too. A few years ago, she got her wish, and now she imagines her stories full-time in the bustling New York City and beautifully serene Catskill Mountains, NY, where she lives with her family and calico cat. Lada Ray is the author of the Accidental Spy Adventure Series, including the Amazon & Kindle bestseller, GOLD TRAIN (Accidental Spy Russia Adventure), and mystery/thriller STEPFORD USA (Accidental Spy Smalltown Adventure). She is the creator of the new, top rated metaphysical YA fantasy/thriller THE EARTH SHIFTER, and the EARTH KEEPERS CHRONICLES: ORIGINS (Catharsis, Lemurian Crystal, Atlantis). More about Lada's books: LadaRay.com Connect: Twitter: @ LadaTweets Goodreads: Lada Ray YouTube: Lada Ray Channel Author Blog: LadaRay.wordpress.com Geopolitical/predictions blog: Futuristrendcast.wordpress.com

Détails sur le produit

  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 533 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 289 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1475089155
  • Utilisation simultanée de l'appareil : Illimité
  • Editeur : Ray House; Édition : 2 (16 décembre 2013)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
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Born in Russia, Lada Ray is a world traveler, nature lover, financial consultant, feng shui master and author of the Jade Snow International Adventure Series, including psychological mystery/thriller, Stepford USA, and GOLD TRAIN, gripping mystery/thriller set in Russia and based on true historic events. A new YA fantasy/thriller, THE EARTH SHIFTER, & mystery/thriller, DRAGON GATE (Jade Snow Asia Adventure), coming in 2012! Lada imagines her stories in the bustling New York City and serene Catskill Mountains, NY, where she lives with her family and beautiful calico cat Lily.

To learn more about Lada's books and new projects visit http://www.LadaRay.com.

Read Lada's Blog: http://LadaRay.wordpress.com/ Lots of great posts about Russia, China and the world around us, as well as feng shui, and Lada's predictions for 2012 and beyond!

Connect on Twitter @LadaTweets.
Connect on Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/LadaRay.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Review for Rachel's Book Reviews 19 février 2012
Par Todd L. Andrews - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Based on actual events, I found it an amazing book. I felt like it was true to Russia, like I was actually there, spying on uprising monarchists. If I were to make a comparison, I would say it reminded me of Nancy Drew, always in the right place at just the wrong time. Except this is an adult version. On top of breakneck action, the ending blew my socks off. I really wasn't expecting that to happen! It was 100% an original book. It's even inspired me to learn Russian (that'll be an adventure in itself!) Like Jade I think it'll give me new insight to people in my family I never knew. (although, here's to hoping it won't involve a murder!)
10 internautes sur 11 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Solid Gold Thriller 18 février 2012
Par Jason Sullivan - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
If you enjoyed the charming young detective, Jade Snow, in Stepford, USA, you will absolutely love her next adventure in Gold Train. Jade travels to Russia to do a piece for Time magazine and the second she steps off the plane the excitement, and magic, begins. This thriller has it all! It has the two romantic locations of Moscow and St. Petersburg for its backdrop. It has real princes and princesses, who may or may not be undercover agents and spies. It has the whisperings of revolution, deepening international intrigue, plus beautiful trains and huge piles of gold!

Jade, however, is the real treat. She does not have super powers, nor even any formal training in the spy business, but she is daring, and clever, and her heart is always in the right place. She must rely on her intution to make choices her life, and world peace, depend on. Read Gold Train and be transfixed as Jade stays one step ahead of her adversaries through quick thinking and bold actions. This book is so believable it reads like a true story. Lada Ray takes you inside the grand houses of Russia to witness an unfolding mystery you will not soon forget.
7 internautes sur 7 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 suspense thriller with Russia as its backdrop 8 mars 2012
Par kimbacaffeinate - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Gold Train by Lada Ray is a non-stop adult-fiction thriller set in Russia. Protagonist, Jade Snow, a journalist and amateur detective who appeared in Ray's previous novel entitled Stepford U.S.A. is back in an new tale. Based on historical facts, Ray takes us to Russia, to discover what happen to the entire Gold reserve of the Russian Empire. It vanished without a trace during the Civil War in 1918. The tale offers, suspense, mystery, murder and a touch of paranormal.

We are introduced to Jade Snow, former journalist, wife and stay-at-home Mom to her thirteen month old daughter. They reside on the Upper East Side of New York. Her husband works for Time magazine and while they seem to have the good life, Jade admits she misses her career. Jade's family is from Russia and she longs to visit, when a phone call offers her a chance to collaborate on a book surrounding the Gold Train, Jade jumps at the opportunity. Jade is in Russia less then forty-eight hours when the Russian journalist she is working with is murdered. The tale that unfolds is suspenseful, full of twists and takes us to Moscow, St Petersburg, the Menshikov Mansion, the infamous KGB headquarters and the grand houses. We travel on high-speed trains, attend balls and walk through the gorgeous Russian Metro. Not everyone is who they appear to be, and Jade will have to use her wits to solve it. The conspiracies, political intrigue and cast of characters had me racing to the dramatic ending.
While the ending is intense, it wraps up nicely, without a lot of unanswered questions and even hints at where Jade's next adventure will be.

Jade is a bright likeable character. She is educated and good at connecting the dots. While she has no training as a detective, her inquisitive mind and investigative reporting skills find her entwined in the mystery. I loved Jade the detective, but struggled to like Jade the person. While on this adventure she strays and breaks her marriage vows. Call me old fashioned, but this doesn't sit well with me; even though the romance was passionate and Jade felt he was her soul mate. I realize this won't affect everyone, so do not let this deter you from a great adventure. For more delicate readers, I must warn you that while most is implied, the romance does get pretty hot and heavy. The plot developed at a good pace, and the tale kept me captivated. Ray's description of Russia and the grand houses were delightful. I want to thank Lada Ray for providing this ARC in exchange for my unbiased review.
11 internautes sur 13 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 "Jade Snow is to journalism, what Jason Bourne is to action and espionage." 29 décembre 2011
Par J.J.Collins - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Author - Lada Ray introduces this excellent thriller against the back drop of 1918 Revolutionary Russia and a train carrying a special cargo in a remote part of Russia. This special train is carrying a cargo which much be protected at all costs and is being guarded by the "Red" (Bolshevik) forces. The naïve train driver spots two young children ahead on the tracks, who fail to remove themselves from the track, forcing him to use his human instincts and apply the brakes. The consequences of this action will be far-reaching and will stretch into the very heart of modern day Russian politics.
The attempts to get the train moving at a safe speed again prove fruitless, as the special train comes under attack from the "White" (anti-Bolshevik) forces, which are loyal to the Tsarist autocracy. The train and its precious cargo are stripped with all Red forces being wiped out, before the horse train and precious cargo disappear into the cold Russian night and thick forest.
The story then propels us forward into modern day New York City and into the seemingly simple life of housewife, mother and pet-lover - Jade Snow. A devoted wife, Jade has given up her journalistic career, for a simple but happy life, with her investigative journalist husband Paul.
Jade we learn, has a certain psychic talent and comes from a proud Russian lineage. Jade's Russian roots and interest, were heavily influenced by her beloved Grand Mother Anastacia who told her tales of golden domes and magical balls in Mother Russia. It is this interest and fascination that leads to a conversation with a fellow Russian Journalist, Svetlana, and changes Jade's life and career direction forever.
What evolves is a brilliantly crafted thriller with murder, mystery, espionage and captivating twists and turns throughout. The author takes us on a tantalising, rip roaring, dangerous, action packed, yet passionate journey across modern day Russia.
What consequences will a sudden encounter with a stranger have on Jade's life, who is this attractive and mysterious man really? Can she trust him? Alone in a faraway unfamiliar land, Jade is caught in a web of lies, glamour, terror and intrigue that leaves you gripped to the plot at all times.
Jade's investigative journalistic instincts take her unintentionally into a dark world, where security services and terrorist activities left unchecked, could potentially have global consequences. Against this burdensome and dangerous backdrop, Jade has to persevere in her pursuit of truth under extreme scrutiny, knowing one mistake could change not only her own life, but the destiny of one of the world's most powerful nations.
Jade Snow is to journalism, what Jason Bourne is to action and espionage. The author has managed to develop a character with a fascinating thoughtful purpose. "Gold Train" is an absolute must read, the author goes beyond the obvious and whisks us along into the heart-stopping world of Jade Snow with breath-taking appeal for the next paragraph and page. The author's knowledge and comprehension of the Russian political scene brings a very credible and believable level of authenticity to the plot.
A mesmeric thriller, "Gold Train" is marvellous book which has something for every reader. It leaves you wanting and calling for the next instalment in the adventures of International Journalist extraordinaire - Jade Snow.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Really nice thriller with a few problems 19 février 2012
Par Ritesh Kala - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Let me start this review by saying that I would have given this book a definite 4 stars. The why three stars, you ask? I'll get to that as the review progresses. But to clarify, the story and the book were definitely four stars. There were a few parts of the book I did not agree with or could not believe and so, I had to deduct the one star for that. What were they? That too shall be revealed in due course. With that being said, let's get to the review.

The story begins with a flashback to 1918 and the great train robbery of the entire Russian gold reserve during the revolution. It revolves around Jade Snow a reporter who begins to look into this disappearance and ends up in Russia. This is where her adventure begins. Jade finds herself in the middle of a tug-of-war between the royalists and the current government for control. In the middle of all this drama, she finds her soulmate Alexei, and a hot romance ensues. I however, did not like the fact that Jade jumps into bed with Alexei immediately, without a second thought to the loving husband and her daughter waiting for her back home.

As both sides try to recruit her and make her a part of the conflict, Jade has to pick a side and this is where the situation gets dangerous. She now becomes a Russian spy and a double agent. As she races to find the gold, she gets into and out of a lot of trouble and does lose friends along the way. There are a lot of twists and turns as she tries to get all the clues together to get to the gold. After all these twists, I did feel that in the end, the mystery of finding the gold was solved too quickly and it ended up being somewhat underwhelming. This however, did not impact the adventure one bit and it continued right on.

I loved the ending of the book. It clearly resolved all the issues I had. The conflict for Jade having to choose between two loves of her life was resolved quite nicely and the author was actually able to end the book on a somewhat pleasant note and without too much continuing heartbreak, while at the same time provide us a glimpse of what would be coming next. For this I would have to commend the author, as it was really nicely done.

So, here's the problem I have. I generally tend to ignore grammatical and spelling errors in most books, but upto a certain extent. However, there were some errors here where I had to go back and read the lines a couple of times to make sense of what was intended. These errors basically broke the flow of the story for me. That is something that really takes away from the pleasure of reading the book. For this, I have to deduct a star from my rating of the book. A better edited book would have been a pleasure to read as I loved the idea behind story. I, in fact loved the writing style of the author. I hope she can read this and get the book edited again, maybe bring out another "edition".

Overall, I'll say that I quite liked the book. The story was very engaging and the characters clearly stood out for me. It could have been told without all the 'paranormal' in it and I would have enjoyed it more. I do believe that the tarot cards were a completely unnecessary distraction and I could have done without souls talking to each other too. I clearly have no idea why the author included these in the book as they do not add anything to the story-line. If I judge the story without any of this, it is a terrifically written and well-researched thriller.

I would love to read the next book in the Jade Snow series. The author does hint at the next book being set up somewhere in Asia and I can't wait, especially as it will practically be in my backyard!
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