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The Boy from Reactor 4 (The Nadia Tesla Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Orest Stelmach
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Nadia’s memories of her father are not happy ones. An angry, secretive man, he died when she was thirteen, leaving his past shrouded in mystery. When a stranger claims to have known her father during his early years in Eastern Europe, she agrees to meet—only to watch the man shot dead on a city sidewalk. With his last breath, he whispers a cryptic clue, one that will propel Nadia on a high-stakes treasure hunt from New York to her ancestral homeland of Ukraine. There she meets an unlikely ally: Adam, a teenage hockey prodigy who honed his skills on the abandoned cooling ponds of Chernobyl. Physically and emotionally scarred by radiation syndrome, Adam possesses a secret that could change the world—if she can keep him alive long enough to do it. A twisting tale of greed, secrets, and lies, The Boy from Reactor 4 will keep readers guessing until the final heart-stopping page.

About the Author

Orest Stelmach was born in Connecticut, the child of Ukrainian immigrants. He didn’t speak English until he began school as a child, going on to earn academic degrees from Dartmouth College and the University of Chicago. Along the way he earned his living washing dishes and stocking department-store shelves, later teaching English in Japan and managing international investments. In 2012, his short story “In Persona Christi” was published in the Mystery Writers of America anthology Vengeance. He speaks Ukrainian, Spanish, and Japanese. The Boy from Reactor 4 is his first novel.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1451 KB
  • Print Length: 388 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1612186084
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (19 Mar 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008BU75D6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #31,983 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Glad it was a daily deal 5 Sep 2013
By Paul
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Much as I loved the sound of this book, and some of the other feedback gave it glowing reviews, I just could not get into this. Thats not to say I did not finish it but I found it hard to distinguish characters with such similar names.

The 1 or 2 chapters that dealt with the chase across the globe did get nice and involving but sorry, the rest of it did nothing for me
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Boy from Reactor 4 - flat and lifeless 25 July 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I am quite stubborn when it comes to reading books and even if I don't enjoy them at the beginning (or the middle!)I try to given them a second chance. I failed when it came to Boy from Reactor 4.

I've read the first few pages before buying the book and they were interesting so I was hoping for an enjoyable read. How disappointed I was when the characters turned out to be flat like a pancake, running around like headless chickens and making decisions that no one in their right mind would do. Ok, it's fiction, characters do not have to be fully believable, but even the greatest amount of goodwill would not make me see sense in the highly predictable, but still ridiculous twists.

Unfortunately the descriptions weren't much better. Lifeless and with either too much or not enough detail.

I was finally defeated by an off-putting sex scene that sprung at me out of nowhere.

Reading other people's reviews, I think it may be it's just not a book for me. But I'm not even going to try to finish it. There's plenty of better fiction around to spend my time on.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The girl from New York 15 Mar 2013
By Michael Watson TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
A debut novel, a sort of thriller but more a passage of time in the company of some strange characters. I confess to having to find a map to see where the action was taking place. Apart from the Bering Straits, I had never heard of all the other outlying places in Russia, so that, in itself, was interesting.

The title suggests this is more about the boy but, frankly, most of the action surrounds a young woman born in New York of Ukrainian parents who is inveigled into travelling to Kyiv to discover the whereabouts of 10 million dollars.

Naturally enough, all is not what it seems. Chernobyl features high on he list of places not to visit but Nadia Tesla finds herself in the midst of this ravaged zone, looking for an uncle previously presumed dead. He's not but almost is when she finds him and from here the story does indeed bring Nadia into contact with the boy, her cousin, with a plan to return to America with a secret formula safely tucked into a locket around his neck. Of course, all is not what it seems!

It's a good story, just realistic enough to believe in the characters, some of whom are positively mental but, through it all, is the charming and determined Nadia. I do hope she returns in another book. She has all the attributes needed for a dogged investigator with plenty of guts and a lot of guile. I liked her. I liked, too, the detail provided about Ukraine, a country which has for decades had a soft spot for the UK. Here, of course, the emphasis is on America, the land of opportunity; Nadia and her cousin, the boy from Reactor 4, fit in very nicely. I only hope in the finished book, there will be a map!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fell Away .................. 10 Oct 2013
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It started off really well and I enjoyed the different elements weaved into the story as to who was double crossing who, but the ending was very weak
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Life in Chernobyl but little else 9 May 2013
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Good insight into living in Chernobyl otherwise just an ok Chase and pursuit.
Old timers against New immoral gangsters but nothing new.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Only ok! 11 Nov 2013
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Not that bad, quite quick to read, but nothing special, glad I read it but found it really quite predictable.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Humdrum 12 April 2013
By Bantam Dave TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Had this book have maintained the high standards reached in its first few chapters The Boy from Reactor 4 could potentially have become one of the books that everybody wanted to read, similar to The De Vinci Code a few years back. Unfortunately these early chapters only flatter to deceive because it soon becomes clear that this story is very run of the mill, offering nothing that hasn't been written any times before. The plot, reduced to its most basic, illustrates just how mundane it all is; the baddies are chasing the goodies in order to get their hands on a piece of microfilm because it contains a secret formula. Granted, there is more to it than that, but at over 300 pages long the storyline is stretched to its very limits and it doesn't take too long before it becomes a fairly tedious read. Maybe it would have helped if the characters weren't quite so one dimensional. The lead character, Nadia Tesla, is an innocent dragged into a situation beyond her control and the villains are a bunch of devious foreigners with hard hearts and murderous minds. To make such standard characters like this work the author should have attempted to add a little flesh to their bones but he fails to do this and as a result it is difficult to care less what happens to any of them.

I couldn't help but think that rather than The Boy from Reactor 4 (who actually is only a minor character) this book could have been more accurately entitled Much Ado About Nothing, if Shakespeare hadn't have claimed that title first.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Committee writing 3 April 2013
By Redders
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How to justify so many chapters? The flow was stilted, difficult to follow and laden with inadequate character development, leaving identities and names muddled. Wouldn't read again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I enjoyed it.
Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great idea but it got rather lost along the way.
Published 18 days ago by Keith
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Facinating book, a look into another world.
Published 19 days ago by Denise Young
4.0 out of 5 stars don' be put off by the title
Interesting Premise. and a cracking ending
Published 24 days ago by Christopher E. Ridler
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very good thank you ending not good
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good read
Published 1 month ago by seejay
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book!
Very enjoyable read. Useful to know the author's biography which adds credibility to the story. It would have received five stars if the opening of the book didn't indicate the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Litlivvy
3.0 out of 5 stars Finding it a struggle to readf more than a couple ...
Finding it a struggle to readf more than a couple of chapters at a time - consequently not finished yet. may update the review at a later date
Published 2 months ago by palmo
5.0 out of 5 stars Ukranian adventure
Very enjoyable although maybe a little drawn out at times. I suspect this is a fairly accurate insight into criminal activities within the former Soviet Union and in this respect... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ruthy Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
So glad I bought the second one at the same time as I didn't want it to end.
Published 2 months ago by Morag Lomax
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