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

Orest Stelmach
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (167 customer reviews)

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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.

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    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 (167 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,057 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    I was born in Connecticut to Ukrainian immigrants. I didn't speak English when I went to kindergarten. I've earned a living washing dishes, teaching English in Japan, and managing international investments. I am donating 25% of my royalties from the third book in the Nadia Tesla series, THE BOY WHO GLOWED IN THE DARK, through December, 2014, to Chernobyl Children International. I am also donating 10% of my royalties from the first two books in the series, THE BOY FROM REACTOR 4 and THE BOY WHO STOLE FROM THE DEAD. CCI funds surgical missions to Ukraine to help victims of the Chornobyl nuclear disaster. The people of Ukraine helped inspire this series, and this is an opportunity for me to show my appreciation.

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    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
    What I enjoyed most about this novel was the unusual setting of the Ukraine mixed in with the horror of Chernobyl. Makes for a dark and atmospheric background against which to set this cat and mouse/thriller.

    Nadia is the main character and she's quite a typical blend of fighting, surviving, smart mouthed, tough cookie popular at the moment. The plot kicks off with Nadia searching for clues about her father. Just at the point Nadia believes she's getting somewhere towards solving that particular mystery her contact is murdered right in front of her. That's the incident which acts as a catalyst for all kinds of action sequences/chases spinning the reader from New York to the Ukraine.

    Unfortunately, at around the half way mark, the novel seems to lose it's central plot and becomes a helter skelter of mystery, movement and action with too much going on. Events and characters become random, the plot loses some credibility and the whole thing becomes more and more difficult to take seriously.

    I particularly didn't like the revelation of Nadia's previous involvement with the FBI, I had to suspend too much belief to stay with that, although it does allow the character of the 'noble gangster' Victor to enter into the frame and a criminal gang element to spin off.

    Ultimately; the central theme becomes no more than a chase to gain possession of a piece of microfilm containing an important and secret formula though there's a good deal of money swindling along the journey.

    Without a doubt The Boy from Reactor 4 is much more about action, chase sequences and pace rather than careful character and plot development. Nothing wrong with that in general except the plot loses out on depth, believability, and it becomes difficult for the reader to empathise with the characters.

    The first half of the novel is worth 3.5 stars rather than just a flat 3. The second half I seriously didn't enjoy and 3 stars is more than enough.
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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible writing 13 Dec. 2013
    By Tim N
    Format:Kindle Edition
    I have only ever quit 4 books and this is one of them. Fairly humdrum premise but for 99p I'll take a punt.
    A terrible decision.
    The writing is bad, and I don't mean language errors or style which are far better than my Ukrainian, but the characters. I think the main protagonist was the least convincing female I've ever read. The other characters are, as other reviewers put it, flat as a pancake. And that might be one of the good points about them.
    Just avoid.
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    36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars The girl from New York 15 Mar. 2013
    By Michael Watson TOP 1000 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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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    By John M VINE VOICE
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    This is a thriller beginning in New York City, with a mysterious character meeting Nadia, a Ukranian ex-patriate, urging her to find a long lost uncle and a boy from Chernobyl indicating that untold riches and the fate of the free-world are at stake. After a chase caper across Kiev and Siberia we discover that neither are true. It is described as "keeping the reader guessing until the final heart-stopping page."
    Well, it doesn't. By this time we are well aware that it is all a bit of a shaggy-dog story, and the attempted twist on the final page is totally unconvincing.
    It did start off quite promisingly, but soon got bogged down and the thin plotting showed through. The writing was too cut around in a series of very short chapters, and the book too long for the story to support. Frankly the middle and end are a little tedious, and it would benefit from a good editor. The Russian gangsters were caricatures with very little depth.
    I was hoping for a tightly plotted thriller, but both the plotting and the writing were disappointing. I was glad to finish it and move on.
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    12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Glad it was a daily deal 5 Sept. 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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    3.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes excellent, sometimes frustrating
    There are passages of this book which are excellent; the short chapters on the race home being a great example. Read more
    Published 6 days ago by R ELLIOTT
    2.0 out of 5 stars Promising book desription, disappointing book
    The (very brief) book preview gives the impression there might be an interesting story line behind this. Read more
    Published 9 days ago by Yann V.o.
    2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
    Interesting, but disappointing.
    Published 1 month ago by Deborah
    4.0 out of 5 stars Fact or fiction
    Excellent blend of fact and fiction great pace of storyline although a long read which twists and turns keeps your interest and enjoyment going till the twist at the end.
    Published 1 month ago by lillabet
    4.0 out of 5 stars The boy from Reactor 4
    A good example of how a situation
    Can give you the clues about how you think the story will be but then change your mind
    As the book progresses and keeps you interested... Read more
    Published 3 months ago by alison birkett
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    good story, plenty of twists to keep you interested
    Published 3 months ago by John Ross
    5.0 out of 5 stars A real page turner as Nadia travels to rescue the boy
    I really enjoyed this book I also learned some history and geography . I look forward to the next book and hope the story continues.
    Published 3 months ago by Bright pink pig
    5.0 out of 5 stars excellent read
    Exciting adventure, thrilling from start to finish, had me gripped with the turn of every page. Can see this easily being turned into a film!
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    This is an amazing book. What a read! Love, love love.
    Published 3 months ago by Dorris Ellie
    3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
    Good storyline
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