Accidental Spy Russia Adventure
Category: novel, international mystery/thriller, geopolitical/spy thriller, historic mystery, action adventure, suspense with an element of otherworldly romance and a touch of paranormal
Word count: 71,800. Print pages: 289
Copyright 2011-2012 ã Lada Ray
Cover copyright ã Lada Ray
Amazon Bestseller 2012
A gripping mystery thriller based on true historic events!
1918: Civil War in Russia. The entire Gold Reserve of the Russian Empire vanishes without a trace. But what if it’s about to resurface? And what if it’s about to be used to shift the global balance of power?
TODAY: The world’s largest treasure; dangerous adventure; forbidden passion defying time and space; conspiracy threatening to plunge the country into darkness.
Jade Snow, international journalist and stay-at-home mom turned spy extraordinaire, travels to Russia to reconnect with the country of her ancestors and investigate tantalizing mystery of the Gold Train. Instead, she is about to land in the middle of a deadly conspiracy that may change the fate of one of the world’s most powerful nations; and in the process, she is destined to meet a mysterious stranger who will change her life forever. When Jade’s only Russian friend gets murdered, she finds herself embroiled in a net of lies, glamour, intrigue and alien ideals. But running is not an option, as commitment to solve the murder and uncover the treasure makes her play the deadly game. 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 future of the world just might depend on her choice!
A NOTE TO MY READERS
Dear reader, Jade Snow is a jet-setting journalist and a totally new, original heroine, who finds herself in the most extreme circumstances of her life in GOLD TRAIN (which is saying a lot for someone who’d been to Afghanistan and Iraq, and had a near death experience in Stepford USA). And she deals with these circumstances in a way that is guaranteed to surprise even the most seasoned reader! Although the mystery/thriller is the book's dominant element, and Jade has been compared by reviewers to Jason Bourne, Sherlock Holmes, Nancy Drew and even Superman (wow!), it's hard to fit one's life, with all of it's complications, twists and turns within one narrow genre, won't you agree? As one reviewer put it, “Lada, your books are so all-around!”
Therefore, I ask my readers to keep an open mind while reading GOLD TRAIN, where in addition to the rip-roaring adventure and thrilling mystery, you'll find history and geopolitics, hot romance and forbidden love, amazing pets, and a touch of metaphysical/paranormal!
If I had to make a comparison with another book, I'd say that Gold Train protagonists, Jade and Alexei, share traits and spirit with Claire and Jamie, protagonists of The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon. The spirit of the book may also appeal to the fans of The Da Vinci Code and Jason Bourne. Having said that, I want to stress again and again that this is a totally original book/series, complete with a new and original heroine. No clones here!
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.
Rated R for a couple of hot romantic scenes.
"Brilliantly Written - A MUST Read. This book has it all, not only a great mystery and action, but a little romance and even some humour. The story is fantastic - layers that go deeper and deeper... Superb, fast paced and well written... one of those books that gets you thinking about things - even after you finish reading." Hayley Sale, The Kindle Book Review
"Jade Snow is to journalism, what Jason Bourne is to action and espionage. Gold Train is an absolute must read." J.J. Collins, Author, Famine to Freedom, The Irish in the American Civil War (London, UK)
"A Race for Gold! Gold Train is a fast paced thrill ride filled with great characters you will love and villains you will hate. This is definitely one to read!" Kate’s Reads
"An amazing timeless story!" Madeline Walsh (New York)
"On top of breakneck action, the ending blew my socks off. 100%...original. It's even inspired me to learn Russian." Rachel's Book Reviews
"This has got to be one of the coolest, most explosive and passionate novels I read in a very long time! Has you hanging on the edge of your seat! Read it and you'll see what I mean!" A Barnes & Noble reader
"Solid Gold Thriller. If you enjoyed the charming young detective, Jade Snow, in Stepford, USA, you will absolutely love her next adventure in Gold Train. Read Gold Train and be transfixed as Jade stays one step ahead of her adversaries through quick thinking and bold actions. Lada Ray takes you inside the grand houses of Russia to witness an unfolding mystery you will not soon forget." Jason Sullivan, Author, The Dark Yergall
The book includes:
Bonus: Excerpt from the never finished DRAGON GATE, Accidental Spy Asia Adventure
in the Media:
My Love of Reading Blog
Tasty Terror Showcase
Steve Caressers' Weekly
Goodreads GOLD TRAIN Page
Kate's Reads Blog
Also by Lada Ray:
STEPFORD USA: psychological mystery/thriller (Accidental Spy US Adventure, Book 1)
GREEN DESERT: riveting story set in Iraq (Accidental Spy Prequel)
DRAGON GATE, Accidental Spy Asia Adventure, Book 3)
Only Dragon Gate Prologue published!
(Gold Train was the last book in the series!)