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Gold Train (Accidental Spy Russia Adventure Book 2) (English Edition) di [Ray, Lada]
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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)
Author blog: - predictions, geopolitics, mystical futirism
Twitter: @LadaTweets
Youtube: Lada Ray Channel


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: Connect: Twitter: @ LadaTweets Goodreads: Lada Ray YouTube: Lada Ray Channel Author Blog: Geopolitical/predictions blog:

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  • Formato: Formato Kindle
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  • Lunghezza stampa: 289
  • Numeri di pagina fonte ISBN: 1475089155
  • Utilizzo simultaneo di dispositivi: illimitato
  • Editore: Ray House; 2 edizione (16 dicembre 2013)
  • Venduto da: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ASIN: B006NPVTH4
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5 di 6 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
2.0 su 5 stelle Gold Train Derails 28 luglio 2012
Di smp0819 - Pubblicato su
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
I was very excited to begin reading this book, as the plot synopsis promised me an adventurous thrill ride combining the grandeur of Russia's royal past with intense present-day political espionage. I started reading this book that day that I downloaded it, which is a first for me, as I always have several books on deck to start, and usually my new downloads go to the end of the line. As you can see, I had high expectations, and overall, I think the bones of the story rose to those expectations. The overall execution was just so, so disappointing, and I was not enchanted with the characters much either. I even resorted to highlighting and making notes on my Kindle in order to write this review (also a first for me).

To expand on the execution problems - a thorough editing may have taken care of most of the technical problems. There were misplaced commas running rampant through the book, forcing you to pause where you didn't need to and rush through clauses that you should have paused for. Some of these extraneous commas contributed to the very stilted and wooden dialogue that I found throughout.

In addition to the commas, there were some capitalization problems. I found words like "national security," "top secret" and "intel" were all randomly capitalized in the middle of sentences. At first, I thought it was an editing error, but it was done consistently enough that I wonder if it was a style choice. Either way, it was annoying.

There were some great homonym mix-ups in the Gold Train. My favorites were the main character walking down the "isle" of the store (looking for a tropical drink?) and when she "sowed" money into a secret lining of her jacket. (And when she took the money out, she "sowed" her jacket shut again with a needle and thread.)

The final technical bone I have to pick is the interweaving of past and present tense in the same paragraph and sometimes within the same sentence. Like the commas, this tripped me up a couple of times.

Beyond all the grammar issues, I was not a fan of the writing style. Yes, the book is easy to read, but almost too easy. I alluded to the stilted, wooden dialogue before, but really, the whole thing was stilted and wooden. The writing style really reminded me of the way that I wrote spy stories when I was 10. Back then, when I didn't know how to describe the technology behind something, I'd write about a "special piece of spy equipment." Needless to say, I cracked a nostalgic smile while reading about Jade purchasing a "special kind of tape" in the Gold Train.

Like I said above, ILOVE the bare bones idea of this plot; in the execution, however, the plot doesn't seem to develop organically. There are an awful lot of convenient occurrences that are inserted to move the plot jerkily along.

But I've saved my biggest beef for last, and that's our friend Jade Snow, the protagonist. I can't like this lady. If I thought her dialogue was wooden, her emotions are even more so. Her attachment to her husband and child are glossed over, so much so that I think those characters are just convenient plot props. Jade becomes more attached to her first source in Russia than she is to her husband. She also seems to trust people willy-nilly within in few moments of meeting them, and don't even get me started on her so-called "relationship" with Alexi. Unfortunately, it's hard to get into a book when you find the main character so unsympathetic.

Now, I may be way off base, as there seem to be a lot more 5-star reviews than 2-star reviews for this book, but I've never been compelled to write such a long review of a book, either. Most of the time, if I'm not into a book, I'll just cast it aside and not think about it again. With the Gold Train, I found myself compelled to plow forward to see just how many eyerolls I could get out of it. And it's definitely stuck with me (although not in the best way), so I guess it's a success from that standpoint.
2 di 3 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle Gold Train is Golden 4 maggio 2012
Di Michael Edwards - Pubblicato su
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
Gold Train. What images come to mind when you read those words? Do they conjure images of a train filled with gold? That's what will cross your thoughts when you read the novel Gold Train by Lada Ray. The author paints a vivid image of an early 20th Century locomotive filled with gold reserves from the Czar's treasury that disappeared without a trace during the 1918 Russian Civil War.
From the very first chapter, Lada weaves vivid descriptions of Russia and Russian culture into a story filled with thrilling suspense. The novel follows the prequel Stepford, U.S.A. and the novella Green Desert, which introduce readers the colorful character of Jade Snow, an international journalist turned stay-at-home mom who's dedicated to her family but longs to return to the field as a reporter.

In Gold Train, Jade embarks on the adventure of her life traveling to Russia to investigate the Gold Train's disappearance. The assignment leads her into a tangled web of intrigue in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and New York City that involves the Russian authorities, a pro-monarchist organization with Chechen ties, and the FSB, the Russian intelligence agency formerly known as the KGB. The story is filled with page-turning action that hurtles Jade toward an explosive climax that sheds light on the mystery of the Czar's missing gold. Buffeted by events often out of her control, Jade uses her intellect and journalistic instinct to navigate her way heroically through life-threatening events.
Jade is a character who, in some ways, represents "everywoman" to whom readers can relate. She has some amazing talents, including a sixth sense that defies logic, and a charming, engaging personality. At the same time, she exhibits some flaws that make her all too human. From her strong bond with friends to her struggle against temptation, Jade is someone many of us see in ourselves. At the same time, she has some unforgettable traits -- from her flaming red hair to her deep knowledge of Russian culture -- that put her in the annals of fiction literature's great heroines. I'm looking forward to reading more about Jade in the upcoming Dragon Gate and many sequels to come.

As someone with a keen interest in international affairs, I was happy to read the author's unique portrayal of Russia, and in particular, Russian intelligence. So many western novels since the days of the Soviet Union have painted Mother Russia and the "Russians" as a nemesis, a stereotype that has continued, albeit muted, since the fall of the U.S.S.R. in 1991. Her account is a refreshing look at Russia today and a rare positive portrayal of the Russian authorities. While the truth may be different than her depiction, I give her high marks for originality. For Western audiences, it's a new take on an old storyline usually reserved for Russia's former Cold War foes. Her deep appreciation of Russian culture is apparent in her writing and translates well to readers. Lada does an excellent job navigating a subject that can be easily politicized -- Russian politics - in a disarming way. Those with an eye for fashion will enjoy the exquisite descriptions of the trappings of European royalty.

I give Gold Train 5 stars overall. The novel includes all the elements of a novice spy-thriller masterpiece, from smart writing to a crisp plot that moves along with action and ties up loose ends, great plot twists, memorable characters, good dialogue, and fabulous descriptions. That said, it doesn't achieve the threshold of greatness reserved for classic spy thrillers written by John LeCarré, Frederick Forsyth, and others. Perhaps, in time and another book, Jade will rise to the level of a Kay Scarpetta or Kinsey Millhone. I would have liked to see more development of secondary characters such as Jade's husband Paul and Svetlana, a woman in Moscow who draws Jade into the Gold Train mystery. At times I questioned Jade's judgment and found myself mumbling that I would not have made the same choices she did. I remembered, however, that she made her choices in character - she is Jade and I am not. I enjoyed the symbolism of the book, including the allusions to her fate, although the mildly paranormal aspect of the story diminished the realism of the book. A simple cat and dog whisperer would have sufficed over telepathy. I found no grammatical errors in the second edition of the book mentioned by earlier reviewers.

All in all, Gold Train is an excellent read. I recommend it to anyone who is looking for an entertaining thriller featuring a memorable character by someone who's an up-and-coming novelist. Read the book, and then follow with the other Jade Snow adventures before her next story comes out in 2012. You'll be thrilled you got to know Jade.

Disclaimer: Lada is a colleague and a friend. I am honored to have been invited to join the Gold Train Blog Tour and hope that my review of the book is an honest look at her work.
4 di 5 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
2.0 su 5 stelle Odd syntax and strange emotions 25 luglio 2012
Di Jacqueline - Pubblicato su
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
This writer had potential - maybe they just needed an editor? The main reason for the "meh" 2 stars review here is that I was flummoxed by the main character. It seemed very un-lifelike to have someone leave home and family and not once call to check in, for one. Sometimes, Jade showed more emotion for strangers than she did for her daughter, who is under 2 years old! Actually the daughter was probably given less space in the book than the cat? I do remember Jade once wishing the cat were with her.

The dialogue was stilted and jumpy at times and the apparently very Bourne-esque brilliant spy was alarmingly dumb sometimes. Oh, carry a package across national borders without looking at it, whilst wondering WHY it couldn't be fed-exed but STILL carrying it? Plot point or sheer stupidity. Took away from the character to me.

And, sadly, to go on - this woman shows promise, she shows pluck but she actually says at one point that basically without a man in it, her life will never have happiness again. Luckily that works out for her, she seems to have an abundance of them.

A really excellent outline with some great fictionalization of history that suffers badly, either from the writing or the lack of editing. Almost every single piece of dialogue in the book needs to be re-written to sound natural, and about half of the heavy hitting this is a CLUE moments as well. The telegraphed from a mile away ending was just sad, and not only because it was sad, but also because it was telegraphed.

Hope some of this truthful input actually helps the author to improve, because she could be great.
5.0 su 5 stelle Outstanding 21 aprile 2014
Di David Bearisto - Pubblicato su
Formato: Copertina flessibile Acquisto verificato
Great plot well developed. Hope a continuation (series) is developed along the same basic theme.
I generally don't give five stars, but this book deserved them. Plot, structure, style, clarity and suspense - this book them all and well written.
1 di 1 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle Gold Train 26 gennaio 2013
Di K. Dougher - Pubblicato su
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
I really liked this book alot! It was easy reading, not alot of characters to keep straight and an exciting story line. Great for reading on my Kindle Fire while riding my recumbant bike.
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