The Boy from Reactor 4
By Orest Stelmach
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer; Unabridged edition (March 19, 2013)
Member Price: $13.46
Imagine a secret that will change the world. Imagine that its owner lives in the darkest place on Earth and will trust only one person to come get it from him. Imagine the resources powerful men will deploy to steal the secret and prevent her from succeeding.
When Nadia Tesla inquires into her enigmatic father's past, a stranger propels her on a treasure hunt from New York to her father's homeland in Eastern Europe. The knowledge she acquires could change the fate of the free world and earn her riches beyond her dreams.
To cash in, she forms an alliance with an unlikely accomplice—a mysterious boy from the cooling ponds of Chernobyl. Together, these lost souls must survive the trip home along the world's most treacherous terrain, pursued by resourceful men who will stop at nothing to acquire the treasure.
This debut thriller takes the reader from New York to Ukraine. Nadia Tesler is an immigrant’s daughter, and while she is fluent in Russian, she is not close to her mother and lost her father as a young teenager. All she remembers of him is a perpetually angry man, and she knows nothing of her family background. A stranger contacts her, saying he knew her father well, and they arrange a meeting, but he is shot dead on the street in front of her, whispering a cryptic message as he dies. She quickly realizes her own life is in danger and sets out on a quest to decipher the message, learn some of her family history, and keep one jump ahead of whoever is after her. It isn’t until she visits her ancestral homeland that she really starts deciphering her family story. The key turns out to be Adam, a young hockey star who grew up skating at Chernobyl and now suffers from radiation syndrome; he has a secret that many want—and will kill to get. This is a fast ride with lots of thrills and will appeal to adrenaline junkies. — Stacy Alesi for Booklist
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. — Amazon.com
"A top-notch, fast-moving thriller with gripping authenticity from Stelmach's knowledge of politics, history, and crime in Eastern Europe and America." — Neil McMahon, New York Times bestselling author of Toys, and Dead Silver
"Stelmach brilliantly pairs breakneck pacing with heart-of-gold insights into regions as beautiful as they are troubled. The Boy From Reactor 4 is phenomenal." — Dan Mayland, author of The Colonel's Mistake and The Leveling