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Conspiracy in Kiev (The Russian Trilogy) [Kindle Edition]

Noel Hynd
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A shrewd investigator and an expert marksman, Special Agent Alexandra LaDuca can handle any case the FBI gives her. Or can she?

While on loan from the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Alex is tapped to accompany a Secret Service team during an American Presidential visit to Ukraine. Her assignment: to keep personal watch over Yuri Federov, the most charming and most notorious gangster in the region.

Against her better judgment—and fighting a feeling that she’s being manipulated—she leaves for Ukraine. But there are more parts to this dangerous mission than anyone suspects, and connecting the dots takes Alex across three continents and through some life-altering discoveries about herself, her work, her faith, and her future.

Conspiracy in Kiev—from the first double-cross to the stunning final pages—is the kind of solid, fast-paced espionage thriller only Noel Hynd can write. For those who have never read Noel Hynd, this first book in The Russian Trilogy is the perfect place to start.


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A shrewd investigator and an expert marksman, Special Agent Alexandra LaDuca can handle any case the FBI gives her. Or can she? While on loan from the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Alex is tapped to accompany a Secret Service team during an American Presidential visit to Ukraine. Her assignment: to keep personal watch over Yuri Federov, the most charming and most notorious gangster in the region. Against her better judgment—and fighting a feeling that she’s being manipulated—she leaves for Ukraine. But there are more parts to this dangerous mission than anyone suspects, and connecting the dots takes Alex across three continents and through some life-altering discoveries about herself, her work, her faith, and her future. Conspiracy in Kiev—from the first double-cross to the stunning final pages—is the kind of solid, fast-paced espionage thriller only Noel Hynd can write. For those who have never read Noel Hynd, this first book in The Russian Trilogy is the perfect place to start.

About the Author

Noel Hynd has sold more than four million copies of his books throughout the world, including The Enemy Within and Flowers From Berlin. His most recent novel, Hostage in Havana, is the first book in the Cuban Trilogy starring Alexandria LaDuca. Hynd lives in Culver City, California.

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  • File Size: 914 KB
  • Print Length: 401 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0310278716
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Zondervan (January 6, 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001N97XWU
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66 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprising Best Read of the Year July 20, 2009
Format:Paperback
This is probably one of my surprising reads of the year. I had been a bit wary of this book because it was an unfamiliar author and I'm usually not a big fan of books that take place in Eastern European countries. However as soon as I started reading the book, I was hooked in completely. Alex is a character that I absolutely adored from the beginning. She's the type of heroine that you want to be, and that you like very much. She's strong, yet you can see her weaknesses. I really enjoyed all the historical facts that were presented in this book. As a historian, I appreciated how the author used real history and didn't create events to make the story better. It's interesting how real life events can be just as interesting (or even better) in comparison to fictional tales. Some readers might find these bits boring, as the history of Ukraine and the former Soviet Union are told in details but they are relevant to the plot of the story and shouldn't really be skimmed over. The story is extremely well researched and I actually felt like I had traveled to Europe along with Alex. With so much going on in the book, one would think the storyline would be hard to follow. However it's not and it makes for a very fast paced read. One other thing I really liked is that even though the author is male and writes as a first person female, Alex acts like a rational woman and does not fall into cliched stereotypes. I personally enjoyed the downplay of romance in this book.

There is quite a bit of violence in this book. The story is very action packed and many characters do die. In fact, it seemed that there was someone that died in almost every chapter. Characters also do drink socially throughout the story. This book felt very realistic in the way situations were handled.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Conspiracies Abound as the Body Count Mounts January 2, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Well, I was certainly surprised at what I could get for nothing, zip, free from Amazon for my Kindle. That's the way the book came to be downloaded. This and another of Hynd's books, Midnight in Madrid also fell into my Kindle.

So, Conspiracy in Kiev begins with a bang. As the body count mounts, the central character Alexandra LaDuca, an agent with the Treasury Department finds herself pretty much all over - Kiev, Venezuela, New York, Paris.

While she's globe trotting and shooting her way out of house and home, there's a sub plot in Rome. Goodness, I thought, how does it all come together?

And to Noel Hynd's credit he does finally bring it all together.

I think any test of a book, especially fiction and a thriller shoot 'em up is, "Did the book entertain me"? Well, it did.

However this is perhaps the first that religion, and Christianity was central. I say that because it was central to Alex.

I've read other books where religion is central also, as The Name of the Rose which takes place in an Italian Monastery in, I believe the 15th or 16th Cent. Monks all over the place. Recently finished The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson in which a serial killer uses biblical quotations from Leviticus. Or the Gabriel Alon series, two books I think center on the Vatican and the Pope.

Still, for some reason the Alex's religiosity did seem to jar when I began encountering it. In the books previously mentioned religion/God seems to be part of the plot.

In Conspiracy it seems to be a character, as I mentioned, it is Alex's character.
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't Expect Gorky Park July 4, 2010
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!!! SPOILERS !!!

I got halfway through this and realized it was a Christian novel and was only going to get worse. I left off where a rich Christian philanthropist hires the protagonist, a fairly incompetent female FBI officer (when the going gets tough, the tough get a stomach ache), to travel to Venezuela. At the end of describing her job, he tells you he wants to tell her "upfront" that the last person he sent with the same job, a "hardened Marine" never came back alive. LOL She gets down there and finds that part of the job of the missionaries is to bring the Bible to a group of tribal indigenous people. They speak a language with no written counterpart, but are attempting to create one and then translate the Bible into it. Apparently the author's Wikipedia research did not delve too deeply into linguistics. I started the book knowing only its title and thinking that a mystery or thriller set in modern-day Kiev had potential. Unfulfilled. I did skip to the end and found more nonsense where our intrepid FBI agent gets shot in the chest, but is saved by a stone medallion hand carved by a 16-year-old virgin who accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as her own personal savior. The medallion stopped the bullet, or maybe it was the hand of God, I forget exactly because the author usually makes it one or the other in life in life or death matters. Not to worry, because even though her heart stops and an ambulance takes 30 minutes to get from a Paris subway station to an American hospital (only an American port in a storm?), it turns out to be just a flesh wound.

Prediction: She either marries or becomes best friends with the Ukrainian gangster.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointed
Could have been a good read but lacked a flow. Very predictable at spots. Way to wordy! Will not read the remaining books.
Published 2 days ago by Patricia
5.0 out of 5 stars A+
Love all Noel Hynd's books! Great stories and characters, especially this trilogy
Published 2 days ago by Maureen O'Donnell
3.0 out of 5 stars Not up to the usual standard. Readable, fast ...
Not up to the usual standard. Readable, fast paced but somewhat predictable and not just a little bit cliched. Not sure if I'll bother with next in series.
Published 1 month ago by Jennifer boreland
3.0 out of 5 stars Ukranian Gansters, Oh my!
I've read several books by Noel Hynd. Because I enjoy historical fiction and non-fiction, I was particularly impressed with Mr. Hynd's novel set in the 30s, 40s, and 50s. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mystery Buff
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
very interesting and applicable theory
Published 3 months ago by Saralyn Patrick
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Entertaining
Published 6 months ago by klaes krog
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to put this book down once you start reading....
Love Noel Hynd's writing. Really holds the reader's interest.
Published 6 months ago by Lois Radosky
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the read
Interesting especially the information regarding the government issues...
Published 7 months ago by MSMCK
5.0 out of 5 stars Having traveled through the Soviet Union in early 80's with ...
Having traveled through the Soviet Union in early 80's with my husbands medical group,we spent time in Kiev,found the people to be extremely friendly and could not say the same... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Honey
5.0 out of 5 stars Good story keeps you going
I enjoyed this story informative in world events while suspenseful ..... And if you get the audio version no one can beat the story telling ability of Dick Hill narrator I've... Read more
Published 8 months ago by pba
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More About the Author

Noel Hynd is an American author who has more than five million books in print. Most of his books have been in the action-espionage-suspense genre (Flowers From Berlin, Truman's Spy, Murder in Miami, Hostage in Havana, Conspiracy in Kiev, Midnight in Madrid, Countdown in Cairo, The Enemy Within) but others (Ghosts, The Prodigy, A Room For The Dead and Cemetery of Angels) were highly acclaimed ghost stories. He currently has a multi-book publishing contract with Zondervan/HarperCollins.

He is also a former contributor to Sports Illustrated and several other national magazines. His 1988 non-fiction book, The Giants of The Polo Grounds, was an Editor's Choice of The New York TIMES Review of Books in 1988. He has also written several produced screenplays.

Mr. Hynd was born in New York City, is a graduate of the University of Pennsylavnia, and lives in southern California between Los Angeles and San Diego with his wife Patricia.

Current projects also include translations and adaptations (from French and Spanish) of several best selling comics and graphic novels from distinguished authors and illustrators in from Europe and South America. Included are 'Djinn' by Jean Dufaux (Belgium) and Ana Miralles (Spain) and 'Meutres et Chatiments' by Carlos Nine (Argentina). Mr. Hynd is currently under contract with les Editions Dargaud to translate the entire 11-volume (so far) series 'Djinn' into English. The translation of 'Meutres et Chatiments' will be published in the summer of 2014.

Along with his wife, Patricia White, Mr. Hynd is also the co-founder of Red Cat Tales, LLC, an independent publishing imprint in Los Angeles. Red Cat Tales publishes genre fiction (including much of Mr. Hynd's backlist) and graphic novels in translation. The RCT list can be found at www.RedCat.Tales.com.


The Kindle editions of Midnight in Madrid and Conspiracy in Kiev were simultaneously numbers 1 and 2 among all books on Amazon's Kindle Best Seller lists in December 2009. Both titles were also among the top selling Kindle books of the year, numbers 2 and 17, respectively.

Several dozen foreign editions of his books have been published over the years. Readers are welcomed to reach Mr. Hynd at NH1212f@yahoo.com.

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