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Doing Bizness: A Nuclear Thriller (Cristina Smythe Suspense Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Mary Mycio reported on Ukraine for the Los Angeles Times and was the first American journalist to visit a strategic nuclear bomber base after the USSR's collapse. She is the author of Wormwood Forest: A Natural History of Chernobyl.

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  • File Size: 694 KB
  • Print Length: 257 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 061581106X
  • Publisher: Kipling Global Media (January 11, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 11, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C372LDW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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Mary Mycio was born to Ukrainian parents who immigrated to the United States when she was one year old. She reported on Ukraine for the Los Angeles Times between 1991 and 2003 while also directing a legal aid program for Ukrainian journalists. Since then, she has been splitting her time between international development consulting and writing. Her first book, Wormwood Forest: A Natural History of Chernobyl, was published in 2005. Her debut novel about nuclear smuggling, "Doing Бizness: A Nuclear Thriller", is an eBook on Amazon. Her current project is a historical fantasy novel. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, three cats and a horse.

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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Grey Area 51 on June 16, 2013
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The ultimate test of a book, or at least one of the ultimate tests, is whether it keeps me up too late, pushes aside daily tasks like "eating" and "interacting with mere mortals," and generally acts like a controlling pain in the ass until it's finished. Doing Bizness passed the test.

This thriller has a strong intonation of real life throughout: the "truth is stranger than fiction" variety. The absurdity and incompetence found throughout the story of defense contractors, deluded monks, CIA agents, Iraqi spies and their prostitutes, highly enriched uranium sitting in cellars with old wagon wheels, and Snickers bar black marketeers is utterly believable and ordinary.

There were some punctuation and formatting errors that yanked me out of the story on occasion, but that's really my only complaint. It's sadly common in these early days of ebooks.

I especially enjoy books where the author has deeper than average knowledge of an obscure profession, locale, etc. and shares that with readers. Doing Bizness is an interesting look at Ukraine after the collapse of the USSR, the country's disarmament situation, and the politics of the churches of Russia and Ukraine (no preaching or evangelism). While not written with any sort of heavy-handed agenda of tutoring the reader, it succeeded in teaching me quite a lot while keeping me entertained. This is not common in fiction and is the reason I'm rating this book five stars, which is unusual for me.

This is a fun and unusual thriller and I recommend it highly.

* I was provided with a free copy for unbiased review. I post my honest opinion; if I don't like a book and would have to give a sharply negative opinion, I refrain from posting any review at all out of respect for the author. Thus if you see a positive review from me, it's real. I rarely rate five stars, a ranking which is reserved for all-time favorites.
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Josh Bancroft on July 6, 2013
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It was a fun read. Not really a "nuclear thriller", in the sense that a "thriller", to me, is a cotton candy temporary diversion that you see at the airport or the grocery store. There's more to Doing Bizness than that. I plan to check out more stuff from this author. I always like to support independent authors, and her non-fiction book on Chernobyl, "Wormwood", looks intriguing.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Marie on July 12, 2013
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I was gifted this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book made me feel so smart. I learned so much that I am shocked I didn't know about the collapse of the Soviet Union and the nuclear aftermath -- really interesting stuff. At the same time, it is not just a history textbook, it definitely has a good plot and the characters are interesting. There are a lot of characters, and at times the rapid POV changes threw me off, but it's not too bad. You get a lot of different angles and opinions on a complex topic. I also liked that while there are definitely two main characters, there are several intriguing subplots that all weave together. It was a nice effect.

I was a little slow getting into the book, but after about 50 pages it really starts to pick up speed, and it's totally worth it, so definitely keep at it.

I finished most of the book on a car trip, and now I wish there was more to read :( (frownie face! Nothing can express my pain so acutely)
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Askold on August 21, 2013
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Doing Bizness: A Nuclear Thriller. Written by Mary Mycio

Review by Askold Krushelnycky

This fast-paced and immensely enjoyable thriller, shot through with black comedy, also serves as a guide to Ukraine's and the region's tormented history, conflicted cultures and rival religions and is something of a layman's primer to nuclear weapons and terrorism.

Mary Mycio's book is set in the chaotic aftermath of the break up of the USSR in 1991, which overnight left newly-independent Ukraine as the world's third largest nuclear power.

America and the European Union immediately recognized the potential dangers of thousands of Soviet nuclear warheads scattered throughout the former Soviet Union, loosely accounted for and under the control of various nascent national governments.

There were fears that entire nuclear weapons or their components, including weapons-grade enriched nuclear elements, could be sold off to the highest bidder: terrorists or rogue states like North Korea, Saddam Hussein's Iraq and Iran.

Post-USSR's nukes were divided between Russia and former Soviet republics Ukraine and Kazakhstan. Everyone agreed Kazakhstan was not qualified to possess nukes but, possibly misguidedly, the USA and Europe also thought Ukraine, a pro-western country whose scientists and military had been prominent in designing, building and managing Soviet nuclear missiles, could not be trusted with a nuclear arsenal. The US and EU exerted enormous pressure on Ukraine and Kazakhstan to transfer all their nuclear weapons to that well-known, peace-loving friend of humanity,Russia.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Obsession Is A Book on June 17, 2013
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I was gifted a copy of this book from the author for an honest review.
Not sure I can do this book any justice. The book is about the after effect of the demise of the USSR & the radioactive warheads etc.... that were left behind which put them at high risk of smuggling.
From the first page to the last the author drags you in with this book. The characters are well developed and the book is full of suspense.
The author was the first American reporter to visit a strategic nuclear bomb base and has used her experiences in the book. It adds to the realism experienced when reading the book.
I'm struggling to review this book in a way that does it justice so I'm gonna leave it at that and just tell you to read it & experience it for yourself!
An excellent read!
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