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"Solid Gold Thriller. 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

"A Race for Gold! 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

"On top of breakneck action, the ending blew my socks off. 100% an original book." Rachel's Book Reviews

"Brilliantly Written - A MUST Read. The story is fantastic - layers that go deeper and deeper... Superb, fast paced and well written." The Kindle Book Review

"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!" A Barnes & Noble reader

"Jade Snow is to journalism, what Jason Bourne is to action and espionage. Gold Train is an absolute must read." J.J. Collins, Author (London, UK)

From the Author

Lada Ray here. I am a linguist, financial consultant, Feng Shui Master, shaman, futurist and author of several books. You may know me from my popular blog or from my books: Amazon bestselling thriller Gold Train (Accidental Spy Russia Adventure) and the top-rated prophetic thriller The Earth Shifter, set in Moscow, Lake Baikal, NYC, and mystical realms of Heaven and Earth.
I am thrilled to introduce my exciting new project, Futurist Trendcast!  I designed this blog for all those who are interested in understanding our past, present and future - beyond the obvious. My written posts appear on and my video posts will be posted on Lada Ray channel on Youtube. I've been making accurate predictions about politics, economy and investments since the early 2000s, and it's time to share them with my fellow citizens of planet Earth. 
About me: I have written several fiction books, however I also write non-fiction, primarily articles regarding geopolitics, economy, feng shui and future predictions. My specialty is Russia, China and Eurasia. By the ripe age of 38 I managed to have three successful careers on three different continents. After quitting my financial consultant position with Smith Barney, I became Feng Shui Master after studying with famed Hong Kong and Malaysian masters. I was also privileged to study spirituality and metaphysics, evolution of consciousness, kinesiology, Zen/Buddhism, face & aura reading, Chinese & Western astrology and shamanism, with some of the world's most prominent teachers & visionaries. I discovered that I was a highly developed empath and intellect shifter, and that I possessed a gift of clairvoyance/claircognizance. Coupled with my creative, analytical and observant nature, as well as deep background, all these gifts allowed me to make predictions, which usually came true.
We live in crucial times, the times when anything old, outmoded and rotten is being destroyed and the shoots of the new start coming up everywhere, when anything that's not anchored or solidly built is swept away by the hurricane of change. However, I'm not given to fear mongering, unlike some others. My predictions and analysis, which I share for free, are for those who want to know, and for those who want to see - the truth exactly as it is. They are to help my fellow earthlings to orient themselves better in a sea of change and to prepare accordingly. Strange and quickly changing times are upon us, but as always, every cloud has its silver lining, if you know where to look. 
Visit and read my books to understand my message deeper.                   

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Product Details

  • Series: Accidental Spy
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2 edition (April 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1475089155
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475089158
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,640,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I've loved all the varied and exotic things I've done in life, but writing is by far my biggest love affair and most exciting adventure. Can't wait to share it... See you on pages of my books!"

Lada Ray is a writer, internationally certified feng shui master, world traveler, linguist, financial consultant, nature/animal lover and metaphysics researcher.

Born in Russia, Lada 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.)

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 worldwide. 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.

In the USA, she published articles in the Hartford Courant & taught Russian on cable TV. Then, something inexplicable possessed her to work as a financial consultant for AIG and Smith Barney/Citigroup.

But later, she came back to her senses and quit the corporate world to pursue her dreams. She traveled to Asia to study with the revered Hong Kong Masters of Feng Shui and obtained her International Master's Certification (graduated first in class) with Lillian Too, world-renowned feng shui author and teacher. For years, Lada operated an extensive feng shui website and blog - a hit with both local and worldwide fans - and authored over thirty articles on feng shui and spirituality for her own website, as well as for the World of Feng Shui and other international publications. At the same time, she taught her proprietary feng shui courses and did public speaking.

Lada imagines her stories in bustling New York City and beautifully serene Upstate New York, where she lives with her family and gorgeous calico cat Lily.

Lada Ray is the author of:

~GOLD TRAIN, gripping mystery/thriller set in Russia and based on true historic events (Accidental Spy Russia Adventure, Book 2)

~STEPFORD USA, psychological mystery/thriller (Accidental Spy US Adventure, Book 1)

~Green Desert, riveting story set in Iraq (Accidental Spy Prequel)

Upcoming books include:

~THE EARTH SHIFTER, YA fantasy/thriller set in Russia (Moscow & Siberia,) US, China and other mythical locales of this surreal Blue Planet

~DRAGON GATE, Accidental Spy Asia Adventure, Book 3

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By kimbacaffeinate on March 8, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Gold Train by Lada Ray is a non-stop adult-fiction thriller set in Russia. Protagonist, Jade Snow, a journalist and amateur detective who appeared in Ray's previous novel entitled Stepford U.S.A. is back in an new tale. Based on historical facts, Ray takes us to Russia, to discover what happen to the entire Gold reserve of the Russian Empire. It vanished without a trace during the Civil War in 1918. The tale offers, suspense, mystery, murder and a touch of paranormal.

We are introduced to Jade Snow, former journalist, wife and stay-at-home Mom to her thirteen month old daughter. They reside on the Upper East Side of New York. Her husband works for Time magazine and while they seem to have the good life, Jade admits she misses her career. Jade's family is from Russia and she longs to visit, when a phone call offers her a chance to collaborate on a book surrounding the Gold Train, Jade jumps at the opportunity. Jade is in Russia less then forty-eight hours when the Russian journalist she is working with is murdered. The tale that unfolds is suspenseful, full of twists and takes us to Moscow, St Petersburg, the Menshikov Mansion, the infamous KGB headquarters and the grand houses. We travel on high-speed trains, attend balls and walk through the gorgeous Russian Metro. Not everyone is who they appear to be, and Jade will have to use her wits to solve it. The conspiracies, political intrigue and cast of characters had me racing to the dramatic ending.
While the ending is intense, it wraps up nicely, without a lot of unanswered questions and even hints at where Jade's next adventure will be.

Jade is a bright likeable character. She is educated and good at connecting the dots.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jason Sullivan on February 18, 2012
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If you enjoyed the charming young detective, Jade Snow, in Stepford, USA, you will absolutely love her next adventure in Gold Train. Jade travels to Russia to do a piece for Time magazine and the second she steps off the plane the excitement, and magic, begins. This thriller has it all! It has the two romantic locations of Moscow and St. Petersburg for its backdrop. It has real princes and princesses, who may or may not be undercover agents and spies. It has the whisperings of revolution, deepening international intrigue, plus beautiful trains and huge piles of gold!

Jade, however, is the real treat. She does not have super powers, nor even any formal training in the spy business, but she is daring, and clever, and her heart is always in the right place. She must rely on her intution to make choices her life, and world peace, depend on. Read Gold Train and be transfixed as Jade stays one step ahead of her adversaries through quick thinking and bold actions. This book is so believable it reads like a true story. Lada Ray takes you inside the grand houses of Russia to witness an unfolding mystery you will not soon forget.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Todd L. Andrews on February 18, 2012
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Based on actual events, I found it an amazing book. I felt like it was true to Russia, like I was actually there, spying on uprising monarchists. If I were to make a comparison, I would say it reminded me of Nancy Drew, always in the right place at just the wrong time. Except this is an adult version. On top of breakneck action, the ending blew my socks off. I really wasn't expecting that to happen! It was 100% an original book. It's even inspired me to learn Russian (that'll be an adventure in itself!) Like Jade I think it'll give me new insight to people in my family I never knew. (although, here's to hoping it won't involve a murder!)
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J.J.Collins on December 29, 2011
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Author - Lada Ray introduces this excellent thriller against the back drop of 1918 Revolutionary Russia and a train carrying a special cargo in a remote part of Russia. This special train is carrying a cargo which much be protected at all costs and is being guarded by the "Red" (Bolshevik) forces. The naïve train driver spots two young children ahead on the tracks, who fail to remove themselves from the track, forcing him to use his human instincts and apply the brakes. The consequences of this action will be far-reaching and will stretch into the very heart of modern day Russian politics.
The attempts to get the train moving at a safe speed again prove fruitless, as the special train comes under attack from the "White" (anti-Bolshevik) forces, which are loyal to the Tsarist autocracy. The train and its precious cargo are stripped with all Red forces being wiped out, before the horse train and precious cargo disappear into the cold Russian night and thick forest.
The story then propels us forward into modern day New York City and into the seemingly simple life of housewife, mother and pet-lover - Jade Snow. A devoted wife, Jade has given up her journalistic career, for a simple but happy life, with her investigative journalist husband Paul.
Jade we learn, has a certain psychic talent and comes from a proud Russian lineage. Jade's Russian roots and interest, were heavily influenced by her beloved Grand Mother Anastacia who told her tales of golden domes and magical balls in Mother Russia. It is this interest and fascination that leads to a conversation with a fellow Russian Journalist, Svetlana, and changes Jade's life and career direction forever.
What evolves is a brilliantly crafted thriller with murder, mystery, espionage and captivating twists and turns throughout.
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