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Green Desert (Accidental Spy Prequel) [Kindle Edition]

Lada Ray
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Book Description

Butterfly effect with a twist, this riveting story explores how interconnected we really are in this world!

"Being in the wrong place at just the right time is my specialty."
Meet Jade Snow, kick-ass international journalist, turned stay-at-home mom (Stepford USA), turned spy extraordinaire (Gold Train). Set in Iraq, this is her experience before the start of the Accidental Spy Series.

Jade Snow, a young, beautiful and ambitious international journalist, arrives to Iraq circa 2007. In war-torn Baghdad she witnesses a dramatic suicide bombing. As two unlikely letters from the opposite sides of the conflict literally drop in her lap, she sets upon a clandestine journey to reconstruct the events and uncover the shocking connection between the suicide bomber, a young Iraqi girl, and American sergeant killed in the attack.

This short, but full of drama read for readers 14 through adult incorporates psychology, world events, adventure, karma, and even some humor!
Do you want to know the truth about the Iraqi war? As one reviewer put it: "This story will rock your world." Bill Tillman.
Includes comprehensive Accidental Spy sampler: excerpts from Stepford USA (Accidental Spy Small Town Adventure #1); Gold Train (Accidental Spy Russia Adventure #2); future adventure #3: Dragon Gate (Accidental Spy Asia Adventure).

Also by Lada Ray:
Accidental Spy Adventures: Stepford USA (Accidental Spy Small Town Adventure #1); Gold Train (Accidental Spy Russia Adventure #2)
The Earth Shifter, a prophetic mystical thriller - Amazon top-rated
Catharsis (Legend of the Lemurians), The Earth Shifter companion, a metaphysical fantasy novelette.

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Editorial Reviews


"Riveting story with powerful message!" Meredith Carvin

"This story will rock your world." Bill Tillman

"A powerful, gripping and entrancing story. The author's ability to take a topical subject and combine it with talented descriptive writing and creativity always thrusts the reader into the very heart of her books." J.J. Collins, Author, Famine to Freedom, The Irish in the American Civil War (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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 292 KB
  • Print Length: 99 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Ray House; 1 edition (September 18, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005O0QJKQ
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful, gripping and entrancing story. June 13, 2012
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Green Desert by Author - Lada Ray, is an enthralling, captivating read. The author's ability to take a topical subject and combine it with talented descriptive writing and creativity, always thrusts the reader into the very heart of her books.

Green Desert introduces us to daring investigative Journalist - Jade Snow, and is set against the backdrop of the American forces occupation of Iraq. The author uses exceptional imaginary throughout her story, to capture sheer mayhem and volatility of Baghdad, post the Saddam Hussein era.

The book has two central characters - Mohammed, a bright and ambitious young Iraqi man, who at the outset, harbours hopes to study in the West. On the other hand, we have the Oklahoman American Solider , Bill O'Shea, on his second tour of the country and missing his wife and family back home in the United States.

Jade witnesses the devastation of an explosion and the tragic aftermath of this unfortunate event takes us on the very real and moving journey, one filled with harsh realities and the subsequent very personal and real repercussions of war.

This journey is made all the more remarkable, as it is only after reading an unexpected hand delivered letter from a young boy in the street ,that Jade can discover the hidden truth of these two men.

The letter allows Jade to use her investigative instincts to follow its contents in uncovering the truth, revealing the heart-wrenching pain and sacrifices of a young man caught in the middle of a war zone, trying his best to keep his family alive and safe. Only by tracing Mohammed's story through the contents of the letter can Jade learn the truth about Sergeant William O'Shea.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Green Desert May 25, 2012
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Being in the right place at the wrong time exposes Jade to a tragic attack. The to complete the picture a small boy hands her an envelope from the suicide bomber, a former University of Baghdad student. This story will rock your world.

What does it feel like to see both sides in a conflict? This short story will give you and up close and personal view. Sometimes life is just not fair, its so easy to choose a side and push all fault and blame on the other.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What if? July 21, 2013
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Jade Snow is an international journalist who is young, witty and beautiful. She also has a hot-blooded Latin cameraman (need I say more). The Green Zone is by far the nicest place in Bagdhdad. But outside the heavily guarded area is a desolate, dangerous, ugly place and it is hard to breathe because of the desert dust. That's where Jade is going to shoot a documentary about the Iraqi insurgency. "So, do you think you need another tip?" Okay, another one: Green desert is a short novelette that it is full of action and it is a cool story. What if you were in the wrong place at the wrong time?

Jeannie Walker - Award Winning Author - "I Saw the Light" - A True Story of a Near-Death Experience
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Death of a Dream May 6, 2013
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One day, the Iraqi desert will be a garden...again.

Mohammed al-Tikriti, suicide bomber, former University of Bahgdad student

"I want you to give this after the explosion to that pretty lady dressed as a man," he told the boy as he handed him an envelope.

That is how international journalist Jade Snow was led on a life altering journey.

Jade is in Iraq to shoot a documentary about the insurgents. All that changes when she witnesses a suicide bombing in Baghdad.

As Jade and her cameraman, Alejandro, took cover from the blast, she felt a tug on her sleeve. The boy handed her the envelope and she read - "Why I became a terrorist." The letter was so tragic, she could not ignore it. envelope photo:

With letter in hand, she is determined to get the real story. The Army threw the word "regrettable" around like it was confetti and it pissed her off. It drove her to seek answers.

Jade was able to talk to Sergeant Lucas, a friend of Sergeant O'Shea's. O'Shea had been driving the truck when Mohammed rammed into it.

Sergeant Lucas took her to O'Shea's room and she saw the desk, paper, pen and envelope, waiting for the letter that would never be written.

He also wanted to show Jade the garden. As she wondered at the Daisies growing in such a hostile place, he reached into his pocket......

The Media can be scum sucking leeches, would Jade prove the exception to the rule?

5 STARS - Would Buy It For Them (lol)

Amongst all the ugliness, how ironic that these men could see the beauty the desert beheld.

Lada Ray's style of blending history and fiction makes me feel as if I am living the story.
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More About the Author

"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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