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THE SALSA CONNECTION--AN INTERNATIONAL ROMANTIC THRILLER (The international romance series Book 1) by [Ray, Johnny]
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What others are saying about Johnny Ray's novels.

Johnny Ray, a master of romantic suspense, never disappoints his readers. His books
are guaranteed to grab you and not let go. If you like a little suspense with
your romance, try Johnny Ray. Single Titles Book Reviews

Johnny Ray has the unique ability to blend intense thrillers with hot romances,
making him one writer you definitely want to follow ---- KINDLE BOOK PROMOS

Johnny Ray is able to really bring out just what we need in a good romantic
thriller. There was a lots of mystery.....who was doing what?.... who done
it?....you will be kept wondering up until the very end of this read---- Arlena
Dean, book reviewer

Johnny Ray is a great writer and an even nicer person. His willingness to help
other writers out in their pursuits is a pleasure for everyone involved ----
Author Brian Brown

Johnny Ray is quickly making a name for himself as the master of the romantic
thriller---- JT Kalnay is a writer and a patent attorney

Johnny Ray is one author you won't want to miss. He writes suspense and adds a
touch of romance. And....who doesn't like a little romance? Add Johnny Ray to
your list of "must" check out for the new year.----SILVER'S REVIEWS

Johnny Ray offers interesting stories, likeable characters, well developed
plots, and satisfying endings in his fun-to-read, fast-paced novels. My
favorite is Journey to Whitestone with a metaphysical conspiracy
storyline---HOT CHOCOLATE, IT'S A MYSTERY BLOG!

From the Author

My motivation in writing THE SALSA CONNECTION came from my love of dancing salsa, which I have since I was six years old. This work is full of research I have completed over many years. This dance has evolved and will continue to do so.

The inside story of one family torn apart in Russia was developed over a number of years. While it could in many aspects be considered a family drama, this novel has lots of action and adventure in it, making it perfect for what I normally write -international romantic thrillers.  The mystery of her father's disappearance is revealed one layer at a time as Sveta outfoxes the Russian mafia in order to find the truth about her father. The romance in this novel comes from the most unlikely place, one you will have to read the novel to understand.

My wife is Russian and she helped me with the traditions and customs of the Russian people. Without her help this novel would never have been possible.  

Product Details

  • File Size: 2957 KB
  • Print Length: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Sir John Publishing (October 21, 2012)
  • Publication Date: October 21, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009UX5O7M
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A famous Russian ballet dancer killed half a world away, a treasure of Russian art smuggled from the Soviet Union, a mother and daughter struggling to hope the man of their family is alive, the action moves swiftly to a resounding conclusion in The Salsa Connection. Sveta, through a meeting of circumstance and luck, begins to learn salsa dancing, a far cry from her ballet training. As her dancing improves, she receives an amazing opportunity to visit the United States, as a contestant in salsa competitions. This is her chance to give her father, missing for twenty-five years and presumed dead, an appropriate goodbye. But once her preparations begin, she finds herself watched by the Russian mafia, by the CIA, and by several other men whose intentions are far from clear. An interesting look at the many renditions of salsa, the dedication of those who dance it, and how often things in life are not what they seem.
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The Salsa Connection is yet another well written tale of mystery, suspense and romance by author Johnny Ray.

At first I was a little skeptical about a romantic suspense set in the world of dancing. How interesting and engaging would a romantic suspense novel set in the salsa dancing world be? Would it be full of terminology that only dancers would understand? Worst of all, would it bring visions of an alien hybrid version of Alias and Dancing with the Stars gone wrong? So many disastrous scenarios raced through my mind in the few minutes it took to turn on my computer and begin reading.

In a matter of 15 pages, Johnny Ray put my fears to rest. The Salsa Connection is a fast paced, thrilling story that just happens to take place among dancers. Though to be honest, it is not entirely set in the dancing world, there are a few scenes involving dancing and such but for the most part the book is constantly moving and switching scenes. This is definitely not a slow paced story, which for me is essential in a story that involves murder, mystery and running for your life.

There are quite a few characters (including two with very similar names) and twists and turns in this book and it is easy to get lost if the reader isn't paying close attention. The pace at which the story is told matches the heart pounding, full steam ahead events so be sure to keep outside distractions at a minimum to fully enjoy The Salsa Connection.

Sveta, the female protagonist is not as fiery as previous characters in Johnny Ray's books, she's naive and has a sense of innocence about her. Still, she doesn't shy away from dangerous situations if it means she'll get answers. She definitely grows throughout the book.
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This book should have been edited down by about one-third -- it is so repetitive that I found myself regularly skipping over sections, particularly those dealing with the salsa dancing. The book is reasonably well-editing in terms of typos but the grammar is awful and it reads like a foreign-language book that was put through Google Translate. How many times do they go outside to "obtain" some fresh air, and so on? I did make it through the end (nothing in it I hadn't figured out long before) but was very eager for it to all be over about halfway through the book.

And so many unexplained loose ends, such as how, of of ALL the salsa dancers in New York, she happens to end up chatting with Danny? The author just made things fit, whether they made sense or not.

On the plus side, there were some interesting observations about life as a Russian and a lot of information about salsa dancing. Still, overall I would give this book a pass.
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This is the first I have read by Johnny Ray. I am not a dancer but the descriptive way in which he writes makes it easy to see in your head. The story seemed a little long but toward the end it picked up and became more of a thriller, which is what I was looking for. There is some romance in the book but probably not enough for die-hard romance fans. The main character is easily identified with and after a while I wanted to see what would happen to her. I was not disappointed. There are very few obscene words and one small risque scene but I cheered for the heroine when she would not go all the way until she married. If you like dancing and all that goes with it, this might be the book for you. If not, don't bother. However, it was a good change of pace for me and I congratulate Johnny Ray for time well spent. I will probably read more by this author.
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An unusual plot that spans Russia, America and Italy combined with Salsa dancing is sure to please anyone looking for a different kind of mystery. There are many surprising twists and turns throughout the story culminating in a great ending. Would have given it 5 stars were it not for one explicit sex scene and several awkward sentences in English that need editing. Otherwise, it's an exciting story with many likable characters.
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While searching for a way to market my book, I joined Twitter. I randomly picked a few authors to follow. Johnny Ray personally thanked me for following him on Twitter.
I have never really had the inclination to read a romance. Well, this is technically a romantic thriller, and it did sound intriguing! Plus I have been meaning to learn to Salsa dance for ages!

I enjoyed the character development of Sveta. It was easy to learn about her as the story progressed. Johnny Ray calls this novel a Romantic Thriller, but there is a charming air of mystery added. This was a very pleasant read and if you’re on the fence about learning to dance with your significant other, then I recommend this one to give you a nudge.

The only negative criticism, all I have to offer is that there were some typos. Enough to notice, but not enough to be annoying. Having said that, I will be reading more of Johnny Ray’s novels.

Keep up the good work, J.R.
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