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Conspiracy in Kiev (The Russian Trilogy #1)

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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? Connecting the dots between an assassination attempt in Ukraine, a murder in Paris, and a brutal attack on a remote village in South America takes Alex on a dangerous puzzle-solving, soul-searching journey that changes her forever.
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Published January 6th 2009 by Zondervan (first published September 23rd 2008)
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Samantha
Currently reading this...... We've gone from Washington to the Ukraine and I think all hell is about to break loose.....

(After finishing) I really (!!!) liked this, but I'm a sucker for fast paced spy stories with a credible female main character. The story went all over Europe, to South America, back then to Europe. I LOVED THE MAIN character and really felt for her when something horrible happened to her around 40% into the book. This appears to be a series. I'm down for the next one....
Julie
The product description describes this book as a "solid, fast-paced espionage thriller". Unfortunately, this book is anything but that.

The first approx. 40% of the book revolves around the main character, FBI Special Agent Alexandra LaDuca, getting ready to travel to Kiev. There is a brief bit of action in Kiev, then another 30% or so of the book is Alex recovering from and dealing with what happened in Kiev. This includes her traveling to Venezuela. There is a brief bit of action after she has...more
Hal Hulot
Quite good. Very literate and wise thriller, the start of a series that I will be glad to follow. The story starts in Washington and runs through Kiev and then South America. Complex but thoughtful plot and the author, whom I've read before but not in this genre, REALLY knows his intrernational and diplomatic stuff. No profanity, by the way, just story, character and fast moving events. Darn good.
Matt Howard
I've just finished reading three novels by this author. I'm not going to pad my statistics by claiming them individually because once you've read one, the others have nothing new to add.These books are also additions to the growing phenomenon of illiterate, technically ignorant authors of techno-thrillers. If you are trying to make your novel seem tough and gritty by including endless detail about the firearm the heroine is using as she faces danger, the details should be right. How much trouble...more
Allison
I would give this one 3 1/2 stars.
I was pleasantly surprised with this novel. I got it for free on my kindle and didn't know too much about it.

Alex is an FBI agent with the department of Treasury who goes "on loan" for a CIA operation. She gets pulled into a web of intrigue and a situation more complicated than she had bargained for - including an assassination attempt on the president of the U.S.A.
The story jumps around the world from Washington, to Ukraine, Venezuala, Rome and Paris. It is exc...more
Amanda Cain
I read this book because it was a free Kindle download and was very pleasantly surprised. It was a great book. Sometimes it seemed like the main character was looking for trouble, but all in all it was interesting. The story takes place in three major places, Ukraine, Venezuela and Paris. The author took time to explain some of the cultural and historical aspects of these places but manages to make it interesting. It doesn't read like a history textbook. Also, after having read several supernatu...more
David
A very involved story with lots of separate strands - Paris, Rome, Kiev, Washington, Venezuela. It fills the bill as a suspense filled spy story, but in the end I wonder, "What was the point of the story?" It seemed to portray a dark or negative view of every country mentioned, especially regarding Ukraine and regarding US intelligence. Religious faith seems important in the life of the main character, but not decisively so. Perhaps things will resolve better by the end of the trilogy. From my p...more
Scott
3 and a half stars. I was at the library when the title of this book caught my eye. With the current events transpiring in Ukraine, I was intrigued by this read. I was not familiar with the author but the synopsis interested me. It was billed as a thriller, and I would say it delivered as a popular thriller. I enjoyed the descriptions of the Washington, DC area as well as the areas where Alex, the main character, traveled, which include Ukraine and Venezuela. The book reminded me of people I hav...more
liirogue
2 1/2 stars. I got this on Amazon for my Kindle because they were offering it for free. Once I got into it, I realized this was a Christian book, though the author wasn't preachy about it, so it was okay. I enjoyed the story and the religious parts weren't slap-you-in-the-face. I enjoyed the story but wasn't really surprised by any of it - most of the "twists and turns" are completely obvious and cliched.
Wendy
I read this without stopping on my kindle (for free no less). As everyone else said in their reviews, it was excellent. Noel Hynds is a Goodreads author and he tells an amazing and exciting story of intrigue. The protagonist Alexandra LoDuca is brilliant, both as a character and as a choice for character. I loved this book-read it, download it, enjoy it.
Laura
I liked the book, but found the mixture of action adventure and christian lit a little confusing. The book is a good cia thriller and I like Alex as a lead character. Sometimes there is a little too much political background. I found the background interesting but it broke up the pace of the book.
Kathleen Anderson
Pretty good story with quite a bit of action. Entertaining more than something to ponder about. I hear there are two more in the series so I want to check that out.
Jody
I enjoyed this book and I am looking forward to reading the complete trilogy. It was a fast paced page turner from the start to the end.
Victor Gentile
This is an exciting book. Don't start this book late if you have to go to work the next day it is almost impossible to put down
Noel Hynd
Nov 28, 2008 Noel Hynd rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I've read it several times. ;-)
Mark
This is the first book of Noel Hynd's that I have read. I picked it up on Amazon-Kindle for free a few days ago when they were offering it for free (as often they do, and they do it unannounced, so if you are a Kindle reader, it pays to check out the free book list every day!) Anyway, I found this a really quick read. Intriguing with all the factual information about various locations throughout the book. If you've ever been to any of the places mentioned (and even it you have not) you'll feel l...more
John
I've read other reviews of this book, and although I agree with some of the criticism, I did find this to be a very enjoyable book. I found little to criticize with the editing or other technical details; something I had expected to find fault with based on the bad reviews.

The good: Since this book is in the (new?) genre of faith-based novels, in that Christianity is promoted during the course of the plot, there is no adult language/situations. It's nice to see that a thriller *CAN* be written w...more
Linda B
During the preparation for a United States presidential trip to Ukraine, Department of Treasury Special Agent Alexandra LaDuca was approached by the Secret Service for a special assignment. Her assignment was to keep an eye on organized crime leader Yuri Federov. Although conflicted, she accepted the job that would be a challenge to her both professionally and personally. Before the action ends, Part Two of the book changes the location and Alex finds and uneasy alliance.

Conspiracy in Kiev is th...more
Paul Goble
I enjoy books that transport me to new places, where I can learn about different cultures and ways of being. Unfortunately, for the first two-thirds of the book, I felt like I was reading an opinionated essay on Ukrainian geopolitics. Background information for every location mentioned in the book, much of it irrelevant to the story, went on and on. Amazingly, although much of the story takes place in the shadow of Chernobyl, the great meltdown of 1986 isn't even mentioned.

Here's the plot: Trea...more
Rick Harrington
(from my Amazon.com review "Spymaster Masters me Again")

I was a little nervous reading this book. I'd really enjoyed Midnight in Madrid (another in this trilogy), but that was my first Kindle read, and I didn't know then that these books are published by a Christian publishing house. Starting this one, I was afraid my positive impression might have been contaminated by first-timeism (I liked reading on the Kindle) and I have to assume that Christian publishing would prove to be, you know, progra...more
Becky B
The main character is Alexandra LaDuca, she speaks more languages fluently than most people can count to ten in, she's a regular Annie Oakley with a gun, and she is good with computers, which is why she works for the US Treasury on cyber financial crimes. Because of her language skills, Alex is recruited by the CIA for a job keeping an eye on a mob boss in Kiev while the US President makes a state visit. Of course the visit goes horribly wrong, resulting in Alex becoming a very scarred hero with...more
Meg
Apr 05, 2011 Meg rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Meg by: Kindle freebie
Decidedly mediocre. This book had some potential: the often-complimented strong female lead, the exciting plot premise, etc. However, it came across as unpolished and disappointing.

My biggest issue is with the pacing and construction. While the book is very fast-paced at some points, at others it finds itself bogged down in details. The natural flow of the narrative is also disrupted by the rapidly-changing setting, as the story moves from Ukraine to Venezuela to Paris without really tying these...more
Paul
For the first thirty chapters of this book, it's a decent spy thriller with a strong female lead who has an oddly dispassionate relationship with her fiance. Her faith is important to her, and although it seems stilted when an entire chapter is devoted to her prayer in an Episcopal church before going on a mission, it isn't that jarring.

Then the mission unfolds, and the spy thriller disappears. It becomes a Christian book about avoiding sin and fighting atheists, calling Arabs "raghead" and trea...more
Leah
I had never read any of Noel Hynd's books until this one.
I have seen them at my library but never picked them up. I am very happy I finally did!

Conspiracy in Kiev is different than most of the other books I read. I'm not much into Europe so books that take place there don't really interest me. However in this book, Alex travels to Ukraine, Russia, Venezuela, and lives in America.

The pages of this book were filled with action and adventure. It was also a very sad book. Alex endured a huge hearta...more
Karol
I liked this story about a female FBI agent. Thought I would love it.

I can't pinpoint exactly why I didn't love it. Some of the writing bugged me, making me wish the editing was stronger. But that only distracted me a couple of times.

The plot and the people were complex; information about Kiev, the Ukraine in general, Venezuela and the workings of the FBI seemed fairly well researched. The story moved along at a good pace. But somehow, it didn't fully engage me and keep my attention.

I'm fascinat...more
Tiana
I'm a sucker for Trilogies or any book that have a continuation which gives me something new to read.

The word conspiracy in the title was a good word to use, because all throughout this book I was wondering who was lying and who was telling the truth. I loved that the hero was a strong woman who was even better than some of the men in her line of work. This book will keep you going all the way to the end.

I can say that I could have done without all the historical references, and I sometimes bree...more
Pam
This was a really enjoyable book to read. I loved the main character, and I was intrigued with the character of the Ukrainian mafia guy.

I was annoyed with the way the author portrayed Ukraine in general. I've experienced some of the corruption there first-hand, but I think he's probably going a bit far when he calls it the most corrupt nation in the world. I know it's just a novel, but still...

I eventually got past all of the Ukrainian stuff, however, and found the book to be mostly exciting....more
Tammy AZ
A supposed spy novel/thriller, this book needed an editor or at the bare minimum a proofreader. Two times in less than a page the author makes the same comparison of height and weight and three times in the same section describes how long it had been since the main character had practiced firing her weapon ( although the time frame changed each time!). This gem had me laughing out loud: "Trim, twenty-nine, and with long legs that seemed chiseled from all the workouts, she drew the usual set of a...more
Erin
The author of this book definitely seems to be up on his international politics and has written a good, fast paced thriller, and for those reasons, I liked Conspiracy in Kiev. However, I found the main character a bit insufferable (she's really supercilious, but is apparently not smart enough to stay out of obviously dangerous situations). I also found the Christian elements jarring. This is an espionage novel with a lot of gratuitous and graphic violence, and the main character's obvious Christ...more
Allison
I have to admit I wasn't ever loving this book. Some of the prejudices that are apparent in the book (although supposedly belonging to the characters not the author) made my jaw drop. Additionally, the main character is just too unbelievable, she's BEYOND perfect in practically every way (Mary Poppins isn't this good). When the author decided that she could hear the signal put out by the bug in her apartment (which accordingly could only be heard by animals) I finally gave it up; I couldn't take...more
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