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Hotel Moscow

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  540 ratings  ·  124 reviews
From the author of Jerusalem Maiden comes a mesmerizing, thought-provoking novel that tells the riveting story of an American woman--the daughter of Holocaust survivors--who travels to Russia shortly after the fall of communism, and finds herself embroiled in a perilous mafia conspiracy that could irrevocably destroy her life.

Brooke Fielding, a thirty-eight year old
Paperback, 464 pages
Published June 2nd 2015 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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Raven Haired Girl
Jun 02, 2015 added it
Shelves: 2015
As the story unfolds I found myself questioning its plausibility, partly due to its presentation which comes across in a rather brusque manner. I wavered back and forth as to the occurrences and situations given. What left me in suspended doubt, piquing my curiosity even more – Carner was in Moscow months after Communism tumbles along with Yeltsin stomping a rebellion. Carner was part of a group of American female business professionals as portrayed in both the lead protagonist and narrative, lo ...more
Neil McCrea
The two stars are for competence. This is a novel that has been polished to a shine, a novel that has been workshopped until the structure was bulletproof. This is the writing of a successful business person who, after deciding they had a story that needed telling, took creative writing course after creative writing course until a methodology for storytelling became clear. It is a novel devoid of any troubling idiosyncrasies and arguably devoid of any style.

It is 1993 and Brooke Fiel
Cold War Conversations Podcast
A taut thriller set in Russia in the immediate aftermath of the Soviet Union.

American businesswoman Brooke Fielding joins a friend on a mission to Moscow to teach business skills to Russian women, but finds corruption blocking her efforts at every turn.

Brooke's parents fled Russia in the 1940s as a result of the persecution of their jewish faith and the underlying anti-Semitism still prevalent in Russia pervades the storyline throughout.

I hadn’t realised until I read t
Sharron E.
Oct 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: okay-ish
Read this for my English assignment. Politics is so not my forte especially international politics.
Aug 10, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: communism, fiction
In a nutshell: after the fall of the USSR, Russia was a lawless place in which everyone experienced at least a crime daily or watched their friends and neighbors get attacked while doing nothing about it, in which many husbands beat their wives and all men looked lecherously at women while wanting to rape them, in which union workers refused to serve tea at hotels because it was not part of their job description, in which people were lazy and hopeless and helpless (except for those women who drew hope fr ...more
Jun 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
In 1993, Brooke Fielding heads to Russia, with a group of other women, to teach entrepreneurial skills to Russian business women. It's nothing like she had envisioned it would be. She quickly learns that the women over there live under difficult circumstances and the mafia is in control.

This was such an interesting book! I was feeling sorry for Brooke and all she was dealing with. Then we meet two Russian business women, Svetlana and Olga. They put up a front for the Americans but th
Katie/Doing Dewey
Jun 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book wasn't at all what I expected from the description on the jacket. Typically when that happens, it doesn't end well, but in this case, I thought the jacket description really undersold the story! To begin with, the book was awesome in all the ways I expected from the description. It takes place during a fascinating time period in Russian history and I learned a lot from reading the book. It was about impressive female entrepreneurs, both Brooke and the women she was working with. The pa ...more
Sharon Chance
Jun 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Plunging her readers into the early 1990s and post-communism Russia, author Talia Carner presents a dramatic, fast-paced rollercoaster of a story that will keep readers on the edge of their seats to the very satisfying ending.

Combining the main character's background as the child of Holocaust survivors with her present-day position as a woman executive on a mission trip to advise Russian women on how to start up businesses of their own, Carner has molded a fascinating and admirable
May 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Hotel Moscow, by Thalia Carner is the story of life in Russia during the break up of communism. Brooke Fielding is a thirty eight year old investment manager working for a company in New York City. While her company is in the middle of a take over she is given a two week vacation. She joins a group of women going to Russia to teach business skills to Russian women starting up small businesses.

Brooke is the child of holocaust survivors. She has been affected by the legacy of her parents, who sur
Jun 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: avon, reviewed, edelweiss
An interesting mix of historic elements, a mystery and self-discovery are highlights of this story that flashes back to the fall of the Soviet State formerly known as the USSR. Brooke is traveling to Moscow with a group of Americans, intending to share their business acumen and help establish some level of capitalist-style businesses run by Russian women. The daughter of Russian Jews that are also Holocaust survivors, the history and stories about ‘mother Russia” were a constant companion in her ...more
Jul 27, 2015 rated it did not like it
Since this book is based on the author's experiences in Russia during the events depicted in the novel, this should have been a compelling read. Instead, what I found was a disjointed, poorly written book totally lacking in character development or plot cohesion

Brooke Fielding is a 38-year-old investment manager in New York and the daughter of Russian Holocaust survivors who harbors not one, but two BIG SECRETS. When her firm is being taken over by another, she is told to take vacati
Maggie Franz
Jun 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Books contain an intense magic, so powerful that it can transport us to a different time and place. Their authors wield the wands and the cant the spells that craft these journeys for readers. These wizards of words have the ability to not only teach us about history, to but make us live it, to feel it. They weave together the threads of history, humanity, thought and perception to create the most vivid tapestries, which tell the stories of places, people and the events in which they partake. Ta ...more
Lynn (Ellesea Loves Reading)
May 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Having studying 20th century Russian history in high school, this title piqued my interest because this book is based after the collapse of communism in the Soviet Union; some years after I finished my education. The fact the plot is built around some of the author's own experiences at this time added to my curiosity.

Bertha Feldman or Brooke Fielding as she's now called is the daughter of two Russian Jewish holocaust survivors who escaped to America. Growing up was difficult as she w
Aug 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Very well written. Interesting story of a woman travelling to Moscow and the issues she encounters under the suspicion of the Russian police. She also has her own prejudices to overcome (her parents were Polish during WW2)
Brooke Fielding, a thirty-eight year old New York investment manager and daughter of Jewish Holocaust survivors, finds her life suddenly upended in late September 1993 when her job is unexpectedly put in jeopardy. Brooke accepts an invitation to join a friend on a mission
Feb 11, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC from the publisher - the book will be published in June 2015. This was very different from the other "Russian" novels I've read recently. The story centers around 38-year-old Brooke Fielding, the American daughter of Holocaust survivors, who goes on a citizen's mission to Moscow to teach business skills to Russian women. But its October 1993 and she ends up in the middle of a war zone when there is an uprising of the Russian parliament against President Boris Yeltsin. I didn't ...more
Tara Chevrestt
Aug 09, 2015 rated it it was ok
I think this story had an excellent and heart-pounding start. Immediately, readers are immersed in a world of greed, bribes, rape, bullying, corrupt banks, and mafia hold ups, not to mention dirty police/security. We see the plight of women in Russia in the nineties, right after the fall of communism. It's educational. Enlightening. I had no idea women were dealing with these issues in what one does not consider a third-world country.

Women are not being encouraged to work. Anarchy re
Susan Csoke
Apr 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a novel about an american woman of russian jewish decent. Her parents had been holocaust victims who watched horrifically as their relatives were murdered, and barely got away alive. Brooke travels to Russia with a group of women, they are on a mission to help reform russian business women and teach them business savvy. When Brooke and her companions arrive at Hotel Moscow they are shocked to see that it is not what they expected. Through complications and violence they begin to fear for ...more
Mar 07, 2017 rated it liked it
This book had the potential to be a gripping novel--set during the fall of the Soviet Union and the upheaval and near-anarchy that followed before the modern Russian government got on its feet. The fact that the author was a visiting consultant during those times lends credibility to the story, if only she hadn't kept trying to force a connection to Nazi persecution of Jews which was a weak connection, in my opinion. The frequent Nazi referrals really detracted from the story; the main character ...more
Lisa Barr
Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read this thought-provoking, incredibly well-researched novel in just a few days. Carner provides an unique glimpse of Old World versus New World, a running theme throughout the remarkable "Hotel Moscow". The protagonist, Brooke Fielding, 38 — with who, I fell in love—is modern, savvy, smart, progressive, idealistic, fearless and strategic. She is the daughter of Holocaust survivors, a truth that subconsciously guides her actions, shapes her. She struggles with the handed-down violent memories ...more
Angie Mangino
Apr 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Hotel Moscow
By Talia Carner
Reviewed by Angie Mangino
Rating: 5 stars

It’s September 30, 1993 when Brooke Fielding disembarked at the Moscow airport.

“The significance of the moment billowed in Brooke’s chest: She, an American, was arriving in Russia mere twenty-one months after the collapse of communism.”

This daughter of Holocaust survivors was there to help Russian women by sharing her business expertise in a group formed by her friend Ama
Aug 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
Brooke Fielding, nee Bertha Feldman, travels to Russia shortly after the fall of communism, to teach Russian women about business and entrepreneurship. Brooke's baggage includes worries that she's about to lose her job, and feeling that she's betraying her parents, Holocaust survivors from Russia who lost first families and suffered tremendously at the hands of both Russians and Nazis. The world Brooke enters is no less non-linear: things are not what they seem, and glastnost doesn't mean an end ...more
Talia Carner
Jun 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Endorsed by Nelson DeMille, Tami Hoag, Andrew Gross and other NYT bestselling suspense authors! Please check a few Q&A's about the novel (as well as interesting photos of Russians' lives in a communal apartment) on my website at

“A finely-drawn tale of a country emerging from its dark Soviet past into a present overshadowed by a new kind of terror and lawless corruption... Will keep the reader mesmerized.” (Nelson DeMille)

“Talia Carner sweeps us away along with her brave
Barbara Loggia
Nov 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
4 stars for giving a realistic view of Russia in the fall of 1993, after the fall of Communism when the country was in another war in the control of their country. Under the guise of presenting capitalistic business seminar to women, the daughter of Holocaust survivors experiences the truth of the Russian mindset 20 months after the Revolution. Well educated women are now attempting to start their own businesses to survive this new world but are under the power of corruption, extortion, from men ...more
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the story of Brooke Fielding, a young woman who is invited with a group of women to go to Moscow, and teach entrepreneurial skills to women there. Communism has fallen, and Brooke, the daughter of Holocaust survivors is anxious to go. Her mother is from Russia. Upon her arrival to Moscow, nothing is what the envisioned.

This was a very good well written novel, based on the author's actual visit to Russia in 1993.
Literary Soirée
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was thrilled when author Talia Carner contacted me on Facebook to ask for my review of her newest historical novel, “Hotel Moscow.” The day the package arrived from HarperCollins Publishers, I eagerly tore open the manilla covering and just knew by the lush cover that this was a book I would love. And I do!

It is a gorgeously written, beautifully conceived story of a New York woman who goes to Russia for a business opportunity after the recent collapse of the Iron Curtain. Talia is
Erin Cataldi
As someone whose traveled to Russia, studied Russian history, and read a multitude of books on the country, I still managed to learn a lot! My studies generally ended around the fall of communism, so I was generally aware of the corruption that seeped into the country afterwards, but I had no idea the extent of it, and especially aimed at women! This novel explores what life was like for young entrepreneurial women (and women in general) in post communist Russia. It was no cakewalk as American f ...more
Jul 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historic-fiction
Brooke Fielding, a financial analyst agrees to participate in a women's mission to Moscow in October, 1993. Caught in the middle of an uprising against Yeltsin, she finds herself in danger as she investigates high levels of corruption and attacks on women owned businesses. As the daughter of survivors she also learns that her Judaism is something to be proud of. Interesting read about relatively recent historic events and the fear that all Russians lived with for so manynyears
Dottie Resnick
Nov 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Thought-provoking novel of an American woman who goes to Russia, shortly after the fall of Communism, to teach Russian women entrepreneurial skills. Major culture shock ensues, from spying, eavesdropping, corruption, long lines for food, gasoline & banking, as well as living conditions in general. I wanted to rush through the book to find out how the story unfolded, yet didn't want it to end at the same time. Great read!
Nick Woodall
This book takes place in the middle of the Russian Civil war in September 1993. It is about a group of American women who come to Moscow in the middle of the civil war to help Russian women start businesses. The rest of the book is about the intrigue they find themselves in and what happens to them while in Moscow. An interesting read.
Apr 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
A very interesting book! It was well written and the descriptions really took me to Moscow in that difficult time! At times there was a little too much business content for me but other than that I enjoyed this book and will recommend it to friends. I also plan to look for Jerusalem Maiden, as that looks like another interesting story!
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Formerly the publisher of Savvy Woman magazine and a lecturer at international women economic forums, novelist Talia Carner’s heart-wrenching suspense novels, PUPPET CHILD, CHINA DOLL and JERUSALEM MAIDEN and HOTEL MOSCOW have garnered rave reviews and awards. As each touches a social issue never explored before, they are often the choice of reading groups in the USA and abroad.

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