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Twisted Reasons

(Twisted Trilogy #1)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  28 ratings  ·  16 reviews
TWISTED REASONS, the first in a trilogy of international thrillers based on arms and human trafficking from a modern ‘rogue’ Russian state, is the tale of two college friends who get drawn into the heist of nuclear material from a former Soviet site. Arriving in Vienna to find his friend Adam Kallay, an official at the International Atomic Energy Agency, presumed dead, cri ...more
Paperback, 285 pages
Published November 16th 2014 by Deux Voiliers Publishing
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One Word: Wow!

Twisted Reasons by Geza Tatrallyay was an epic, suspenseful thriller that kept me hooked at every turn!

This thriller novel follows an international story revolving around stolen uranium - trailing across Russia, Vienna, Georgia, and other beautiful landscapes. While I don't know much about those areas or the atomic bombs, I found Geza's retellings to be enough to get me really hooked to the story. Mix in Geza's skill of weaving a beautiful story, epic character arcs and the suspen
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, nook, series, suspense
I'm going to be honest, this book just wasn't for me. It was okay. I do think there are readers who would enjoy this. It really was an intriguing & suspenseful storyline. I am not very familiar with the history or the layout of the area of the world where the story takes place, so it was a little hard for me to follow at times. Again, that's something that was more of a personal preference than any fault of the book. It was very clear that Mr. Tatrallyay knew his material, and he came across as ...more
Darryl Greer
Feb 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Geza Tatrallyay’s Twisted Reasons is not an easy read. While it is a work of fiction, it is fable interwoven with reality, a harsh, perhaps even prophetic reality at that. Greg Martens is an author of what was once called ‘penny dreadfuls’: crime novels devoid of literary merit. But he finds himself invited, by mistake as it happens, to a conference in Vienna hosted by the Austrian Literary Society. He is excited because he plans to visit a life long friend, Adam Kallay. Greg and Adam share Hung ...more
Geza Tatrallyay
Dec 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: thriller
I first conceived of, and started writing, TWISTED REASONS, when I was living in Vienna and traveling throughout the former Soviet Union. I had read a great little book called THE ATOMIC BAZAAR, by William Langewiesche, that talked about the ease which with terrorists could get their hands on nuclear material from one of the secret cities where Stalin developed the atomic bomb. Delving further into research on the Soviet bomb, I learned about the many accidents and the utter disregard for human ...more
Mark Reutlinger
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Twisted Reasons, the first book of Geza Tetrallyay’s Twisted trilogy, is a thriller with a strong historical and political base. It concerns both the creation of Russia’s first nuclear weapons and the later attempts by terrorists, with the help of Russian insiders, to steal enough weapons-grade material to build their own bombs. It’s also a tale of friends and lovers and how these relationships become somewhat twisted. To say it puts the Russian government and the people working for it in a bad ...more
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
To be honest, this book was difficult for me to read. I had a hard time even getting past the prologue. It recounts the horrible experiments that were done on prisoners in Russia concerning radiation poisoning. It was sad, disgusting, and horrifying. But after I made it past that, the rest of the book was an action-packed thriller spy drama. It's intense and well written. It's the first book in the Twisted Trilogy by Geza Tatrallayay which will also include human trafficking in future books. Che ...more
Jo Morningstar
Dec 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The twists and turns along with the history in this book make for a very interesting read. This is not the usual genre that I would read and I was very pleasantly surprised.
Alexis Allinson
Nov 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A suspenseful thriller for the modern time! The book kept taking different twists and turns that would keep you guessing as to who was really in the conspiracy and who wasn't. A great book. ...more
Caroline Vu
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This novel is an exciting political thriller full of suspense.
Bravo to the author for his extensive background research into the former Soviet Union.
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: author-request, blog, 2018

I received this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Greg Martens and Adam Kallay were childhood friends. After years of not seeing each other and their careers taking them separate ways, they decide to reunite in Vienna to research the histories of their ancestors. But, was that really the main motive behind the reunion? Greg, after recently going through a divorce, is invited to speak at the Austrian English Literary Society. Adam had jus
Laurie Stewart
Jan 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, reviewed
Twisted Reasons
4/5 stars
This is a good, solid read. A thriller with politics, nuclear bombs, beautiful agents, and a regular Joe caught in the middle. Set in current day Vienna, the story loosely follows the film “The Third Man”, adding current politics, terrorists, and morals.
The backstory is revealed through the main character’s family history, many times in first person and set in WW2 and just after. Painstakingly researched for the history of the nuclear research project in Russia, and the R
Kimberly Klemm
Dec 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Through treatment of a Cold War era time when nuclear bombs were covertly under construction, "Twisted Reasons by Geza Tatrallyay pulls the reader in with every page. Set against the backdrop of Russian/Interpol spy games, the two main characters Anne and Greg race international theft investigations and an every increasingly complicated set of related events to find the solution to the murder of their mutual friend, Adam. "Twisted Reason" is a compelling, fascinating journey worthy of a first, a ...more
Lynn B
May 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
A real page turner. Not really sure why I picked it up, as I don't read this genre (well not usually) but I am glad I did pick it up ans I truly enjoyed it.

The twists and turns along with the history in this book make for a very interesting read. As I mentioned, this is not the usual genre that I would read. But I was very pleasantly surprised. I would definitely consider reading the next book of this series when it comes out.
Ian Shaw
Nov 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a fascinating tale of intrigue bridging the atrocities under Stalin with modern criminality in Russia. It is very well researched and written.
Stephanie Jurivich
Twisted Reasons was a well researched and thought provoking thriller. The book was a real page turner right up to the very end.
Entrada Book Review
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Twisted Reasons tells one of the many horrors that came from the Soviet Union and how it could reach out and hurt us even today. In the modern day, nuclear-grade uranium has been stolen from an IAEA team trying to get it out of the former Soviet Union. An American with plans to find the thieves has died in Hungary, and his friend and a fellow IAEA agent struggle to find out what has really happened. Then, the worst happens.

This is a very good and smart thriller. If you like Mission Impossible-ty
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Born in Budapest, Hungary, Geza escaped with his family in 1956 during the Hungarian Revolution, emigrating to Canada the same year. He grew up in Toronto, attending the University of Toronto Schools, where he was School Captain. He graduated from Harvard University with a BA in Human Ecology in 1972 (after taking a break in his studies to work as a host in the Ontario Pavilion at Expo’70 in Osaka ...more

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