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The Soldier

(Bratva Blood #0.5)

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In love, as in war, there can be only one victor.

I wasn’t born a monster—they made me one.
I wasn’t born a king—I claimed the right to be one.
I was born a soldier—a fighter, a warrior.
Waging war is in my very soul, bone deep and blood-soaked.

There’s a new conflict on the horizon, time for me to defend my Bratva crown.
Time for me to reap cruel vengeance on those who wronged
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Kindle Edition, 64 pages
Published June 11th 2020
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Dee's Reading Zone
Dark, gritty and mysterious start to Konstantin and Cassie's story! Looking forward to the duet because I love S.R. Jones' writing style and her gritty mafia characters! Should I also say that I have noticed that most of her stories are interconnected with previous bad boys characters such as Ethan, Liam, Luka, Reese, Ilya; Damen, Alesso, Andrius etc..


5 Vengeful stars!
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Karen Mc
Aug 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
While only a novella, SR Jones’ The Soldier packs a punch. Told through the eyes of a boy who morphs into a man, Konstantin, The Soldier is about the evolution of a dark hero during a trying time in Russia. SR Jones gives readers a glimpse of the heroine, Cassie, but her and Konstantins’ story is yet to come.

Gripping, gritty, and heart-pounding, The Soldier is a blistering battle of man and life. A ruthless read, one of mafia tones and freedom fights. With its deliciously dark theme, fast-paced
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Maria11
Jun 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Good start

Warm up to the main event. Got my interest and it looks like it is going to get juicy! On to the next!
Space Cowgirl
Jun 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Growing Up Russian🐺🔫🔪💪

ADULT Alpha Bratva Male Romance and Adventure

This is a prequel novella to "The 👑King", and is largely an autobiographical account of Russian Konstantin's early life, and how circumstances and hard knocks shaped him into the Bratva King👑, the man he is today.
Great read! Well thought out and executed by Author Jones. Can't wait to read "The 👑King"! In fact I'm going to do that right now!
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Jo-Ann Forrest
Jun 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Konstatin is of modest means and when his father walks away from the family he becomes the main braed winner at age 13 - years later with nobody left to care for he is a soldier in the russian army and vows to become more. Many years later he is now on top of his game and trying to have a separate legitimate business in England, where he takes is son to take him away from mayhem leaving his wife in Moscow. One day he receives terrible news and his life will change forever. One of his pleasures i ...more
Coco.V
Jun 20, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: freebie
🎁 FREE on Amazon today (6/20/2020)! 🎁
Ana Rita
Jun 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
And Mafia... Mafia... Mafia... Do I need to say it again?
Mafia just to be sure.
Everyone knows that I love Mafia books and this lady knows how to write them.
She has one powerful writing, surrounded by darkness and so much more.
That lady is the one and only SR Jones.
Have you had the chance to read any book written by her?
If you did, you know what I'm talking about. But if you didn't... Oh boy... You don't know what you're missing.
The Soldier is her latest release and it's the prequel to the
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Misty Schott
Jun 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved this dark mafia romance prequel.

Konstantin has had to grow up fast, at the age thirteen he had to find ways to provide for his family when his father left them with nothing. He's had a very hard life and is now the King of his domain. He thought after what happened with his wife he would never want to settle down with another, then he sees Cassie his ray of sunshine. He can tell she's more of a settle down type of girl, not like the women that he's usually with and he can't give that to he
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Catlou
Jun 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I don't usually give 5 stars for a short prequel, but this story certainly deserves the extra star. There’s harshness to this story that may be hard to take at times. But it is a Bratva tale and there’s never anything soft in the telling. This is the beginning of Konstantin Ivanov’s story. You get to know him as a boy, a soldier, and what drives him to become a hard, unyielding “king.” This story is only the beginning, but it offers a lot of backstory which will add depth to the upcoming duet. W ...more
Ashley S.
Aug 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: alpha, mafia
I live my Russian Mafiya men and this one is no exception! Definitely read this before starting the series-a great background for the main characters! Starting in on The King right now and I can’t wait!
Kathi
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Best Prequel Ever – Must Continue on to The King (Which is Already Out)!!

This is the PERFECT beginning to understand Konstantin. He has it tough growing up, and that forms his views of those around him and his determination to rule the Bratva. Cassie has an IT degree but for various reason serves as a barista in a local café. Here their paths meet, and an interest begins. Simply brilliant. I’ll also say I’ve read The King and it continues in similar stellar fashion. I definitely highly recommend
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Tammy
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Konstantin’s story has begun! We get a glimpse of who he is in this prequel and his meeting Cassie. The read has lots of twists and turns and loads of drama and intrigue. Can’t wait for more. I loved it.
Book Nook Kitten
Feb 19, 2021 rated it did not like it
Nothing but backstory. This is not the book advertised. Boring, badly written and shockingly repetitive.The story begins with the hero as a thirteen year old boy in Soviet Rissia whose father has left, and his thoughts of how he is left to care for his mother, baby sibling and his father's mother, and hates his father because of it.

But the problem is in the next scene while he's older, and fighting as a soilder in a war, he's still just thinking about how his father left, how hates his father fo
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Amelia
Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The introduction to the full-length books in the Bratva Blood duet is truly outstanding. I got valuable insight into the lives of Konstantin, a Russian who has gone through a multitude of heartbreaking experiences, and Cassie, an ordinary American woman who secretly wants more in her life. Often-harsh circumstances have turned him into a man focused on his business dealings, whether legitimate or unlawful, and no one stops him from reaching a goal. When new information has him wanting to make so ...more
Beverly McCall
Apr 23, 2021 rated it liked it
The Soldier is the prequel to S.R. Jones’ Bratva Blood series. In this book, readers meet two dynamic lead characters—Cassie Evans and Konstantin Silvanov. They are opposites. She is a ray of golden sunshine, innocence, and happiness. She is kind and caring. He is lethal, deadly, and gloomy. He is head of the Moscow Bratva cell and a wealthy financier now situated in London. Despite her breathtaking and bubbling personality, Cassie is emotionally wounded. Konstantin suffers emotional wounds as w ...more
Kaye
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
ONE DEEP, DARK SIDE OF DECADENCE!!!
Unbelievable! Jones hit this baby hard, ratcheting up the thrill of the chase and skill of the hunt, jetting through the gates of hell with a vengeance, blasting this gem to life spectacularly. Twixt, twined and tightly coiled, showcasing the rocketing ups and agonizing downs, testing our characters in ways they could have never anticipated. Bracing the burdens and towing the line, delivering this pulse racing, heart pounding, adrenaline pumping, page flipping
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Yoneidis
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Khanique McDaniel
Aug 29, 2020 rated it liked it
There is such a thing as too many details. It's a delicate balance between providing a back story and not getting too lost in the details. I think this book is best read after the first novel in the series and I have yet to read the first novel in this series.

However, this level of detail is for someone who has already met and loves these characters and wants their back story with a bit of extras.

A Russian soldier turned business mogul and gangster living in London. It's not a storyline I have
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Sassy Southern
Aug 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars
Konstantin SiIvanov grew up in Russia in the 1990’s and when he was 13 his dad left his mom and Konstantin did whatever he could to help his mom. He first became a soldier and then became a venture capitalist and became head of the Bratva.
Yet when someone wages war with Konstantin and wants the Bratva crown how far will Konstantin to right wrongs of the past?
When an innocent woman gets caught in the middle will Konstantin take her or will she become a victim in a war he can’t stop?
This
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Illa
Jul 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
C58-C611-C-8549-43-F2-8-F86-BB6-FED7-F5980

Overall it’s a pretty good book.

We learn about the life of Konstantin, from his childhood to adulthood. From what I read Konstantin is not such a bad guy. I thought he would be this bad guy as he called himself the monster, but at least from prequel he wasn’t that bad.
On the few last chapters we learn a bit about Cassie. A hard working girl who wants a normal life, but Konstantin is everything but that.

In my opinion this book is not necessary to read The King which is the story of Cassie a
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Magwan
Jul 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Business story

It's told from a narrative point of view. The main lead has not had the best start in life, abandoned with his grandmother, mother and sister to support he tries to make a life and just survive. This initial book is just back story to set up the series. The characters are interesting and develop nicely.
The problem is the book is far too short, just as it's finding it's rhythm the book stops and you have to buy the next book which will be equally as short. I don't understand why aut
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Leanne
Mar 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is the free prequel to the Bratva Blood Duet. I've read Italian Mafia and Irish Gangster series before but this is my first Bratva ... this is a great intro into the Bratva world. Cold, ruthless, bloody ... all the things you'd expect from 'gangster' books.

The Soldier is a great back story into the MMC Konstantin - his upbringing in the countryside near Moscow and a glimpse into his time fighting in Chechnya during the 1990's. It then moves on to his time building his empire in both London
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Rhonda Hicks
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"The greatest pleasure is to vanquish your enemies, to chase them before you, to rob them of their wealth, to see their near and dear bathed in tears, to ride their horses and sleep on the bellies of their wives and daughters." Genghis Khan.
What an intriguing, raw, and heart-wrenching life Konstantine has lived. S. R. Jones takes us through his perilous journey from a poor child in Russia to a multi-billionaire referred to as 'King K' in the underground world and 'A Shark' in his legitimate
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HEATHER
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Introducing Konstantine, a Bratva Leader!
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The prequel to "Bratva Blood," introduces Konstantine, first as a young child, and later as the significant Bratva figure in Moscow. From poor beginnings, Konstantine grew his empire to spread worldwide. His hatred of his father never softened, and his determination to destroy the man behind his murdered wife's death never wavered. For years he felt nothing for the women in his life, but a young woman named Cassie changed his thinking. This b
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Rebecca Austin
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review-sassy
This is such a great beginning to the series and I can’t wait to see what is to come!

I really liked Konstantin and understand why his heart is so hard after everything he has been through and who he has been betrayed by in the past. I liked how attracted he was to the barista, Cassie Evans, and why he was disappointed when she got engaged.

The business move by Konstantin was interesting as were the staff moves he made and I was glad for one decision for sure! I definitely hope that they can pull
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Serena Worker
Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This shows you what Konstantin goes through and how it made him into the man he is today. What people see on the outside is very different to what he’s like on the inside.
He’s a Bratva Paykan, which is the King, and what he wants is revenge on those that created the monster he is.
Konstantin meets Cassie and there’s feelings that he’s never felt before, normally seeing models there’s something about Cassie that he’s drawn to. As quickly as Konstantin realises what he feels he knows he had to cut
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Vicki Stephens
Jun 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If this prequel is as good as the Bratva Blood Duet, then we are really in for a great series. This prequel provides the background on Konstantin Ivanov, who rises from devastating poverty and personal loss to become a billionaire through legal and illegal business ventures, and Cassie, a waitress at a coffee shop who is searching for a IT/computer tech position. They are both drawn to each other but have not acted upon their attraction. I highly recommend this phenomenal prequel and can hardly ...more
Carol 27
Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
We first meet Konstantin as a young man on the brink of manhood, then later as a soldier in the Russian elite forces and finally as a business man with one foot in legal enterprises and the other deeply embedded with the Bratva. We come to understand what drives him to succeed – hatred for the one man who set him on this path, and we don’t blame him for wanting revenge. Knowing he will use anyone and any means to achieve his goal makes him beyond dangerous, and we almost feel sorry for that man ...more
Anne Dwyer
Jun 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Konstatin's father deserted them when he was a child - his mother died soon after, and his sister when she was 11. The hate he had for his father created a monster - Kon became a big name in his homeland - and tried to be legit.
When his wife is murdered and he finds that his father is involved, he neds to get revenge. Where will Cassie fit into his plans?
Not the sort of book I would normally read, but it was fast moving enough that it kept my interest.

I received a free copy of this book via Book
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