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Conspiracy in Kiev (The Russian Trilogy #1)

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  1,209 Ratings  ·  120 Reviews
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.
ebook, 398 pages
Published January 6th 2009 by Zondervan (first published September 23rd 2008)
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Dec 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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....
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
Hal Hulot
Dec 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
I should have put this novel down after the first couple of chapters. For some unknown reason I stayed until the bitter end. One thing for sure, the remaining books in the trilogy will remain unread. Way too much packed into a convoluted story involving CIA, FBI, ABC, NBC, CBS - choose your own initials.
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspence
I would not rate this as Christian fiction. There is very little Bible Scripture used in the story, and there is a lack of separation between the saved and the unsaved. Alex showed me little evidence that she was a Christian and she was the main character in the book. I do not recommend this book because of the material used.
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
Amanda Cain
Jan 28, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Dec 30, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
May 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: september-2014
Loved it, stayed up way too late finishing it.
Victor Gentile
Jul 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I've read it several times. ;-)
Kathleen Anderson
Jul 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 29, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Vera VB
Alex LaDuca heeft een fbi opleiding gehad en werkt nadat ze haar leven er bijna bij verloor, niet meer in het veld zelf. Ze zit op fraude en belastingontduiking. In die hoedanigheid gaat ze met een presidentieel bezoek mee naar Oekraïne. Daar wacht haar de taak om aan te pappen met een topcrimineel die nergens voor terugdeinst. Wanneer een presidentieel bezoek in een bloedbad eindigt, zorgt dit bloedbad ook voor een persoonlijke tragedie waar Alex helemaal kapot van is. Ze valt terug op haar gel ...more
Linda Frank
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
great series
Rick Harrington
Feb 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(from my 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
Oct 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This thriller novel is very entertaining and informative about political/social problems in various locales such as Ukraine and Venezuela but I did not see the point of the trek into the jungles of Venezuela except I learned to be very wary of snakes in their jungle!
Mar 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Jan 03, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  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
Jan 12, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Brick ONeil
Jan 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Conspiracy in Kiev by Noel Hynd

Zondervan Press, Copyright 2008, Amazon Press e-pub, 400 pgs

Normally, I don't care for political mystery/thriller/whodunnits, but Noel Hynd weaves a tight tale that is irresistible, in two parts of this first book.

The novel, the first of a three part trilogy, what the author calls "The Russian Trilogy", brings to life characters, cities and problems in away that makes you care. Alex LaDuca, the main character, is a strong, vibrant woman who is kept in the dark as a
Rachelle Sperling
See my profile for my star rating system!

The positives: I found the plot interesting and entertaining. I enjoyed the variety of exotic locations from Europe and Asia to South America. It brought back many memories of a summer spent in Kiev.

The negatives: I did not like the writing style. It felt like the author was always telling and never really showing. The setting often felt bare bones. I've been to most of the locations mentioned in the book (with the exception of Venezuela) and so I could
Linda B
Feb 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Marilyn Beyer
Sep 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a fast-paced suspense thriller, set in Ukraine in 2004 and related to the Ukranian-Russian conflict – I couldn’t put it down! The author used real events in recent history and made it relevant to the plot of the story. Loved it!

Alex LaDuca, a multilingual and well-traveled woman who worked as an investigator for the US Treasury Department, crosses over to accept an FBI assignment in Ukraine. She accepts intense training to prepare her for the job, which is to stay close to a certain Ru
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