KEN EADE, NOVELIST
– IN THE TRADITION OF GEORGE ORWELL
BUT THE GENRE OF TOM CLANCY & JOHN GRISHAM-
Obviously, the title is an homage to the famous suspense thriller by Ian Fleming, but the contents and direction of the story are unique to novelist, environmentalist and attorney, Ken Eade. Ken Eade likes to write about things he has thoroughly researched or things he knows first hand. And the fact is, that Ken Eade knows Russia first-hand and has visited there many times. He also knows the subject of GMOs very well, which has been part of his protagonist/scientist’s main professional concern in the first novel in this exciting sequel.
Ken Eade, although mainly a fiction writer, has a passion for reality and social justice. Formerly a full-time attorney, he now devotes much of his time to prodigious work in creating compelling suspense thrillers in series format. His novels focus on environmental and social issues and are meant to entertain but also to address the emotional intelligence of his readers- as he deals with issues that beg for more attention but have been lost in the sleepwalking mentality fostered by conventional, morally rootless media. In this respect, he follows in the socially conscious traditions of such diverse writers, older and newer, as Charles Dickens, John Steinbeck, George Orwell, Emile Zola, Leo Tolstoy, Upton Sinclair- but in the genre of crime, war and suspense writers like Sir Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, Ian Fleming, John Grisham, Tom Clancy and Lee Child, The genre of suspense thriller is an intentional choice for Ken Eade wants to capture a broad and diverse readership in one of the most well-loved type of popular literature. But make no make mistake about it, his work, although filled with the mayhem and excitement of this genre in the second category, he never forgets the intention of authors in the first.
“To Russia with Love” is the second book in Ken Eade’s Involuntary Spy suspense thriller. The involuntary spy, a scientist named Seth Rogan who, in the first book in the series, took on the mammoth Seed King agrobiz Bohometh, Germanat, which was willing to unleash dangerous GMOs on the public, now must return to Russia where his secret agent girlfriend has disappeared. The setting is the beginning of dangerous civil war in Ukraine and Rogan must pursue his quest amongst the chaos of clashing political powers and the constant threat of increasing violence. All during this time, Rogan suspects that Germanat has inserted himself into the war and wonders if the giant company is responsible for her disappearance.
TO RUSSIAN WITH LOVE
-THE ADVENTURE BEGINS-
There is no monopoly on common sense,
On either side of the political fence,
We share the same biology,
Regardless of ideology.
Believe me when I say to you,
I hope the Russians love their children too.
Seth Rogan woke up with a feeling that something was wrong this morning. In fact, he had woken up on the wrong side of the bed every morning for the past three weeks, since his girlfriend, Natalia Andropova (nicknamed Natasha) had not been in it. It had been very comfortable in this Hawaiian paradise as long as she had been here, but now she was gone and the room seemed empty – home was not home anymore.
Natasha’s boss had called and had sent her on a special assignment. That boss was none other than Vladimir Putin, arguably the most, or second most, powerful man in the world. Natasha served as an undercover agent for the Russian Federal Security Service, the FSB – the successor to the old KGB.
Seth had woken up in a foul mood every day since she had left, and for the first time since he had settled in this island paradise, he was bored. It didn’t make sense. Who could be bored with a beautiful house on the Kona Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii? He had his biological research to keep him busy, and he talked to her on the phone every day. Still it was not the same.
Since she had left, the first order of business was the telephone, something that Seth normally found to be a nuisance. Natasha was in Moscow presently, which was 14 hours ahead of Hawaii, so hers was the voice that Seth woke up to every morning and the one that put him to bed, but he had not heard from her in four days, and that made sleeping more of a chore than a necessity.
He had spent his waking hours, which were expanding due to his worries, calling her cell phone and leaving messages, texting an emailing, but Natasha had not responded. That was not like her, as she had been regularly checking in with him. Something was not right.
Seth looked at the clock. 9:30 already. That’s odd, by now she should have called. Five minutes later, the phone rang. He rolled over and grabbed the phone.
“Seth, it’s me – Abramov. The voice of Boris Abramov was a familiar one; one he knew from the days when he had lived undercover in Russia.
“Boris, I thought you were Natasha. I’m so glad you called.”
“She’s missing Seth.”
“Missing?” Seth’s heart surged as if it would jump out of his throat. “What are you talking about?”
“Someone has put out an anonymous missing persons report. We are looking for her.”
Seth was in a panic. He could not think. He got up from his bed and paced the floor.
“But Natasha’s supposed to be in Moscow.”
“She arrived in Kiev two weeks ago. She was to attend agricultural conference.”
“I know, I know, I was going to the same conference. But the conference was in Moscow. Why was she in Kiev?”
“They sent her there on assignment.”
“What kind of assignment?”
“I can’t talk about it over phone. Can you come to Kiev?”
“I’ll be on the next plane. How do I reach you?”
“Not me. You will meet Victor Godinov, our man with Russian Embassy.”
“What about the police? Are they working on it?”
“They say they are – Detective Ivan Petrenko is in charge of case. I’m not sure what help he may be, but I would like you to be on ground in Kiev in case we need you – in case Natasha needs you.”
“Of course, I’m there.”
Seth frantically wrote down the information, fired up his laptop, and booked a ticket to Kiev. It was over 21 hours of flying with layovers in San Francisco and Munich – 21 hours more that Natasha would be missing, and every second of that would count.
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