By Orest Stelmach

Nadia’s thoughts of her father aren't satisfied ones. An indignant, secretive guy, he died whilst she used to be 13, leaving his prior shrouded in secret. while a stranger claims to have recognized her father in the course of his early years in jap Europe, she consents to meet—only to observe the guy shot lifeless on a urban sidewalk. together with his final breath, he whispers a cryptic clue, one who will propel Nadia on a high-stakes treasure hunt from ny to her ancestral fatherland of Ukraine. There she meets an not likely best friend: Adam, a teenage hockey prodigy who honed his talents at the deserted cooling ponds of Chernobyl. bodily and emotionally scarred via radiation syndrome, Adam possesses a mystery which may swap the world—if she will hold him alive lengthy adequate to do it. A twisting story of greed, secrets and techniques, and lies, The Boy from Reactor four will preserve readers guessing until eventually the ultimate heart-stopping page.

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Not anything. ” Misha, grinning back, slapped Victor at the again. “Okay, old style. Let’s do that factor. ” bankruptcy 12 NADIA STOOD within the kitchen cradling the cat, head swirling from the vodka and Victor’s revelation. Her father had instructed her he had a brother who died as a baby, yet that they had by no means even mentioned his identify. If this Damian was once, in reality, her deceased uncle, it could clarify why the fellow posing as Milan had known as her. She felt a wierd tug, as if she had misplaced anything she by no means even knew she had. “Is every thing ok? ” she acknowledged while Victor back. “I heard a legitimate. as if a person fell. ” His eyes seemed puffy, his face flushed. “Are you ok? ” “Yes, I’m advantageous. occasionally humans locally name me to aid unravel disputes. This was once a relatives topic, and issues received a piece emotional. For we all. ” Nadia passed him the cat. “Perhaps I should still cross. ” “No, no. That subject is totally resolved. ” “Are you convinced Damian’s final identify was once Tesla? ” Victor put the cat at the ground. “Your mom and dad didn’t inform you approximately him? ” “My mom and dad didn’t speak a lot approximately their earlier. They placed all their strength into molding my brother and me into their imaginative and prescient for the following Ukrainian American iteration. My father did inform me he had a brother who died at a tender age. He by no means referred to him. yet then, he by no means noted something. ” “That’s no shock. Damian used to be a thief. ” “I’d wish to comprehend extra approximately my uncle. But…if this isn’t an exceptional time…” The cat darted round Victor’s legs in a perpetual figure-eight movement. Victor stated, “I have site visitors with a enterprise dispute they’ve requested me to assist get to the bottom of. It’ll basically take ten or fifteen mins. do you want to have a seat and wait? ” “If you’re certain you don’t brain. ” “Not in any respect. ” Victor rubbed the stubble on his chin and studied Nadia for a second. “Actually, you recognize what? Why don’t you come back in with me as an observer? it's possible you'll locate it fascinating. ” “Oh. quite? I don’t know…I don’t are looking to intervene. ” “Nonsense. You’ll be my visitor. A enterprise went undesirable. Restitution is demanded. It’s an easy topic. It won’t take lengthy. Verdicts are quickly in my court docket. ” He winked. Victor led her upstairs to a stark room with a small wood desk and 5 chairs, 3 on one aspect and at the different. males sat on one part with an empty chair and lots of area among them. impartial flooring. A manila folder lay at the desk in entrance of the empty chair. Victor motioned on the empty chairs dealing with the boys. Their eyes undressed Nadia as she sat down beside Victor. either seemed her age. One was once good equipped, with lush lips and a chin carved from granite. worthy a kiss, yet eventually too lovely. A express puppy. the opposite was once stout, with curly hair, pugnacious cheeks, and a day’s beard simply earlier midday. A wolverine. Too menacing. Diamond-crusted watches glimmered round their wrists. Black leather-based spilled into their laps. Avtoritet. younger, wealthy, strong, and irreverent crime lords. The convey puppy seemed Ukrainian or Russian—he needed to be Misha. The Wolverine appeared Georgian or Chechen.

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