The Boy from Reactor 4 (The Nadia Tesla Series)
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Nadia’s memories of her father are not happy ones. An angry, secretive man, he died when she was thirteen, leaving his past shrouded in mystery. When a stranger claims to have known her father during his early years in Eastern Europe, she agrees to meet—only to watch the man shot dead on a city sidewalk. With his last breath, he whispers a cryptic clue, one that will propel Nadia on a high-stakes treasure hunt from New York to her ancestral homeland of Ukraine. There she meets an unlikely ally: Adam, a teenage hockey prodigy who honed his skills on the abandoned cooling ponds of Chernobyl. Physically and emotionally scarred by radiation syndrome, Adam possesses a secret that could change the world—if she can keep him alive long enough to do it. A twisting tale of greed, secrets, and lies, The Boy from Reactor 4 will keep readers guessing until the final heart-stopping page.
that she had entered a portal that was leading her to the center of the earth. Muffled voices echoed around her. The street curved into an elongated S. The voices ahead grew louder until they were audible whispers. A sharp turn, and the street came to a fork. Nadia glanced at her crude black-and-white map. She veered left toward the voices, sniffing incense in the air. An opening in the wall revealed itself on the left. Nadia looked in. An Asian couple stood with candles beside the body of a
unsteadily, his breath reeking. “I will share a secret with you, if you share one with me.” He pulled back and did a little jig in place with eager anticipation. Nadia laughed. “Okay.” He leaned forward. “There may be a little crime in the Zone.” He raised his right hand and left an inch gap between thumb and forefinger. “Just a little,” he whispered. Nadia laughed again. “If there is more than one human being in a place, there will be crime. Now, let me think. What kind of secret can I tell
know me?” “Your uncle sent me. Damian sent me.” Nadia squeezed. “Why?” Karel rose to his tiptoes. “Because he’s ill. He couldn’t come to the meet himself.” “What meet? The meet here, at the bar?” “No. The meet in Pripyat. At the Hotel Polissya. I got there early and saw the poacher. I knew the meeting was a bust. So I came here. For the party. I was planning to tell Damian later, and he would set up another meeting through the woman.” “Woman? What woman?” “The boy’s aunt. She speaks
relaxed them just as quickly. It howled. Five more wolves appeared. They looked inside the container also. When they found nothing, they followed the leader of the pack upstream. “The wolf saw us,” Nadia said. “But it didn’t run.” “Only in the Zone,” Karel said. “Let’s go back to the house.” When they arrived at Oksana’s home, she let them in and went to bed. Nadia and Karel sat in the small dining area. Karel said, “The common explanation for the wolf not running is that humans are no
whispered to Victor. “Yes,” Victor said. “I want my daughter now. Where is she?” “In a better place than Misha.” CHAPTER 45 NADIA HELD ON to Karel’s hips as he guided his motorbike toward the center of Chernobyl. Despite the urgency of the situation, she couldn’t stop thinking about Damian’s revelation that her father had lied about his past. He was a thief, not a war hero. The freedom-fighter image she’d romanticized was just a figment of her imagination. Much to Nadia’s surprise,