Adams’s absorbing historical tale sees a young couple struggling to stay alive in the shadow of war and resistance. When Mykola Kravchenkos, an assistant professor at Ohio university, arrives in Crimea to locate a missing nuclear bomb, he meets lovely Oksana Kovalsk and falls in love. But Oksana is a Ukrainian spy recruited by Russia’s SVR and is on a mission to obtain the coordinates of the lost bomb. Set against the backdrop of the Russian conquest of Crimea, the storyline remains intense and so does Adams’s explorations into her protagonists’ inner turmoil. Woven with intricate threads of incredible conflicts, Mykola and Oksana’s individual struggles make for a complex tapestry. From the opening page, readers will find themselves entangled in the pair’s ongoing story as they long to experience the unpredictable chaos of a normal life, but there are obstacles the pair is forced to navigate before they can find happiness. The characters’ interpersonal dynamic is a critical part of this novel, giving depth and a much-needed sense of surprise to the story. The prose is straightforward, and at times lacking in detail, but the healthy doses of tension, historical intrigue, individual angst, and emotional epiphany keep the pages flying. Absorbing and full of intrigue, the novel makes for a page-turner.
Categories: historical fiction