Book Reviews

Twisted Traffick (Twisted Trilogy #2) by Geza Tatrallyay

Twisted TraffickTitle: Twisted Traffick (Twisted Trilogy #2)
Author: Geza Tatrallyay
Rating: ★★★★

I received this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Twisted Traffick is the second book in the “Twisted” trilogy. We find ourselves back at it with Greg Martens, the author, and now wife, Anne Rossiter. Anne is called back to assist her former Interpol boss when her Russian friend, Julia Saparova, also known as Adam Kallay’s former stripper girlfriend, is missing. 

Generally speaking, the second novel in a trilogy holds a lot of filler. It gears us up for the final installment. This, however, was not the case in Twisted Traffick. And if anything, it makes it a little better of a read due to the fact that the readers now know most of the main characters. 

Delving back into the uranium heist business, we find ourselves with Hetzel, Polyakov, and all of their friends once again. This time… in the human trafficking industry. In fact, these same men have taken Julia. But not only her, the criminals are targeting the families of parents holding jobs at the Mayak Corporation, or those similar, where uranium contamination was at an all-time high. These parents were provided with a story that these horrible  men would find jobs and a better life for their children. So, who wouldn’t want to do that for their own children?! Little did they know, their children (conveniently all females were accepted into the program) were sent into sex trafficking unbeknownst. I can’t even to begin the fathom the guilt that the girls’ parents felt.

This was anything but a filler story. It was a story within itself and could definitely be read as a standalone for someone not having read the first story. I think that is the key to any good novel. I’m curious as to what the last novel in the trilogy holds. Let’s all hope Julia finds a nice guy, right?! She seems to have the worst luck!

Tatrallyay not only provides us with the history and reality of life in post-Soviet Russia, but with an entertaining back story of how our foes came to be and how they are connected with some of our main characters.

Overall, I really enjoyed this novel. Romance doesn’t play a major role in the story. The characters are realistic and well-described. I think the topic is one that more people should know about. Fortunately, for the reader, it was not too graphic, but enough to understand the implications that people suffered from these horrible monsters. A great read for someone who is looking for a little more substance than those who mainly resort to fiction!

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Geza

Born in Budapest, Hungary, Geza escaped with his family in 1956 during the Hungarian Revolution, immigrating to Canada the same year. He grew up in Toronto, attending the University of Toronto Schools, where he was School Captain. He graduated from Harvard University with a BA in Human Ecology in 1972 (after taking a break in his studies to work as a host in the Ontario Pavilion at Expo70 in Osaka, Japan). Geza was selected as a Rhodes Scholar from Ontario, attending Oxford University and graduating with a BA/MA in Human Sciences in 1974; he completed his studies with a MSc in Economics from London School of Economics in 1975. Geza represented Canada as an epée fencer in the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal.

Geza’s professional experience has included government, international organizations, finance and environmental entrepreneurship. Since 2004, he has been semi-retired, managing investments mainly in the clean energy sector and devoting himself to his family and his writing. Geza is a citizen of Canada and Hungary, a green card holder with an American wife, a daughter living in San Francisco and a son in Nairobi, and currently divides his time between Barnard, Vermont, and San Francisco.

The third book in Geza’s ‘Twisted’ trilogy, TWISTED FATES, will be coming out in June. Besides the three “Twisted’ thrillers, Geza has published an e-thriller, ARCTIC MELTDOWN, and has another international political thriller, THE RAINBOW VIINTNER, under contract and due to be published later this year.

Besides his novels, Geza had had two memoirs published: FOR THR CHILDREN, the true story of his family’s harrowing escape from Stalinist Hungary during the Revolution in 1956, and THE EXPO AFFAIR, the story of three Czechoslovak girls he tried to help defect to Canada at EXPO 70 the world’s fair in Osaka, Japan in 1970.

Geza’s poems have been published in journals and two of his poetry collections – CELLO’S TEARS and SIGHS AND MURMURS – were published by P.R.A. Publishing. You can find more out about all these books at www.gezatatrallyay.com.

Book Reviews

Twisted Reasons (Twisted Trilogy #1) by Geza Tatrallyay

Twisted ReasonsTitle: Twisted Reasons (Twisted Trilogy #1)
Author: Geza Tatrallyay
Rating: ★★★★

I received this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Greg Martens and Adam Kallay were childhood friends. After years of not seeing each other and their careers taking them separate ways, they decide to reunite in Vienna to research the histories of their ancestors. But, was that really the main motive behind the reunion? Greg, after recently going through a divorce, is invited to speak at the Austrian English Literary Society. Adam had just been appointed Deputy Direction of the Department of Nuclear Safety and Security at the International Atomic Energy Agency. While not prominent reason behind their reunion, Greg and Adam are drawn to a HEU (highly enriched uranium) heist. Will they bring the perpetrators to justice or will they assist in stealing this valuable and expensive commodity?

Once in Vienna, crime novelist, Greg Martens, finds out that his best friend, Adam, is presumed dead by a hit-and-run. Along his journey to provide justice to Adam and track the disappearance of enough uranium to make a nuclear bomb, Greg makes the acquaintance of Anne Rossiter, an Interpol agent. Business quickly turns into something more. 

Greg decides to get revenge for his friend’s death and attempts to go after the perpetrators alone. However, things are not as these seem. Not everyone is as they appear and secrets are learned. 

What was really nice about this novel was the history incorporated throughout, as well as, bringing attention to issues in this part of the world that we don’t always hear about in the grand scheme of things, especially where much larger events took place. Radiation, while at the time, didn’t seem to be an issue, affected the health of those working with the commodity. Cancer and many other diseases develop from this exposure. In even just a few days, some people can die from the radiation, and that is exactly what happened in the Soviet Union. However, with the war going on, attention isn’t brought to these people who were suffering. 

Overall, I enjoyed this novel. For those of you who know me, I’m not always a fan of romance in these types of books, but I understand everyone else’s needs when it comes to love being included in novels. The “Anne missed Greg” and “Greg missed Anne”s included at the end of some chapters was a little much and not realistic to me, but that was probably my biggest complaint of the whole novel. The only other issue I could see being an issue for readers is keeping the characters straight in the beginning of the novel. I think, for me, this is due to the foreign names (which totally make sense!), but after reading more, they quickly become recognized.

Will Greg help with the heist in order to stay alive? What really happened to his best friend, Adam? Is there romance between Greg and Anne? What will happen with enough uranium to make a nuclear bomb?

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Geza

Born in Budapest, Hungary, Geza escaped with his family in 1956 during the Hungarian Revolution, immigrating to Canada the same year. He grew up in Toronto, attending the University of Toronto Schools, where he was School Captain. He graduated from Harvard University with a BA in Human Ecology in 1972 (after taking a break in his studies to work as a host in the Ontario Pavilion at Expo70 in Osaka, Japan). Geza was selected as a Rhodes Scholar from Ontario, attending Oxford University and graduating with a BA/MA in Human Sciences in 1974; he completed his studies with a MSc in Economics from London School of Economics in 1975. Geza represented Canada as an epée fencer in the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal.

Geza’s professional experience has included government, international organizations, finance and environmental entrepreneurship. Since 2004, he has been semi-retired, managing investments mainly in the clean energy sector and devoting himself to his family and his writing. Geza is a citizen of Canada and Hungary, a green card holder with an American wife, a daughter living in San Francisco and a son in Nairobi, and currently divides his time between Barnard, Vermont, and San Francisco.

The third book in Geza’s ‘Twisted’ trilogy, TWISTED FATES, will be coming out in June. Besides the three “Twisted’ thrillers, Geza has published an e-thriller, ARCTIC MELTDOWN, and has another international political thriller, THE RAINBOW VIINTNER, under contract and due to be published later this year.

Besides his novels, Geza had had two memoirs published: FOR THR CHILDREN, the true story of his family’s harrowing escape from Stalinist Hungary during the Revolution in 1956, and THE EXPO AFFAIR, the story of three Czechoslovak girls he tried to help defect to Canada at EXPO 70 the world’s fair in Osaka, Japan in 1970.

Geza’s poems have been published in journals and two of his poetry collections – CELLO’S TEARS and SIGHS AND MURMURS – were published by P.R.A. Publishing. You can find more out about all these books at www.gezatatrallyay.com.