Time Period: Modern Day
I’ve always been attracted to books that deal with Russia. Whether they be novels, true stories or other works, the frozen tundra of North Europe and Asia fascinates me. Maybe that’s because I have ancestors from there and I know so little about them? And maybe that fact in itself, made this story so intriguing to me. How so? Because the main character, Kat, had the same story!
From page one, Kat sets off on an adventure to find clues to her lost Russian ancestry in the country of their birth. Brave, right? Armed with only a picture and mysterious key on a necklace, Kat quickly, and I mean very quickly, became caught up in a very messy situation. Stolen antiquities. Mysterious monks. A lost book. And…you guessed it, a good looking agent that’s her knight in shining armor!
What I loved about Kat was that her character was so believable. She wasn’t street smart, way too trusting, adventurous and had a heart to help people. Combine that with some of the situations she was put in, and you have a very unpredictable heroine! Unfortunately, those qualities got her in trouble more than it did anything else, but that element in the story kept you wondering if and how she would escape from the bad guys. As for the long lost family, their secrets made for a stellar ending and a few surprises along the way. When you think of a Russian mystery with theft, major bad dudes and innocents who thrust themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time, you pretty much have a good understanding of how this book went down!
“So you’ve come back to the Motherland to find your roots.” He shook his head. “Good luck. Russia’s such a mess right now, you’d be lucky to find the sun in the sky on a cloudless day.” – Chapter 3
Conclusion: When you pick up From Russia With Love by Susan May Warren, get ready for a fast paced, half romance – half suspense mystery that will keep you on the edge of your seat. If, like me, you enjoy the mystery of a good Russian novel or have an interest in books that involve stolen antiquities, you would like this book. As I mentioned above, it’s fast paced, has an interesting plot and great characters. I’m glad I chose it for my “Russian” stop on the Around The World In 80 Books reading challenge!