From Andy Marino, author of The Plot to Kill Hitler series, comes another fast-paced historical thriller chronicling one family’s desperate bid to escape the deadly Chernobyl disaster. 26 April 1986 01:18 Alina & Lev are two siblings living in Pripyat, one of the Soviet Union’s proud nuclear cities. Both are asleep in their beds. Their cousin, Yuri, is a custodian at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, where he’s fiercely attacking a spill in the hallway with a mop. Alina’s best friend, Sofiya, sleeps just a few doors down. Her father is an engineer at the plant, a fact that has always filled her with pride. In five minutes, Reactor No. 4 will explode in a ball of fire. It will expel radiation across their town for nine days before it’s finally contained. For the people of Pripyat, it will be far too late. Two young siblings flee the Chernobyl disaster with their parents, but the Communist party is on their heels. Meanwhile, the friends and family they were forced to leave behind must contend with a disinformation campaign that’s determined to pretend nothing is wrong-even as deadly radiation spills into the air.
Marino has a good eye for genuinely disturbing imagery. This novel hums with a terrifying momentum. – Kirkus The Larkin siblings are known around the small town of Wofford Falls. Both are artists, but Peter Larkin, Lark to his friends, is the hometown hero. The one who went to the big city and got famous, then came back and settled down. He’s the kind of guy who becomes fast friends with almost anyone. His sister Betsy on the other hand is more… eccentric. She keeps to herself. When Lark goes to deliver one of his latest pieces to a fabulously rich buyer, it seems like a regular transaction. Even being met at the gate of the sprawling, secluded estate by an intimidating security guard seems normal. Until the guard plays him a live feed: Betsy being abducted in real time. Lark is informed that she’s safe for now, but her well-being is entirely in his hands. He’s given a book. Do what the book says, and Betsy will go free. It seems simple enough. But as Lark begins to read he realizes: the book might be demonic. Its writer may be unhinged. His sister’s captors are almost certainly not what they seem. And his town and those within it are… changing. And the only way out is through. “Marino offers horrors both existential and visceral.” – M. R. Carey, author of The Girl with All the Gifts, on The Seven Visitations of Sydney Burgess”Dark and fascinating . . . Not quite like anything I’ve ever read before. A strange, compelling, late-night page-turner. It kept me reading way past my bedtime.” -T. Kingfisher, author of The Hollow Places?, on The Seven Visitations of Sydney BurgessAlso by Andy Marino:The Seven Visitations of Sydney Burgess
From the author of The Plot to Kill Hitler trilogy and Escape from Chernobyl comes another fast-paced, high-interest historical thriller, chronicling two daring attempts to cross the Berlin Wall, set decades apart. December, 1961 Marta is a young girl who saw thirty miles of barbed wire appear across her city overnight, separating Berlin into West and East – with Marta’s home on the Communist Bloc-controlled eastern side. From Andy Marino, author of the Plot to Kill Hitler trilogy A riveting historical thriller For readers aged 8+