A Chance to Live

A Chance to Live A Chance to Live Book Description Eleonora is from a prosperous Jewish family in St Petersburg but they are reduced from riches to rags by the Russian Revolution of Luckily she meets an aspiring

  • Title: A Chance to Live
  • Author: Marina English
  • ISBN: 9781517386009
  • Page: 352
  • Format: Paperback
  • A Chance to Live Book Description Eleonora is from a prosperous Jewish family in St Petersburg, but they are reduced from riches to rags by the Russian Revolution of 1917 Luckily she meets an aspiring musician, marries him and is blessed with a son, Felix She would do anything for her son and when he begins an illegal gay relationship with his soul mate, Eugeny, she is dA Chance to Live Book Description Eleonora is from a prosperous Jewish family in St Petersburg, but they are reduced from riches to rags by the Russian Revolution of 1917 Luckily she meets an aspiring musician, marries him and is blessed with a son, Felix She would do anything for her son and when he begins an illegal gay relationship with his soul mate, Eugeny, she is determined to protect them The family facade she so carefully creates keeps them safe and allows the boys to develop their musical careers, but they are eventually pushed to extremes when a stalker threatens their cover Eleonora would die for her son but how far would she go to conceal his forbidden passion The body of a beautiful young woman is discovered by the pier in Sochi a Black Sea resort in the south of Russia Can this be the missing daughter of a senior Moscow Communist Party official Vadim Vasin, a young lieutenant from the Moscow Criminal Investigation Department, is sent to Sochi to investigate and he encounters Felix and Eugeny, but they don t seem connected with his investigation.Thirty years later Vadim Vasin, now a major, investigates the suspicious death of his own beloved grandmother, which again brings him into contact with the two men Can the famous conductor Felix Kaplan or his son in law, charismatic musician Eugeny Krassilnikov, have anything to do with these crimes Vadim vows to solve this mystery.This is a fully developed novel that comprises a psychological thriller integrated within a family drama saga, a multifaceted story combining mystery, murder, suspense, crime, and romance Set in oppressive 20th century Russia, it tells of a mother s fearless devotion, amazing family loyalty, and the courage to be different, but also how fear can drive people to extremes Just how far will they go to keep their secret Author s NoteThis story takes the reader into a bizarre society in which most people are anxious to toe the line in order to avoid persecution Such is the shocking reality for the majority of people living in the Soviet Union so aptly labelled The Evil Empire by President Reagan Nevertheless some of the so called intelligentsia, like the artistic family featured in my story, manage to carve themselves a comfortable niche Just as long as they keep a low profile and avoid official attention, they can live a privileged and unconventional life But it would be a disaster to be involved in a scandal, which could result in ruthless persecution by the authorities Being gay is illegal in 20th century Russia, and prison a fate worse than death, so imagine how desperate they would be To understand the main characters we need to appreciate their family backgrounds, so that is how the book begins.

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    1. I actually wrote this book so it had to get 5*, but having said that I am proud of it and I think the plot compares well with any of the psychological thrillers available.This is not a typical thriller as the story is basically a family drama/saga set in the harsh conditions in Russia following the revolution and right up to 1992. The problem is that devoted mother, Eleonora, seeks to protect her precious son when he begins an illegal gay relationship with a family friend, Eugeny. In Soviet Russ [...]

    2. Very Intriguing!This story line is filled with twist and turns. I found it most appealing but one has to pay very close attention to the stated years at the beginning of each chapter, otherwise the story can become really confusing. I rate this as a must read!!!

    3. Most enjoyableCharacter development was well done. The plot was different given the collusion of several people.I particularly liked the way everything came together

    4. An amazing book. The language used is perfect for the fast moving and intricate story, with deeper characterization than is usual for a thriller.I know something of the grim conditions that most people in the USSR lived in under Stalin, etc and can empathize with the plight of the two main protagonists, who are gay at a time when this was totally taboo and savagely persecuted. The complex solution adopted by the ‘family’ seems to keep them ahead of the establishment, but can they really succ [...]

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