The Boy from Reactor 4, by Orest Stelmach
Nadia’s memories of her father are not happy ones. An angry, secretive man, he died when she was thirteen, leaving his past shrouded in mystery. When a stranger claims to have known her father during his early years in Eastern Europe, she agrees to meet—only to watch the man shot dead on a city sidewalk. With his last breath, he whispers a cryptic clue, one that will propel Nadia on a high-stakes treasure hunt from New York to her ancestral homeland of Ukraine. There she meets an unlikely ally: Adam, a teenage hockey prodigy who honed his skills on the abandoned cooling ponds of Chernobyl. Physically and emotionally scarred by radiation syndrome, Adam possesses a secret that could change the world—if she can keep him alive long enough to do it. A twisting tale of greed, secrets, and lies, The Boy from Reactor 4 will keep readers guessing until the final heart-stopping page.
Meet the Author
I was born in Connecticut to Ukrainian immigrants. I didn't speak English when I went to kindergarten. I've earned a living washing dishes, stocking department store shelves, teaching English in Japan, and managing international investments. My short story debut was published by Mulholland Books in the MWA anthology VENGEANCE in April, 2012.
I will donate 50% of my royalties from THE BOY FROM REACTOR 4 during its first month of publication in March, 2013, to Children of Chernobyl International, and 10% of all royalties thereafter. This organization funds volunteer surgical missions to Ukraine to help victims of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster and save children's lives. The people of Ukraine and Chernobyl helped inspire this novel, and this is an opportunity for me to show my appreciation.