“Not since Agatha Christie sent her characters hurtling along the rails toward Murder on the Orient Express has a fictional train ride been as exciting as Warren Adler’s TRANS-SIBERIAN EXPRESS.” – King Features Syndicate
American cancer specialist, Dr. Alex Cousins is on a covert mission to the USSR. He is tasked with prolonging the life of Soviet Politburo Chief, Viktor Moiseyevich Dimitrov, who is suffering from advance stage leukemia. But the tenuous confidence between the unlikely cohorts is shattered one night as Alex accidentally discovers Dimitrov’s diabolical plans of a nuclear strike on China. Alex soon finds himself dispatched, homeward bound on a 6000 mile journey aboard the Trans-Siberian Express; long enough, Alex realizes, to silence him from alerting the U.S. of the imminent destruction.
Reluctant, at first, to embark upon the journey, Alex is beckoned into the Siberian expanse by the haunting memories of his grandfather, Aleksandr Kuznetzov, who wove tales of magic and mystery breathing an ethereal life into this seemingly desolate place. As the train lumbers east across snow-cloaked mountains, glimmering past the forest glow, a watchful eye rests on the American doctor. Surrounding him are people beaten and broken by life, each drawn to this emperor of trains in search of a brighter future. Most curious is Anna Petrovna Valentinova, the gorgeous history professor, and Alex’s alluring traveling companion. As Anna enchants Alex with the love for her homeland, a passionate romance, transcending political implications, unfolds under KGB surveillance.
A train attendant yearns for love, a deformed man seeks revenge on an old enemy, and a persecuted Jewish couple runs to a new home as the Trans-Siberian Express roars onward through a cavern of hopes and memories, coloring its tracks with tales of love, loss and nuclear intrigue, from one end of Russia to the other. An epic journey across a land and a people Winston Churchill declared, “a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.”
Praise for the Book
“You can’t help but be swept up.” Clive Cussler “Engrossing, gripping, absorbing… written by a superb storyteller. Adler’s pen uses brisk, descriptive strokes that are enviable and masterful.” West Coast Review of Books “Exciting.” London Daily Telegraph “Highly recommended.” Library Journal “Adler… is a master at weaving subplots into one big plausible plot.” Baltimore News-American “A tale packed stiff with intrigue, violence and surprise.” Publishers Weekly “Engrossing adventure.” Kansas City Star “An excellent book.” Kansas City Jewish Chronicle “Warren Adler qualifies as a successor to Agatha Christie.” Indianapolis News “A fine escapist thriller… Adler shows a great facility for recreating the Siberian landscape and making us believe it.” Denver Post “Builds suspense carefully and on several levels… well worth reading.” Jacksonville Times-Union “This tale of nuclear intrigue, brutal violence and poignant romance will grab you tight at the outset, hold you securely through page after page, and set you down with a dramatic thump at the end.” Cleveland Press “Sharply-drawn characters… An exciting story of intrigue.” Springfield, Missouri News and Leader “The author… succeeds in bringing that strange world to life.” Surrey Advertiser, Surrey, England “Adler keeps things moving smoothly, fleshes out the main characters and brings things to an exciting conclusion.” Milwaukee Journal “Adler has a marvelous eye for detail… a cracking good tale.” The Oregonian “Warren Adler… has captured the glamour of the train ride across Siberia brilliantly.” Erie Times “Author Warren Adler should be congratulated, not only for his story, but also for his attention to detail about the train.” Times-Picayune