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-the sequel to YAROSLAW’S TREASURE

Halimpex of Lviv, Ukraine, had just been recognized as the world’s largest volume producer of glass Christmas tree ornaments, when on November 14th, 2006, Bohdan Datsko its owner, was gunned down as his white C-class Mercedes passed through the security gate of his factory. Despite seven bullet wounds to the head, neck and chest, nobody had heard anything; nobody saw a gun; and no cartridge casings were found on the scene. Bohdan’s driver, sitting beside the victim was unaware of anything amiss until he saw the blood.

Six days later, Mad Max Kurochkin, a notorious Russian gangster, was arrested on charges of theft and extortion upon his landing in Kyiv while on his way to make preparations for President Putin’s visit to Ukraine. Three days later, on November 23rd, Alexander Litvinenko died in London, England, of Polonium 210 radiation poisoning. On March 31, 2007, Mad Max Kurochkin was assassinated by a sniper's bullet, while he was being led from a Kyiv courthouse to a waiting paddy wagon. The sniper was not apprehended.

In today’s Ukraine, reality is much stranger than fiction. But Yaroslaw’s Revenge threads a story through this tangled web to culminate in a story even stranger still…

The western world’s press reported an act of piracy in the Baltic Sea, just off the coast of Sweden on July 24, 2009. Then, on July 28, the victim freighter, the MV Arctic Sea, sailed past Dover reporting, when hailed by the British Coast Guard, that all was in order. Yet the Russian Navy had already sent its entire Black Sea Fleet in pursuit of this ship - that was ostensibly carrying nothing but lumber. The MV Arctic Sea totally missed its destination port of Bejaia Algeria, and instead sailed slowly southward along Africa’s western coast.

In Yaroslaw’s Revenge the tale of the MV Arctic Sea’s actual cargo is the thread that links murder, assassination, piracy, espionage, drugs and war with the untimely death, on the third anniversary of that of Alexander Litvinenko, of Maj. Gen. Anton Surikov of the Russian GRU.

The Cold War thriller is back! This time it is Canada’s ITAC, the Integrated Threat Assessment Center, that holds the key to interdiction of a nuclear threat.



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"The author is the recipient of the Anna Pidruchney Award 2008-2009 for New Writers from the Grant MacEwan College for the novel "Yaroslaw's Treasure".

Described by some as Indiana Jones meets James Bond, what makes Yaroslaw’s Treasure different from both of those stories is its firm grounding in hard, cold and often bloody fact.

Avoiding the Travelogue vacation destination locales of most thrillers, Yaroslaw’s Treasure’s action is set in the surprisingly little known European country of Ukraine, - a beautiful country scarred by horrific history. This book takes the reader to places never visited, - then sends him to the Internet to discover again and again that the unbelievable is true.

And yet this story of current politics starts with events of eight centuries ago, - events that forever locked away a treasure that was even older still. The treasure for which Yaroslaw searches has limited market value yet he soon finds that some are willing to pay for it dearly in blood.

George Orwell once said: “Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.” 

Yaroslaw's Treasure is a battle for history.

More about the book on the Blue Butterfly Book Publishing website: Blue Butterfly Books; as well as the Dundurn Press website: DUNDURN PRESS

Listen to an interview with the author on BC's Nash Holos radio program here: Nash Holos radio interview

The Nov. 29th 2009 Toronto Book Launch of the second printing of Yaroslaw's Treasure, is recorded here in four parts: Toronto Book Launch on U-Tube part 1 of 4


Your copy of Yaroslaw’s Treasure is in stock at:

Volumes Direct

Ukrainian Bookstore

Koota Ooma



McNally Robinson (including the Kindle electronic edition - as well as a LOOK INSIDE preview sampling of the book's contents)


Yaroslaw’s Treasure for your iPhone, iPad or iPod is here:

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