Saturday, April 18, 2009

*****REVIEW ~~KATKA~~ By author Stephen Ross Meier

REVIEW The main characters in "KATKA" is Gavin, Katka, and Simona. Gavin is a handsome, young man who is trying desperately to run away from his past. Katka is Gavin's girlfriend who is convinced that money, and love combined is her top priority. Simona is a gorgeous, seductive woman who is convinced that business is number one, and everything comes next. She is sneaky, and as tough as a brick wall. Gavin and Katka team up with Simona to scam buyers of mail order brides in the Czech Republic. Gavin's plan was to convince Katka to sell herself to a buyer, take the money, and run. His intention was to use that money for him and Katka to begin a new life together. However, the plan backfired when Katka takes off with a client, then Gavin works with Simona. As his greed increases, so does his guilt in losing Katka. As he becomes successful, his loss of Katka haunts him more-and-more. I recommend this novella to adults who crave a read that's filled with excitment, directing your attention to love, betrayal, and loss. Stephen Ross Meier managed to create characters that fit an intriguing story like a glove, and a picture perfect setting made for the movie screen. The author takes the reader on an emotional roller coaster ride as you experience feelings of success, and failure. But, "KATKA" isn't your ordinary thrill ride, it feels more like a rocket! Your ride begins at Wall Street as you follow Gavin to Czechoslovakia, where he meets up with Simona and Katka. Then, the fireworks begin. You get a glimpse of a world filled with booze, sex, and deceit. Your imagination of the Eastern European girls explodes as you read on about a life lived that most would hope was just a bad dream. The plot is painted with different bright colors, and the moral of the story ends in sadness. We can buy anything with money, but love doesn't come with a price tag. It is known to be the most valuable in humanity, but is priceless. More important, the loss of love, because of greed and betrayal becomes the worst scar one can endure in a lifetime. The true price of betrayal takes a shattering toll in this heart-pounding, suspenseful story. "KATKA" is as sensational as UNFAITHFUL with Richard Gere, and as powerfully seductive as INDECENT PROPOSAL with Demi Moore! Geraldine Ahearn AIOM HonDG (IBC) Founding Member ABI Women's Review Board CCRN/ author of 6 books

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