This is a story of revenge. An act of horrific revenge enacted by Ukraine on Russia using a stolen hydrogen bomb. Not just any bomb but the most powerful bomb in the world. Here is the synopsis of the story-
In 1961 Russia built and exploded the biggest thermonuclear weapon in the world a monster 58 Megaton bomb over 3000 times larger than the bombs that blew up Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Actually, for ongoing bragging rights, the Russians built two of the bombs and stored the second one at a nuclear storage facility where it remained safely and ignored for 28 years.
In 1989 Ukrainian conscripts stationed at the facility accidently found the arming codes for the weapons stored there and decided to steal the big bomb and set it off under Moscow in an abandoned subway tunnel. Their primary motivation for doing this was to pay back Russia for the long list of horrific abuses and suffering that the Ukraine had endured over the years under them and secondarily for their own personal harsh treatment while in the Russian Army.
Although the conscripts amazingly were successful in acquiring the bomb, unfortunately, they were missing a special safety plug they needed and were not able to detonate it. Having to abandon the effort they hid the weapon by collapsing the tunnel where they had brought the bomb. Two years later when the Soviet Union fell the conspirators all immigrated to the USA.
Thirty-three years later in 2022, the President of the USA signed a new Salt agreement with Russia, and during the process of publicly dismantling some of the other bombs in Russia, they discover to their horror that the old giant bomb is missing.
After a lengthy and thorough investigation, the Russian GRU and FSB determine that the theft was almost thirty years ago and that the conspirators were Ukrainian soldiers who had since immigrated to the USA.
To assist their investigation in finding the bomb, Putin called our President and asks for the help of the FBI to locate the criminals in the USA.
At the President’s request, the FBI assigns a top field agent Peter Kanowsky, who is of Ukrainian descent to oversee the search team in the USA.
Unfortunately for the USA and especially for Russia during his investigation, Peter not only learns the location of the bomb and acquires a plug that can set it off, but he is also turned mentally and emotionally by his repeated exposure to hearing an ongoing litany of the suffering that Russia had imposed upon Ukraine.
Yielding to the persuasive coercion from the Ukrainian emigres that he interviewed and the encouragement of his own family, Peter ultimately decides it is his duty and obligation to his Ukrainian heritage to go to Moscow and personally set off the bomb.
Does he succeed and does he have any help? Surprisingly he has almost too much help. Unknowingly to him, his plans mesh almost perfectly with an ongoing plot to overthrow the government by a high-level Russian villain.
What was different about Peter’s plot versus his? Peter wants to set off the bomb immediately, and the villain wants him to wait three months for the perfect time during the huge celebration in Moscow of Putin’s 70th birthday to make sure every one of importance was in town.
With the help of a beautiful and sexy lady to keep Peter company, the villain persuades him to wait. However, during the wait, Peter falls in love with the lady, gets her pregnant and decides not to set off the bomb. Nevertheless, in the end, the villain manages to set off the bomb himself and place all the blame on Ukraine and Peter.
So – the ending is Happy Birthday President Putin from the Ukraine compliments of the USA and Peter Kanowsky!
Targeted Age Group:: 14+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I had this idea churning around in my mind for many years before I had the courage to make it into a novel.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
I did a lot of reading online and in print on Ukraine history, nuclear weapons and intelligence agencies in the USA and Russia.
A vast fireball rages upward, already climbing tens of thousands of feet into the air in the brief seconds after the detonation of “Tsar Bomba” (roughly “King Bomb”), the largest man-made explosive device in history. This 58-megaton leviathan has just released over three thousand times the energy of the bombs that destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki or ten times the total combined power of all the conventional explosives used in World War Two. Khrushchev has made good his boast of the previous year at the 1960 United Nations General Assembly. Khrushchev would; he had proclaimed, show the United States he could build the biggest hydrogen bomb in the world and he has done it.
The titanic blast wave unleashed will obliterate the city of Severny, located fifty-five kilometers from the blast center and in brief moments following will destroy buildings for hundreds of kilometers in all directions. In the days and months to come, the nuclear fall-out will sicken or kill thousands of unsuspecting citizens living downwind from the blast.
And the nightmare posed by this infernal device has a threatened sequel, for there is a second, an identical bomb whose existence is never acknowledged, waiting for its future use against enemies of the Kremlin. It sits hidden in an underground nuclear storage facility in the community of Mozhaysk, one hundred and forty-three kilometers west of Moscow. There it is destined to remain for decades, while Russia and its confederate nations endure regime changes, Glasnost, Perestroika, Eastern European revolts, the putative end of the Cold War, the disintegration of the Soviet Union and eventually, the resurrection of its former might under the ruthless and treacherous Vladimir Putin.
As all the years and the turmoil slip by knowledge of the potentially cataclysmic device exists will slip from restricted need-to-know status to an ambiguous, vague, information doldrums as it languishes in its secure bunker in Mozhaysk. There it will slumber undisturbed, now forgotten by most, except for a fateful period when soldiers of the Russian army, conscripted from their native Ukraine and bearing no love for their Russian masters devise a different appalling plan.
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