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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
Maia: A Cold War Novel by Richard Manichello is the story of love and passion between two people who are as different as their circumstances. Maia is a Russian figure skater who wowed the Russian sports community with her talent, and now she was gearing up to wow the world with her beauty, grace, and talent at the Olympic Winter Games. She was looking forward to the American journalist coming to their part of the world to write about her. Maia was not looking for love; her only focus was on her career and claiming that gold medal for her country. Eddie Genell went over to Soviet Russia amid a Cold War between the two countries. His job was to write a piece on Maia, get it done, and get back home as soon as possible. He was not expecting Maia to be that mesmerizing or that beautiful. The two met under the watchful eyes of the world and found that love didn’t need to have a meaning. It was enough to last a lifetime.
Richard Manichello meticulously developed the story and made it as easy to read as possible. He divided the book into three parts so that the plot was cohesive. Richard Manichello also added a glossary at the end of the novel for all the Russian terms used in the story and that proved to be a great help for me. I loved how the author gave us a detailed background on both Maia and Eddie. That helped me form a connection with them, understand why they acted a certain way, and why they made such a good match for each other. The pace slowed down and picked up whenever the story required it. The author gave just enough detail to make the story interesting and allowed readers to immerse themselves in it. Maia: A Cold War Novel was an excellent novel. Nicely structured and brilliantly composed.