This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Free Book Program, which is open to all readers and is completely free. The author will provide you with a free copy of their book in exchange for an honest review. You and the author will discuss what sites you will post your review to and what kind of copy of the book you would like to receive (eBook, PDF, Word, paperback, etc.). To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email.
This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.
This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.
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.