In the conflicted worlds of gemstones and diamonds, no one is who they seem to be... When a dashing former triathlete learns the Russian Mafia killed his nephew, he stumbles upon a gem smuggling scheme involving his older brother, the Red Mafia, and a powerful Brazilian organization. From Denver's historic Capitol Hill to the far reaches of the Amazon, mayhem and double-crosses abound in this smart, sexy and suspenseful adventure about an immigrant-American family's lust for gems and the deadly appearance of a fabled diamond. Murder, obsession, betrayal, and a missing shipment of rare tourmalines will rip a family's fragile bond and push two brothers to the edge. Everyone wants to steal these valuable gemstones-some who will kill doing it, and some who will die trying.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.64" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 2005
Publisher Draumr Publishing
ISBN 1933157062 ISBN13 9781933157061
Reviews - What do customers think about Red Flash?
Red Flash Jul 29, 2008
Sërg Stanovic is a collector of the rarest gems in the world. He gears up for his latest conquest, an extraordinary is a rare variety of tourmaline called a paraiba found the jungles of Brazil. Unfortunately, not all goes as planned. The gem disappears and a man is murdered over a mysterious package in front of Sërg's young son Urie. The stakes are then raised considerably when the boy is also murdered while on a ski trip with his uncle Dominick.
The characters in Red Flash are well developed with realistic flaws and personality traits. I didn't particularly like the character of Sërg but I know plenty of people like him. He is a rather closed person who directs the actions of others and lets them do the dirty work for him. His brother Dominick is the extreme opposite. He is a likeable emotionally open character who seems far more concerned with the welfare of Urie before his murder and is completely devastated after the horrible tragedy. These differences in personality traits directly relate to the way each man lives his life, loves, and deals with the situation at hand.
A gem of a tale... Jun 12, 2006
Whether you are a happy homemaker or surly construction worker, Red Flash has something for you in this engrossing story of international gem dealing, or should I say "gem swindling", and organized crime. Kiva Wolfe masterfully guides her readers through an intriguing world filled with captivating characters, precious gems and far-flung locales. Red Flash is as hot as its title -- a highly entertaining, suspenseful and promising first effort. I look forward to reading the sequel.
This would make an excellent movie May 27, 2006
Dominick Stanovic is a handsome former triathlete who is part of the family gem business in present-day Colorado. He learns that his young nephew was killed by the Russian Mafia, and stumbles upon a smuggling operation involving his family, the Russians and the Brazilian Mafia.
Older brother Serg Stanovic is head of the family gem business, built with help from the Russian Mafia. The insurance company is asking unpleasant questions, which makes the Russians nervous. If the growing tension between Serg, and their mother, Berta, and her pet ocelot, isn't bad enough (the phrase "gasoline plus lit match" comes to mind), an extra complication to Dominick's life is Mala Cole, Serg's woman. She is a Brazilian beauty in her early 20s, and Dominick has fallen for her, very hard. Mala has a past of her own, unbeknownst to the Stanovic family, a past which involves never going back to Brazil, because she killed an Important Person.
A shipment of very rare Brazilian colored diamonds has gone missing, so Dominick convinces Serg that he (Dominick) should go to the Brazilian this site to straighten things out. Maybe this will convince Serg that Dominick should be given more responsibility in the family business. Serg doesn't suggest or ask that Mala go with him as translator, Serg tells Mala to go with him as translator. Mala thinks that if she got her hands on the diamonds, it would go a long way toward smoothing things over with the people in Brazil who want her dead.
This is an excellent thriller. It has all the required elements: international intrigue, murder, sex, the Mafia, obsession, betrayal and large amounts of money. It would also make a really good movie. This is well worth reading.
Sizzling Mar 9, 2006
I so enjoyed the interesting cast of characters and peculiar pets. Kiva Wolfe's witty sense of humor and ability to believably shift from one character to the next held me throughout the story. The author knows her gems, and while I basked in the Brazilian settings, my primary peeve was the cliffhanger ending. Yet, it hooked me, and while I, and her many other readers, will have to wait for the sequel to find out what happened, we're left looking forward to more from this author.
Smooth and sassy read Mar 2, 2006
Red Flash kept me up at night, turning the pages to see what twists await. From the first chapter, Wolfe leads the reader into a tantalizing world of gems, betrayal, sex and secrecy--all great ingredients for a truly absorbing novel. The one complaint? A nerve-wracking cliffhanger at the end! Can't wait for the sequel to this smart and well-written mystery.