Twisted Reasons

Twisted Reasons

by Geza Tatrallyay


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TWISTED REASONS, the first in a trilogy of international thrillers based on arms and human trafficking from a modern 'rogue' Russian state, is the tale of two college friends who get drawn into the heist of nuclear material from a former Soviet site. Arriving in Vienna to find that his friend Adam Kallay, an official at the International Atomic Energy Agency, is presumed dead, crime novelist Greg Martens teams up with Interpol Agent Anne Rossiter and Julia, Kallay's Russian girlfriend, to solve the case and track the disappearance from a former Soviet nuclear site of enough uranium to make a bomb. The story moves from espionage entrepot Vienna to radioactivity contaminated Chelyabinsk and to front-line Georgia, as the three combat arms merchants allied to Russian secret police to prevent the stolen uranium from getting into the wrong hands. Along the way, Greg learns brutal truths about himself and his family.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781928049173
Publisher: Geza Tatrallyay
Publication date: 12/27/2014
Pages: 286
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.64(d)

About the Author

Born in Budapest, Hungary, Geza escaped with his family in 1956 during the Hungarian Revolution, immigrating to Canada the same year. He grew up in Toronto, attending the University of Toronto Schools, where he was School Captain. He graduated from Harvard University with a BA in Human Ecology in 1972 after taking a break in his studies to work as a host in the Ontario Pavilion at Expo'70 in Osaka, Japan. Geza was selected as a Rhodes Scholar from Ontario, attending Oxford University and graduating with a BA / MA in Human Sciences in 1974; he completed his studies with a MSc in Economics from London School of Economics and Politics in 1975. Geza represented Canada as an épée fencer in the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal.

Geza is a prolific writer and has produced thrillers, memoirs and a collection of poetry. You can buy and learn more about them by following the links below. He is currently finishing a thriller about a coup d'état in France as well as finalizing the second book in the Cold War Escape Trilogy. His next project is to complete the second volume of the Twisted Trilogy.

Geza's professional experience has included stints in government, international organizations, finance and environmental entrepreneurship. Since 2004, he has been managing a few investments mainly in the clean energy sector and devoting himself to his family and his writing. He is on the Origination / Investment Committee of Syntaxis Capital, a mezzanine fund investing in Central and Eastern Europe and other emerging markets.

Geza is a citizen of Canada and Hungary, and currently divides his time between Bordeaux, France, and Barnard, Vermont, with frequent trips back to the many places he has lived, including New York, Boston, Montreal, Toronto, London, Frankfurt, Budapest, Vienna and Montevideo.

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Twisted Reasons 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a fascinating story, a real page-turner :)
Scorn9 More than 1 year ago
One Word: Wow! Twisted Reasons by Geza Tatrallyay was an epic, suspenseful thriller that kept me hooked at every turn! This thriller novel follows an international story revolving around stolen uranium - trailing across Russia, Vienna, Georgia, and other beautiful landscapes. While I don't know much about the those areas or the atomic bombs, I found Geza's retellings to be enough to get me really hooked to the story. Mix in Geza's skill of weaving a beautiful story, epic character arcs and the suspenseful twists and turns and you've got one awesome novel! DISCLAIMER: There were some R rated scenes in this novel (both sexual and horrific in nature), so if you are not comfortable with brutal topics, this book might not be for you. My pros: The chapters are short (which makes it great for little caffeine breaks for this reviewer!), relatable characters who grow over the novel, epic twists and turns (some I saw coming, but I've watched too many soap operas), incredible descriptions (landscapes, history, etc), and the story comes to a "close". There is a sequel, but I like when a book can be it's own entity and have an ending. My cons: The cover is boring. I am the type of person who will pick up a book because the cover looks cool (yeah, I know, don't judge a book by it's cover but some covers are just SO awesome), so I might have skipped over this book. Luckily, I didn't, because this book is a real gem and a must read for those who love suspense and thrills! Overall, this book was intense and awesome. I really enjoyed it and I want to read more! I liked it more than most famous/popular thriller novels are out there. It felt more real and not "typical". While it does have a "typical" story line - thriller, suspense, mystery, politics, war - it felt unique by the way Geza wrote it. He knows his material, he is clearly a very talented writer, and he makes characters we get invested in. Most stories follow the same old, same old path with the same story arc - Geza made this feel different, and I really enjoyed it. That being said, I will definitely be picking up the sequel! Five out of five stars!!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Darryl Greer for Readers' Favorite Geza Tatrallyay’s Twisted Reasons is not an easy read. While it is a work of fiction, it is fable interwoven with reality, a harsh, perhaps even prophetic reality at that. Greg Martens is an author of what was once called ‘penny dreadfuls’: crime novels devoid of literary merit. But he finds himself invited, by mistake as it happens, to a conference in Vienna hosted by the Austrian Literary Society. He is excited because he plans to visit a life long friend, Adam Kallay. Greg and Adam share Hungarian roots. They had grown up together in Cleveland and later attended Harvard. Now, Adam is an official with the International Atomic Energy Agency. Greg’s exhilaration is short lived, however, when he hears of Adam’s demise in a motor accident. Greg then teams up with Adam’s friend Anne Rossiter, an Interpol Agent, and Julia, Adam’s Russian girlfriend, to solve a crime — theft of nuclear material from a former Soviet site, comprising sufficient uranium to make a dirty bomb. The adventure takes the reader from Vienna to radioactivity contaminated Chelyabnisk and to front-line Georgia. The pace quickens as the trio confronts arms merchants, terrorists and human traffickers, all in an unwelcome, freezing climate. Entwined with the present day saga is the intriguing backstory of Greg’s own family; doubtless there are some older readers from that part of the world who will identify with it. The pace is swift as the action wrenches the reader from one scene to the next. Geza Tatrallyay is either a walking encyclopedia on the Chelyabnisk disaster and the highly secretive Mayak atomic weapons site, with an impressive working knowledge of the geography of the places visited in the story, or he had to undertake an enormous amount of research as he worked his way through the manuscript. This is a good, old-fashioned, page-turning adventure story blended with the modern – and very real – menaces of terrorism, human trafficking, and underworld arms dealing. Right from the prologue, which describes in movie-like imagery life inside a 1949 Soviet nuclear facility, with despair and hopelessness reminiscent of Solzhenitsyn’s A Day In the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Tatrallyay has wonderfully captured the dreadful scene, the wretchedness of those forced to work in harsh and horrid conditions. Even when the action jumps to present day, none of the imagery is lost. There is page after page of mystery and intrigue. Characterization is excellent, every facet of each of the lead characters laid bare as the story moves forward. This is intelligent writing at its best (not surprising when you come to the author’s profile at the end). Twisted Reasons is a joy to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Geza Tatrallyay takes you on a journey into the dark world of Russian crime in a truly suspenseful novel. Kudos!