Braha: More Proof That From Pushkin To Pasternak, Nobody Does Drama Like The Russians

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Braha: More Proof That From Pushkin To Pasternak, Nobody Does Drama Like The Russians

Austin, TX, November 21, 2014 – Braha: Tale of Innocence and Intrigue is a classic in the making, pairing dual story lines separated by thousands of miles and a way of life long gone. In the tradition of epic Russian novelists, author Julie Mangano weaves an unforgettable tale of two strong and compelling female characters. When a 21st-century woman encounters her great-great-grandmother through an old family journal, a jour-ney of suspense and drama results.

Leena Weiss was a German peasant isolated in feudal Russia. An affair with a Russian army officer leads to life on the run, pursued by the Russian secret police, the Okhrana, predecessor to the KGB. After a century, her great-great-granddaughter Linden peels back shadowy layers, exposing clues and secrets. Linden discovers she and her family remain pawns in a deadly game that extends beyond borders and crisscrosses the globe. Richly detailed and deeply researched, Braha: A Tale of Innocence and Intrigue is an edge-of-your-seat experience leaving the reader hungry for more.

Julie Mangano has been involved in the publishing industry since 1989 as a publications manager, writer, editor and art director. Her grandparents’ journey from Russia to America inspired the historical characters and events in this book. Her paternal grandparents’ ranch in Escondido, California was the model for one of the locations in this story. Born and raised in Southern California, she now lives in Round Rock, Texas with her husband. She is working on the sequel to Braha.

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Braha: Tale of Innocence and Intrigue
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ISBN-13:  978-1494943370




Jason Henninger, Clarion Foreword Review:  “….Alternating between a present-day mystery in America and a glimpse of a Russia gone by….Author Julie Mangano reaches into her own family’s past to create the novel’s historical aspects, spinning a tale of love and secrets.”

Molly D. Campbell, author of Characters in Search of a Novel:  “…fascinating book about the historical roots of Germans in Russia…. a tale of international intrigue and one family. Meticulously researched and beautifully written. I had trouble putting it down.”

Kirkus Reviews:  “A twisty, complex murder mystery.…a writer returns to her hometown to investigate the death of her grandfather and ends up uncovering wicked family secrets.…tense and suspenseful…”

Jill Amadio, author of Digging Too Deep: A Tosca Trevant Mystery:  “A finely-crafted tale of two unforgettable women, born centuries apart, whose lives of secret parallel danger coincide in a suspenseful saga…a great read.”

Suzy Soro, author of Celebrity sTalker: “If you like mysteries and intrigue, this is a book you can’t put down. It’s part historical novel, part modern day puzzle….Each chapter ends with a secret reveal that drives the story forward and leaves you wanting more.”

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