Umnitsa John T. Cullen

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Umnitsa  by  John T. Cullen

Umnitsa by John T. Cullen
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Umnitsa means Good Girl in Russian. A dying young mother calls her only child by this endearment as they live in abject poverty in Siberia after World War II. A fabulously wealthy French family adopt the orphan, and raise her in Paris as their own,MoreUmnitsa means Good Girl in Russian. A dying young mother calls her only child by this endearment as they live in abject poverty in Siberia after World War II.

A fabulously wealthy French family adopt the orphan, and raise her in Paris as their own, only child. Now Marianne, Countess Didier, she owns palaces and is chased bypaparazzi. She has a relentless need to find her true father. All she knowsis that he loved her mother in 1945 San Francisco and his name is Tim Nordhall--a handsome young U.S. Navy officer involved in high-level espionage then, and now hidden anonymously somewhere under Federal protection. Rumors have grown up over the years--for example, that he has two wives. Tim Nordhall, starting 1942, follows a trail of espionage and uranium from theBelgian Congo to a London blitzed by V-1s and V-2s in 1943-44.

His turbulent adventure have him on a torpedoed ship, in the hands of slavers in West Africa, and deadly misadventures with a beautiful Belgian heroin addict. He falls into the snares of a Soviet double agent, code-named Jaguar, who trails him to San Francisco. That city, mid-1945, is the intersection point of two epic wars (World War II and the Cold War).

It is also the place where the United Nations is being founded as Tim settles in to his newNavy post. Here, he falls into a breathtaking love triangle with two remarkable women. In the end, happiness and tragedy meet on a foggy dock as a mothers and daughters fates find their ultimate milestones.



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