The Kovalenko Secret - Book Review

The Kovalenko Secret

Author: Philip Rettew
Genre: Fiction - Thriller - Terrorist
Publisher: Dorrance Publishing Co
Date Published: May 1, 2023
ISBN-13: 979-8887291321

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Book Review of :  The Kovalenko Secret


THE KOVALENKO SECRET by Philip Rettew, is a gripping apocalyptic novel that could thrust America into the brink of a terrifying new dark age. Rettew's masterfully crafted narrative is an eerily plausible tale of harrowing devastation that could become all too real. 

The story unfolds by Rettew introducing us to a diverse cast of characters that make up his gripping novel. Through a series of captivating vignettes, we are given a glimpse into the lives of the main individuals who drive the story forward.

First, we meet Shamir Rahmani, a young graduate with a bachelor's degree. Little do we know that he is a budding terrorist, following the lead of a man named Fatih Abdul-Kaliq, the self-proclaimed leader of the Islamic State.

Next, enter Russian Army Colonel Viktor A. Kovalenko. In a shocking twist, he discovers that his military base is missing a crucial nuclear device. Tasked with locating it before it falls into the wrong hands, Kovalenko finds himself in a race against time.

Amidst this chaos, we are introduced to 24-year-old Karina Kovalenko, Viktor's daughter, and an aspiring ballerina. Her dreams intertwine with the unfolding events, adding a touch of vulnerability and depth to the narrative.

Next, we encounter Duke Chancellor, a reclusive billionaire with immense power and influence. He plays a crucial role in trying to prevent a major terrorist attack in the United States. Chancellor's mysterious persona takes center stage as he navigates through the dangerous world of terrorism.

While this epic 424-page novel features a host of other intriguing characters, it is these individuals who hold the key to the gripping story at hand. Their intertwined destinies and the race against time keep the narrative exciting.

In a high-stakes crisis, Colonel Kovalenko's daughter is abducted while visiting New York. The safety of his beloved Karina hinges on his willingness to provide the codes needed to activate the stolen nuclear device. Caught between his love for his daughter and the potential devastation that the weapon could unleash, the Colonel faces an agonizing decision.

The mysterious nuclear device has security agencies across the globe in a frenzy as they desperately search for its whereabouts and figure out its potential targets. The looming question remains: will it be unleashed in bustling cities like New York, Paris, San Francisco, Los Angeles, London, or elsewhere? Terrifying threats endanger the world, with the United States singled out as an enemy to those who wish to spread Islam worldwide. The American "infidels" face a punishment designed to prevent any future interference.

Duke Chancellor's influential connections and strategic partnerships play a crucial role in discovering the whereabouts and a potential solution to the crisis. With deep-rooted associations in various security agencies and a wide-reaching network of information, Chancellor becomes an indispensable asset in resolving the urgent situation.

THE KOVALENKO SECRET is a gripping, seductive thriller brimming with shocking revelations, mind-bending twists, and deeply disturbing storylines. Without a doubt, it stands alone as an entirely unique reading experience. 

Reviewed by: James B.

About Philip Rettew


The author is a 1967 graduate of Yale College, where he majored in psychology and philosophy and holds a master's degree in psychology from Temple University. He is a retired financial market technician with a CMT certification, after a 25-year career in the financial services industry. His real-time personal experience in southern Manhattan on 9/11/2001 was the main motivation for writing this story.

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