Steve Berry, NYT Bestselling author, describes Saving Hope as “a tantalizing premise that toys with the most basic of emotions—a parent’s drive to save their child.”
In one of Siberia’s formerly closed cities, Alexandra Pavlova, an unemployed microbiologist, struggles to save her daughter’s life. When she turns to Vladimir, her oldest friend, for help, she’s drawn into Russia’s underworld. His business dealings with the Iranians come to the attention of Sergei Borisov, an FSB (formerly the KGB) agent. Alexandra finds herself joining forces with Sergei to stop the export of a deadly virus in a race to save both her daughter and the world.
Alexandra Pavlova jolted upright, her maternal senses snapping to alert. The garlic she’d placed about the room tinged each breath and settled on her tongue. For two days, she’d spoon-fed the girl warm broth and tea with honey and arranged garlic cloves to nurse her daughter through a bad cold. From the overstuffed chair, she scanned the dark, finally focusing her attention on the small lump her daughter made under the pododeyalnik on the bed beside her. A shallow rasping sounded from below the linen coverlet.
She leaned forward from where she’d been keeping vigil and peeled back the blanket to caress Nadezhda’s forehead. When she stroked her daughter’s near-white curls from around her thin face, she yanked back her hand. The child’s skin had seared her fingers
The girl cracked her eyes and winced. “Hot, Mommy. I’m hot.”
Her lids fluttered shut, and she drifted back into a too-deep sleep.
Alexandra bit her lip to stifle the cry. Her worst fear had been realized. Pneumonia. She knew the signs only too well after her mother’s own battle with the disease just a year ago.
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