Mariella Alberini​​

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"Nell'ombra della luna"

Collana Russa
Anno di pubblicazione: 2010
Casa editrice: Cult
Prefazione: Arnaldo POMODORO

Riassunto
Due valenti scienziati spaziali vengono assassinati  nella stessa giornata a Nuova Dehli e a Pechino. Una settimana più tardi, a Mosca, nei sotterranei della Lubianka, un’impiegata, addetta ai famosi archivi segreti del famigerato Kgb, oggi Fsb, muore in circostanze misteriose. Le tre vittime sono il cardine intorno al quale si snoda incalzante una storia basata su un tema di assoluta realtà: il lancio del razzo vettore indiano Chandrayan 1 nell’ottobre del 2008. Il quale  porta all’allunaggio Adithya, il modulo per cercare sulla superficie della luna la fonte di Elio 3, il potente combustibile che affrancherà la Terra dalla schiavitù del petrolio. E proprio “Nell’ombra della luna” si svolge la caccia serrata al misterioso mandante degli omicidi di quelle tre vittime che sono state eliminate per occultare agghiaccianti segreti. L’azione parte dalla Mongolia Esterna, patria d’elezione dell’ex agente segreto dell’Fsb (ex Kgb) Sergheij Andreev, incaricato dall’Fsb delle indagini. Il quale seguirà le tracce dei killer  nell’India in vertiginosa ascesa economica, ma sempre sommersa dai problemi di casta. A Dehli ritroverà l’amore di Elena, affascinante ambasciatrice russa. In Cina, nella Pechino moderna sempre in contraddizione tra comunismo e consumismo e a Shangaj, eterno regno degli avventurieri dell’alta finanza internazionale, troverà le tracce di un famoso scienziato tedesco, fuggito, con l’aiuto di Chiang Kaishek, dalla Cina di Mao Tze Dong  a Taiwan. E poi in Florida al soldo di un ambizioso magnate americano quale ricercatore nel campo dell’energia. Intanto nella Mosca di Putin fervono le indagini sulla morte di Lyudmila Cecova, la donna trovata morta alla Lubianka. L’Ispettore capo dei servizi Interni, Vladimir  Prochine segue una pista che lo porta a scoprire nelle bare di un cimitero di periferia partite di armi e di eroina. Le atmosfere dei tramonti infuocati dell’Estremo Oriente si alternano con ritmo serrato ai paesaggi russi ormai invernali. Ciascun personaggio ha un ruolo chiave che fa parte di un ampio disegno. Non manca una parentesi cecena di impressionate realtà bellica dove si scoprirà il segreto di un valoroso generale dell’Armata Rossa. Fino alla soluzione di questo thriller dal contenuto esplosivo, nel quale dagli archivi della Lubianka usciranno gli scheletri delle carneficine di Stalin. Su tutto e su tutti dominano i poteri forti di un super governo ombra, i componenti del quale sono di certo quelli appartenenti al non più segreto Bilderberg Club. Hanno il potere di decidere le sorti del pianeta Terra e di ciascun essere umano.​
Synopsis

Two skillful space scientists are assassinated on the same day in New Delhi and in Beijing. A week later, in Moscow, in the undergrounds of the Lubyanka, a female employee, in charge of the secret archives of the notorious Kgb, today’s Fsb, dies under mysterious circumstances. A pressing story revolves around the three victims and is based on a real event: the launch of the Indian booster rocket Chandrayan 1 in October 2008. This leads to the lunar mission Aditya, the module used to look for the source of Helium 3 on the moon’s surface, the powerful fuel that will free the Earth from the slavery of oil.. And it’s in “In the moonlight shadow” that a persistent hunt for the person behind the assassinations of the three victims, killed to hide appalling secrets, unfolds. The action starts in Outer Mongolia, the adoptive country of an ex Fsb secret agent (ex Kgb), Sergheij Andreev, entrusted with the investigations by the Fsb. He will follow the tracks of the killers in India, with its increasing economy but always inundated with caste problems. In Delhi he will find Elena, a fascinating Russian ambassador, and find love again. In Cina, in the modern Beijing always in contradiction between communism and consumerism and in Shanghaj, the eternal kingdom of the international high finance adventurers, he will find the tracks of a famous German scientist, who escaped with Chiang Kaishek’s help from Mao Tze Dong’s China to Taiwan, and then to Florida in the pay of an ambitious American magnate as a researcher in the energy field. In the meantime in Putin’s Russia the investigations on Lyudmila Cecova’s death, the woman found dead at the Lubyanka, become persistent. The chief inspector of the Home services, Vladimir Prochine follows a trail that will lead him to discover heroin and arms hauls in the coffins of a cemetery of the outskirts. The atmosphere of the Far East’s burning sunsets alternates at a fast pace with the Russian winter landscapes. Each character has a key role which is part of a bigger plan. There is also a horrifying Chechen wartime parenthesis in which the secret of a valiant Red Army general is discovered. Till the solution to this explosive thriller is found in the archives of the Lubyanka from which the skeletons of the massacres of Stalin emerge. The strong powers of a super shadow Cabinet, whose components are certainly the ones which belong to the exposed Bilderberg Club, dominate everything and everyone. They have the power to decide the destinies of the planet Earth and of every human being. 
Unaware of all this Elena enrolls the help of a powerful English businessman, an advisor to Tony Blair, who helps her to meet some influential people in the world of genetic research and international commerce. Still without any specific leads, Elena however, develops her own theory, which will not in fact be too far from the truth: an entire rereading of all the supposed values of the 20th century. Maybe the Russian revolution had simply been good business for Western capitalists, isolating Russia, preventing it from developing into a dangerous competitor! Perhaps the truths presented to the man in the street have been little more than a stage set, little more than an illusion. The presence of the West in Russian affairs is immediately confirmed by an enlightening flash-back to a discussion which had taken place within the Russian government before the attack on the parliament building: mercenaries and western infiltrators in Moscow....directing first the uprising and then its repression. Although nurturing the most terrible doubts Elena never stops behaving like the perfect Russian and continues her work: she will take part in diplomatic mission to Paris, Budapest and Belgrade, in a desperate attempt to deflect the growing crisis, the bombing of Serbia, the isolation of Yeltsin. Meanwhile someone has stolen Klimkin’s file which Elena had locked up at the railway station in Rome. It is a difficult time: from Hungary Elena travels to Serbia on unsafe roads, through poor villages which are soon to be demolished by war. During this time and years after the death of her husband, she meets and falls passionately in love whit a German journalist, Stephan Schmidt, who will travel whit her to Belgrade. Like Elena, Stephan, too, carries the scars of the final years of the century ( in Argentina, Videla’s coup, the desparecidos...) In forceful images (a bridge on the Danube, gypsies, jugglers, barges and bombs...) Alberini paints a picture of Serbia on the eve of war. Elena attends the futile meeting between Chernomydrin and Milosovic: the meeting breaks down and the Serbian leader leaves with an enigmatic “remember Chernobyl”. Another jolt to Elena’s memory, while we, the readers, learn from another world-wide phone call between the all- powerful that not only have they decided to spare Elena but they will try and use towards their own ends. The ghosts of Chernobyl torment Elena, who luckily up again with Stephan at the Metropole Hotel in Belgrade: a powerful love scene takes place while the bombs begin to fall on the city. Inevitably the rest of the plot takes place in Moscow : Elena decides to challenge danger to the limits. In fact the wife of the dead man lives in Moscow and probably keeps her husband’s secret papers. She lives in a squalid 5 storey block of flats on the outskirts of Moscow. Elena , however, finds that someone else has got there first and Klimkin’s wife has been horribly murdered. Yeltsin’s own police arrive and hold Elena with a series of vague excuses. It is clear that complex conspiracy is weaving itself around her, in which an ambiguous part is played by the androgenous beauty, Lilja, who Elena had previously met in Serbia. In the city, whitened by a late fall of snow, Elena meets Stephan again, with a Russian journalist friend of his, at the Majakovskij Museum where they all plan to go and find
Sergej Andreev, Klimkin’s brother, also an ex KGB agent, now hiding somewhere in Siberia. They have adventurous and lucky escape from Moscow by air. Then in Gloskovskoe (Irkustk) they come very near the moment of truth. Kimkin’s brother, Sergej Andreev, lives right on the edge of civilization, holed up in an izba, protected from the ice and snow. On their arrival the three have a ferocious fight with hired hitmen who have been sent to kill him, and he, in fact, is the last (and by now the only one) to know. Hidden under the floor of the izba are the documents that so many spies had been looking for. The first dates back to the 22nd May 1986: two Russian scientists inform Gorbachov that strange coded messages warning of a disaster at Chernobyl, had appeared in the magazine Seven Days (authentic pages of which appear in the book!), giving those in the know time to get away. The second refers to 1917: bankers from every nation had financed the Russian revolution, a document with all their signatures is the proof! Someone therefore had used Chernobyl to bring Gorbachov to his knees. Are they perhaps the descendants of those who financed the revolution? Are they the same ones who cold-heartedly decide the fates of both the world and of single individuals like Elena and Klimkin? The three heroes leave Andreev to dig deeper into the frozen Siberia wasteland in search of an improbable serenity. They return to west and will try and tell the world what they have discovered by publishing an article called “Planetary Government the dark side of the planet” in Isvestia and Frankfurter Allegmeine... The last chapter begins in a Moscow flat where Elena and Stephan manager to create for themselves a fleeting moment of love, while we hear again what now seems even more sinister prophetic warnings from the dead ex KGB agent, forewarning of new and terrible international terrorist attacks (at this time only a few years before the epoch making tragedy of the twin towers) whit which the great and the powerful of the world subjugate the people and crush those who oppose their plans. Whoever cold-bloodedly planned the millions of deaths in the Ukraine is not going to hesitate to be the architect of other atrocities, in the name of a “new man”, perhaps will never exist. 
Prefazione
Quando Mariella Alberini mi ha inviato il grosso plico con la bozza del suo ultimo libro, sono rimasto sorpreso: la conosco da molto tempo  e so della sua sensibilità e competenza estetica e della sua passione di giornalista esperta ed impegnata. Ma un romanzo… anzi l’undicesimo! Quando poi mi ha chiesto di scriverle la prefazione mi sono subito messo a leggere. Fin dalle prime pagine Nell’ombra della luna mi ha incuriosito per lo stile asciutto e incalzante che travalica la letteratura di genere, che l’autrice stessa definisce “thriller politico internazionale”. Teatro dell’azione sono delle terre lontane e affascinanti, dalla Mongolia all’India, dalla Russia alla Cina, quei paesi che sono oggi punto di riferimento nello scacchiere mondiale, poi New York, Miami, la Cecenia. I due protagonisti, Elena Skutova e Sergheij Andreev (alias Irbis Zargal), insieme a uno stuolo di personaggi emblematici, vi si muovono  rapidi e sicuri e agiscono consapevoli di essere parte di un complicato gioco globale. E su tutto incombe la presenza di una luna splendida e misteriosa che, in una visione quasi fantascientifica, diventa risorsa per la soluzione dei nostri problemi energetici. Senza entrare nei dettagli della trama si può notare che il racconto si snoda in modo semplice, ma riecheggia i grovigli e gli intrighi della geopolitica internazionale e trasmette il senso di incertezza e la complessità del nostro tempo. Vi si coglie tutta l’esperienza e la sapienza di chi conosce bene le vicende della storia e della politica, ma ne stempera la drammaticità con un filo sottile di ironia che percorre tutte le pagine. Si è invogliati a leggerlo fino alla soluzione, allo scioglimento dell’intreccio; ma, arrivati alla fine, si ha la sensazione che tutto stia per ricominciare, forse perché, come dice Jacques Attali,  “all’uscita di ogni labirinto l’uomo troverà sempre nuovi labirinti da attraversare.” Arnaldo Pomodoro
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