Volgograd Thoughts

The events of the past few days in Volgograd Russia prompt me to think about the parallels to my fictional story in The Chechen’s Revenge. Though no group seems to have yet claimed responsibility news reports are recognizing a possible link to recent declarations by a Chechen rebel leader that his separatist group will do whatever they can to disrupt the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014.

The two explosions by terrorist suicide bombers, at least believed to be the perpetrators, are certainly very much like what Chechen bombers have done in the past. The result is undeniably tragic. For the families of those killed, there will now be years of adjustment to the loss. I am not able to imagine the nature of such loss, but my sympathies must go out to those who are now suffering.

I noted parallels to my novel. In that fictional work I had a criminally insane Chechen rebel plan a bombing of Toronto’s Go Train System, hoping to wreak havoc and cause the death of thousands of Toronto regional commuters. He was accidentally successful in part when an unplanned telephone signal from an innocent bystander caused several bombs to explode in a passenger locker area of a train and bus transfer station. In the novel I caused 12 people to die, including two members of the bombers band of terrorists. Loss of life is a terrible thing, but in a fictional story, necessary to create realism. I make no apologies for that.

The evidence found at the scene helped Chief Investigator Sean-Guy O’Dwyer-Lariviere intuit where more bombs and terrorists might be found. The plot was foiled preventing the massive destruction planned by Marek Kafirov. My novel and its theme was conceived and written starting about two years ago. I don’t believe that the fictional events are anything more than a realistic imagining of the lengths that terrorists will go to achieve their terrible goals.

I do hope you will read my novel if for no other reason than to understand a bit of what terrorists plan and do and what our security forces do to try and prevent their plots.

Good Reading friends. Thanks for your support.Image


Ron Stotyn, PhD



I am a retired college professor and former broadcast journalist. I live in Vermont with my wife. I write near the shores of Lake Champlain. As an author I cast characters in the task of anti-terrorism efforts. The setting for my stories is Canada. My first novel is The Chechen's Revenge, a story of Sean-Guy O'Dwyer-Lariviere and his team of Canadian Anti-terrorism Service agents on the trail of a rebel Chechen, determined to create havoc and death on Toronto's Go Train system. The Chechen's Revenge is now in print and can be ordered online at https://mkt.com/northof49publishing.

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