Eye of the Red Tsar #2020

Eye of the Red Tsar By Sam Eastland Eye of the Red Tsar This riveting suspense debut introduces both a stellar new voice and a remarkable detective an outsider who must use his extraordinary talents to solve the one case that may redeem him Shortly after
  • Title: Eye of the Red Tsar
  • Author: Sam Eastland
  • ISBN: 9780553807813
  • Page: 106
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Eye of the Red Tsar By Sam Eastland This riveting suspense debut introduces both a stellar new voice and a remarkable detective, an outsider who must use his extraordinary talents to solve the one case that may redeem him Shortly after midnight on July 17, 1918, the imprisoned family of Tsar Nicholas Romanov was awakened and led down to the basement of the Ipatiev house There they were summarily executed.This riveting suspense debut introduces both a stellar new voice and a remarkable detective, an outsider who must use his extraordinary talents to solve the one case that may redeem him Shortly after midnight on July 17, 1918, the imprisoned family of Tsar Nicholas Romanov was awakened and led down to the basement of the Ipatiev house There they were summarily executed Their bodies were hidden away, the location a secret of the Soviet state.A decade later, one man lives in purgatory, banished to a forest on the outskirts of humanity Pekkala was once the most trusted secret agent of the Romanovs, the right hand man of the Tsar himself Now he is Prisoner 4745 P, living a harsh existence in which even the strongest vanish into the merciless Soviet winter.But the state needs Pekkala one last time The man who knew the Romanovs best is given a final mission catch their killers, locate the royal child rud to be alive, and give Stalin the international coup he craves Find the bodies, Pekkala is told, and you will find your freedom Find the survivor of that bloody night and you will change history.In a land of uneasy alliances and deadly treachery, pursuing clues that have eluded everyone, Pekkala is thrust into the past where he once reigned There he will meet the man who betrayed him and the woman he loved and lost in the fires of rebellion and uncover a secret so shocking that it will shake to its core the land he loves.With stunning period detail and crackling suspense, Eye of the Red Tsar introduces a complex and compelling investigator in a fiercely intelligent thriller perfect for readers of Gorky Park, Child 44, and City of Thieves.
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      A pseudonym used by Paul Watkins

    457 thoughts on “Eye of the Red Tsar”

    1. Another new series for me, which I ve been meaning to get around to for a while now Having recently completed the David Downing s excellent Station series this will be my first foray into the status quo on the other side that of the Soviet Union in the interwar war years, a period ive studied but not really read about so it ll be interesting to see how much is familiar to me looking forward to it as heard good things about the writing style.We start after the Russian revolution which is apt Bein [...]

    2. I enjoyed this one, but it gets two stars because, after writing this review, I realized my enjoyment had to do with the subject matter than with the actual merits of the book I ve always had a fascination with Russian history, especially anything dealing with the Romanovs and the Revolution I ve devoured numerous books on the subject, but this one fell short of my hopes for three reasons.First, the suspense, for me, was dampened by knowledge of the Romanovs fate True, you d have to live under [...]

    3. I am always looking for serial novels that I can read or less in a sitting or two, that fall into the general category of crime or mystery, and that keep me turning the page with a heightened level of anticipation A Barnes and Noble staff member recommended Sam Eastland s Eye of the Red Tsar It is the first in a series of, to date, two works that will engage its protagonist in a variety of investigations in Stalin s Soviet Union Eastland s choice of the staging area of the series undoubtedly is [...]

    4. Rating 3.5 of fiveThe Book Report Pekkala is the Tsar s most powerful subject, the only one with the power to arrest even the Tsar himself for crimes against Russia The Revolution, naturally enough, ends that power, and Pekkala endures torture and isolation for than a decade before Comrade Stalin needs Pekkala s unique skills and knowledge to solve a lingering mystery Who actually killed the Tsar, since it wasn t Moscow s orders to do so Did any of the Romanovs survive Ekaterinburg The answers [...]

    5. Sam Eastland s first as far as I can tell novel offers an intriguing setting the Soviet Union in 1929 HIstorical novels of Russia abound, but most are set either in Tsarist times or in recent decades Eastland s protagonist, Pekkala his first name, like Spenser s, is never given , was a detective who was very close to Tsar Nicholas II and his family After the revolution he was sent to a Siberian labor camp, where he managed to survive in conditions that no one else was able to endure As the novel [...]

    6. Mysteries within mysteries I loved the complexity of this plot I ve been having some great luck with first novels lately, and this is another excellent one The story takes place in 1929 and presents some fresh twists on the old what really happened to the Romanovs conundrum It s meticulously researched for period detail Parts of the book were so fascinating that I almost wished it was longer, but I appreciate the author s all too rare ability to keep it tight and contained There s a superb chron [...]

    7. I find Russian history fascinating Russia has been through so many changes and often in a very dramatic way With the inclusion of the Romanov family demise and the political landscape 10 years after their death, the author imbued the story with a dramatic and desperate feel I was amazed that Pekkala would be so calm after all he d been through, it just seems like you would want to rail at the system or disappear as soon as you could but I like him as a detective character, that same calmness wor [...]

    8. What Eastland does best is his excruciating attention to period detail The emblems on buttons, the texture of the wall in the prison, the kinds of army rations his characters endure, are all presented precisely and deliberately It also helps that this book covers a topic and a period that I knew very little about previously, and this also added to the charm A minor point where the book falls short is the amount of time it spends on the main character s relationship with his estranged brother Bec [...]

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    10. I m an Open University student I study one module equivalent broadly to one semester per year The courses run from the beginning of October to the Beginning of June which leaves me most of June, July, August and September to read whatever I like Literary stuff Science Children s books YA novels Rubbish Anything at all.This year I noticed that my TBR bookshelf is full of non fiction, a lot of which is social science related But I wanted a break from that and really struggled to find something on [...]

    11. Fact During the 1917 Russian Revolution, Tsar Nicholas II and his family were arrested and imprisoned Fact They spent part of their year long imprisonment under house arrest at the Ipatiev House in the town of Yekaterinburg, while the Bolsheviks argued over what to do with them Some wanted to simply execute them, but the cooler heads argued a public trial would help bolster the legitimacy of the new government Fact As the anti communist White Army approached the town, rather than risk allowing t [...]

    12. This book had nice character development and some very thoughtful reflections on life and war and change I enjoyed reading this book merely as a stand alone suspense novel, but not as a work of historical fiction Actually the sub title reminds us that this is indeed a Novel of Suspense perhaps so the reader wont get too caught up in the names and dates and well, the truth The author does include an index at the end with facts, and I fought the urge to flip back and read it because I think it wou [...]

    13. I won this book on giveaways My first win Can t wait to get it I love the Russian Revolution, it s got the perfect mix of story elements kings and queens, a mystical doctor who basically controls the family, rebellion, murder, and a possible escape What could you want in a story I was really quite impressed with this book There are some minor areas that could be better but overall a very good first book from an author that I will certainly be reading in the future I think my biggest problem was [...]

    14. Random selection, just wanted something to listen to, but this turned out quite good Really interesting setting, compelling mystery Finnish inspector searching for the long buried secrets of the royal Romanov family Solid pacing, plenty of suspense, excellent descriptions Few far stretched plot points towards the end thrown in for the dramatic effects, but what thriller doesn t Of course, it s a series, genre writers seem practically unable to leave a good thing well enough alone, but at least E [...]

    15. A first reads win.I ve been reading an unusual amount of historical thrillers this year Eyes of The Red Tsar is set in Stalinist Russia and it is a entertaining but flawed mystery This book appears to be the first of a series The author puts together a strong protagonist named Pekkala with a number of Sherlockian skills like quick perception and a photographic memory Yet this first novel of the series lacks the pacing and action I would expect from this type of tale While I found it quite readab [...]

    16. I liked this book War is ugly and this book showed that in grim detail I am somewhat fascinated with Russian history, both old history and things that have occurred in the last century It is during the last century that they seem to have struggled with identity They have been constantly evolving, changing, and searching This book deals with takeover after the death of the Romanovs Overall, I liked the character development and the sense of place in this So 3 stars.

    17. Lots of needless foreshadowing killed the thrill I truly found some decisions of the protagonist extremely unbelievable view spoiler Such as, after all the things that Stalin has done to him, he accepts the offer to work for him in the end hide spoiler I don t know if his decision somehow is a long thought out vengeance plan, to be carried out in rest of the series, but this book really left me unsatisfied.

    18. Just arrived from Finland through BM.A very griping espionage story of Inspector Pekkala who formerly was Tsar s special investigator.The plot involves the Romanov s assassination with the historical background of the Russian revolution.

    19. A wonderful first novel in the series Yes, Sam ones write under this pseudonym, and I therefore expected it to be a bloody good novel I was surprised how good it wasd read the whole book inside 30 hours Simply, a wonderful read.

    20. In the newly formed Soviet Union, the Tsar s best secret agent is released from prison to investigate the Romanovs murders and to locate their hidden fortune Suspenseful mystery with fascinating Russian history I especially enjoyed reading a spy novel from this rare perspective.

    21. Why is the ending often a disappointment Up until the last few pages, I would have given a 5 rating but I couldn t swallow the contrived ending and the change in the inspector First how did he mistake the identity of Alexei Second why is Stalin made into a benevolent father instead of the monster that he was And why does the inspector seem to revere Stalin rather than despise him Hard to understand I will read the next book to see if it provides redemption.

    22. This debut historical thriller takes the execution of the Romanov royal family in 1918 as the catalyst for its plot A word of warning to anyone with a an interest in or knowledge of the Romanovs and or that era of Russian Soviet history the author takes a great deal of fictional liberties with the known facts as is his right as a storyteller so don t expect one of those works of historical fiction that dovetails perfectly with reality The protagonist is a Finn named Pekkala who enlists in Tsar N [...]

    23. I received this book for free through First Reads It s still an honest review, but the FTC wanted you to know This was a good story, which I won from Despite being a little slower than I expected the book is advertised as a thriller, but is of a historical mystery I really enjoyed it It takes place in the early 1900s in Russia, where the Tsar s most trusted investigator is pulled from a prison camp to investigate the death of the Tsar and his family.Pekkala is a character with a mind like Shawn [...]

    24. Subjects in crime fiction seem to come in waves these days Russian history seems to be one of those waves, either that or there s some weird synergy going on in my life EYE OF THE RED TSAR is one of the Russian themed books I ve been lucky enough to receive recently Set against Russia under the rule of Stalin and all the brutality and ruthlessness that regime imposed, this is a book about the life of Pekkala A favourite of the Tsar, Pekkala was known to be utterly loyal to his master Unexpectedl [...]

    25. L unica parte decente e interessante di questo libro sono le note storiche alla fine del volume, probabilmente perch ricalcano i passaggi dei libri biografici presi come fonte storica e citati nel libro stesso Visto che non sono neanche una decina, ci si pu rendere conto della ricerca storica che si fatta per scrivere questa meraviglia, probabilmente ne ho letti pi io.I personaggi principali di questa storia sono delle macchiette completamente improbabili del contesto storico che si voleva prese [...]

    26. This was a book I won in a First Read s giveaway.Sam Eastland s affable first book of an investigator in Stalin era Russia is an interesting, if predictable, read.For a thriller, the novel is noticeably lacking in thrills The first four fifths contains no sign of an adversary as the hero and his cohort extensively investigate the Romanov s disappearance with no resistance at all Chill s likewise are noticeably absent from this formulaic murder investigation Until very late in the book, there is [...]

    27. Actual rating 3.5 stars.The year is 1929 and we find our hero Pekkala whose first name remains a mystery in Siberia where he was sent 9 years ago for unmentionable crimes However, Stalin needs Pekkala s help in finding out what really happened to the tsar s family in 1918 and therefore Pekkala gets a chance to leave the freezing cold Siberia.Are the Romanovs really dead And if yes, WHO did the killing because apparently Stalin has no idea and if one is to believe this book, then the events were [...]

    28. Nicholas Romanov, Tsar of Russia was a very powerful man With wealth and power comes the danger of people always wanting to kill you While training in the military, Pekkala met Romanov They became friends, formed form their admiration for each other Due to Pekkala amazing ability to remember things, even down to the smallest of things like how many buttons are on someone s coat Romanov brought Pekkala into his closest circle Pekkala became known as The Red Eye of the Tsar In 1917, Romanov and hi [...]

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