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Saturday, January 1, 2011

EYE OF THE RED TSAR by Sam Eastland

Inspector Pekkala - known as the Emerald Eye - is the favorite detective of the Tsar Nicholas Romanov. Now, a decade later, after being sent to the Siberian gulag, he is summoned by Stalin to investigate who really killed the Tsar and his family, and to locate the Tsar’s treasure.
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Anonymous said...

Really excellent read. Moves fast. Gives a good idea of the history of Russia and those who suffered in the purges, and gives us a new detective series to look forward to.

Michelle said...

This book is a good read. As the pp stated, it does move very fast. The author gives a good description of what it was probably like in the early years of the Soviet Union.
I am not going to give any spoilers but I did find the ending a little predictable and a bit of a letdown. I did enjoy the book though and I will probably read the next one in the series.

Nidorina said...

I also really enjoyed this. It was fast-paced, the setting was immersive, and it dealt with a well known historical event (the execution of the last Tsar and his family) without either falling into the trite Anastasia cliches or being historically inaccurate. In fact, there is an excellent appendix which tells the factual story as it falls out of the narrative of the novel.

Anonymous said...

I did not like the ending. Finnish people were not (most of them) in support of Stalin. Finland became independent of Russia during the Bolshevik Revolution.

T and A said...

loved it, loved the history and the charector!