Through a series of flashbacks, Sam Eastland layers on the suspense in this historical thriller. It's a first-rate yarn read by a first-rate narrator, Paul Michael.
The author has a researcher's keen eye for historical detail and he uses that detail to paint background pictures of two worlds -- life in the orbit of the Czar before the revolution and the less-than-idealistic reality of the already stumbling Soviet state.
Each time I thought I had the plot figured out, there was another twist that propelled the book forward.
Well worth the investment of time. With luck, we'll hear from the Emerald Eye again.
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