The first in a gripping new series of detective novels set at the birth of Stalin’s Russia.
It is the time of the Great Terror. Inspector Pekkala – known as the Emerald Eye – was the most famous detective in all Russia. He was the favourite of the Tsar. Now he is the prisoner of the men he once hunted. Like millions of others, he has been sent to the gulags in Siberia and, as far as the rest of the world is concerned, he is as good as dead. But a reprieve comes when he is summoned by Stalin himself to investigate a crime.
Pekkala’s mission: to uncover the men who really killed the Tsar and his family, and to locate the Tsar’s treasure. The reward for success will be his freedom and the chance to re-unite with a woman he would have married if the Revolution had not torn them apart. The price of failure? Death.
©2010 Sam Eastland (P)2010 Audible, Ltd
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"The Eye of The Red Tsar"
This book is first class and from the very start you are propelled into the period of the time. I listen to my books when I walk to the shops or on my local forest and I just could not wait for a walk to come fast enough. If there is one small fault and that is although the book holds you from beginning to the end, the end is a bit weak.
"This story gripped me from the beginning."
Characters finely drawn with broad brush strokes confidently defining a difficult time in Russian history. Brilliantly told, and held me captivated by the strength of the story.
The description of the railway station where he was held, having been discovered as the eye of the tzar. The cold and cruelty described took my breath away. I froze in what I was doing to listen.
His voice, his accent, his persuasion to lead you on in the story. Riveting.
It made me cry, and wonder.
A beautiful book.
"Great Story but Drags a lot"
I know a lot of people like this book and it certainly has an excellent story. However, the writer's style kills the books for me. The writer is dedicated to flashbacks -- we have long episodes of flashback. Some serve a purpose to give a background of Pekala's life but to me there are just so many of them that they break the flow of the plot.
Looking for the murderer of the last Tsar certainly makes for a gripping story. And when that story is being told the book is interesting. However, the constant interruptions of the story with these flashbacks just killed the book for me. I will not be reading any more of this author as I understand that all his books contain flashbacks. It is simply an unappealing style for me, but for readers who don't object, this is good book. My rating of the book is due to the flashback which I find to interrupting and made the real story seem disjointed.
"Worth a listen - war time thriller."
I wasn't sure at first with this title. I don't normally read anything like this, but the story is well constructed with interesting characters. Steven Pacey is just fantastic as the narrator as usual. There is a lot of historical stuff in this book as you'd guess, but the author mixes the truth with fiction to make a really good story. Book two downloaded now!
WELL NARRATED GOOD PLOT LINE A GOOD PLAUSIBLE HISTORICAL RENDITION WHICH KEEPS YOU ENTERTAINED FOR HOURS
"Wanted to enjoy it............................"
Err had it been written by say Nesbo or Mankell, or so many others. Sadly it wasn't.
If the genre is blindingly obvious poor plotted books yes it has.
He was reading this book.
I do enjoy good crime stories from different parts of the world: Mankell in Sweden, other Nordic noire obviously; Craig Russell in Germany; Deon Meyer in South Africa.
There sadly aren't enough so the opportunity to listen to an historical investigation from Russia was appealing. It even seemed OK for a bit and I thought I'd been lucky and found a new author and a new series to enjoy.
Sadly it soon disappoints, all too soon. The plotting is poor, ok it avoids any stress by making the conclusion blindingly obvious early on, but that's a niche idea only for those with severe hypertension. Really not convinced the author has any insight into the history of Russia beyond what Wiki would inform about.
I would say don't bother, but of course you might enjoy it, no accounting for taste. If you haven't tried Deon Meyer yet use your credits there first. And remember it was me who told you !
"Not as good as Phillip Kerr"
I wanted this to be like a Bernie Gunter novel but found it rather disappointing. Eastland is a decent writer but I doing think his principle character is interesting enough or the action gripping.
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