- Paperback: 294 pages
- Publisher: Bantam; Reprint edition (25 Jan. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553593234
- ISBN-13: 978-0553593235
- Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 81 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,616,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Eye of the Red Tsar (Inspector Pekkala) Paperback – 25 Jan 2011
|New from||Used from|
Audio Download, Unabridged
Customers who bought this item also bought
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
"In the tradition of Martin Cruz Smith and Tom Rob Smith, Sam Eastland pulls us into the culture and politics of Mother Russia. . . . Highly imaginative [and] exciting."--USA Today"A fantastic premise, frenetic action sequences and a stellar setting would all set apart this debut novel by [Sam] Eastland. . . . What elevates this Russian period thriller . . . is its mad, brilliant hero."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "A riveting historical thriller with a fascinating protagonist . . . a smart, assured, impeccably researched page-turner."--David Liss, author of The Devil's Company "A triumph! With a canny eye for detail, Eastland re-creates the tragedy of the Romanov dynasty in this intelligent and relentless thriller."--David Hewson, author of City of Fear "Gripping and memorable . . . Fans of Russian thrillers (Tom Rob Smith's Child 44, Martin Cruz Smith's Gorky Park, and David Benioff's City of Thieves) will want this."--Library Journal "A terrific debut . . . Eastland's weaving of fact and fiction, of real and invented characters, is brilliantly achieved."--The Times (London)
About the Author
Sam Eastland lives in the United States and the United Kingdom. He is the grandson of a London police detective who served in Scotland Yard's famous "Ghost Squad" during the 1940s. He is currently at work on his next Pekkala novel, which Bantam will publish in 2011.
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Pekkala is the original 'memory man' one of the Tsar's Finnish guards, hand-picked from the trainees by the Tsar himself to be his special, personal, omnipotent, investigator. That's why it's more than a bit surprising that Pekkala's memory is shown to have failed him at a crucial point in the plot of this story.
This was an entertaining, quick, holiday read though there are some problems with the plot which it's hard to ignore, so just 3 red stars. Will see what the next in the series is like.
This novel takes us through Pekkala's investigation into what happenened to the Tsar and his family, accompanied by the likeable Kirov and Pekkala's brother Anton, with flashbacks into his earlier life. The actual plot itself is not brilliant, but the characters and the historical context of the story make it a very enjoyable read. I like books set in this era and would certainly like to read more about Pekkala and his work for the 'Red Tsar'.
That is not to say I am completely put off this series.I certainly look forward to reading the follow up in the sincere hope that the author is more successful in having his detective going about his business while at the same time evoking the terrifying atmosphere and lethal politics of the Stalinist era. I want it to come alive. I want to smell the fear.
When I finish the final sentence of a book like this I want to say "Wow that was good". I want to feel disappointed that I have finished it because it was such a good read. I want to get ready for the next one. I did not experience that with this one.
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Most recent customer reviews