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- Listening Length: 8 hours and 56 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 25 May 2012
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00865KBVY
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Siberian Red Audiobook – Unabridged
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This is the third of the Inspector Pekkala stories, and as my title suggests, he is like the Jack Reacher of Soviet Russia. He is tough, strong, shrewd, super-honest, intelligent, and doesn't miss a trick. The three books also serves to educate the reader as to the situation and conditions of the times ...younger readers (and for me, that's people in their 30's and 40's) will not be familiar with the concept of a Cold War, or be aware of the conditions in the Gulags. The times are delivered with less seriousness than, let's say, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn would have presented them, but this is a good thing. Solzhenitsyn wasn't writing a damned good thriller, with a lead character that has few contemporaries - Eastland is, and he delivers with all three books. I don't know why, but I always read the Pekkala part with Liam Neeson's voice!
The book, like its other two parts, is an excellent read, and I'm sure that the weather in Archangel is pretty chilly at the moment ;-)
Stalin's most trusted secret agent, the legendary Inspector Pekkala, is on his deadliest mission...
It is September 1939. With the Nazis fighting in Poland and planning to invade Russia, too, Stalin's need for a long overdue injection of money or gold - from whereever it may come - is greater than ever. The country is on the brink of bankruptcy. In exchange for his freedom, a prisoner in an isolated Siberian gulag offers to reveal the location where Colonel Kolchak, a man entrusted by the Tsar, has hidden tons of gold from the Bolsheviks.
When Stalin learns that the informant has been knifed to death, he summons his chief investigator, Pekkala, to the Kremlin and orders him to solve the murder.
Stalin also urgently needs to know the whereabouts of the legendary missing gold of Tsar Nicholas II.
For this task, Stalin chooses Pekkala because he was the former special investigator for the Tsar, known as the "Emerald Eye". To accomplish his mission, our hero will return to Siberia and must re-live the worst nightmare of his own past - where he was once a prisoner in the notorious Gulag known as Borodok.
To unravel the mystery, Pekkala poses as a prisoner, and re-enters the brutal place under an eternal layer of ice and snow, where pure desparation reigns...
He has to infiltrate a dangerous gang of convicts still loyal to the Tsar, who may know the whereabouts of the precious gold. He soon learns that the best-kept secrets are those that no one even knows exist...
In the meanwhile at Moscow his loyal co-operator and friend Major Kirov has to face his own difficulties, searching the long forgotten Archive 17 for traces that might be helpful for his boss. A very, very dangerous search...
An we will learn the real meaning of "Siberian Red"...
A novel of suspense with the superb historical research that distiguishes all his works - Sam Eastland gets always stronger.
A real gold mine for readers interested in the time of Stalin's reigh of fear and horror.
As a bonus we find at the end 11 pages telling the truth about the struggles for the domination of Siberia.
The series consists of four books now Eye of the Red Tsar,Red Coffin aka Shadow Pass: A Novel of Suspense, this book which came out also as Archive 17 and the latest The Red Moth (Inspector Pekkala 4).
Let us hope for more!!!
Stalin is actually worried if not fearful of the past!
He calls on the Tsar's great detective to save him.
Whilst we all know about the Revolution and the Gulag we do no know much of how it developed and the ways the western powers tried to affect events- with so little impact.
The review of the Czech Legion is awesome.
A very good book- more to come I hope.