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In a land of uneasy alliances and deadly treachery pursuing clues that have eluded everyone Pekkala is thrust into the past where he once reigned There he will meet the man who betrayed him and the woman he loved and lost in the fires of rebellion and uncover a secret so shocking that it will shake to its core the land he lovesWith stunning period detail and crackling suspense Eye of the Red Tsar introduces a complex and compelling investigator in a fiercely intelligent thriller perfect for readers of Gorky Park Child 44 and City of Thieve. What Eastland does best is his excruciating attention to period detail The emblems on buttons the texture of the wall in the prison the kinds of army rations his characters endure are all presented precisely and deliberately It also helps that this book covers a topic and a period that I knew very little about previously and this also added to the charm A minor point where the book falls short is the amount of time it spends on the main character s relationship with his estranged brother Because so much time is spent on the relationship I wish I understood their backstory better or cared about it The facts are there but there is very little emotional investment in them The ending too left a little bit to be desired but I wasn t overwhelmingly disappointed All told though Eastland presents a mashup of suspense historical fiction and detective fiction in a way that offers authentic flavor and originality I enjoyed this book very much Sometimes I wished that his character s dialogue didn t lean so often toward cliche but this is than made up for by the setting and the scenarios Eastland leads you through Worth the read for anyone who enjoys unconventional historical fiction and crime Read on my website

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Eye of the Red Tsar

This riveting suspense debut introduces both a stellar new voice and a remarkable detective an outsider who must use his extraordinary talents to solve the one case that may redeem himShortly after midnight on July 17 1918 the imprisoned family of Tsar Nicholas Romanov was awakened and led down to the basement of the Ipatiev house There they were summarily executed Their bodies were hidden away the location a secret of the Soviet stateA decade later one man lives in purgatory banished to a forest on the outskirts of humanity Pekkala was on. I enjoyed this one but it gets two stars because after writing this review I realized my enjoyment had to do with the subject matter than with the actual merits of the book I ve always had a fascination with Russian history especially anything dealing with the Romanovs and the Revolution I ve devoured numerous books on the subject but this one fell short of my hopes for three reasonsFirst the suspense for me was dampened by knowledge of the Romanovs fate True you d have to live under a rock not to know how Russia s royal family met their end but this is a novel of suspense so that knowledge hurts it The story centers around Inspector Pekkala the most trusted man of Tsar Nicholas II and his investigation into the disappearance of the Romanovs during the Revolution Officially they were all executed but the new government has released Pekkala from prison in return for investigating the numerous rumors that some of the family survived There is of course a double motive for the investigation which does add to the mystery but it just isn t enough Knowing that none of the Romanovs survived meant that I couldn t hope with Pekkala because I knew from the very beginning that his hope was in vainAnd this brings me to the second reason the book fell short of my hopes I never really connected with any of the characters Partly because of what I mentioned above I know much much than they do and it prevented me from getting truly invested in the story and partly because no solid point of view is ever established Sometimes the point of view seems to be Pekkala s sometimes one or two of the other characters and sometimes it seems to be the point of view of an omniscient narrator This leaves perfectly developed characters feeling flat and uninterestingThird I found the ending very unsatisfying I just could not believe that Pekkala would with so little thought so little anger and no hesitation continue working for the government that had tortured him imprisoned him forever separated him from the woman he loved and brought about the murder of the Tsar a man he seemed to respect and look up to after he completed his investigation into the deaths of the Romanovs It was justblah There is no other word for itOne thing I did enjoy is the way the narrative is split between the investigation in 1929 and Pekkala s memories leading up to the Revolution It creates an intricate narrative that leaves the reader to make connections between past and present as Pekkala does Overall it s an okay read but it hasn t sold me on the rest of the series Surrender To A Millionaire purgatory banished to a forest on the outskirts of humanity Pekkala was on. I enjoyed this one but it gets two stars because after writing this review I realized my enjoyment had to do with the subject matter than with the actual merits of the book I ve always had a fascination with Russian history especially anything dealing with the Romanovs and the Revolution I ve devoured numerous books on the subject but this one fell short of my hopes for three reasonsFirst the suspense for me was dampened by knowledge of the Romanovs fate True you d have to live under a rock not to know how Russia s royal family met their end but this is a novel of suspense so that knowledge hurts it The story centers around Inspector Pekkala the most trusted man of Tsar Nicholas II and his investigation into the disappearance of the Romanovs during the Revolution Officially they were all executed but the new government has released Pekkala from The White Rose And The Black prison in return for investigating the numerous rumors that some of the family survived There is of course a double motive for the investigation which does add to the mystery but it just isn t enough Knowing that none of the Romanovs survived meant that I couldn t hope with Pekkala because I knew from the very beginning that his hope was in vainAnd this brings me to the second reason the book fell short of my hopes I never really connected with any of the characters Partly because of what I mentioned above I know much much than they do and it Birdmen 1 prevented me from getting truly invested in the story and Maggie partly because no solid Love By Design point of view is ever established Sometimes the Secret Classrooms point of view seems to be Pekkala s sometimes one or two of the other characters and sometimes it seems to be the Beautiful Torment Beautiful 1 point of view of an omniscient narrator This leaves Endless Chain perfectly developed characters feeling flat and uninterestingThird I found the ending very unsatisfying I just could not believe that Pekkala would with so little thought so little anger and no hesitation continue working for the government that had tortured him imprisoned him forever separated him from the woman he loved and brought about the murder of the Tsar a man he seemed to respect and look up to after he completed his investigation into the deaths of the Romanovs It was justblah There is no other word for itOne thing I did enjoy is the way the narrative is split between the investigation in 1929 and Pekkala s memories leading up to the Revolution It creates an intricate narrative that leaves the reader to make connections between Pretty Tough past and the-mist present as Pekkala does Overall it s an okay read but it hasn t sold me on the rest of the series

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Ce the most trusted secret agent of the Romanovs the right hand man of the Tsar himself Now he is Prisoner 4745 P living a harsh existence in which even the strongest vanish into the merciless Soviet winterBut the state needs Pekkala one last time The man who knew the Romanovs best is given a final mission catch their killers locate the royal child rud to be alive and give Stalin the international coup he craves Find the bodies Pekkala is told and you will find your freedom Find the survivor of that bloody night and you will change history. Mysteries within mysteries I loved the complexity of this plot I ve been having some great luck with first novels lately and this is another excellent one The story takes place in 1929 and presents some fresh twists on the old what really happened to the Romanovs conundrum It s meticulously researched for period detail Parts of the book were so fascinating that I almost wished it was longer but I appreciate the author s all too rare ability to keep it tight and contained There s a superb chronology at the back of the book that progresses from 1917 to the present It explains the real history behind the mystery and how DNA testing has put it to rest for goodThis is a new series so I m looking forward to seeing of Inspector Pekkala Great start 45 stars


10 thoughts on “Eye of the Red Tsar

  1. says:

    Another new series for me which I’ve been meaning to get around to for a while now Having recently completed the David Downing’s excellent Station series this will be my first foray into the status uo on the “other” side that of the Soviet Union in the interwar war years a period ive studied but not really read about so it’ll be interesting to see how much is familiar to me looking forward to it as heard good things abo

  2. says:

    I enjoyed this one but it gets two stars because after writing this review I realized my enjoyment had to do with the sub

  3. says:

    I find Russian history fascinating Russia has been through so many changes and often in a very dramatic way With the inclusion of the Romanov family demise and the political landscape 10 years after their death t

  4. says:

    I am always looking for serial novels that I can read or less in a sitting or two that fall into the general category of crime or mystery and that keep me turning the page with a heightened level of anticipation A Barnes and Noble staff member recommended Sam Eastland’s “Eye of the Red Tsar” It is the first in a series of t

  5. says:

    Rating 35 of fiveThe Book Report Pekkala is the Tsar's most powerful subject the only one with the power to arrest even t

  6. says:

    Mysteries within mysteries I loved the complexity of this plot I've been having some great luck with first novels lately and

  7. says:

    Sam Eastland's first as far as I can tell novel offers an intriguing setting the Soviet Union in 1929 HIstorical novels of Russia a

  8. says:

    Fact During the 1917 Russian Revolution Tsar Nicholas II and his family were arrested and imprisoned Fact They spent part of their year long imprisonment under house arrest at the Ipatiev House in the town of Yekaterinburg while the Bolsheviks argued over what to do with them Some wanted to simply execute them but the cooler heads argued a p

  9. says:

    What Eastland does best is his excruciating attention to period detail The emblems on buttons the texture of the wall in the prison the kinds of army rations his characters endure are all presented precisely and deliberately It also helps that this book covers a topic and a period that I knew very little about pr

  10. says:

    Just arrived from Finland through BMA very griping espionage story of Inspector Pekkala who formerly was Tsar's special investigatorThe plot involves the Romanov's assassination with the historical background of the Russian revolution

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