Eye of the Red Tsar

Eye of the Red Tsar

A Novel of Suspense

eBook - 2010
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BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Sam Eastland's Shadow Pass.

Shortly 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 state. A decade later, Pekkala, once the most trusted secret agent of the Romanovs, is now Prisoner 4745-P, banished to a forest on the outskirts of humanity. But the state needs Pekkala one last time. His mission: catch the assassins who slaughtered the Romanovs, locate the royal child rumored to be alive, and give Stalin the international coup he craves. Find the bodies, Pekkala is told, and you will find your freedom.

In a land of uneasy alliances and lethal 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 loves.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 2010
ISBN: 9780553907667
Additional Contributors: Overdrive, Inc


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Apr 15, 2017

Eastland chills the reader from the opening in Stalin’s Siberia, and makes us follow through the claustrophobic and paranoid “realities” of the Russian Revolution, the Cheka, the fate of the Romanovs, and a family’s years of betrayals. “Noir” mystery fiction takes on a new depth of winter and darkness in this series.

Oct 16, 2015

I read Eastland's last book, first and his first book, last. I found all three books to be a treasure of Russian history along with the authors ability to add fiction based on fact along the way. Sam has found his way into the ten best suspense authors I've read.

Dec 29, 2014

I was very pleased with this book. I found myself caring about the characters and the plotting was well-paced. The historical period of the transition from Tsarist to Soviet Russia is a surreal and very interesting time. The author communicated the details of the time very vividly but doesn't get bogged down. Recommend!

Aug 17, 2014

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, the author imbued the story with a dramatic and desperate feel.
I was amazed that Pekkala would be so calm after all he'd been through, it just seems like you would want to rail at the system or disappear as soon as you could but I like him as a detective character, that same calmness works really well for the character and the story.

Jul 27, 2013

A sober, well-researched look at a man who pulls himself out from under the ruins of Tsarist Russia and the desolation of Siberia in order to investigate the ultimate cold case for Stalin.

hgeng63 Dec 30, 2011

aka Paul Watkins


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