Child 44 and The Secret Speech: Digital Omnibus Edition

Child and The Secret Speech Digital Omnibus Edition CHILD A relentless page turner A terrifying evocation of a paranoid world where no one can be trusted A surprising unexpected story of love and family of hope and resilienceILD is a thriller u

  • Title: Child 44 and The Secret Speech: Digital Omnibus Edition
  • Author: Tom Rob Smith
  • ISBN: 9781455518890
  • Page: 135
  • Format: ebook
  • CHILD 44 A relentless page turner.A terrifying evocation of a paranoid world where no one can be trusted.A surprising, unexpected story of love and family, of hope and resilienceILD 44 is a thriller unlike any you have ever read.Stalin s Soviet Union is an official paradise, where citizens live free from crime and fear only one thing the all powerful State Defending tCHILD 44 A relentless page turner.A terrifying evocation of a paranoid world where no one can be trusted.A surprising, unexpected story of love and family, of hope and resilienceILD 44 is a thriller unlike any you have ever read.Stalin s Soviet Union is an official paradise, where citizens live free from crime and fear only one thing the all powerful State Defending this system is idealistic security officer Leo Demidov, a war hero who believes in the iron fist of the law But when a murderer kills at will and Leo dares to investigate, the State s obedient servant finds himself demoted and exiled Now, with only his wife at his side, Leo must fight to uncover shocking truths about a killer and a country where crime doesn t existE SECRET SPEECH Soviet Union, 1956 It is a period of wrenching change Stalin is dead, and a regime once held together by fear is beginning to fracture, creating a lawless society where the police have become the criminals and the criminals take vengeance against them A series of murders now has all of Moscow on edge, and no one no matter how powerful or connected seems safe With his new and secretive homicide department, Leo Demidov investigates only to find that he, his wife, and his two adopted daughters may be in grave danger For Leo is a former state security officer who arrested and condemned many of his fellow citizens, and despite all his efforts to atone for his past, he cannot escape the long shadow of his former career To save his family, Leo must make a desperate choice and face an impossible journey that may bring his redemptionor shatter their fragile future.

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    1. Child 44: An excellent atmospheric detective-type story. Set in the Soviet Union, post WWII. The Secret Speech takes place in 1956, when Khruschev issued a speech denouncing Stalin's cult of personality. These facts serve as a backdrop to an interesting story in which the main character struggles with his past actions as part of the MVD while trying to save a child by going undercover into a gulag. I highly recommend the audible version of these books -- the reader is a top notch actor with grea [...]

    2. 3.5 stars first two books are just below excellent will read third one but probably not before summer really like smiths writing style. Is he one of my fav authors, candidly no but would say he's in my top 20 for what it's worth lol

    3. I listen to the audiobook edition, not listed under the options, which was relized date June 10,2008 and narrated by Dennis Boutsikaris (excellent narrator). This book was on Ricardo's "shelves", I just want to take advantage of having it available to read it, because it would never occurred to me to choose an action (detectives) kind of book. But I like it very much, it really took my attention while listen to it.

    4. A dark story. I almost put it down after reading a little. The soviet era is very depressing. How could those people be so cowed? What a hold Stalin had on them. But it was interesting to see how things became somewhat better after he was gone. Not much, but somewhat. Once I got into the story, it was very fascinating. A real thriller. All the secrets came out and answered a lot of the questions. Very good book

    5. The story got bogged down in all the details about Stalinist Russia. Yes, it was important to the story, but at the end, there was very little to the plot about solving the crime and much, much more about living day to day under such horrible conditions -- when offending the wrong person could get you and your whole family imprisoned or killed. Not sure how accurate the historical aspects of the book really are, or if this was an extreme (and fictionalized) picture of that era.

    6. My daughter recommended the first book to me and I would have given it 4 1/2 stars but the second book only continued with convoluted characters and plot twists turning it into a tedious read that I downgraded to three stars. Overall the omnibus really deserves 3 1/2 stars which is not an option on .

    7. This could have been a great book if it did not depend on completely outlandish plot twists. Stalinist Russia during the purges was insane enough to allow for a great mystery novel based on a secret policeman in the security organs who is carrying out the purges. The baroque plot twists where so over the top as to break the reader out of the novel.

    8. It's soft material and very smooth one it needs little more work, some works are juicy but this story some how it wasn't. It was a book which put people in suspense, and even the people in the movie talked like they are drunk it's horrible the truth, but some how it should make some kind a trick making it interisting!

    9. very interesting, historical and descriptive look at a murder in a changing time for the Soviet Union. these characters are written such multi faceted care you feel as if you are in the story. Leo searches for the truth but loses a bit of what he thought was himself, raisa gained something she never had.i loved their dynamic and the forensic complexity of the case for that time period.

    10. An outstanding book with great descriptive phrases and powerful imagery. The story line twists and turns and leaves nothing to the imagination. It has great surprises and action sequences without being unbelievable. I read it in 4 days as it was hard to put down.

    11. really enjoyed these two books. Enough suspense to keep me interested, but learning more about the state/the views/living conditions of the Soviet people was worth the reading!

    12. Intense. Completely wrings out these two stories so that there's nothing left. Very well drawn characters and chilling view of cold war Soviet life.

    13. The first book was fantastic, this one seemed to lose a focus that was only reattained in the second part of the third book.

    14. Wow. Great book with lots of detail in the life and times of living in Stalin Russia. Crosses Citizen Xbox with Gordy Park. Movie coming out this year. Should be good.

    15. Excellent reads !! Couldn't put the books down !I also read the 3rd book in the trilogy and will post that separately.

    16. Double bok murder mystery. 1st one was better than second one. Interesting time in history - early 1900's Russia.

    17. Great book , with strong characters. Strong view of Russia, puts you right in there. Quick pace and nice finish.

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