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Eye of the Red Tsar Audiobook

Eye of the Red Tsar

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Publisher's Summary

The first in a gripping new series of detective novels set at the birth of Stalin's Russia.

It is the time of the Great Terror. Inspector Pekkala - known as the Emerald Eye - was the most famous detective in all Russia. He was the favourite of the Tsar. Now he is the prisoner of the men he once hunted. Like millions of others, he has been sent to the gulags in Siberia and, as far as the rest of the world is concerned, he is as good as dead. But a reprieve comes when he is summoned by Stalin himself to investigate a crime.

Pekkala's mission: to uncover the men who really killed the Tsar and his family, and to locate the Tsar's treasure. The reward for success will be his freedom and the chance to re-unite with a woman he would have married if the Revolution had not torn them apart. The price of failure? Death.

©2010 Sam Eastland (P)2010 Audible, Ltd

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    Amazon Customer David Hand Cornwall England 21/03/2011
    Amazon Customer David Hand Cornwall England 21/03/2011 Listener Since 2008
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    "The Eye of The Red Tsar"

    This book is first class and from the very start you are propelled into the period of the time. I listen to my books when I walk to the shops or on my local forest and I just could not wait for a walk to come fast enough. If there is one small fault and that is although the book holds you from beginning to the end, the end is a bit weak.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    "unknown" 14/10/2013
    "unknown" 14/10/2013
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    "Great Story but Drags a lot"

    I know a lot of people like this book and it certainly has an excellent story. However, the writer's style kills the books for me. The writer is dedicated to flashbacks -- we have long episodes of flashback. Some serve a purpose to give a background of Pekala's life but to me there are just so many of them that they break the flow of the plot.

    Looking for the murderer of the last Tsar certainly makes for a gripping story. And when that story is being told the book is interesting. However, the constant interruptions of the story with these flashbacks just killed the book for me. I will not be reading any more of this author as I understand that all his books contain flashbacks. It is simply an unappealing style for me, but for readers who don't object, this is good book. My rating of the book is due to the flashback which I find to interrupting and made the real story seem disjointed.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Desiree Pennington 08/03/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "This story gripped me from the beginning."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Characters finely drawn with broad brush strokes confidently defining a difficult time in Russian history. Brilliantly told, and held me captivated by the strength of the story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Eye of the Red Tsar?

    The description of the railway station where he was held, having been discovered as the eye of the tzar. The cold and cruelty described took my breath away. I froze in what I was doing to listen.


    What does Steven Pacey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    His voice, his accent, his persuasion to lead you on in the story. Riveting.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me cry, and wonder.


    Any additional comments?

    A beautiful book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Justin Coyne 18/08/2013
    Justin Coyne 18/08/2013 Member Since 2008

    Fav authors Patrick Rothfuss, David Gemmell, Simon Kernick and Joe Abercrombie. Fav readers Paul Thornley, Steven Pacey and Sean Barrett.

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    "Worth a listen - war time thriller."

    I wasn't sure at first with this title. I don't normally read anything like this, but the story is well constructed with interesting characters. Steven Pacey is just fantastic as the narrator as usual. There is a lot of historical stuff in this book as you'd guess, but the author mixes the truth with fiction to make a really good story. Book two downloaded now!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    PHILIP 14/09/2016
    PHILIP 14/09/2016 Member Since 2012

    prolific reader of everything

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    "CRACKING READ"

    WELL NARRATED GOOD PLOT LINE A GOOD PLAUSIBLE HISTORICAL RENDITION WHICH KEEPS YOU ENTERTAINED FOR HOURS

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    Marcus London, United Kingdom 05/04/2013
    Marcus London, United Kingdom 05/04/2013 Member Since 2016
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    "Not as good as Phillip Kerr"

    I wanted this to be like a Bernie Gunter novel but found it rather disappointing. Eastland is a decent writer but I doing think his principle character is interesting enough or the action gripping.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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