All posts tagged: Tom Rob Smith

Book Review – ‘Agent 6 ‘

Title: Agent 6 (Book 3 in the ‘Leo Demidov’ trilogy) Author: Tom Rob Smith Genre: Fiction (Crime/Thriller) Rating: ★★★ “Leo Demidov is no longer a member of Moscow’s secret police.  But when his wife, Raisa, and daughters Zoya and Elena are invited on a “Peace Tour” to New York City, he is immediately suspicious.  Forbidden to travel with his family and trapped on the other side of the world, Leo watches helplessly as events in New York unfold and those closest to his heart are pulled into a web of political conspiracy and betrayal-one that will end in tragedy.  In the horrible aftermath, Leo demands only one thing: to investigate the killer who destroyed his family.  His request is summarily denied.  Crippled by grief and haunted by the need to find out exactly what happened on that night in New York, Leo takes matters into his own hands.  It is a quest that will span decades, and take Leo around the world — from Moscow, to the mountains of Soviet-controlled Afghanistan, to the backstreets of New York — in …

Book Review – ‘The Secret Speech’

**SOME SPOILERS** Title: The Secret Speech (Book 2 in the ‘Leo Demidov’ trilogy) Author: Tom Rob Smith Genre: Fiction (Crime/Thriller) Rating: ★★★☆ “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 redemption…or shatter their fragile …

Teaser Tuesday – ‘The Secret Speech’

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! All you have to do is grab the book you’re currently reading, open to a random page and share two sentences from that page. But make sure you don’t share any spoilers! My teaser this week comes from The Secret Speech, which is the second book in Tom Rob Smith’s ‘Leo Demidov Trilogy’. The last few books I’ve read have been “nice” books, so it feels good to be reading something that may or may not make my stomach turn and give me chills. I’m enjoying it so far, but it didn’t start with the same punch as the first book in the trilogy, Child 44 (my review for that is here). Nonetheless, I can feel myself being set up for a few twists and turns and stabbings (or similar). Anyway, here are my sentences! “For this reason, Leo couldn’t broadcast requests for information or ask witnesses to come forward since such actions would be tantamount to propagandizing the existence of crime. The …

Book Review – ‘Child 44 ‘

Title: Child 44 (Book 1 in the ‘Leo Demidov’ trilogy) Author: Tom Rob Smith Genre: Fiction (Crime/Thriller) Rating: ★★★★★ “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 starts to kill 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 exist.” (tomrobsmith.com) “Since Maria had decided to die, her cat would have to fend for itself.” So begins Tom Rob Smith’s Child 44, and so began my enthrallment with the book. I actually read that line and then immediately closed the book because I couldn’t get over how good it was. So many questions were raised by that one sentence, but I managed to push through this initial …

Teaser Tuesday – ‘Child 44 ‘

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! All you have to do is grab the book you’re currently reading, open to a random page and share two sentences from that page. But make sure you don’t share any spoilers! This week’s Teaser Tuesday is from Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith. It’s a Cold War thriller,  which is sort of the thing I love to read these days, but rather than being set in England (which is what I’m used to), it’s set in Russia. It’s nice to be on the other side of the Iron Curtain for a change. It’s safe to say I’m completely smitten with the book. The story so far is amazing, the writing is brilliant, and it certainly warrants the film adaptation which is being released soonish (it could already be out where you are – I have no idea of the release date in Australia). And now for the sentences: “He had little doubt that he’d eventually arrest Anatoly Brodsky, he just wanted …