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What a collection characters Ryan creates!
Korolev is a good man trying his best to complete his investigation whilst dealing with corruption, paranoia and the tangible fear of the times.
William Ryan has done a fair amount of research on Stalinist Russia to teach us through the novel about Soviet history at this particular time.
William Ryan has masterfully created a thriller with very believable characters, and all the action and twists one could hope for. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Shelley Gaumond
I bought this because I was hungry for the yet unreleased Pekkala book by Sam Eastland. It appeared similar, with the Russian pre-WWII setting and the policeman a member of the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ed Stuteville
I really wanted this series to work. I didn't find his writing as bad as some of the better paid authors in this genre. The "oh come on" yardstick is the one I use. Read morePublished 3 months ago by BSbuster
This book really brought pre WWW 2 Stalinist Russia to life for me. Really looking forward to reading his next one which I've already boughtPublished 4 months ago by bcogh50
Meh. Mot good, not bad.
Just a run of the mill thriller trying to be a clone of the Da Vinci Code.
This period of Soviet history and even the these types of characters have been thoroughly explored in Martin Cruz Smith's Arkady Renko series. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Bryan
This is my second novel by William Ryan featuring Militia Investigator Korolev in pre-WWII Russia. I thought it was quite good and will read the other two books in the series. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Colonel D