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The Secret Speech Hardcover – Bargain Price, May 19, 2009
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Before that change took place, Leo Demidov, pretended to be a follower of a man named Lazar and was also the lover of Lazar's wife, Anisya. When the time came, Leo betrayed Lazar and Anisya, forcing them to inform on many of their followers. Lazar and Anisya were sent to prison.
With the lessening of the harsh treatment of dissidents, Anisya is released. She has become a hardened criminal and takes on the gang name, Fraera. Her one mission in life is to gain revenge on Leo not only for his betrayal of her husband but for his dishonesty about loving her. Her gang kidnaps Leo's adopted daughter and she tells Leo that unless he can free her husband, she will kill Leo's daughter, Zoya.
The story moves to the Gulag where prisoners are still treated harshly and we read of Leo's plan to free Lazar. The description of how this is carried out is a scene that will remain in the reader's mind.
With an excellent sense of history and drama, the story unfolds, providing the reader with an enlightened view of the intrigue and deception in Russia and in Hungary in the mid 1950's.
Although, not quite up to the excellence of the author's first novel, "Child 44," this is still an excellent historical mystery. Leo Demidov is a well portrayed character who wins the reader's heart with his love of family and sense of justice.
The action flows across the pages in a fast and furious fashion with never a dull moment, as Leo battles against both the odds and the system -- reminiscent sometimes of a Russian Jack Bauer -- to preserve the State and to protect both himself and his family from the villains of the piece. As a lively and engaging read, Smith cannot really be faulted, unless it is perhaps that he packs in rather too much action and adversity for the hero to face, with there being altogether too many close calls than are necessary to make a good story. After a while, the rhythm of crisis/progress/setback/success becomes so endlessly sustained as to become somewhat predictable, with many a cliché along the way. Hollywood will love it.Read more ›
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This book is awful! I will not read "Agent 6"! I read "Child 44" & thought it was "OK", but it was too predictable. Too many coincidences in the plot. Read morePublished 19 days ago by frances stromquist
I am what I like to refer to as a persistent reader. As soon as I start a book, I have to find a way to finish it regardless of whether I like it or not. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Thomas B. Dowd III
Great book! I loved Child 44, and since this was listed as a sequel i was so excited to read it. It however does not follow the same story as Child 44, it has nothing to do with... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Wes K.
It is hard to pinpoint why I felt disappointed in the trilogy. I think the main issue was the sheer number of seemingly insuperable problems overcome by the various characters. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Michael A. Bogdasarian
Was suppose to be a hardcover. Specifically chose the hardcover. Would of payed a little more but was disappointedPublished 3 months ago by Jeffrey Guerrero Jr.