- File Size: 2559 KB
- Print Length: 237 pages
- Publisher: Newhurst Press (March 29, 2013)
- Publication Date: March 29, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00C416296
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,007,682 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Red King of Helsinki: Lies, Spies and Gymnastics Kindle Edition
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The characters are as well drawn as the atmosphere and the physical setting. In comparison the plotting is a little weak. The main characters are sometimes a bit slow on the up take. The English agent is likeable but too much of his success is either chance or divine providence. None of the "good" guys figure out what the "red king" is planning until well after Ms. Halme telegraphs it to the observant reader as early as about 11% into the novel. For these reasons I am rating the book at four stars instead of five.
My only other major quibble is this passage at about 7% in, "Of course all Finns, at least the patriotic ones, hated the Russians. If the Soviet Union hadn't been attacked by the Germans in the Second World War, it would have invaded Finland.". This is true but a bit confusing to a non Finn unfamiliar with history. In fact the giant but clumsy Russian bear did invade Finland in 1939 but was held at bay by the efforts of the valiant Finnish people, bloodied but unbowed. It is very likely that Stalin would have tried again if Hitler had not invaded tbe Soviet Union in 1941. I recommend the story of Finland vs. Russia in the two wars of 1939 and 1941 to anyone interested in a heroic and succesful battle to maintain freedom against seemingly impossible odds. Finland's experience in World War Two was unique, successfully negotiating a shaky tight rope between the Nazis and the Communists.
I downloaded this book via Kindle Unlimited.