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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 ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Already recommended to 3 people. Liked the first half but it took off in a weird way and was little disappointed. Still looking to read book 3 however.Published 5 days ago by jimmy a
Child 44 was excellent. The Secret Speech was a poor and implausible follow up. Perhaps last book in trilogy will be better.Published 5 days ago by David Paris
This was a decent read. I really enjoyed "Chld 44" but not so much "Secret Speech". Read morePublished 2 months ago by W. Koup
After reading Child 44 I bought this book. No way as near to the 1st book of this series.Published 2 months ago by Ivan Popov
The Soviet world as lived by real people shown through fiction. Fascinating and confounding. How did so many people fall into such a trap?Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer