THE SECRET SPEECH
TOM ROB SMITH
- Pub. Date: May 2010
- Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
- ISBN-13: 9780446402415
- ISBN: 0446402419
From the Publisher
Tom Rob Smith-the author whose debut, Child 44, has been called “brilliant” (Chicago Tribune), “remarkable” (Newsweek) and “sensational” (Entertainment Weekly)-returns with an intense, suspenseful new novel: a story where the sins of the past threaten to destroy the present, where families must overcome unimaginable obstacles to save their loved ones, and where hope for a better tomorrow is found in the most unlikely of circumstances . . .
THE SECRET SPEECH Soviet Union, 1956. Stalin is dead, and a violent regime is beginning to fracture-leaving behind a society where the police are the criminals, and the criminals are innocent. A secret speech composed by Stalin’s successor Khrushchev is distributed to the entire nation. Its message: Stalin was a tyrant. Its promise: The Soviet Union will change.
Facing his own personal turmoil, former state security officer Leo Demidov is also struggling to change. The two young girls he and his wife Raisa adopted have yet to forgive him for his part in the death of their parents. They are not alone. Now that the truth is out, Leo, Raisa, and their family are in grave danger from someone consumed by the dark legacy of Leo’s past career. Someone transformed beyond recognition into the perfect model of vengeance.
From the streets of Moscow in the throes of political upheaval, to the Siberian gulags, and to the center of the Hungarian uprising in Budapest, THE SECRET SPEECH is a breathtaking, epic novel that confirms Tom Rob Smith as one of the most exciting new authors writing today.
SOURCE: THIS BOOK WAS RECEIVED FOR THE PURPOSE OF REVIEW FROM THE PUBLISHER!
THE SECRET SPEECH by Tom Rob Smith is suspense/thriller set in 1949-1956 Moscow, Soviet Union. It is well written with depth and details. The subject has been well researched by this author and it shows in his writing. It is a trilogy. The first was Child 44 and the third will be A New World to be released in Feb,2011. It story has betrayal, sacrifice, spies, crudely, reality, a brutal dictator, atonement, redemption, secrets, revenge, political atmosphere, and corruption. Leo Demidov goes from a patriot spy to questioning his beliefs in his country and God, to trying to protect his family, and a moral man inside while an immoral system is everywhere with betrayal and corruption. This story has many facets to it with many characters involved. Although, I had not read Child 44, this story can be read as a stand alone. I you enjoy thrillers, suspense, in depth information showing clearly atrocities during the Soviet reign you will enjoythis one. This book was received for review and details can be found at Grand Central Publishing.
REVIEWED BY: April Renn