Achetez et téléchargez ebook The Secret Speech (English Edition): Boutique Kindle - Genre Fiction: portal7.info 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. The Secret Speech book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Former state security officer Leo Demidov is struggling to cha.
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Read "The Secret Speech" by Tom Rob Smith available from Rakuten Kobo. Sign up today and get $5 off your first download. Tom Rob Smith-the author whose. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Set in , bestseller Smith's edgy second thriller Look inside this book. The Secret Speech by [Smith, Tom Rob]. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Set in , bestseller Smith's edgy second thriller to feature Leo Demidov (after Child 44) depicts the paranoia and.
The Secret Speech fullDescription 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. 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.
For all the action and stomach-churning violence, this book has heart. In the final scenes, I was fighting to hold back tears. View all 3 comments. Jul 05, Helen rated it it was amazing. Is it possible for someone who has committed terrible crimes to achieve redemption? That is the central question posed by Tom Rob Smith's riveting new book, The Secret Speech , sequel to last year's terrific, terrifying, and surprisingly moving, Child Leo betrays a dissident priest and his wife, sending them both to the Gulag.
Flash forward to ; Leo is struggling to run S Is it possible for someone who has committed terrible crimes to achieve redemption? Flash forward to ; Leo is struggling to run Soviet Russia's first homicide unit. Meanwhile, he and Raisa try to raise their two adopted daughters, orphaned by a man under Leo's command when he was still in the MGB. Life is difficult; the police distrust Leo's unit, and Zoya, the older of his two daughters, hates him for his involvement in her parents' death, holding a knife against his throat while he sleeps.
The story kicks into gear when a controversial speech given by Khrushchev is distributed all over Russia, repudiating the horrors committed by the secret police under Stalin's rule. Immediately, MGB agents start dying, mysteriously murdered.
Zoya is kidnapped by a gang of vory , brutal Russian gangsters, led by the priest's wife; the only way to get Zoya back is for Leo to go to the Gulag to break out the innocent man he sent there seven years earlier. Leo is honestly ashamed of his crimes; his entire existence is centered around his efforts at atonement.
But one after another, the characters in the story ask the same question; should someone who has brought so much anguish, torment and death to so many hundreds of innocent people be allowed the luxury of redemption?
View 1 comment. After being amazed by Child 44, I immediately put this, the next book in the series, on hold. While there are the expected similarities of characters, time, and place, this one did not measure up in the suspense department. And Leo has a few too many adventures and narrow escapes, in my opinion.
Still, Smith has an admirable ability to illustrate the paranoia and tumult of the post-Stalin period. His description of the Soviet citizens' reactions to Khrushev's Secret Speech, in which Stalin's sins After being amazed by Child 44, I immediately put this, the next book in the series, on hold.
His description of the Soviet citizens' reactions to Khrushev's Secret Speech, in which Stalin's sins are laid bare and perpetrators exposed, was an education to me. This was a period in history I knew not much about. I still love Leo in all his decency and multiple layers, and will be reading the last book in the trilogy soon.
Jan 12, Journeywoman rated it really liked it Shelves: This was brilliant. I loved Child Gave it 4 stars. I didn't believe people when they said that this was better. It is. I could hardly put this book down, and yet I read it slowly savoring every twist in plot, every nuance of the characters growth. One that will stay with you and make you question what you would do in the situation that the characters are in.
There are no easy answers and you're swept along as these three dimensional people search for any answer. I This was brilliant. I highly recommend this book. No sophomore slump for Tom Rob Smith.
The Secret Speech is better than Child Leo and Raisa are living with their two adopted girls, Zoya and Elena. But Zoya hates Leo for killing her parents and is seeking revenge.
Meanwhile, Leo and Raisa are desperately trying to hold their family together. Initially, the plot seemed a bit far-fetched and unconvincing to me, but Smith wraps it all up quiet nicely in the end. So, even though I liked the first two books, I am not sure whether I would read Agent 6 or not.
Leave Leo alone. It's always incredibly insightful to find out about how a period in our history lived, to see that politics always seemed to be a dirty game of manipulation and power and how that still isn't changing.
History does repeat itself. The character exploration and the writing was such a joy to read and extremely well done. It's just the ending that just didn't sit well with me. It felt rushed and not as detailed as the other parts. It just reminded me of w [ 3. It just reminded me of when we had to write out an essay for university - or any time during our educational years - and at the beginning, you're enthusiastic and you start off being prepared.
Just when it's due and you've not made use of your time because of books and Netflix, you just write up a quick conclusion and rush the last paragraph. I can't pinpoint exactly what about the story towards the end it was, but despite it, I enjoyed reading it a lot for the most part. I'm excited to see how it'll conclude. Narrated by Colin Mace. Soviet Union, Stalin is dead.
With his passing, a violent regime is beginning to fracture - leaving behind a society where the police are the criminals, and the criminals are innocent.
The catalyst comes when a secret manifesto composed by Stalin's successor, Khrushchev, is distributed to the entire nation. Stalin was a tyrant and a murderer. The Soviet Union will transform. But there are forces at work that ar Narrated by Colin Mace.
But there are forces at work that are unable to forgive or forget Stalin's tyranny so easily and demand revenge of the most appalling nature. The two young girls he and his wife Raisa adopted have yet to forgive him for his involvement in the murder of their parents. Now that the truth is out, Leo, Raisa and their family are in grave danger from someone with a grudge against Leo.
RasPutin took against book one, so there is no better reason to keep on with this trilogy and even though this is not a great book it does cover some important history: The speech was the nucleus of a far-reaching de-Stalinization campaign intended to destroy the image of the late dictator as an infallible leader and to revert official policy to an idealized Leninist model. Ainda melhor que o primeiro! Banais e ao mesmo tempo especiais, porque se recusam a obedec Ainda melhor que o primeiro!
O enredo foi ainda melhor que no primeiro. Muito mais complexo e rixo. Sep 15, Anne rated it it was amazing Recommended to Anne by: Keep your pants on people, Leo Stepanovich Demidov is back again!
And I love him a little more than I did in the previous book. So where to begin?
Like I said, Leo's back, with his wife Raisa and his newly adopted daughters--well not newly, it's been 3 years now-- Zoya and Elena in Russian, that would be pronounced with a "Y"- Yelena.
And now it's no longer a matter of political oppression or living a life in constant fear of the 4: And I'm screaming "Poor Leo!
And so, his slate must be wiped clean? This book says NOT. I acknowledged while reading this book that no matter how times change, in every age we can always find the uglies , and ultimately the concept of life in general is no less threatening. Tom Rob Smith made me an empathetic mess of a reader.
His characters frustrated and agitated me, but in the end, I could pick no sides and justify none of their actions- but don't get me wrong, I did know who the villains were, but I understood the significance of their nefariousness. Never underestimate the retributive justice of Karma. Leo is the poster boy for the saying: You reap what you sow. Now, from page to page, from the first book till now, I love Leo. But I felt like the suffering he endured in this book was crucial to his journey, his search for redemption.
I was enthralled by how focused a character he was, so determined in his cause; Even when his efforts were ridiculed and his strength put to test, he never lost face. He's not just a representative of the good, he is a symbol of hope and second chances. With a story like this, it's easy to believe some people are hurt as much as they've hurt. I swear, I need a pill for every time this woman made me feel murderous.
Fraera says: The innocent must live underground, in the shit of the city, while the villains live in warm apartments. The world is upside down. I'm merely turning it the right way up". See her idea is, you become beasts in order to fight the beasts, hurting more than they have hurt, condemning more than they have condemned. No problem if innocent people have to die so some misguided lot can make a point. Fraera's actions are ruled by hate, vengeance and selfishness.
She couldn't care less about the good of the people and the country that failed her years ago. And In a way, I understood her grief. I gave every character consideration, a benefit of a doubt even, to some. But the contrast between Leo and Fraera couldn't be more appalling.
How does one get eaten alive by one's own hate and get spat out, morphed into such a monstrous character? And how does the other reconcile his past with his future, by admitting to the evils he committed and rising above them?
It's the easiest thing to say; "You could've just let it go Fraera". Would you have? This book wasn't as bedazzling as the first one, but it embodied all the things that made me love the first book in the first place: I swear the concept of politics has never looked so seductive to me.
I want him to smash this city to rubble and fill it with dead citizens!
I want the world to see the true nature of our country. No more secrets" "The truth is Maxim As they burned together, many in the crowd were already hastening away" "As the roof exploded, fragments of slate burning into her arms and face, she had no doubt her last photograph would be her greatest of all" I really don't know how else to love this book.
I love how it ravaged my mind and left it raw. I love how this story was given a setting which had history as a backdrop of it's creativeness. Dec 20, Carol Storm rated it liked it. One minute he's beating up his own agents and the next he's sprinting through knee high snow drifts hopped up on biker crank, then swimming under a frozen river like Houdini!
And then the excitement really begins as he's arrested, tortured, and told his wife doesn't love him anymore. The original book is an incredible classic. Oh and there's a child-murdering serial killer thrown in just for comic relief!
But this sequel is totally stupid and boring. Leo has become a total wimp, he's a henpecked "Family Guy" who spends all his time worrying why a bratty adopted 13 year old doesn't love him enough. Then she gets kidnapped by -- get this -- the crazed wife of the first man Leo ever arrested. And don't ask me how a whiny little priest's wife suddenly morphs into Ma Barker, a deadly butch lesbian mobster with the uncanny ability to run through sewers and recruit pickpockets for her nefarious schemes.
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