Eye of the Red Tsar: A Novel of Suspense

Author: Sam Eastland

Pages: 288

Release Date: April 27, 2010 – Bantam

ISBN: 978-0553807813

In Eye of the Red Tsar, Nicholas II’s special investigator, the Emerald Eye, is arrested following the Bolshevik revolution.  The Eye, also known as Pekkala, is sent to the Gulag where he spends the next dozen years. Then several bodies are found in a mineshaft and Pekkala is released to determine if the bodies are those of the missing Tsar and his family and if they are, to determine who killed them.  Someone apparently does not want him to find out the truth and witnesses begin having unfortunate accidents.  So is it really the Tsar and his family at the bottom of the mineshaft, and if so, who killed them?  Read the book to find out, it is worth it.

The story takes place in 1929 but there are frequent flashbacks to Pekkala’s past, his childhood, training, the revolution, and his arrest and torture.  Pekkala’s background has been set up and he has the makings of a very good character, we will have to wait and see how he develops in the next book. Yes, there is a next book coming in 2011.

The book was well written, especially for a first effort, although the ending did feel a little rushed. Recommended.

I received an Advance Reader’s Edition of this book from the Library Thing Early Reviewer program.