But when his wife, Raisa, and daughters Zoya and Elena are invited on a Peace Tour to New York City, he is immediately suspicious. Forbidden to travel with his family and trapped on the other side of the world, Leo watches helplessly as events in New York unfold and those closest to his heart are pulled into a web of political conspiracy and betrayal-one that will end in tragedy. . I liked this book way better than The Secret Speech though. He followed his instincts even when he could not explain why he felt how he felt. He ends up investigating crimes of which his superiors deny the existence. Winter of the World Berlin in 1933 is in upheaval.
Leo Demidov, a former secret police agent, is forbidden to travel with his wife and daughters from Moscow to New York. In the horrible aftermath, Leo demands one thing: that he be allowed to investigate and find the attacker that struck at the heart of his family on foreign soil. Tom Rob Smiths debut, Child 44, was an immediate publishing sensation and marked the arrival of a major new talent in contemporary fiction. Crippled by grief and haunted by the need to find out exactly what happened on that night in New York, Leo takes matters into his own hands. Very interesting plot and it kept me wanting more. American genealogist Jefferson Tayte is hired to find out what happened, but it soon becomes apparent that a calculated killer is out to stop him.
I gladly recommend this series to fans of historical fiction as well as thrillers. On the tour, Leo's family is caught up in a conspiracy and betrayal that ends in tragedy. The first half of the book, which shifts the spotlight away from Leo himself and onto his wife and two daughters, was really good. It's also listed as the final book but it's ending is left open or abrupt depending on your interpretation even though it's fairly obvious what will happen to Leo. It could have gone a whole other way for me. In 2007, optioned the rights.
This book takes you so many places and follows such a wonderful story line. At the beginning of the book, you get to see how Raissa and Leo met and while this was summarized in earlier books I loved to read about them in their youth. It is a wonderful conclusion to a series that is epic in scope. The second part is Leo being stationed in Afghanistan training local forces, and winds up with Leo in America trying to unravel a mystery. Some parts still had that cliffhanger making me anxious to keep reading, and other sections I felt the need to skim over. What did you like best about this story? I had hoped that we would follow Leo on his quest to exact revenge on those who would come after him or his family. The ending is just flat-out terrible and the author and editor should be held up for prolonged public ridicule for having the bad sense and poor sensibilities to foist it on readers who loved Child 44 and liked The Secret Speech.
Deftly capturing the claustrophobic intensity of the Cold War-era Soviet Union, it's at once a heart-pounding thriller and a richly atmospheric novel of extraordinary depth. Things go horribly wrong for them, and after years of trying to get permission to go to the States to investigate for himself, Leo finally makes it. Crippled by grief, his request denied, Leo sees no other option than to take matters into his own hands, thousands of miles from the crime scene. Tom Rob Smith's debut, Child 44, was an immediate publishing sensation and marked the arrival of a major new talent in contemporary fiction. Political commentary, upheaval of regimes, and Leo getting older, very quickly. From the highest levels of the Soviet government, he is told No, that is impossible. His first novel, Child 44, about a series of child murders in Stalinist Russia This is the final book in the Leo Demidov triology The first book Child 44 was excellent, the second one The Secret Speech was good but the final book, I am sorry to say, is mediocre at best.
The number three has powerful signals for any writer—suggesting a three-act structure, implying that the books are telling an over-arching story that will come to a satisfying conclusion. I even had to read a few scenes out loud to my husband because I just found the writing so exciting - The scene at the demonstration, for example - I could feel the high emotions of the crowd, of Elena and Jesse - my heart rate and breathing reacted too. Leo's gut feeling is that Raisa and the girls shouldn't go, but he has no good reason for them not to, so he says goodbye. Caught between his parents, and unsure of who to believe or trust, Daniel becomes his mother's unwilling judge and jury as she tells him an urgent tale of secrets, of lies, of a crime and a conspiracy that implicates his own father. I loved Child 44 so much that I had to continue. Yet Agent 6 rings true throughout. Or, when that fails, by putting them in the ground.
The title was totally misleading - no mention of Agent 6 was made until page 483 and in a 544 page book that's a long time to wait to understand the title. It is a quest that will span decades, and take Leo around the world - from Moscow, to the mountains of Soviet-controlled Afghanistan, to the backstreets of New York - in pursuit of the one man who knows the truth: Agent 6. Novel, fictions come from real world, with a bit exaggeration or none, it displays you a far more rich picture of the entire planet we are inhabiting in. Leo is haunted by the question: what happened in New York? In this book, Leo's family leaves him behind in Russia while they take the trip of a lifetime to America. I loved to see him change and deal with the fact that you followed rules and believed in people at one point in your life that turn out to be just wrong.
Then he discovers that his superiors are massaging the crime statistics — in the sense that John Christie used to massage his neighbours. Of course, the politics are very important in Agent 6 as well, and here we get to explore a bit of the Cold War along with the darker side of American politics. As good as he always is. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. The Soviets commit atrocities on the Afghans and the latter retaliate. His beloved wife is Raisa and his two adopted daughters are Elena and Zoya, both in their late teens.