Kolyma Former state security officer Leo Demidov is struggling to change as the Soviet Union changes around him The two young girls he adopted have yet to forgive him for his part in the death of their paren

  • Title: Kolyma
  • Author: Tom Rob Smith France Camus-Pichon
  • ISBN: 9782266208550
  • Page: 401
  • Format: Paperback
  • Former state security officer Leo Demidov is struggling to change as the Soviet Union changes around him The two young girls he adopted have yet to forgive him for his part in the death of their parents, and they are not alone now that the truth is out, Leo and his family are in grave danger from someone consumed by the dark legacy of Leo s past.Tom Rob Smith the authoFormer state security officer Leo Demidov is struggling to change as the Soviet Union changes around him The two young girls he adopted have yet to forgive him for his part in the death of their parents, and they are not alone now that the truth is out, Leo and his family are in grave danger from someone consumed by the dark legacy of Leo s past.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.

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  • Tom Rob Smith France Camus-Pichon

    Tom Rob Smith born 1979 is an English writer The son of a Swedish mother and an English father, Smith was raised in London where he lives today After graduating from Cambridge University in 2001, he completed his studies in Italy, studying creative writing for a year After these studies, he worked as a scriptwriter.His first novel, Child 44, about a series of child murders in Stalinist Russia, appeared in early 2008 and was translated into 17 languages It was awarded the 2008 Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for Best Thriller of the year by the Crime Writer s Association It was recently a Barnes Noble recommended book On July 29, 2008 the book was named on the long list for the 2008 Man Booker Prize In November 2008, he was nominated for the 2008 Costa First Novel Award former Whitbread.Child 44 followed up by The Secret Speech 2009 and Agent 6 2011.Japanese


  • Onvan : The Secret Speech (Leo Demidov, #2) - Nevisande : Tom Rob Smith - ISBN : 446402400 - ISBN13 : 9780446402408 - Dar 416 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2009

  • The rating is actually 3.5 but I have no choice to round it off to 4 as 3 would have been a little less than what the book deserves.I consider myself lucky because this novel is available in my library along with the final book in the trilogy. The Secret Speech is the second book in the Leo Demidov trilogy and it follows Child 44.This novel takes us back to the bleak world of the former USSR where people betray their friends, neighbors, colleagues and even family to the state. A slip of tongue c [...]

  • The second book in the Leo Demidov series picks up shortly after the fall of Stalin, Russia in the 1950s. I was excited to pick this one up, because I loved the first book, and it didn't disappoint off the bat. It held up keeping a quick pace and just as action packed as the first. Suddenly, around the second half, it's almost as though the writing was completely different. The chapter cliffhangers ended and the book turned into a sappy narrative, rather than leaving me wanting more. Don't get m [...]

  • It’s shocking how many people will commit atrocities and cruelty provided the actions are respected, sanctioned by the governing forces, and the persecutors are well paid. History is splattered with incidents like this, and while I do believe a lot of this blind obedience or indifference comes from the way persecutors were raised as children, it’s obvious other variables come into consideration. As human beings, we tend to lean toward societal norms, so if it’s part of a society to persecu [...]

  • This novel was a lot more politically motivated then the previous one and serves a good sense of the internal conflict the citizens felt under Stalin's reign. The plot and events of this novel lead to the 1956 uprising in Hungary 3 years after Stalin’s death.“The system required the consent of everyone, even if they consented by doing nothing.” ― Tom Rob SmithLeo Demidov is now leading his own homicide department and lives with his wife Raisa and two adopted girls Zoya and Elena whom the [...]

  • Όταν το πήρα δεν ήξερα ότι ήταν συνέχεια από το "Παιδί 44", αλλιώς ίσως φρόντιζα να προμηθευτώ εκείνο πρώτα. Πάντως δεν είχα πρόβλημα να το διαβάσω, φαίνεται πως είναι αυτοτελή τα βιβλία, το καθένα μια ιστορία. Γενικά, όποια βιβλία αναφέρονται στην ιστορία χωρών που ανήκαν στο [...]

  • So disappointed in this sequel to Child 44--a fascinating thriller set in Stalinist Soviet Union with an MGB officer hunting a serial killer under a political regime which denies the possibility that such a killer could exist. The Secret Speech features the same officer, now a homicide investigator, post-Stalinist under Khrushchev, trying to rescue his kidnapped adopted daughter who despises him. In Child 44 the characters were credible and dimensional; in The Secret Speech they are ridiculous c [...]

  • This was brilliant. I loved Child 44. 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. This is one of THOSE books. 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 [...]

  • 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 44. The Secret Speech opens in 1949, with young Leo Demidov's first case as an officer in the MGB, Stalin's secret police. Leo betrays a dissident priest and his wife, sending them both to the Gulag. Flash forward to 1956; Leo is struggling to run S [...]

  • No sophomore slump for Tom Rob Smith. The Secret Speech is better than Child 44. “The Secret Speech” continues from where “Child 44” left off. 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. While the troubles are brewing in the mismatched family, a new character, Fraera, yet another ghost from Leo’s guilt laden past co [...]

  • I really liked the first book in this trilogy. I absolutely loved this second book.If Child 44 was Star Wars, The Secret Speech is The Empire Strikes Back.Unlike the first book, which was sinister and gut-wrenching in the hunt for a twisted child killer, The Secret Speech is more action-packed. It's edge of your seat stuff and it hardly gives the reader a chance to take a breath.There are gangsters, prison riots, torture scenes, chases through sewers and across frozen wastes, disasters at sea, o [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • [ 3.5 ] I loved this book for the most part. 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 [...]

  • Narrated by Colin Mace. 13 hrs and 52 minsDescription: Soviet Union, 1956: 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. Its message: Stalin was a tyrant and a murderer. Its promise: The Soviet Union will transform. But there are forces at work that ar [...]

  • Ainda melhor que o primeiro! Mergulhar de novo naquele país e naquela época história foi ainda melhor que no primeiro volume. Sinto-me sempre fascinada pela época da URSS e voltar a sofrer com aquelas personagens os horrores de um regime tão macabro foi soberbo. O ponto forte do autor, além do enorme trabalho de investigação politica, é para mim, a enorme capacidade de construir personagens complexas, nada rasas, com inúmeras camadas. Banais e ao mesmo tempo especiais, porque se recusa [...]

  • Παρόλο που οι πρώτες 150- 200 σελίδες μου φάνηκαν ιδιαίτερα κουραστικές, αφενός γιατί μπερδευόμουν με τα ονόματα, αφετέρου γιατί ίσως δεν ήμουν σίγουρη ότι ήθελα να διαβάσω το συγκεκριμένο βιβλίο τη δεδομένη στιγμή, από τη μέση και μετά η πλοκή ήταν ασταμάτητη. Πολύ καλά δεμέν [...]

  • Keep your pants on people, Leo Stepanovich Demidov is back again! And I love him a little more than I did in the previous bookSo 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 4:00am arrest; Times are changing, powers are being threatened by c [...]

  • I stopped reading this book half way through, but I just want to post a review to warn people that this CHILD 44 sequel is not up there with THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK or THE GODFATHER PART II. It's more like ROCKY 2.In the last book, KGB enforcer Leo Demidov was the ultimate bad-ass, somewhere between Charles Bronson and Charlie Manson. 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 li [...]

  • Good read. Fast-paced and exciting with so many twists and turns I was on the edge of my seat. This is the second novel I have read by this author and enjoy the character of Leo Demitov, former MGB officer. This novel explores the horrific tension of those living in post WW11 Russia. Not quite at the level of the first book which I gave 5 stars, but still very good. I look forward to the third book in the trilogy.

  • This is the second book in the Leo Demidov mystery series. Demidov is an ex-KGB officer, who, after the last book was allowed to form a Criminal Investigation division, as he tries to amend for his work as a KGB officer. The story starts with an incident from Demidov's past, an incident where he infiltrates a local priest and causes his arrest and that of the priest's wife. As we move to the present, these events come back to haunt him, everything instigated by a secret letter from Kruschev, tha [...]

  • Rating: 3.625* of fiveThis series of books, the life of Leo and Raisa in a newly post-Stalinist USSR, is cold and damp and gritty and scary. Those are the *good* parts of the life of these two oddly assorted people, who are trying to form a family from some very unlikely and unnatural and uncomfortable pieces. (Sounds like my family!)This outing centers on events set in motion by the (factual) secret speech of the title: Khrushchev's "private" deunciation of Stalin's terror. While never reported [...]

  • Dvoumio sam se koju ocenu da dam za ovu knjigu. Kada sam krenuo da je čitam, bio sam oduševljen kao kada sam čitaoDete 44. Pročitao sam trećinu knjige u jednom dahu. Radnja odlična, napeta, a onda, odjednom, ostatak knjige kao da je pisao potpuno drugi čovek. Knjiga je tako izdeljena kao da su dva pisca dobila zadatak da napišu odvojene priče sa istim likovima. Samo zbog te prve trećine - nek bude i polovine knjige dajem 3 zvezdice.

  • Not as gripping as Child 44. Well written but poorly organized, such that it's difficult to figure out what the real plot was intended to be. It does carry forward the main characters from Child 44, so if you want to stay "in the loop," so to speak, you need to read this one to be ready for the next one. It's not really a series, at least not yet, but the two books definitely follow a linear trajectory, so it may turn into a series of sorts.

  • DNF @19%I read Child 44 two years ago and I liked the story. I wanted to read the next two books in the series too, so I can check the series as 'read' buuuuuut I didn't care about Leo's story anymore. I would read it just for the reason series completed and I will rather invest the time into book I am really interested in.

  • 3.5 stars. Plausibility stretched to the nth degree, yet Smith keeps a tight rein on the tension. This does not have the grip and grit of Child 44, but it moves at a fast clip while still providing fascinating historical context. Perfect holiday read. Unless you're in Russia

  • It’s a tricky one, books like these. Do you (or should you say you) enjoy(ed) it, as some do on cover? Or should you describe it as exciting, as they do on the cover? That, after reading this and books on the whole Soviet era in Russia, is almost, well, it does seem like you’re denigrating what was a real life or death struggle for survival, to entertainment. Entertainment is of course what you, at least in part, read books for, but also to educate yourself, surely. I do anyway. Hopefully, t [...]

  • 4 Stars“If you can take a step up, can you not also take a step down? If you can do wrong can you not also do good? Can I not try and put right the wrongs that I have done?” This sums up Leo's existence, even though another character stated these lines. Leo; our anti-hero from the first book; is trying to make good, do right, be honest, be open; and it pretty much is not working. Does this mean he doesn't deserve a second chance? In some ways, yes, he certainly does. Yet, he does not when it [...]

  • As seen on Impression BlendThe title of The Secret Speech refers to a real-life event: the new Soviet Leader Nikita Khrushchev giving a shocking speech in which he acknowledged Stalin's crimes. This new political climate in the country sets an interesting backdrop for the story, puts certain things in motion, and leaves some characters in a questionable position based on their previous actions. The story opens with an important event in Leo's past—his first assignment, and later in the book we [...]

  • I was a huge fan of Smith’s first book, Child 44. That novel was grounded by an actual historical character, the serial killer of the (mostly) 1980’s, Andrei Chikatilo. This novel, while a real “page turner”, lacked that same grounding, and consequently was all over the place, often pushing credibility to its outer limits. The book’s strengths are not dissimilar to Child 44. That is, capturing the atmosphere of the Soviet Union in the 1950’s and, in this case, how the guilty (that is [...]

  • کودک 44 نوشته ی تام راب اسمیت،ترجمه ی نادر قبله ای،انتشارات مرواریداین کتاب نامزد جایزه ی بوکر 2008،برنده ی جایزه ی یان فلمینگ و نامزد جایزه ی کاستا بوده استکودک 44 اولین حلقه ی سه گانه ی اسمیت است و نام دو کتاب بعدی "گزارش محرمانه" و "مامور6" میباشد.این کتاب پرتره ای از دوران سیاسی [...]

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