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The Secret Speech Paperback – Feb 15 2010

3.7 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (Feb. 15 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847391605
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847391605
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
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By Prairie Pal TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Oct. 31 2011
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It would take a powerful piece of writing to surpass Tom Rob Smith's first novel in this series,"Child 44" an absolutely chilling look at the paranoia and horror of life in Joseph Stalin's Russia as seen through the eyes of a member of the secret police. "The Secret Speech" doesn't quite measure up to its predecessor but it is a very good novel nonetheless. It examines the shockwaves that went through the USSR when Stalin was denounced to the 20th Party Congress by Nikita Khrushchev and Russians could contemplate the possibility of a relaxation of the police state. Our secret police hero must confront more crimes from his past and delve into the gulag to find absolution. Well worth reading.
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It would have been hard to top his first novel, which was an excellent book, but this book dwells a bit more on the mundane and frankly less interesting elements of Soviet culture and society. It's still somewhat enjoyable, but the bar was set very high with his first foray, and this book isn't at that level or perhaps even one level below.
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Tom Rob Smith is an absolute genius..his writing is all consuming..how do I rate a book? Well, I missed my subway stop, I have NEVER missed my subway stop..this is how engrossed I was..do yourself a favor, start with Child 44 and prepare to be memorized and captivated..!
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I bought this book having just finished Shalamov's Kolyma Tales. Well, I soon realized it's been a long, long time since I read a page-burner like this... Angels and Demons maybe? I knew right off the top it would be fluffy with the 1.5 line spacing but was willing to give it a try. Made it to page 150 in the first read, whereas normally I wouldn't get more than 20 pages in a session with a weightier tome. Unfortunately, at about page 150 Smith begins his imagined description how the first ever female gang leader in the gulag came to power, and it was too much to continue. I would have sworn Smith was American from the style of the novel... can't think of a current British author I've read who depicts such a Rambo-style mission of revenge-justice, especially in a historical milieu where virtually no such justice was ever meted out. Another disturbing bit was how readily Smith had scattered little factoids clearly lifted directly from Solzhenitsyn throughout the prose in a form of gratuitous authenticity... maybe some people will like it but it doesn't work for me. The Dan Brown of stalinism as far as I'm concerned.
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Loved it. Fast pace, liked the historical elements. Good description of a nation torn in two. The hardship of the Stalin era displayed through the weakness of man kind.
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This book was very good following child 44 its a good complementary to the story two thumbs up for the writer
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Very well writen I like to read bout history and this book met my expectations
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l liked child 44 but find these are getting rather formulaic and predictable.
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