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The Red Moth by Sam Eastland
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The Red Moth

by Sam Eastland

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Enjoyable WWII fictional account of real artwork, called the Amber Room, from the Tsar's Catherine Palace captured by Germans and special inspector sent to destroy it. Red Moth is a painting with clews to a mystery. The story paints a dismal, but probably accurate picture of life in Russia during this time. ( )
  ZachMontana | May 19, 2018 |
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This is a very formulaic thriller, set in the Soviet Union during Germany’s 1941 invasion, Operation Barbarossa. The story revolves around a clandestine operation to recover and protect priceless works of art that are being targeted by the Nazis.

Apparently, this is one of a series of novels featuring a former Tsarist, now Soviet operative named Pekkala. Pekkala is not a terrible character on which to build around, however I found much of the dialogue of the book absolutely cringe worthy. There are a number of instances, especially involving Stalin, that borderline on laughable, making Stalin sound like a reasonable, well-educated, deep thinking technocrat. Some of the plot twists are equally absurd.

The story is relatively short and very easily read. It certainly asks very little of the reader other than to slog away to the end. It is not terrible, just not very good. ( )
  santhony | Apr 4, 2018 |
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This is the second Sam Eastland book I've read. (The first was eight years ago and also happened to be the first Early Reviewer book I won!) This one takes place in the summer of 1941 and involves Inspector Pekkala racing across enemy lines to try and rescue The Amber Room from the Germans who'd since arrived at his former home at Catherine Palace where he served the Tsar over 20 years earlier.

The brutality of the Soviets and Germans is certainly front-and-center, as are the general horrors of war. The investigative process by which Pekkala and his assistant Kirov go through to gain information is interesting enough, but the story kind of lags along.

I enjoyed the setting and environment well enough, but the characters and plot were nothing special. The book's average at best. ( )
  Jarratt | Mar 22, 2018 |
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Pekkala returns and dives headlong into a mystery involving a painting of a moth, an advancing German army, and some old colleagues. This is a thrilling adventure in World War II Soviet Union. ( )
  mrmapcase | Feb 19, 2018 |
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Just finished "The Red Moth" by Sam Eastland. A very good story set in Russia at the start of WWII. The primary character is Inspector Pekkala aka the Emerald Eye. He is detective in the Special Operations section of the NKVD given difficult missions by Josef Stalin.

The story begins when a German recon plane is shot down near the Summer Palace near Leningrad. The German SS officer is carrying a painting of a red moth. No one knows what the painting is for, but since the Germans had it, it was passed up the army chain of command until it reached Stalin.

Inspector Pekkala is assigned the task of discovering what the painting means and its value. This leads to an interesting case progressing through Moscow, the prison system, and the Russian and German armies at the front near Leningrad.

The story involves the protection of art by the Russians and the collection of art by the Germans as they advanced across Russia and the other countries in WWII.

This was a very good story if you are interested in mysteries of missing historical artifacts and what might have happened to them. ( )
  rufusraider | Feb 17, 2018 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0571278450, Paperback)

As Hitler's forces smash into Soviet territory, annihilating the Red Army divisions in its path, a lone German scout plane is forced down. Contained within the briefcase of its passenger is the seemingly inconsequential painting of a hyalophoria cecropia, otherwise known as a red moth. Military Intelligence dismisses the picture as insignificant, but in the state of emergency Stalin suspects a German plot. He summons his old adversary, Inspector Pekkala - the elusive Finn who was once Tsar Nicholas II's personal detective - to discover the real significance of this strange wartime cargo. As the storm gathers around them, Pekkala, together with his assistant from the shadowy Bureau of Special Operations, soon find themselves on the path of the most formidable art thieves in history. Those real target is a secret and prized possession of the Romanovs, once considered to be the eighth wonder of the world. But as the Soviet Union crumbles in the face of the advancing cataclysm, and the chaos of war is everywhere, Pekkala realizes that to protect the Tsar's treasure he must break through enemy lines. His desperate mission is to outfox the German invaders, or face the wrath of Stalin himself.

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As Hitler's forces smash into Soviet territory, annihilating the Red Army divisions in its path, a lone German scout plane is forced down. Contained within the briefcase of its passenger is the seemingly inconsequential painting of a hyalophoria cecropia, otherwise known as a red moth. Military Intelligence dismisses the picture as insignificant, but in the state of emergency Stalin suspects a German plot. He summons his old adversary, Inspector Pekkala - the elusive Finn who was once Tsar Nicholas II's personal detective - to discover the real significance of this strange wartime cargo. As the storm gathers around them, Pekkala, together with his assistant from the shadowy Bureau of Special Operations, soon find themselves on the path of the most formidable art thieves in history. Those real target is a secret and prized possession of the Romanovs, once considered to be the eighth wonder of the world. But as the Soviet Union crumbles in the face of the advancing cataclysm, and the chaos of war is everywhere, Pekkala realizes that to protect the Tsar's treasure he must break through enemy lines. His desperate mission is to outfox the German invaders, or face the wrath of Stalin himself.… (more)

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