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The Secret Speech by Tom Rob Smith
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The Secret Speech (2009)

by Tom Rob Smith

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A new thriller set in the turmoil and upheaval of the post-Stalinist Soviet Union follows former state security officer Leo Demidov as he strives to protect his family from someone with a grudge against him--someone transformed beyond recognition into the perfect model of vengeance.

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Great historically based story ( )
  ibkennedy | May 29, 2018 |
A good, solid follow-up to 'Child 44'. Leo Demidov, former state security officer with the MGB) has used the leverage he gained from solving the child murders in the last book to create a homicide department. But things aren't so easily changed on the home front. Although he's gained the love and forgiveness of his wife Raisa, the two girls they adopted after Leo killed their parents are not so easily won over, especially the eldest Zoya. But when Zoya is kidnapped by a rebel organization determined to punish former MGB officers for their sins, Leo vows to do anything necessary to get her back safely, and maybe find redemption in the process.

Smith makes you experience the dread and terror of the oppressive society that dared not speak against the state. And he has created in the main character of Leo a man who is sympathetic and likeable but who is, at best, imperfect. The scenes on the prisoner ship were especially riveting.
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  dorie.craig | Jun 22, 2017 |
Less engaging than others in the series. Plot tends to sprawl, violence portrayed in detail and seems at times laid on with a trowel. I gave up caring somewhere in the middle of Siberia and then gave up reading. ( )
  vguy | Apr 24, 2017 |
Het tweede boek in de Leo Demidov serie begint vlak na de dood van Stalin in de jaren 50 van de vorige eeuw.
Leo Demdidov en zijn vrouw Raisa Demidov hebben de twee meisjes geadopteerd waarvan de ouders in het vorige boek [b:Kind 44|9277855|Kind 44|Tom Rob Smith|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1284207896s/9277855.jpg|2167258] door Leo waren gedood in een poging een kindermoordenaar te stoppen.

Het tweede boek was, in mijn ogen, minder goed dan het eerste, hoewel het begin redelijk was. Halverwege stortte het verhaal echter in, en werd het meer een verhaal over hoe de Russen de Hongaarse revolutie hebben uitgelokt.

Leo krijgt de opdracht om een man de jaren geleden door hem was gearresteerd uit een goelag te halen, anders zou hij zijn pleegdochter niet meer terug zien. Dit kon echter niet via de officieële wegen gaan, dus proberen Leo en zijn collega andere wegen.


Wat me, net als in Kind 44, stoorde was het gegeven dat er voor een alternatief opmaak is gekozen. In plaats van dat een gesproken woord met aanhalingstekens word omgeven, worden deze in dit boek curssief weergegeven. Niet onoverkomelijk, maar wel lastig te lezen.

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  EdwinKort | Mar 23, 2017 |
almost as good as the first one, the plot gets a little convoluted and far-fetched, but still a fabulous read.... ( )
  APopova | Jan 2, 2017 |
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