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Sam Eastland Wows In Inspector Pekkala Novels Featuring Tsar Nicholas II, Stalin, And World War II

January 4, 2019

The fifth in the series of Sam Eastland’s Inspector Pekkala novels has been read and soon to be donated to one of the free Little Libraries in our neighborhood.  Without a doubt this was the  best ending, thus far, in the series, as it takes the main characters into the inner office of Russian leader Joseph Stalin.   The ending is not as one could have expected.   Which is what makes the book a genuine winner.  That the whole series is a delight of drama and history packed with a punchy and hard-driven narrative underscores why I am now ready for volume six!

I stumbled onto this series by reading a book catalog with the plot lines about the first novel which showcases Tsar Nicholas II.  The short snippet intrigued me. Once the first book had been read the others were quickly bought.

In The Beast In The Red Forest a soldier returns from the frontline of battle to report that Pekkala’s charred body has been found at the site of an ambush.  But Stalin refuses to believe that the indomitable Pekkala is dead.

On Stalin’s orders, Pekkala’s assistant Kirov travels deep into the forests of Western Russia, following a trail of clues to a Ukrainian wilderness where partisans wage a brutal campaign against the Nazi invaders.

Unknown to Kirov, he is being led into a trap.

A new enemy has emerged from the fog of war, more deadly than any Kirov or Pekkala have ever faced before. Pursuing the legend of a half-human creature, said to roam the landscape of this war within a war, each step brings Kirov closer to the truth about Pekkala’s disappearance.

Meanwhile, Pekkala’s nemesis is also closing in for the kill.

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