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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (233 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paul Watkins, Sam Eastland Narrator: Paul Michael Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Inspector Pekkala Series Release Date: February 2012 ISBN: 9780307970077
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Stalin’s most trusted secret agent, the legendary Inspector Pekkala, is on his deadliest mission—one that could save his country . . . or plunge it into the abyss.
 
It is 1939. Russia teeters on the verge of war with Germany. It is also on the brink of bankruptcy. To preserve his regime, Stalin orders a search for the legendary missing gold of Tsar Nicholas II. For this task, he chooses Pekkala, the former investigator for the Tsar. To accomplish his mission, Pekkala will go undercover, returning to Siberia and the nightmare of his own past, where he was once a prisoner in the notorious Gulag known as Borodok.

Pekkala must infiltrate a gang of convicts still loyal to the Tsar who, it is rumored, know the whereabouts of the precious gold. He soon learns that the best-kept secrets are those that no one even knows exist.

In the brutal frozen fortress where his survival once made him a myth, he begins to unravel the true identity of a murdered inmate, whose own mission to Siberia has lain buried for years deep within the mysterious Archive 17, where long-lost files obscure a shocking conspiracy that could decide the future of the Soviet Union itself. As more people die around him, Pekkala must decide where his true loyalties lie, or else take his place among the dead.

With the superb research and stunning suspense that are his trademarks, Sam Eastland delivers his most powerful Pekkala novel yet—the best in a mystery series riveting readers and reviewers alike. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fan Francis | 2/16/2014

    " Coincudentally, the earlier book was about Stalin, and this one is Stalin trying to recover the Tsar'd gold. First time for me with this writer, and well written and the plot was good. The title is different, mine is Siberian Red , but the same book is Archive 17. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bryan | 2/7/2014

    " After going slightly off track with Shadow Pass, Eastland rights the Inspector Pakkala train in this, the third book. The technique of using flashbacks is still a bit distracting, but it's not overdone. The plot is plausible, although a bit of a stretch. Josef Stalin finally shows some teeth, but this time the humor is believable. After all, no person is completely one-sided. As horrific as his deeds were, he had at least a trace of humanity. Same as before, if you enjoy Russian history and stoic detectives, this is good stuff! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 2/4/2014

    " This is the third of Eastland's books featuring Inspectator Pekkala, The Emerald Eye. Have loved all three and looking forward to more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 1/31/2014

    " Very good!! The history and characters of early Stalin era are very good. Like the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bobbi | 1/18/2014

    " The third book in this series, Archive 17 is one of the best yet. Pekkala is sent back to the Siberian concentration camp hunting down former soldiers and the Tsar's hidden gold. Tightly woven story that flows through this too short story. Cannot wait for the next Pekkala adventure! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen | 1/12/2014

    " interesting read about stalin's inspector in search of the tsar hidden gold in Siberia where the action goes from st Petersburg to Moscow and to the gulag camps, well worth reading "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 12/22/2013

    " Sam Eastland's 3rd Inspector Pekkala novel. I continue to enjoy this character and this series. Appreciated the "what really happened" history lesson at the end of the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 the Reeds | 12/2/2013

    " did not know this was the third book of a series, it didn't matter as it could stand on it's own merit. it was ok, there are others written much better. I probably wouldn't have read this if I hadn't already read Tom Rob Smith's series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracey Macrow | 11/29/2013

    " I had to give it 3 stars as I thought the ending was really disappointing. It felt rushed "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 10/16/2013

    " enjoyed this very much, you could almost feel yourself also in the gulag suffering the extremes of camp life and wilderness of Siberia. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bob | 7/23/2013

    " a good book with an interesting look at Russia under the "bad old days". A unique perspective on the cop drama. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Boris | 7/15/2013

    " My first Inspector Pekkala novel. A pleasure. Very reminiscent of Martin Cruz Smith. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Theo | 1/16/2013

    " Wonderful as expected! Already waiting for the next Inspector Pekkala adventure! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurel | 12/10/2012

    " Stalin sends Inspector Pekkala back to the Siberian prison camp to investigate a murder. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allan Batchelor | 11/30/2012

    " Wasn't quite so keen on the final part of the trilogy "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fanny Hall | 8/19/2012

    " I just like to note that I read this under the title of Red Siberian "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 8/16/2012

    " This was a cool historical novel. I had not encountered much of this genre from Russia, so I enjoyed it quite a bit. I understand there is a great Rutherford book on Russia but I haven't tracked a copy down yet. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Nadolny | 5/25/2012

    " A very good Inspector Pekkala novel. The Rasputin cameo was particularly well done. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vikas Datta | 5/2/2012

    " Looking forward to Pekkala's next "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bryan | 4/17/2012

    " Love the author's style and the historical subject. Fantastic series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shirlee | 3/7/2012

    " Another winner in the Inspector Pekkala series. This is the third in the series; I had to request the second one and couldn't wait. It's OK, though, because these books stand on their own and don't have to be read in order. I especially appreciate the Soviet history lessons. "

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About the Author
Author Paul Watkins

Sam Eastland lives in the United States and the United Kingdom. He is the grandson of a London police detective who served in Scotland Yard’s famous “Ghost Squad” during the 1940s.

About the Narrator

Paul Michael is an Audie Award-winning narrator. He has acted on stage, radio, television, and in feature films in Canada, Great Britain, and the United States. He has had leading roles in series and made-for-television movies and has guest starred in such series as VIP and Alias. He has been nominated for a Canadian Emmy (or Nellie) and has recorded over 150 audiobooks, including the international bestseller The Da Vinci Code, winning more than a dozen AudioFile Earphones Awards.