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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (327 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: Series: The Inspector Pekkala Series Release Date: February 2011 ISBN: 9780307876676
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Pekkala: He was the Romanovs’ most trusted investigator. Now he’s Stalin’s greatest fear.
He operates in the shadows of one of history’s most notorious regimes. He seeks the truth in a nation where finding it can mean death—or worse. His name his Inspector Pekkala, and this time he’s taking on a case with implications far deadlier than anything he can imagine: a shattering revelation that was never meant to be unearthed.

Its official name is T-34, and this massive and mysterious new weapon is being developed in total secrecy in the Russian countryside, a thirty-ton killing machine. Its inventor, Colonel Rolan Nagorski, is a rogue genius whose macabre death is considered an accident only by the innocent.

And Josef Stalin is no innocent. Suspecting assassins everywhere, he brings in his best—if least obedient—detective to solve a murder that’s tantamount to treason. Answerable to no one, Pekkala has the dictator’s permission to go anywhere and interrogate anyone. But in Soviet Russia that’s easily a death sentence. The closer Pekkala gets to the answers, the more questions he uncovers—first and foremost, why is the state’s most dreaded female operative, Commissar Major Lysenkova, investigating the case when she’s only assigned to internal affairs?

Pekkala is on a collision course not only with the Soviet secret police but the USSR’s deepest military secrets. For what he is about to learn could put Stalin and his Communist state under for good—and bury Pekkala with them.

Brilliantly researched and rivetingly plotted, Shadow Pass is a superb story of suspense in a series growing only richer—and with a detective getting only better.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A quirky, yet compelling hero, Inspector Pekkala seeks the truth in a nation—Russia—where finding truth can mean death…An outstanding example of an unusual protagonist being used to excellent advantage.”

  • “Formidably researched…Eastland writes with visceral punch.”

    Metro (UK)

  • Highly imaginative . . . History mixes with fiction in an exciting story. USA Today
  • A fantastic premise, frenetic action sequences and a stellar setting . . .  all set apart this debut novel . . . What elevates this Russian period thriller . . . is its mad, brilliant hero. Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
  • A riveting historical thriller with a fascinating protagonist . . . a smart, assured, impeccably researched page-turner. David Liss, author of The Devil’s Company
  • A triumph! With a canny eye for detail, Eastland re-creates the tragedy of the Romanov dynasty in this intelligent and relentless thriller. David Hewson, author of City of Fear
  • Gripping and memorable. . . . Fans of Russian thrillers (Tom Rob Smith’s Child 44, Martin Cruz Smith’s Gorky Park, and David Benioff’s City of Thieves) will want this. Library Journal
  • Particularly satisfying . . . Pekkala is a likeable and believable protagonist, and this is a highly promising debut. Daily Mail (U.K.)
  • A terrific debut . . . Eastland’s weaving of fact and fiction, of real and invented characters, is brilliantly achieved, and Pekkala makes an unusual, captivating hero. The Times (U.K.)

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chelsea | 1/6/2014

    " This is a series worth pursuing. I enjoy Inspector Pekkala. The author does an excellent job of portraying him as jaded and compassionate simultaneously. I also like the setting and time period. Fascinating! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 1/3/2014

    " I really enjoy the chaos that our hero inspector Pekkala works amidst. Everyone's had a tough boss they've had to work for at some point, but I don't think it can get much worse than Stalin. Sam Eastland(who ever "he" is) has done a great job of balancing the gritty, minimalist, and brutal conditions of post Tsarist Russia with a variety of well played, entertaining, and empathetic characters. The fact that Pekkela often has to be more careful of his superiors than the criminals who want him out of the way offers twissting plot lines and makes this series a true original. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela | 1/3/2014

    " Really enjoy this series...Good plots and historical intrigue. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christopher Mcgurr | 12/25/2013

    " It was good, but the identity of the Killer was easy to pick up on, not the motive though so it was engaging nonetheless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert Brase | 12/23/2013

    " Pekkala, The Emerald Eye, is on the track of a murderer. Eastland hits a home run with the second in the series of books with Inspector Pekkala. The murder mystery seemed a bit shallow as I had the murder solved fairly quickly. However the description of pre WWII Russia was very well detailed and rich with the old, and well justified, Russian paranoia. A definite hit that leaves this reader looking for more from the author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sean Martin | 12/22/2013

    " Book 2, in which Pekkala investigates the murder of the designed of a new tank. Eastland (Paul Watkins) continues to juggle past and present in a satisfactory way, giving us more backstory about Pekkala's time working for the Tsar. This book - published as The Red Coffin in the UK - finds Eastland finding his stride with this series (which originally had been intended to be a one-off), and I think has a more satisfying ending than book 1, which kind of ran out of steam towards the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura Hoffman Brauman | 12/19/2013

    " Solid historical fiction about Russia and the Soviet Union. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vanda | 12/15/2013

    " No as good as the first one, but I still enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allan Batchelor | 11/13/2013

    " This is a good follow up with a good storuline that holds you in its grip "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Boris | 7/16/2013

    " Second in the Pekkala series. Perhaps the best of the three. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martha | 7/5/2013

    " I liked the first one in the series better, but I still enjoyed this one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janet Whalen-Jones | 3/21/2013

    " Pekkala is a difficult character to get comfy with, even though we spend most ot the book inside his head. Kirov, his assistant, is the more complex and enjoyable character by far, but the setting in Stalinist Russia is the most interesting part of this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Ellis | 12/4/2012

    " Superb background and colour and was gripped throughout "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda Boehm | 9/8/2012

    " I am really loving this series. I can't wait for the next one because I want to learn more about this character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth Barone | 5/19/2012

    " I didn't like this one as much as the first, Eye of the Red Tsar. Please read my full review on my book review blog. (I hate to do that, really, but I already wrote it there, and don't want to write the same review twice.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jack | 5/15/2012

    " Inspector Pekkala investigates the death of a colonel engaged in a highly secret defence project, with the threat or war imminent. The complexities of life as an official in the 1930s USSR complicate things. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kath | 2/5/2012

    " A VERY good read; definitely worth the wait. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney Livingstone | 10/26/2011

    " I've read this book but it was called the red coffin, maybe its a US /UK thing? loved it, great follow up to the eye of the red tsar ! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 5/1/2011

    " This book helps prove the theory that sequels are never as good as the original. (Sequel to Eye of the Red Tsar) "

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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.