[Tom Rob Smith] ✓ Child 44 [christmas PDF] Read Online ↠´ If it weren t for the Soviet Union and the blood lust of the Russian communists, I would not exist My parents were World War II refugees, on the run for their lives from Soviet occupied Latvia They arrived in the United States at about the same time, immigrants with nothing but what they wore on their backs, with the most skeletal English language skills Had they not spotted each other across the room of immigrants and felt drawn one to the other, well, that would have been an entirely different story, and without me in it Even so, you won t hear gratitude from me My existence does not by any measure outweigh the brutalities of Soviet power A large percentage of the Latvian population was deported, tortured and executed under the communist regime My life cannot measure up to such suffering of the multitudes In later years, I traveled several times t 3.
5 starsSet at the end of Stalin s reign in 1953 this book was an eye opener for me I just had no clue.
Living in Russia at that time was when you lived in fear of that four a.
m arrest Are you an enemy of the state It didn t really matter if you were truly innocent, once you had been named you might as well kiss it good bye.
Leo Demidov is a former war hero who works for the MGB or state security force and had always done his job with no questioning of authority There was a joke, popular among officers, who could tell it with impunity A man and his wife were asleep in bed when they were woken by a sharp knock on the door Fearing the worst, they got up and kissed each other goodbye I love you, wife.
I love you, husband.
Having said their goodbyes they opened the front door Standing before them was a frantic neighbor, a corridor full of smo Brother, if you were a playing card what card would you be Would you be an ace or a king, a spade or a heart What a month this has been so far Gearing up the scheduled readings for the coming Holy Week and the much needed Easter holidays, I ve spent March with a number of strange, memorable books that proved to be a rather demanding company I am not exaggerating in the slightest when I say that Child 44 was the finest, darkest, most emotionally draining reading experience This isn t merely a thriller or an excellent Historical Fiction novel It is a deep dive to the rawest of emotions of the human soul The fight to preserve and survive as opposed to the inclination of some to destroy all that is good and pure Before I continue, I must say that I will not engage in a
Smith offers a look into the Soviet Union of 1953, a dark, desperate place in which the state had become a manifestation of Stalin s paranoia The ideological need of the state to present the communist ideal as an actualized reality impaired its ability, its willingness to address bad things when they happened, for surely, in this workers paradise, such things would never happen Things like serial killers, things like crime of any sort Thus all crime is ideological and all criminals are enemies of the state This is not a family trip to Disney World.
Tom Rob Smith image from his site Photo credit James HopkirkLeo is a member of the MGB, state security, and has spent his adult life doing what he has been told to do, doing what is expected, wheth Rating 4 of fiveThe Book Report In the Socialist Worker s Paradise that is Stalin s 1953 Russia, There Is No Crime Sorry, I know that all the caps are like having your lashes tweezed, but this is the Soviet Union we re talking about, and everything is A Slogan The proletariat is blissfully free of the Capitalist Curse Called Crime.
They re afraid of the State than they are each other With good reason There are traitors, informants, everywhere Even in your own bed, you are never safe from the danger of being outed as a bad Socialist with the least, most offhand criticism of the Paradise And death comes, whether quickly or slowly, to those whom the Cthulhu of the State Security apparatus notices.
Leo Demidov, then, shouldn t have a job as a criminal investigator In fact, he doesn t He s a well rewarded apparatchik who, in the course of interrogating his fellow citizens, notices
no one Life is Fear Life is Torture Innocence does not matter Life is a matter of Efficiency, important than Truth.
And while living the unimaginable, there is a mysterious child killer on the loose that Security Officer, Leo Demidov is determined to stop, even after his demotion, even after mind altering drugs, even when he is on the run, and even to the detriment of his own life and family Clues lead to a place difficult to go, but where answers are found.
Great mystery filled with secrets, intrigue and than one twist along the way.
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