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Eye of the Red Tsar
by Sam Eastland | Mystery & Thrillers
Registered by wingBoekentrolwing of Leeuwarden, Fryslân (Friesland) Netherlands on Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Average 6 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by LilyKlip): to be read


11 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by wingBoekentrolwing from Leeuwarden, Fryslân (Friesland) Netherlands on Wednesday, February 29, 2012

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Synopsis:
"One July, 1918, the imprisoned family of Tsar Nicholas Romanov was awakened and led down to the basement of the Ipatiev house. There they were summarily executed. Their bodies were hidden away, the location a secret of the Soviet state.

A decade later, one man lives in purgatory, banished to a forest on the ouskirts of humanity. Pekkala, was once the most trusted secret agent of the Romanovs, the right hand man of the Tsar himself. Now he is Prisoner 4745P, living a harsh existence in which even the strongest vanish into the merciless Soviet winter.

But the state needs Pekkala one last time. The man who knew the Romanovs best is given a final mission: catch their killers, locate the royal child rumored to be alive, and give Stalin the international coup he craves. Find the bodies, Pekkala is told, and you will find your freedom. Find the survivor of that bloody night and you will change history. In a land of uneasy alliances and deadly treachery, Pekkala is thrust into the past where he once reigned. There he will meet the man who betrayed him and the woman he loved and uncover a secret so shocking that it will shake to its core the land he loves." 


Journal Entry 2 by wingBoekentrolwing at Leeuwarden, Fryslân (Friesland) Netherlands on Wednesday, February 29, 2012

8 out of 10

I won the Dutch edition of this book in a tag-give-away on Facebook. Look forward to read it very much!

While reading, some of the expectations I had were not fulfilled: the text on the back cover suggests that it is a very exciting book, but for me it was not.
During the story I was curious about what would happen, but did not sit on the edge of my seat, ready to warn the main character that something is about to happen what I know, but he is not. (Sometimes I have that with a very exciting book ...).

That doesn't make this a bad book, on the contrary!
To me the book was intriguing: the story, the narrative style, the other view on the historical topic. It was a page turner, because the story was headed in a direction I had no idea of. And I just wanted to know.
The flashbacks to the history of the two brothers, of the Emerald Eye and the last Tsar of Russia, were very functional for understanding the story itself. I've read in one go.

And yes, it's a novel, history is presented in a fictional manner. Because there are (were) so many speculations about the death of Nicholas and Alexandra and their children it was particularly fun to read.

And the end? Very surprising. I'm curious about the next book in this series. 


Journal Entry 3 by wingBoekentrolwing at -- Controlled Release, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- United Kingdom on Wednesday, February 29, 2012

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Released 2 yrs ago (3/1/2012 UTC) at -- Controlled Release, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- United Kingdom

CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:

A replacement for the book I chose for the "Favorite book of 2011-roundabout". I wish all the readers in this roundabout a lot of reading plasure with this book, I'd love to read what you all think of it.

It is now off to marsala as first reader and I hope it arrives safe.
The reading order for my book is:

- marsala
- elstaplador
- earthcaroleanne
- ahabraken
- Annimanni
- Franaloe
- LiniP
- Grovalskii
- Qantaqa
- LilyKlip

And there's no need to send it back to me: I own the Dutch edition and I would like to see this one travel a bit more after this ring.

Link to the original book: http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/10376894/
 


Journal Entry 4 by marsala at Chiswick, Greater London United Kingdom on Tuesday, March 06, 2012

7 out of 10

Arrived safely here today. Thank you boekentrol for finding another copy to keep this book ring going!

It's not a book I would have picked myself soon, but it does look intrigueng.

Finished reading it and it wasn't really what I expected to be. The back made it sound like it was a very exciting, page turner type of book. It was a bit more slow paced, but still very good. I definitely made me want to know more about the romanovs.  


Journal Entry 5 by marsala at Favourite Book Bookring, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Friday, March 16, 2012

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Released 2 yrs ago (3/16/2012 UTC) at Favourite Book Bookring, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases

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On its way to Elstaplador. 


Journal Entry 6 by elstaplador at Woking, Surrey United Kingdom on Tuesday, March 20, 2012

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This arrived yesterday. I love the recycled packaging! 


Journal Entry 7 by elstaplador at Woking, Surrey United Kingdom on Tuesday, April 03, 2012

5 out of 10

A detective story set in Stalin's Russia, centred on the fate of the Romanovs. I have to admit that this didn't do much for me - it was OK, but I found the actual history in the back far more interesting than the story. The general air of Tsariolatry, while in character for the main character, felt rather dismissive of the valid concerns of the Russian people, and put me off. I also found the extensive flashback sections in italic type difficult to read - physically, I mean, not emotionally.
 


Journal Entry 8 by elstaplador at Favourite Book Bookring, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Tuesday, April 03, 2012

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Released 2 yrs ago (4/3/2012 UTC) at Favourite Book Bookring, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases

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Sending on to the next participant in the roundabout. 


Journal Entry 9 by wingearthcaroleannewing at Falkirk, Scotland United Kingdom on Thursday, April 05, 2012

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This has arrived! I'm off to Dublin shortly so I won't be reading it until I get back but I won't hold it up! 


Journal Entry 10 by wingearthcaroleannewing at Falkirk, Scotland United Kingdom on Tuesday, May 01, 2012

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As others have said, this wasn't a book that kept you on the edge of your seat but it was enjoyable. I am very interested in that period of time and the intrigue surrounding the Romanovs deaths therefore the background for the story was a perfect setting. Maybe I knew too much about the circumstances to believe the story but I was glad to see the facts at the end of the book. 


Journal Entry 11 by wingearthcaroleannewing at Falkirk, Scotland United Kingdom on Tuesday, May 01, 2012

This book has not been rated.

As others have said, this wasn't a book that kept you on the edge of your seat but it was enjoyable. I am very interested in that period of time and the intrigue surrounding the Romanovs deaths therefore the background for the story was a perfect setting. Maybe I knew too much about the circumstances to believe the story but I was glad to see the facts at the end of the book. 


Journal Entry 12 by wingearthcaroleannewing at Innsbruck, Tirol Austria on Tuesday, May 01, 2012

This book has not been rated.

Released 2 yrs ago (5/1/2012 UTC) at Innsbruck, Tirol Austria

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On it's way in the ring. 


Journal Entry 13 by ahabraken at Innsbruck, Tirol Austria on Wednesday, May 09, 2012

7 out of 10

Received - looks intersting. First idea was ´not another crime book´, but reading the comments by others makes me intregued!

After reading it, I am really happy to have received this book! I found it very intrueging and a fascinating read. 


Journal Entry 14 by ahabraken at Espoo, Uusimaa Finland on Thursday, June 14, 2012

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Released 2 yrs ago (6/25/2012 UTC) at Espoo, Uusimaa Finland

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Sending this book on in a few days for the favourites of 2011 roundabout. 


Journal Entry 15 by wingAnnimanniwing at Espoo, Uusimaa Finland on Tuesday, July 10, 2012

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The book's with me now, thanks! 


Journal Entry 16 by wingAnnimanniwing at Espoo, Uusimaa Finland on Friday, July 20, 2012

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As the previous journalers, I didn't find this particularly gripping or thrilling, but enjoyed it nevertheless, mainly for the history behind the fictive story. Being from Finland, the events are part of my history, too, and all the more interesting for that. Thanks for sharing! 


Journal Entry 17 by franaloe at Zürich, Zürich Switzerland on Tuesday, August 07, 2012

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Yay, the next one is here! This one does not seem like my piece of cake at first glance, but I'll give it a try. 


Journal Entry 18 by franaloe at Zürich, Zürich Switzerland on Sunday, September 02, 2012

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Released 2 yrs ago (9/1/2012 UTC) at Zürich, Zürich Switzerland

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Entertaining book, but not my genre really. I liked the addition in the back of the book with what truly happened. Sorry, not my favorite....!

Sent to LiniP. 


Journal Entry 19 by LiniP at Schwäbisch Hall, Baden-Württemberg Germany on Sunday, September 09, 2012

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The book arrived yesterday and will be read before the end of September. 


Journal Entry 20 by LiniP at Schwäbisch Hall, Baden-Württemberg Germany on Sunday, September 23, 2012

6 out of 10

I enjoyed reading this book. It was a nice crime story which had everything in it: love, hatred etc. Thanks for sharing this book. It will continue its travels early October. 


Journal Entry 21 by LiniP at Gaildorf, Baden-Württemberg Germany on Tuesday, October 02, 2012

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Released 2 yrs ago (10/2/2012 UTC) at Gaildorf, Baden-Württemberg Germany

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The book is off to grovalskii as her October read. 


Journal Entry 22 by winggrovalskiiwing at Zehlendorf, Berlin Germany on Monday, October 08, 2012

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Just received this book in the mail today. I wonder which parts of Germany the book explored before it arrived here? Usually, it takes a day or maybe 2 days for packages to travel from one place to another within Germany! Anyway, I'm looking forward to reading this, it sounds like an interesting book. 


Journal Entry 23 by winggrovalskiiwing at Zehlendorf, Berlin Germany on Thursday, October 25, 2012

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really good book! I quite enjoyed this and will look for other books by this author.  


Journal Entry 24 by winggrovalskiiwing at Zehlendorf, Berlin Germany on Tuesday, November 06, 2012

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Released 2 yrs ago (11/1/2012 UTC) at Zehlendorf, Berlin Germany

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I sent this book to the next reader a few days ago already, but I forgot to write the JE. Sorry! 


Journal Entry 25 by Qantaqa at Dachau, Bayern Germany on Thursday, November 08, 2012

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The book arrived here yesterday - it has to wait for a little while, though (have to finish two other books before it). 


Journal Entry 26 by Qantaqa at Dachau, Bayern Germany on Wednesday, December 12, 2012

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I quite enjoyed reading the book, but didn't particularly like the ending. Apart from that an entertaining read.
I'm going to send the book to LilyKlip sometime this week. 


Journal Entry 27 by LilyKlip at Leipzig, Sachsen Germany on Wednesday, December 19, 2012

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The book is with me now but will have to wait a bit. As Boekentrol does not want it back I will read it a bit later (MTBR is increasing right now...) and I will try and organise a ray after.

Thank you! 




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