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READ PDF º Shadow Pass ⚥ Deep in the Russian countryside, a thirty ton killing machine known officially as Tis being developed in total secrecy Its inventor is a rogue genius whose macabre death is considered an accident only by the innocent Suspecting assassins everywhere, Stalin brings in his best if least obedient detective to solve a murder that s tantamount to treason Answerable to no one, Inspector Pekkala has the dictator s permission to go anywhere and interrogate anyone But the closer Pekkala gets to answers, the 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 In the shadows of one of history s most notorious regimes, Pekkala is on a collision course with not only the Soviet secret police but the USSR s deadliest military secrets For what he s about to unearth could put Stalin and his Communist state under for good and bury Pekkala with them I feel like the character Pekkala changed from the first novel to this one, I m not quite sure I like him as much any As is so often the case with sequels, the author seemed unable to keep up the quality in the second story I may pick up the third one if I happen to come across it when I have little else to be reading, but I won t seek it out as I did this one. We begin our story about a decade past from the prior book in 1939, which came as a bit of a surprise as I thought we d have a story or two set within the period 1928 38 when Stalin purged the Army amongst many other things My immediate thought was we ve missed a trick here skipping so many years As to our story, it s a fast engaging start to the book Inspector Pekkala is front centre along with a victim the many protagonists colleagues involved with said murder It s not much to give We begin our story about a decade past from the prior book in 1939, which came as a bit of a surprise as I thought we d have a story or two set within the period 1928 38 when Stalin purged the Army amongst many other things My immediate thought was we ve missed a trick here skipping so many years As to our story, it s a fast engaging start to the book Inspector Pekkala is front centre along with a victim the many protagonists colleagues involved with said murder It s not much to give away that the story revolves around the design of the T34 tank, hence the book title of the Red Coffin which was their nickname, the explanation as to why is given early on The NKVD Soviet secret police are involved Joe Stalin has a bit part too, to great effect too, with some of his mannerisms obvious threat over those that surround him, with a fair hint of paranoia to his character In some ways he s quite a good foil to Inspector Pekkala I hope we seeof this develop in the series as it has with the Tsar.Talking of the Tsar the short flashback chapters used to flesh out Pekkala s backstory in his days with the Tsar are again utilised to great effect as that part of the story holds as much interest for this reader as the present day.As to the mystery it s really no great shakes but does hold the interest, again the soviet machinations are present without any real detail or depth Its a fairly quick read not too taxing i found myself wanting to read longer into the night with it which is always a good sign.A 3.75 for me with the round upto a 4 a series I ll continue forward with If you want an uncomplicated, undemanding read this may be the book for you It is set in pre war Russia and Stalin sets Pekkala on the hunt for a spy who has leaked details of a top secret tank the Red Coffin of the title but as he sets about investigating someone kills the tank s designer I, personally, found it all a bit cozy given the era and the setting There is no sense of the pervasive fear or the real shortages that were part of everyday life and Uncle Joe seems almost reasonable It If you want an uncomplicated, undemanding read this may be the book for you It is set in pre war Russia and Stalin sets Pekkala on the hunt for a spy who has leaked details of a top secret tank the Red Coffin of the title but as he sets about investigating someone kills the tank s designer I, personally, found it all a bit cozy given the era and the setting There is no sense of the pervasive fear or the real shortages that were part of everyday life and Uncle Joe seems almost reasonable It all makes me wonder how historically accurate it all is As to the plot itself I guessed almost immediately whodunit Ended up being disappointed by this book Enjoyed the first,Eye of the Red Tsar , muchThe flashbacks that provide history and perspective were fewer and not as interesting they seemed almost contrived to fit the circumstances I still like Inspector Pekkala and will read the next book about him, but will be looking forcharacter development about Pekkala, his assistant Kirov, and his relationship to Stalin Stalin was an imposing historical figure, but in this book he seems like Ended up being disappointed by this book Enjoyed the first,Eye of the Red Tsar , muchThe flashbacks that provide history and perspective were fewer and not as interesting they seemed almost contrived to fit the circumstances I still like Inspector Pekkala and will read the next book about him, but will be looking forcharacter development about Pekkala, his assistant Kirov, and his relationship to Stalin Stalin was an imposing historical figure, but in this book he seems like cardboard, only 1 dimensional Pekkala seemed less confident about his status and investigative authority in this story There isbuildup of Lysenkova in the plot summary than there is about the character in the story Her involvement remains somewhat of a mystery and definitely a distraction to the main plot Will she keep her job and appear in a later novel, or simply disappear Look forward to another outing with Pekkala, a character reminiscent of Smith s moody detective, Arkady Renko, still quintessentially Russian