The Secret Speech by Tom Rob Smith (PDF) – Leo Demidov Trilogy #2

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The Secret Speech by Tom Rob Smith is a thrilling historical-fiction novel first published in 2009. It is the 2nd book in the mystery series Leo Demidov Trilogy (also known as Child 44 Trilogy). Soviet citizens, especially ex-MGB agent Leo Demidov, were shocked by Khrushchev’s secret speech stating Stalin was a tyrant. Instability hit the country during its revolution. Former hero Leo Demidov struggled to follow the change and made peace with the past.

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Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith (PDF) – Leo Demidov Trilogy #1

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Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith is a historical-fiction mystery novel originally released in 2008. It is the 1st book in the thrilling Leo Demidov Trilogy, also widely referred to as Child 44 Trilogy. The book introduces Leo Demidov, ex-MGB agent and a hero from Stalin era of the Soviet Union. He used to be a believer in the state’s law and policy that “there is no crime.” His believe started to fall apart when he investigated a series of horrifying child murders.

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The Heike Story by Eiji Yoshikawa (PDF)

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The Heike Story by Eiji Yoshikawa is an epic historical fiction novel originally published in Japan in 1950. The English version was translated by Fuki Uramatsu and first released in in 1956. In a beautiful fictionalized story, the book chronicles Kyoto Imperial Court corruption in the 12th century and all the intrigues, scandals, feuds, and love affairs that came with it.

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Musashi by Eiji Yoshikawa (PDF)

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Originally published in Japan in 1935, Musashi by Eiji Yoshikawa is an inspiring, epic historical fiction novel. The English version of the book was translated by Charles S. Terry and released in 1981. The book chronicles the fictionalized story of Miyamoto Musashi, legendary Japanese swordsman (samurai), philosopher, and writer. In Yoshikawa’s prolific writing, Musashi’s life journey turns into an amazing Japanese story of audacious adventure and a subtle romance.

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Taiko by Eiji Yoshikawa (PDF) An Epic Novel of War and Glory

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Taiko by Eiji Yoshikawa (in English translation subtitled “An Epic Novel of War and Glory in Feudal Japan”) is an epic historical fiction novel. Originally released in 1967, the English version was translated by William Scott Wilson and published in 1992. To this day, Yoshikawa is probably one of the most prominent and globally known authors from Japan. He is mostly well known for his takes on historical events and adapts them into big novels, such as Musashi, The Heike Story, and this one, Taiko.

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All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (PDF)

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All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr is a wonderful novel first published in 2014. Set during the destruction of World War II, this historical-fiction book tells a beautiful story of a blind French girl and a German boy. Overwhelmed and dragged by the devastating war, both struggled to survive and came across each other in occupied France.

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The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (PDF)

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The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas is brilliant adventure novel that is now considered a classic work in literature. First released as serials between 1844 and 1845, the book is set in some important historical events during the Bourbon Restoration in France. The story follows the journey of Edmond Dantès who was falsely accused and imprisoned without trial, but then turned into a commanding Count of Monte Cristo and sought for revenge.

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