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.
Cover and Details of The Secret Speech by Tom Rob Smith (PDF)
- Title: The Secret Speech (Leo Demidov Trilogy, Book 2)
- Author: Tom Rob Smith
- Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
- Date Published: May 19, 2009
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0446402400
- ISBN-13: 9780446402408
Summary of the Book
A secret speech composed by Stalin’s successor Khrushchev is distributed to the entire nation. Its message: Stalin was a tyrant. Its promise: The Soviet Union will change.
Facing his own personal turmoil, former state security officer Leo Demidov is also struggling to change. The two young girls he and his wife Raisa adopted have yet to forgive him for his part in the death of their parents…Now that the truth is out, Leo, Raisa, and their family are in grave danger from someone consumed by the dark legacy of Leo’s past career.
Reviews of The Secret Speech
This book was action packed with adequate timing in my opinion. This would make a great movie. It never went over the top but kept me interested as the plot went on evenly spaced the entire time. I enjoyed the thriller combo with the historical elements and descriptions. It never got dull and seldom did I anticipate what would happen around the corner. Looking forward to the next book in the series. (by Scarlett, goodreads.com)
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