The Beast in the Red Forest

The Beast in the Red Forest

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A soldier returns from the frontline of battle to report that Inspector Pekkala's charred body has been found at the site of an ambush. But Stalin refuses to believe that the indomitable Pekkala is dead. On Stalin's orders, Pekkala's assistant Kirov travels deep into the forests of Western Russia, following a trail of clues to a wilderness where partisans wage a brutal campaign against the Nazi invaders. Unknown to Kirov, he is being led into a trap - a new enemy has emerged from the fog of war, more deadly than any Kirov or Pekkala have ever faced before. Pursuing the legend of a half-human creature, said to roam the landscape of this war within a war, each step brings Kirov closer to the truth about Pekkala's disappearance. Meanwhile, Pekkala's nemesis is closing in for the kill.
Publisher: Tuxedo Park, N.Y. : Opus, 2014.
ISBN: 9781623160494
1623160499
Branch Call Number: FICTION Eastland Sam 08/2014
Characteristics: 313 pages ; 25 cm
Call Number: FICTION Eastland Sam 08/2014

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SEBoiko
Jan 15, 2015

One of the reasons Stalin had remained in power was that he had always prepared to liquidate anyone.

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SEBoiko
Jan 15, 2015

There is no judgement that an honest man should fear.

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SEBoiko
Jan 15, 2015

The promise of a commissar is no better than the oath of a whore.

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SEBoiko
Jan 15, 2015

We are fighting so that things might finally change.

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SEBoiko
Jan 15, 2015

He is like the lamb that leads other sheep to the slaughter.

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tjdickey
Apr 26, 2017

Comparisons of the author to Hemingway might be a little premature, but his evocation of wartime Soviet Russia leave the reader with the smell of blood, cordite, and pervasive mud very fresh in mind.
Try the whole series, or you can certainly start with this gritty tale in the middle and get hooked.

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AlmadenAFS
May 09, 2015

My first read for Watkins, very well written, very well researched and accurate. I look forward to his next Inspector Pekkala novel.

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paulsarkisian
Apr 17, 2015

I've gotten hooked on the Inspector Pekkala series of novels, and this latest one for me really holds up. The author creates characters that are interesting and engrossing and places them in a turbulent time and place of WWII Russia. This is a page turner with a lot of intrigue and action.

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